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An engineer since childhood

Design World

Norberta Lu started disassembling and rebuilding things at an early age. Today, she uses her skills to improve how things work. By Martin Rowe, senior technical editor, EE World “I like to destroy things and rebuild them,” said Zhuofan (Norberta) Lu. Spoken like a true engineer. After all, who doesn’t like taking things apart? Currently… The post An engineer since childhood appeared first on Design World.

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Motors: The Core of Automation

Automation World

Motors have been central to automation since the beginnings of the first industrial revolution in the mid 18th century and their varied forms and applicability maintain their centrality into the 21st century’s fourth industrial revolution.

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HighByte Releases Industrial DataOps Solution with Complete Data Engineering Toolset for Global Manufacturers  

Gary Mintchell

Unified Namespace architectures are the hot IT item right now. HighByte, a pioneer in industrial dataops, now includes support for this technology. HighByte , an industrial software company, announced the release of HighByte Intelligence Hub version 3.2 that fully supports Unified Namespace (UNS) architectures and expands data pipelines capabilities, providing a complete data engineering platform to the industrial market.

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UK CV production up again in August

SMMT

UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing grows 8.6% in most productive August since 2012. 6,660 units leave factories in August, pushing year-to-date volume 62.2% above pre-pandemic levels. CVs made for the domestic market up by 24.4%, while exports fall slightly, down -2.0%. British commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing grew 8.6% in August as 6,660 units rolled out of UK factories, according to new figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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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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Fingernail-sized robot autonomously travels 10 metres without battery power

E&T

Moving robots typically demand a lot of energy, which requires a battery that only has a limited lifetime. Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have created MilliMobile, which is equipped with a solar panel-like energy harvester and four wheels. The robot is about the size of a penny, weighs as much as a raisin and can move roughly the length of a bus (approximately 10 metres) in an hour, even on a cloudy day.

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Inductive Automation names Opto 22 as a solution partner

Design World

California-based industrial automation and IIoT manufacturer Opto 22 announces a new, elevated partnership status with Inductive Automation as a Solution Partner. One of the first hardware companies to embed Inductive Automation’s Ignition software in its industrial edge devices, Opto 22 had been a long-time member of the Ignition Onboard Program. With the sunsetting of the Onboard… The post Inductive Automation names Opto 22 as a solution partner appeared first on Design World.

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Recommendations for Managing Cybersecurity Threats in the Manufacturing Sector

Foley

In the hyper-connected era of smart manufacturing, accelerated by “Industry 4.0,” the manufacturing sector is undergoing a digital revolution. By leveraging technologies such as advanced automation, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, and the like, manufacturers continue to optimize production, increase efficiency, and drive innovation.

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UK car manufacturing falls in August as factories gear up for next gen models

SMMT

UK car production declines by -9.7% to 45,052 units in August, following six months of growth. Production for home market falls -25.2%, as exports also decline by -5.5%. Electrified vehicles represent nearly two in five of all cars produced in August, equivalent to 16,511 units. UK car production fell -9.7% in August, following six consecutive months of growth, as 45,052 models rolled off factory lines, according to the latest figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Tra

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A Simple Guide to Spindle Repair

Mold Making Technology

Always monitor spindle health. Make sure the spindles are properly lubricated and minimize contamination. Photo Credit: Northland Tool and Electronics The spindle is an integral part of any functioning machining center. If a spindle is broken or not working correctly, the machine will not perform to its highest potential or at all. The spindle repair process is in-depth and takes multiple steps, so consider a trained professional.

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The igus Mobile Exhibition comes to town

Design World

Tradeshows are always evolving, and after the massive changes that the Covid-19 pandemic forced on the industry, we saw a cratering in attendance and then a massive rebound. We also learned that sometimes, smaller is better — and where our personal workplace was could mean different, more flexible things. Flexibility came to mind after experiencing… The post The igus Mobile Exhibition comes to town appeared first on Design World.

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A Low-Risk, Incremental Approach to Smart Manufacturing for Small & Medium Manufacturers

This guidebook discusses how small/medium manufacturers have implemented Smart Manufacturing initiatives and realized benefits such as increased productivity as well as higher levels of coordination and speed within the enterprise and supply chain.

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Drones and the Future of Travel: What’s Next for Airline easyJet?

Robotics Automation News

easyJet has always been at the forefront of innovation in the airline industry, not only for their consumer offerings but also in terms of aircraft maintenance and operations.

