Germany's ELAU AG (http://rbi.ims.ca/3848-524) and Schneider Electric (http://rbi.ims.ca/3848-530) have formed a partnership to collaborate in the automation of packaging machines and to meet the packaging requirements of the leading global players in the consumer goods industries. According to the companies, ELAU can complement Schneider's targeting of the packaging OEM segment by providing capabilities in that domain. It also enhances Schneider's motion control technology—a key area of differentiation in the automation marketplace today—while exploiting Schneider's global infrastructure.
Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
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