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ATEX Cabinet Coolers provide a rugged solution for hazardous locations

Design World

EXAIR’s Cabinet Cooler Systems provide a rugged, industrial-duty solution for cooling and purging electronic cabinets. These low-cost, CE-compliant Cabinet Cooler Systems can be installed in minutes and are available in sizes up to 5,600 Btu/hr. The company offers ATEX Cabinet Cooler Systems for use with purged and pressurized electrical control panels within ATEX-zoned areas.

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Manufacturing Faces a Tough Year, But 2025 Looks More Hopeful

Gary Mintchell

Predictions are difficult—especially about the future. I mostly discard all analyst predictions about the future of manufacturing markets. There are so many variables that cannot be foreseen. Supply chain, technologies, sudden bankruptcies. Of all I’ve seen, I like the modeling by Interact Analysis the best. The do extensive research. They sent me a recent report by Jack Loughney, senior data analyst, who maintains the Manufacturing Industry Output Tracker (MIO).

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Device Management Must Change As Industry Changes

Automation World

With device management software, reliability teams gain real-time visibility into the health and configuration of plant devices, facilitating predictive maintenance.

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Extend Robotics integrates virtual reality to achieve ‘high levels of variability and rapid automation of production’

Robotics Automation News

A new partnership between an industrial parts manufacturer and a virtual reality robotics company is proving that high levels of variability are no obstacle to achieving rapid automation of production.

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5 Ways CMMS Software Transformed Broderick's Manufacturing Plant: A Case Study

Discover how CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System) transformed and revitalized Broderick's manufacturing plant in 5 productive ways. Before the CMMS, the plant faced challenges such as reactive maintenance due to staff shortages, inefficient inventory management, and poor team communication. With the CMMS, the plant experienced increased equipment uptime, streamlined maintenance processes, enhanced inventory management, improved communication, and better decision-making through real-

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Quality Tool & Die Enhances Performance With Advanced EDM and Milling Technologies

Mold Making Technology

Mitsubishi MV models eliminated the need to manually grind the outside of the part. Source: MC Machinery Systems Quality Tool & Die (QTD) has found its groove, in no small part, because of its strategic use of Mitsubishi wire and sinker EDMs and an OPS Ingersoll five-axis milling machine with an automated cell. The Meadville, PA, company was founded in 1976 and purchased by Managing Partner Brad McDowell and Vice President Chad Kearns in 2005.

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Digital transformation and the workforce: a discussion with Deloitte

Design World

At the 2024 Digital Transformation Forum in Boston, Design World sat down with Deloitte’s Asi Klein, managing director of industrial products and construction, and Matthew Fox, senior manager, to discuss trends in workforce development. Here’s a video of the discussion and a Q&A article below. What are the major workforce trends you’re seeing in manufacturing?

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Go Ahead and Automate That Bad Process

Automation World

In the past, doing this could have created but bigger problems. But artificial intelligence can now help turn a bad process into a good one.

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First Australian workers depart for Pearl Harbor AUKUS training

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: auremar/stock.adobe.com Skilled submarine workers from ASC are the first to depart for AUKUS submarine sustainment training at Pearl Harbor in the US. It is a step towards Australian workers acquiring the knowledge that will be essential to build and sustain our future nuclear-powered submarines. The 30 skilled ASC workers are the first to be deployed to the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard to undertake training in the maintenance of US Virginia-class nuclear-powered submarines.

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RoboBusiness 2024 registration now open

Robotics Business Review

Registration for RoboBusiness 2024 is now open. RoboBusiness, which takes place October 16-17 in Santa Clara, Calif., is the premier event for commercial robotics developers. Attendees will gain the latest insights from experts in robotics and AI on cutting-edge research, industry trends, and innovative applications. They can also learn about investments and topics related to running a robotics business.

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What you need to know about USB connectors and cables

Design World

In today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape, USB connectors and cables are everywhere, seamlessly connecting our devices and enabling the high-speed data transfer and power delivery that we rely on daily. Whether charging your smartphone, connecting peripherals to your laptop, or integrating complex systems in industrial applications, understanding the nuances of USB technology is crucial.

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?

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Striving for Sustainability: Meet Pelin

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

Pelin Salem is a Radio Regulatory Technical Leader at Cisco who spearheaded an initiative that reduced testing time, improved energy efficiency, and reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In our interview, she describes how collaboration is vital when developing new climate solutions.

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Why ERP Needs MES for Manufacturing Success

Automation World

Pairing ERP with an MES empowers manufacturing operations to achieve new capabilities and new benefits that are not otherwise possible.

