Guidehouse Insights Report Finds Utilities Must Strategically Invest in Automation, Control, Visibility, and Resiliency Technologies

As the occurrence of natural disasters increases, grid hardening and resiliency technologies are critical to outage prevention and recovery

A new report from Guidehouse Insights discusses key grid hardening and resiliency technologies for deployment on transmission and distribution (T&D) networks.

The global electric grid is transforming from a unidimensional system of power producers and consumers into a multidimensional, cloud-enabled network. As such, it is more critical than ever for utilities and solutions providers to prioritize grid hardening and resiliency technologies. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @WeAreGHInsights, utilities must strategically invest in automation, control, visibility, and resiliency technologies.

“The frequency and scale of natural disasters increase year over year, and outages are simultaneously becoming less tolerable and more expensive to utility customers,” says Michael Hartnack, senior research analyst with Guidehouse Insights. “Increasing outages linked to natural disasters, wildfires, and other events is adding to the threat

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‘A potential game-changer’: Woolworths is trialling new automation technology in Melbourne to speed up the fulfilment of online orders

  • Woolworths has opened up a new floor at one of its Melbourne supermarkets to speed up fulfilment of online orders.
  • The shop floor, at the back of the Carrum Downs Supermarket in Melbourne, has technology that moves products from automated storage units to staff members.
  • Woolworths plans to trial this new system at more stores in New Zealand.
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Woolworths has launched new automation technology at one of its supermarkets in Melbourne to address the rise in online orders.

A new e-com floor spanning 2,400 square metres opened at the back of the Carrum Downs Supermarket, which uses technology to sort and move items from automated storage units to staff members that fill out customer orders. These units are able to hold up to 10,000 grocery items, save for products like meat, fruit and vegetables that will be picked from the shopfloor.

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SHI International Achieves VMware Master Services Competency in Cloud Management and Automation

SHI International, one of the largest IT solutions providers in the world, has achieved a Cloud Management and Automation VMware Master Services Competency. This competency demonstrates SHI’s commitment to helping organizations accelerate their digital transformations by leveraging their validated services delivery capabilities around advanced VMware technologies.

“This competency not only proves that SHI is VMware validated for our full capabilities around Cloud Management and Automation, but also confirms the quality of our service delivery and the caliber of talent on our team,” said Jon Palmer, VMware Solutions Engineering Manager at SHI International.

SHI’s VMware Master Services Competencies in Cloud Management and Automation designates expertise in delivery of VMware Cloud Management and Automation solutions and services with deep understanding and execution of cloud management design principles and methodologies.

“VMware is pleased to recognize SHI for achieving a Cloud Management and Automation Master Services Competency. This achievement shows customers that partners like

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Vecna Robotics Appoints Automation Industry Veteran Jeff Huerta SVP of Sales

Logistics Solutions Sales Leader Will Bolster and Expand on Growing Demand for Company’s Autonomous Mobile Robots and Workflow Orchestration Software

Vecna Robotics, the autonomous mobile robot and workflow orchestration company, today announced the appointment of Jeff Huerta to Senior Vice President of Sales. Huerta’s responsibilities will focus on scaling Vecna Robotics’ sales operations to meet the explosive demand for its world-class robotics platforms and orchestration software.

Huerta brings more than 15 years of automation leadership experience to Vecna Robotics, with a strong track record of building world-class sales operations. Prior to joining Vecna Robotics, Huerta was Vice President of North America Sales at Balyo, where he led the go-to-market strategy for the company’s self-guided trucks. Previously, Jeff held sales and marketing positions with SICK, where he managed and developed the OEM packaging sales team for the North American market.

“We have the opportunity to change the way people view robotics—specifically,

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FANUC Launches a New “Take Control” Virtual Event Featuring Its Latest Automation Technologies

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 2, 2020–

FANUC, the world’s leading supplier of CNCs, robotics and ROBOMACHINEs will launch its first virtual event called “ Take Control ”. The event will debut Oct. 19-22, and include three distinct zones: Knowledge, Solutions and Exploration.

