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Manufacturers are “banking” electronic chips to protect against shortages

Design World

Contributed by Del Williams When the demand for electronic chips outstrips supply, prices rise, impacting consumers and manufacturers alike. Just as volatile oil markets succumb to geopolitical tensions, shortages, and natural disasters, such factors also impact computer chip supply chains. Fluctuations in chip prices can ripple through the economy, affecting the cost of electronics, vehicles,… The post Manufacturers are “banking” electronic chips to protect against shortages a

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Junk Food For The Mind

Gary Mintchell

Cal Newport , computer science professor and author ( Slow Productivity ), noticed a sign while on book promotion tour in England regarding the noxious effects of overly processed food, aka junk food. The message caused a companion thought—junk food for the mind. He had been thinking about how social media, over reliance on smart phones, and the like have corrupted the minds of many throughout the world.

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ABB and Niedax Group Partner on Cable Tray Systems

Automation World

The growing demand for cable tray systems in North America is behind this planned 50/50 joint venture.

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ForwardX Robotics launches 2 mini AMRs

Robotics Business Review

ForwardX Robotics said its new AMRs address the challenge of operating in narrow aisles. | Credit: ForwardX ForwardX Robotics has launched smaller, nimbler, middle-weight autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). The two new models are the Flex 300-SCB Mini and Flex 300-L Mini. The Flex 300-L Mini is a platform AMR that also serves as the mobile base for the Flex 300-SCB Mini.

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A Journey to Efficiency & Excellence in Manufacturing

Foundation Wellness, an orthotic and foot care product leader, transformed its manufacturing by implementing the Manufacturing Execution System FORCE MES FLEX from FORCAM ENISCO. Previously hindered by manual data collection, the company needed more efficiency and a proactive approach. Adopting an MES enhanced data visibility and enabled data-driven decision-making.

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Twenty Starlink satellites fall to Earth after botched rocket launch

E&T

Twenty Starlink satellites have fallen to Earth and burned up in the atmosphere just days after being launched into orbit due to a faulty rocket.

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Fastening application troubleshooting

Design World

By Mike McGuire When a fastening application involves fastener performance or fastener product quality complaints, the following list of questions should be considered in an effort to understand the reason(s) and the scope of the problem being experienced and how to evaluate it and solve it. + Who is the supplier? When was the product… The post Fastening application troubleshooting appeared first on Design World.

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Celebrating Artificial Intelligence, Its History and Evolution

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Appreciation Day, celebrated on July 16th every year, recognizes the positive contributions of AI technology to humanity and encourages discussions about its ethics. This event is an opportunity to celebrate AI's history and evolution, with Cisco playing a significant role.

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Helm.ai launches VidGen-1 generative video model for autonomous vehicles, robots

Robotics Business Review

VidGen-1 applies generative AI to produce video sequences for training autonomous systems. Source: Helm.ai Training machine learning models for self-driving vehicles and mobile robots is often labor-intensive because humans must annotate a vast number of images and supervise and validate the resulting behaviors. Helm.ai said its approach to artificial intelligence is different.

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Generative AI and the metal fabricator

The Fabricator

Fabricators are tapping into AI’s potential, using it to automate presentations and seeing how it can help with strategic planning. And they’re just getting started.

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Pallet conveying — for pacing small electronics and more

Design World

Pallet conveyors are hardly a new development, but the increasing speed and precision of these systems have made them the go-to conveyance option for a growing number of industries that are trying to boost throughput to keep up with demand. By Dave Giffels • Senior business development manager | Dorner Corp. Small electronics is one… The post Pallet conveying — for pacing small electronics and more appeared first on Design World.

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Provide Real Value in Your Applications with Data and Analytics

The complexity of financial data, the need for real-time insight, and the demand for user-friendly visualizations can seem daunting when it comes to analytics - but there is an easier way. With Logi Symphony, we aim to turn these challenges into opportunities. Our platform empowers you to seamlessly integrate advanced data analytics, generative AI, data visualization, and pixel-perfect reporting into your applications, transforming raw data into actionable insights.

