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The pi4_workerbot handles parts in an automation cell at Fakuma - photo by Caroline Seidel
The pi4_workerbot handles parts in an automation cell at Fakuma - photo by Caroline Seidel

Everyone knows robots can improve production and quality. But no one says they can’t show a little personality while they’re working. For a production cell at Fakuma in Friedrichshafen, pi4_robotics’s humanoid robot takes centre stage, inspecting parts made by Berlin-based injection moulder Ehlebracht Plastics Technology and coated by Linköping, Sweden’s Impact Coatings AB. ...(more)
Executives with materials maker A. Schulman have to be smiling after seeing full results for the firm’s 2014 fiscal year. Sales at Ohio, US-based Schulman grew almost 15% to more than $2.4bn (€1.9bn) in the year ended 31 August, while profit more than doubled to almost $57m (€45m). ... (more)

Plastic sheet leader Klöckner Pentaplast Group is no longer for sale, according to a 21 October Reuters article. Connecticut, US-based investment firm Strategic Value Partners canceled plans to sell Klöckner Pentaplast after bids came in “well below” the firm’s asking price of $1.9bn (€1.5bn), according to the article.  ... (more)

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