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Britain to build the world's most powerful laser

E&T

The UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has been awarded £85m to upgrade its Vulcan system, with the aim of turning it into the most powerful laser in the world. The Central Laser Facility’s (CLF’s) current Vulcan laser has been delivering 1 petawatt (PW) pulses for more than 25 years. In contrast, the new laser will feature one beam capable of delivering 20PW pulses, alongside eight additional high-intensity beams producing a pulse energy of up to 20kJ.

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The 2023 September/October digital edition of Manufacturing AUTOMATION is now online!

Automation Mag

The September/October 2023 digital edition of Manufacturing AUTOMATION is now available. Our cover story focuses on how Lifetime Achievement Award winner Michal Goc solves challenging automation problems with an innovative mind and perseverance. Also in this issue, you’ll find: Behind the scenes: Robot integration Navigating challenges when implementing robots to achieve desired results.

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Openness to New Manufacturing Techniques Gives Mayer Tool & Engineering a Competitive Edge

Mold Making Technology

Mayer Tool & Engineering (MTE) specializes in designing and building quality injection molds for the plastics industry. From concept to completion, they handle everything from initial mold design and engineering to the final product. Photos Credit, all images: Mayer Tool & Engineering Inc. What is Mayer Tool & Engineering, and what is your chief competitive advantage?

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Best Practices to Boost Marketing Efficiency while Decreasing Cost Per Sale

Speaker: Kristin Hess - Senior Product Marketing Manager, Drift; Will Lyon - Head of Vertical Marketing, 6sense

The past three years have forced nearly every industry to rethink their prospect and customer engagement strategy. But while we’ve all been thrust into digital transformation, we haven’t all made the transition efficiently. Now that we know digital selling is the new norm, how can we ensure our website is doing as much of the leg work as possible for us - even in the midst of economic challenges?

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Spotlight on Engineering Diversity & Inclusion – Alexandra Olson

Design World

Alexandra Olson, Electronic Design Engineer, WAGO Corporation Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison Alexandra Olson was hired at WAGO as an Electronic Design Engineer in July 2023 after earning her degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison. She works with WAGO’s Custom Design and Engineering Team helping developing specific products for customers and… The post Spotlight on Engineering Diversity & Inclusion – Alexandra Olson appeared

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DHL bolsters its US network with $74 million Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky investment

Robotics Automation News

DHL eCommerce, a division of the world’s biggest logistics company, DHL Group, has opened a fully-owned 307,000 square-foot distribution center in Hebron, KY, 10 minutes from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG).

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Carmakers urge the EU to delay 10 per cent tax on British cars

E&T

Because of Brexit, new tariffs will be imposed upon all cars made in the UK where at least 45 per cent of their components do not originate in the UK or EU. This quota is as high as 60 per cent for some components, such as the battery. A 10 per cent tax will be applied to all vehicles being sold across the English Channel not conforming to these specifications.

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ABB and Export Development Canada’s new partnership aims to drive clean tech financing globally

Automation Mag

ABB and Export Development Canada (EDC) have signed a global partnership to promote investments in sustainable technologies and projects in Canada and around the world. The support provided by EDC, with a total limit of up to US$ 2.9 billion, will provide ABB’s customers with financing and insurance solutions to strategic automation and electrification projects in the sectors of clean technologies, advanced manufacturing, digital technologies and resources of the future.

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Innovations in Manufacturing: How to Become Your New Tech's Master

Speaker: Gary Mintchell, Founder of The Manufacturing Connection

In a world where new technology keeps popping up out of nowhere, it's easy to think that this new tech can solve any and all your manufacturing challenges. This is a dangerous assumption because thoughtless reliance on technology can become a liability. Yes, tech does makes work easier and faster, but we've learned in recent decades that projects can still fail if the new technology being used doesn't bring manufacturing, business, and go-to-market strategies together.

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Carlo Gavazzi Introduces Level 1 And 2 EV Energy Level Meter

Control.com

Carlo Gavazzi has released a single-phase electrical monitor device that is compact and has a backlit display to gather data about electrical system usage and real-time performance.

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Spotlight on Engineering Diversity & Inclusion – Alina Kim

Design World

Alina Kim, Manufacturing Engineer, Bishop-Wisecarver Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of California San Diego Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Santa Clara University I graduated from UC San Diego with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and also went on to pursue my Master’s at Santa Clara University. I started off as a Test… The post Spotlight on Engineering Diversity & Inclusion – Alina Kim appeared first on Design World.

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US politicians move to prevent robots from being given weapons

Robotics Automation News

State Representative Lindsay Sabadosa and State Senator Michael Moore have filed an Act to ensure the responsible use of advanced robotic technologies, legislation that prohibits the manufacture, sale, and operation of robotic devices or drones that are mounted with a weapon.