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Plan to expand one of Germany’s busiest autobahns sparks backlash from campaigners

E&T

A proposal to increase a section of Germany’s autobahn to 10 lanes has campaigners concerned that it will increase carbon emissions and noise pollution, as well as causing the demolition of homes and biodiverse habitats.

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Metal Fabricator Implements MRP Software Before Even Renting a Warehouse

MRPEasy

Supported by an MRP system from the ground up, Australian custom metal fabricator Aston Precision grew from a spare bedroom to an established industry player in just three years. “I got MRPeasy even before I got my first warehouse,” says CJ Prem, Founder and Director. Becoming an established supplier in just 3 years Aston Precision […] The post Metal Fabricator Implements MRP Software Before Even Renting a Warehouse appeared first on Blog for Manufacturers and Distributors.

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Fourier Intelligence rebrands to Fourier and Fourier Rehab

Robotics Business Review

Fourier Intelligence has rebranded and is now operating under Fourier and Fourier Rehab. | Source: Fourier Fourier Intelligence Co. this month said it is rebranding to Fourier and Fourier Rehab. The Shanghai-based company said the strategic move reflects its commitment to expanding its innovations in humanoid robotics and rehabilitation technology. Founded in 2015, Fourier said it has developed robots equipped with dexterity and intelligence for medical rehabilitation, scientific research, and o

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Category-busting Detergents Lose the Plastic Bottle

Plastics Today

A new generation of detergent strips, tiles, and sheets from big brands and start-ups is disrupting plastic packaging in the laundry aisle.

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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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M12 connector line expanded to include D-coded options

Design World

CUI Devices’ Interconnect Group has announced the addition of M12 connector types with D coding to its line of circular connectors and circular cable assemblies. The CDM12 family includes a variety of male or female jack or plug versions with 4-pin contact position options. These M12 D-coded connectors and cables have IP67 ratings, making them suitable for harsh […] The post M12 connector line expanded to include D-coded options appeared first on Design World.

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IndyCar sponsorship gives fabrication industry exposure on a grand scale

The Fabricator

Two-time Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato drove No. 75 at the iconic race held the Sunday before Memorial Day, a weekend when the sheet metal industry gained some significant exposure. AMADA was his car’s primary sponsor.

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Alyssa Rodrigues: Forging a New Path for Women and Small Manufacturers in Alaska

NIST

For Alyssa Rodrigues, director of the Alaska Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) , helping women achieve success in manufacturing is more than a job, it’s a calling. “You know a lot of us, especially women, we make things,” Alyssa says. “We make jewelry, we make clothing, we manufacture on a very small scale – things for ourselves and things for our family and friends.

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Think Surgical collaborates with Signature Orthopaedics

Robotics Business Review

Think Surgical designed the TMINI Miniature Robotic System for accurate implant placement. | Source: Think Surgical Think Surgical continues to forge new partnerships involving its handheld surgical robots and implants for total knee arthroplasty (TKA). The latest involves Signature Orthopaedics, a design-focused orthopedic device manufacturer in Australia.

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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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St. Marys Cement receives $2.2M re-investment for lower-carbon kiln

Canadian Manufacturing

ST. MARYS — The Canadian government re-invests up to $2.2 million of recycled industrial pollution pricing revenues to fund a major new emissions reduction project at St. Marys Cement in St. Marys, Ontario. Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault made the funding announcement saying, “We are holding heavy industry accountable for their pollution, re-investing those revenues into projects that create good jobs and cut pollution.

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How do sensors impact exoskeletons?

Design World

Exoskeletons that enhance a human’s capabilities or enable a human to more readily perform normal tasks are being pursued by several organizations. The former design requirements are the military’s goals, but backpackers and other healthy individuals can take advantage of these designs as well. The latter are desired by individuals with disabilities or physical limitations. […] The post How do sensors impact exoskeletons?

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Ode to a Volt Meter: Of Linear Equations and OSHA Compliance

Control.com

Do you know enough about electricity to poke around in a conversation, but not inside a breaker panel? Read on for an introduction to electricity in a way you’ve (probably) never heard it before!