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FANUC will launch its first virtual event called “Take Control” Oct. 19-22, 2020. (Graphic: Business Wire)

“For manufacturers, there’s nothing like the opportunity to visit tradeshows like IMTS, Pack Expo, FABTECH and many other technology events that feature automation and robotics,” said Mike Cicco, president and CEO, FANUC America. “Since the start of the pandemic, we haven’t had the opportunity to gather together in one place to meet face to face. We invite all companies – both large and small – who are searching for ways to solve manufacturing problems to connect with us virtually. Let our

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FANUC Launches a New “Take Control” Virtual Event Featuring Its Latest Automation Technologies

FANUC, the world’s leading supplier of CNCs, robotics and ROBOMACHINEs will launch its first virtual event called “Take Control”. The event will debut Oct. 19-22, and include three distinct zones: Knowledge, Solutions and Exploration.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201002005082/en/

FANUC will launch its first virtual event called “Take Control” Oct. 19-22, 2020. (Graphic: Business Wire)

“For manufacturers, there’s nothing like the opportunity to visit tradeshows like IMTS, Pack Expo, FABTECH and many other technology events that feature automation and robotics,” said Mike Cicco, president and CEO, FANUC America. “Since the start of the pandemic, we haven’t had the opportunity to gather together in one place to meet face to face. We invite all companies – both large and small – who are searching for ways to solve manufacturing problems to connect with us virtually. Let our team of problem solvers help you take control

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Nintex to acquire K2 Software, bolstering process automation offering

Nintex CEO Eric Johnson. (Nintex Photo)

Bellevue, Wash.-based workflow automation company Nintex will acquire fellow Seattle-area company K2 Software.

Both companies sell process automation software. Founded in 2000, K2 counts 30% of the Fortune 100 as customers and has 1.5 million users across 84 countries. The company raised more than $100 million in 2015 from private equity powerhouse Francisco Partners.

Nintex said it will have more than 10,000 customers and generate more than $200 million in revenue after the deal is closed. Investment firm Thoma Bravo purchased a majority stake in Nintex two years ago. It’s the third acquisition for Nintex since the Thoma Bravo deal. Nintex has 500 employees globally, and more than 100 in the Seattle region.

“We are excited to be bringing together leading innovators in the digital process automation software market,” Nintex CEO Eric Johnson said in a statement. “Upon closing, Nintex and K2 customers and

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VMware to acquire automation software provider SaltStack

VMware said Tuesday that it plans to acquire SaltStack, makers of event-driven automation software, to bolster its cloud portfolio. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed. 

VMware announced the acquisition alongside a bevy of platform and product updates timed to the company’s virtual VMworld event this week.

SaltStack is the company behind the hugely popular Salt open-source software, which is used by IT admins to handle a range of remote execution tasks. By acquiring SaltStack, VMware said it will be able to extend its automation capabilities beyond infrastructure to the software and packages inside virtual machines and containers. 

The company also intends to use SaltStack to enhance its vRealize cloud management software suite with end-to-end automation and integrated configuration management.

“These software configuration management capabilities will help us address the full spectrum of customers’ automation needs and further strengthen customers’ ability to automate the deployment and configuration of

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Strong Competition in Booming Retail Automation Market | Datalogic, Fujitsu, Posiflex Technology

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Sep 29, 2020 (Market Insight Reports) —
(New Jersey) A new market study is released on Global and United States Retail Automation In-Depth Market with data Tables for historical and forecast years represented with Chats & Graphs spread through 112 Pages with easy to understand detailed analysis. The study highlights detailed assessment of the Market and display market sizing trend by revenue & volume (if applicable), current growth factors, expert opinions, facts, and industry validated market development data. The research study provides estimates for Global and United States Retail Automation In-Depth Forecast till 2025*. Some are the players that are considered in the coverage of this study are Datalogic S.p.A (Italy), First Data Corporation (US), NCR Corporation (US), Fujitsu Limited (Japan), Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Inc. (US), Honeywell Scanning and Mobility (US), Kuka AG (Germany), Wincor Nixdorf … Read More

ET Back to Business Summary – Increased role and impact of automation in manufacturing

We are in the midst of the fourth industrial revolution, aptly termed as the ‘intelligence revolution’. For the critical manufacturing industry, the changes driven by automation are of rising importance because of its impact on productivity and the labour force. Never before has human bot collaboration carried as much potential as it does today, and automation can be the ace up the sleeve that helps the manufacturing industry meet the country’s GDP goals.

Automation is also helping the manufacturing industry evolve its definition of productivity. The measure of productivity is no longer defined by physical movement of goods; it now takes into consideration human capital factors such as creativity, upskilling and the ability to innovate. This is leading technology conversations to move from boardrooms to factory floors, and from IT teams to operations and business intelligence teams. The value addition of automation is clear to all business units.

The current

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