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Rolls-Royce nozzle breakthrough brings hydrogen plane engines closer to reality

E&T

The firm is working with partner easyJet to develop hydrogen combustion engine technology capable of powering a range of aircraft from the mid-2030s onwards. It said it completed tests on a full annular combustor of a Pearl 700 engine, which was running solely on hydrogen fuel. The test proves that the fuel can be combusted at conditions needed to achieve maximum take-off thrust.

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The New Tech Toolbelt: Digital Twins, IoT, Cobots, & More

Speaker: Cory Skinner, Founder and CEO of FactR

From limited visibility and a lack of real-time data to a lack of agility and responsiveness to changing market conditions, there's no shortage of difficulties that today's supply chain professionals can encounter. What can be done to not only address these challenges, but overcome them? Supply chains need tools that elevate decision-making and boost ROI as well as respond effectively to demand fluctuations, customer preferences, and competition.

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Job Shops Can’t Do Everything, And That’s OK

Modern Machine Shop

Top Shops 2023 business strategies honoree Manda Machine is a family business. Operations manager Todd (left) and general manager Andy (right) Ellard are the third-generation owners, and foreman Stephen Waldrop (center) is Todd’s son-in-law. Photos courtesy of Manda Machine. Manda Machine is a Dallas, Texas-based machine shop that was founded in 1950 and is currently led by third-generation owners Andy and Todd Ellard.

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The Clorox Co. Recovers from Severe Cyberattack

Industry Week

The bleach manufacturer this week begins the cleanup process to fully repair damage from an attack first reported in mid-August that slowed production and caused product shortages.

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ABB Robotics launches OptiFact to unlock full potential of factory data

Design World

• OptiFact collects, manages, and analyzes data from hundreds of factory devices centrally, saving up to 25% time in data collection and analysis • The new platform, which complements ABB Robotics’ existing digital solution suite, helps factory operators increase production uptime by up to 20% • Pilot projects confirm OptiFact’s ease of use, ability to… The post ABB Robotics launches OptiFact to unlock full potential of factory data appeared first on Design World.

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Otto Group teams up with Boston Dynamics

Robotics Automation News

Otto Group, one of the world’s largest e-commerce retailers, has signed a strategic agreement with Boston Dynamics, a developer of mobile robotics and maker of highly innovative machines, to continue automating its logistics operations.

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The 4 Keys to Demand Planning in 2023 and Beyond

Speaker: Eva Dawkins - Senior Consultant, Supply Chain

The last three years have been a rollercoaster ride for most supply chains, filled with volatile unpredictability and frequent disruptions. We know technology improvements can improve supply chain operations and add significant value for companies even in turbulent times. However, to pull this off, companies must first establish crucial supporting people processes - in particular, planning processes.

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Nasa capsule brings back the largest asteroid sample ever collected

E&T

Nasa has made history once again by obtaining soil samples from the “most dangerous known rock in the Solar System”. The capsule carrying the samples landed at 8.52am MDT in the selected area of the Department of Defense’s Utah Test and Training Range near Salt Lake City. The mission was designed by Nasa’s Osiris-Rex (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification and Security – Regolith Explorer) team, which aimed to obtain the third and largest sample ever collected from an astero

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Metrologic Group Announces New Strategic Vision

Metrology

At these times of accelerated change, Metrologic Group aims to be a partner of choice for manufacturing companies looking for flexible and universal software solutions to improve their industrial performance and respond to their sustainability challenges The post Metrologic Group Announces New Strategic Vision appeared first on Metrology and Quality News - Online Magazine.

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Biden-Harris Administration Announces CHIPS for America Funding Opportunity to Strengthen Semiconductor Supply Chains

NIST Manufacturing

WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced a funding opportunity for smaller supply chain projects and businesses to access CHIPS for America funds.

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Receiving Honors and Actionable Feedback Through Top Shops

Modern Machine Shop

After poring over the vast amount of data gathered from the annual Top Shops benchmarking program’s survey takers, Modern Machine Shop ’s editorial team identified honorees that set themselves apart across the survey’s four individual categories: machining technology, business strategies, shopfloor practices and human resources. The survey reveals the best of the best in modern manufacturing and the highest caliber of machine shops in the U.S.

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VanceAI Art Generator Guide: Create Visuals in Few Steps

Robotics Automation News

AI-based apps like AI art generator tools are revolutionizing the art creation process by making it easier and quicker than ever before. Creators now have access to a wide range of tools and applications that can assist them in generating stunning artwork with minimal effort.

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