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South Korean manufacturer set to launch rocket from Australia

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: wowinside/stock.adobe.com Southern Launch will welcome South Korean rocket manufacturer UNASTELLA Corporation to launch from Australia after signing an agreement in Seoul last week. The agreement enables UNASTELLA to aim for at least four launches per year. The launches with UNASTELLA will further strengthen Australia’s space industry and will provide opportunities for the local supply chain to provide goods and services.

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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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Medtech vet Mark Toland on what’s next for surgical robotics

Robotics Business Review

Utilizing massive volumes of data is “the next wave of work” for surgical robotics developers, industry vet Mark Toland said in an interview with Medical Design & Outsourcing, a sister publication of The Robot Report. “We’ve all done a good job of building the hands and connecting them to the eyes,” Toland said. “But how do we use the data to start doing more intraoperative assistance algorithms?

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Manufacturing sales rose 0.4% to $71.4B in May

Canadian Manufacturing

Statistics Canada says wholesale sales, excluding petroleum, petroleum products, and other hydrocarbons and excluding oilseed and grain, fell 0.8 per cent to $82.2 billion in May. The overall decrease came as sales fell in five of the seven subsectors, with the largest decline coming from motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and accessories, which decreased by 3.8 per cent to $13.9 billion.

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PPAP-compliant connectors for automotive industry available in right-angle and edge versions

Design World

Samtec, Inc. has expanded its A-Series family of connectors with new additions that include a Level 3 Product Part Approval Process (PPAP) package for automobile applications. The series, comprising over 100 connectors, is designed for space-constrained, rugged applications within vehicles. The latest additions include right-angle and edge connectors, addressing the needs of automotive lighting, infotainment, and […] The post PPAP-compliant connectors for automotive industry available in r

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New Three-Phase, Dual-Stage EMI Filter Products From EMIS

Control.com

EMIS, a global supplier of electrical filters, has released a line of high-attenuation filters for the industrial automation motion control industry offering both standard voltage and high voltage models.

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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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$798 million Vecco Critical Mineral Projects gains coordinated project status

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: yelantsevv/stock.adobe.com The Vecco Critical Minerals Project, a major renewable energy initiative to help generate manufacturing jobs on Queensland’s energy grid and has moved a step closer after gaining coordinated project status. The plant would supply minerals for use in the local manufacture in Townsville of rechargeable batteries for grid-scale energy.

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Store Intelligence adds Simbe Mobile app and Virtual Tour for retailers

Robotics Business Review

Simbe Mobile is a new management feature in the Store Intelligence suite. Source: Simbe Robotics Simbe Robotics Inc. today announced two new capabilities of its Store Intelligence systems. The South San Francisco-based company said they are among its largest software updates ever and are intended to extend the value of its Web platform, which is used by dozens of retailers across three continents.

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Hydrogen-powered aircraft could service all flights under 750 miles by 2045

E&T

Almost all air travel under 750 miles could be made with hydrogen-powered aircraft by 2045, researchers at the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have said.

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Akribis Systems introduces rod motor positioning modules with submicron accuracy

Design World

Akribis Systems has introduced its SGR Series rod motor positioning module, which features repeatable, submicron accuracy. As equipment and systems in dynamic industries like semiconductors, biotechnology, precision assembly, and battery manufacturing continually get smaller and faster, submicron-level positioning accuracy is critically important. The SGR module is equipped with a high-precision Akribis RDM-A Series coreless direct… The post Akribis Systems introduces rod motor positioning

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Deliver Mission Critical Insights in Real Time with Data & Analytics

In the fast-moving manufacturing sector, delivering mission-critical data insights to empower your end users or customers can be a challenge. Traditional BI tools can be cumbersome and difficult to integrate - but it doesn't have to be this way. Logi Symphony offers a powerful and user-friendly solution, allowing you to seamlessly embed self-service analytics, generative AI, data visualization, and pixel-perfect reporting directly into your applications.