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The Benefits of In-House Toolmaking

Modern Machine Shop

Many manufacturing processes require tooling, though most manufacturers outsource production of this tooling. In-house tooling production require an investment in machine tools and people to run them, but as a manufacturer of rubber belting products has discovered, this investment can save time and money not only for itself, but for its sister facilities as well.

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Vecna Robotics raises more than $100M, hires COO to expand warehouse automation

Robotics Business Review

WALTHAM, Mass. — Although investment in robotics dipped in the past year, suppliers with proven products and business models have been finding funding. Vecna Robotics today announced the close of its Series C round at $100 million, with $40 million in new funding including equity and debt. The financing nearly doubles the company valuation since its Series B round.

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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Leadscrews in medical equipment

Design World

Leadscrews are essential to surgical robotics, patient-monitoring systems, diagnostic imaging devices, and rehabilitation equipment. Leadscrews are those spiral shafts that (upon application of torque) convert rotational motion into linear motion — axially advancing and receding a mating nut to deliver accurate positioning. They’re well suited to medical equipment as they come in a variety of […] The post Leadscrews in medical equipment appeared first on Design World.

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Construction has commenced on the first Hunter Class Frigate

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Walter_D/stock.adobe.com The Albanese Government has announced a significant step in delivering Navy’s enhanced lethality surface combatant fleet with construction commencing on the first Hunter Class Frigate. This milestone was marked by the deputy prime minister and the premier of South Australia cutting the first piece of steel to be used on the first ship of the class.

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How to Successfully Reshore Tooling

Mold Making Technology

Pyramid Molding Group has implemented a unique strategy to ensure successful reshoring efforts with Sloan Valve Co. Source | Pyramid Molding Group Reshoring has become a prominent buzzword in the world of manufacturing, but it's more than just a trendy term; it’s a real phenomenon. The process of bringing production back to domestic shores is happening, and its implications are profound.

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How One Machine Shop Adopted (and Defined) a Four-Day Work Week

Modern Machine Shop

The “business of machining” includes a broad set of topics that, in an industry facing tectonic generational and economic shifts, will demand more attention in the coming years. Succession planning, HR, marketing, mergers and acquisitions, investment strategies — as production automation helps to level the playing field and shop leadership transitions from Baby Boomers and Gen X to Millennials and Gen Z, strong business acumen in these fields will provide a greater and greater

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Modernizing MES: A Guide for Complex Manufacturers Adapting to Industry 4.0

As engineers push the boundaries of innovation with groundbreaking hardware products, their success depends largely on the speed and efficiency of production. The challenge? Manual processes and disparate systems lead to multiple versions of documents, incomplete records, and duplicated work, creating a chaotic system of records that is difficult to manage.

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GrayMatter raises $45M Series B to ease robot programming for manufacturers

Robotics Business Review

GrayMatter automated manually intensive tasks at Lawrence Brothers. Source: GrayMatter Robotics Like businesses in other industries, U.S. manufacturers face widening labor shortfalls and need automation to help fill those gaps. GrayMatter Robotics today announced that it has raised $45 million in Series B funding. The Carson, Calif.-based company said it plans to use the investment to expand to meet customer demand. “We founded GrayMatter to enhance productivity while prioritizing workforc

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GM awards Smalley for 12th consecutive year for high-quality retaining rings and wave springs

Design World

Smalley is thrilled to announce it has been awarded General Motors’ 2023 Supplier Quality Excellence Award. This honorable award is granted to GM suppliers who meet or exceed strict quality performance criteria and have given cross-functional support to the entire GM organization throughout the 2023 calendar year. This marks the 12th year consecutively that Smalley… The post GM awards Smalley for 12th consecutive year for high-quality retaining rings and wave springs appeared first on Desi

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ADF’s first directed-energy weapon

Manufacturer's Monthly

AIM Defence co-founder Dr Jae Daniel explains the operation of the AIM Defence Fractl Portable High Energy Laser to Australian Army Director General Systems and Integration Brigadier Kurt Brown and personnel at the Puckapunyal Military Area, Victoria. Image: CPL Jacob Joseph / Australian Government Defence The Australian Defence Force’s first directed-energy weapon, the Fractl Portable High Energy Laser, has been developed and is now in its testing phase.

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Banner Engineering Adds Two New Series to Radar Sensor Offerings

Control.com

The K50R and Q90 R series of radar sensors bring versatility and cost-effectiveness to object detection across applications. Both series are designed to be superior alternatives to ultrasonic sensors.

