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JUL 2018

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SHOP TALK MMS JULY 2018 58 Industry News In any industry, the moment you cease to innovate is the moment you're passed by. At SMW Autoblok, we do not stop working to bring you the most precise, fastest and most reliable workholding in the business. Whether it's the superior 6-jaw design of the SJL Power Chucks or the low set-up time and huge cost efficiency of the fully sealed KNCS-2G Quick Jaw Change Chuck, one thing is certain: this is workholding that gets it done right. THE WON'T-QUIT CHUCKS AT SMW AUTOBLOK ARE THE DIRECT RESULT OF UNWAVERING INNOVATION. Visit to learn more. // 847.215.0591 TENACIOUS WORKHOLDING TENACIOUS WORKHOLDING Find us at IMTS: Booth 431700, West Building Robotic Industries Boast Record-Level First Quarter Revenues A total of 10,730 robots valued at $507 million were shipped to North American customers in the first quarter of 2018, according to the Robotic Industries Association (RIA). Both units shipped and shipment revenue are said to have achieved record levels. These numbers represent a growth of 22 percent in units and 3 percent in dollars over the same period in 2017. In addition, North American customers ordered 8,161 new robots valued at $437 million in the first quarter, which is the second-best opening the industry has seen. The first quarter of 2017 remains the highest first quarter ever for new robot orders. Growth in non-automotive industries also increased in the first quarter of 2018. Industries that experienced the most growth, in terms of units shipped, were life sciences (262 percent), plastics/rubber (130 percent) and food/consumer goods (64 percent). Shipments to the automo- tive OEM sector declined 43 percent, while units shipped to the automotive component industry increased 42 percent. Non-automotive robot orders increased as well, with life sciences (184 percent), plastics/rubber (100 percent) and metals (three percent) leading the way. A decrease in order volume during the first quarter resulted from a slowdown in automotive OEM sales, contracting 70 percent in units and 53 percent in revenue compared to the first quarter of 2017. "In the past, when the automotive market retracted, the entire robotics industry would decrease along with it," says Jeff Burnstein, president of RIA. "The fact that we're seeing sig- nificant growth in non- automotive industries bodes well for the robotics industry as a whole." | Robotic Industries Association | MachineMetrics, Tsugami/Rem Sales Partner to Provide Machine Monitoring MachineMetrics and Tsugami/Rem Sales LLC have partnered to bring predictive manufactur- ing analytics and remote machine monitoring

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