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Mastering Digital Transformation: Your Guide to a Successful MES Implementation

70% of digital transformation projects fail (BCG, 2020). In an industry where most large software implementations falter, we recognize the importance of planning, optimization, and execution. With over 25 years of industry experience and countless successful implementations, MASS Group is opening the vault of tips and tricks to provide a complimentary step-by-step guide in implementing a Work-In-Progress (WIP) tracking software.

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How AI and Insurance Have Changed in 2023

Robotics Automation News

In the ever-evolving landscape of technology, the fusion of artificial intelligence (AI) and the insurance industry has sparked a revolution. It’s transforming the way insurers operate and how policyholders experience coverage. As we inch towards the end of year 2023, it’s fascinating to witness the metamorphosis that AI has brought to the insurance sector.

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Apollo humanoid robot in tests by Apptronik and GXO for warehouse use

Robotics Business Review

Apollo developer Apptronik is working with third-party logistics provider GXO on a proof of concept. Source: GXO Logistics Over the past year, humanoid robots have moved from science fiction to early commercial trials. GXO Logistics Inc. today announced that it is conducting an early-stage proof-of-concept program with robot manufacturer Apptronik Inc.

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USB to serial adapters with FTDI chip integration

Design World

StarTech.com has announced the availability of a new line of USB to Serial Adapters. These adapters use the customizable FTDI chip to add RS-232 capabilities to USB-enabled computers, allowing connectivity with Data Communication Equipment (DCE) peripherals such as digital signage, industrial equipment, and point-of-sale devices. The driverless installation ensures universal compatibility with Windows 7 and above, […] The post USB to serial adapters with FTDI chip integration appeared firs

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Cisco API Documentations Is Now Adapted for Gen AI Technologies

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

A challenge for GenAI users is finding valid data for their prompts or Vector Databases. See how model output can be more accurate when OpenAPI documents are used as a part of a prompt.

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Future Focus: Constructing Unshakeable Stability in Your Manufacturing Supply Chain

Speaker: Jay Black, Senior Account Executive

We’ve all heard the buzzwords to describe new supply chain trends: resiliency, sustainability, AI, machine learning. But what do these really mean today? Over the past few years, manufacturing has had to adapt to and overcome a wide variety of supply chain trends and disruptions to stay as stable as possible. Stability has become key in this post-COVID world, and will remain key moving forward.

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China-owned British Steel said to have requested £600m of taxpayer support

The Guardian Manufacturing

Company is looking for help from next government to upgrade to less polluting technology Chinese-owned British Steel has reportedly submitted a request for a package of taxpayer support worth £600m as it looks for assistance from the next government to upgrade to less polluting technology. Government officials are due to review plans that set out the costs of switching from blast furnaces to electric arc furnaces at the company’s steelworks in Scunthorpe , Lincolnshire, the Sunday Times reported

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Austral Australia to construct more guardian-class patrol boats

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Austal Australia has received an order for an additional two Guardian-class Patrol Boats. Image: Austal Australia The Australian Government has ordered two additional Guardian-class Patrol Boats from Austal Australia, valued at approximately $39 million. The 39.5-metre, steel-hull patrol boats are to be constructed at Henderson in Western Australia and are scheduled for delivery in 2026.

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Smelt spout robots can improve safety, productivity in North American pulp and paper mills

Robotics Business Review

North American paper mills are starting to use robotics for smelt spout cleaning. Source: Valmet Recovery boilers represent a significant capital expenditure in the pulp and paper industry. While a well-maintained boiler can last for decades, routine care of this system can present challenges. Maintenance duties are often messy and risky for the operator, and many tasks are time-consuming and require full or partial boiler shutdown.

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USB to serial adapters with FTDI chip integration

Design World

StarTech.com has announced the availability of a new line of USB to Serial Adapters. These adapters use the customizable FTDI chip to add RS-232 capabilities to USB-enabled computers, allowing connectivity with Data Communication Equipment (DCE) peripherals such as digital signage, industrial equipment, and point-of-sale devices. The driverless installation ensures universal compatibility with Windows 7 and above, […] The post USB to serial adapters with FTDI chip integration appeared firs

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How Embedded Analytics Gets You to Market Faster with a SAAS Offering

Start-ups & SMBs launching products quickly must bundle dashboards, reports, & self-service analytics into apps. Customers expect rapid value from your product (time-to-value), data security, and access to advanced capabilities. Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) tools can provide valuable data analysis capabilities, but they have a barrier to entry that can stop small and midsize businesses from capitalizing on them.