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FANUC America Unveils New $110 Million Robotics and Automation Campus

Gary Mintchell

FANUC America has expanded its footprint to over 2 million square feet and has created over 400 jobs since 2019 The amount of news emanating from the traditional robotic companies amazes me. I thought this market was mature. Evidently FANUC doesn’t think so. This news concerns additional investment in its Detroit-area facility. I couldn’t make the trip this week to witness the event, although I would have liked to have been there.

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SMW Autoblok introduces new pneumatic robotic tool changers

Design World

SMW Autoblok just launched a new line of quick-change, pneumatic robotic tool changers that can be combined with a variety of pneumatic grippers and C40 inductive couplers for contactless, wear-free energy and signal transmission. With these new products, grippers, tools, and other end effectors can be changed quickly to increase cycle time and productivity and… The post SMW Autoblok introduces new pneumatic robotic tool changers appeared first on Design World.

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InOrbit Releases AI Copilot for Robot Optimization

Automation World

Operating over messaging platforms such as Microsoft Teams or Slack, InOrbit’s RobOps Copilot allows users to get detailed explanations of robot issues to arrive at key optimization decisions.

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PRS Tool Changer from SMW Autoblok works with pneumatic grippers, C40 Inductive Coupler

Robotics Business Review

The PRS Tool Changer provides contactless energy and signal transmission. Source: SMW Electronics SMW Autoblok Group yesterday launched its new quick-change PRS Robotic Tool Changer line, which can be combined with a variety of pneumatic grippers and C40 Inductive Couplers for contactless, wear-free energy and signal transmission. The Wheeling, Ill.

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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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Vehicle-to-grid tech allows EV fleet to power grid during Australian blackout

E&T

During an electricity blackout in Melbourne, a fleet of electric vehicles (EVs) were able to feed power back into Australia’s electricity grid, according to a report from the Australian National University (ANU).

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Emerson Updates DeltaV Distributed Control System

Gary Mintchell

Just when I realized there had been no news for quite a while from the major automation suppliers this news from Emerson came my way. The news concerns expanding DeltaV Automation Platform with the DeltaV Version 15 Feature Pack 2 update for its distributed control system (DCS). With so few new plants under construction, making upgrades easier becomes an important goal for developers.

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Visualization Upgrades Unify Plant Floor Operations

Automation World

Insights into system integrators’ use of Inductive Automation’s web-based software to deliver improved alarm management and SCADA that meet the complex needs of manufacturers in the food and pharmaceutical manufacturing industries.

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China proposes guidelines for future humanoid development

Robotics Business Review

The World AI Conference brought together 18 humanoid robotics companies from across China. | Credit: WAIC After almost two years of climbing the hype curve, humanoid robots are reaching the point of maturity where it is becoming viable to deploy them into real-world applications. The race is heating up around the world, as dozens of humanoid robot companies put all of their energy, expertise, and knowledge into to creation of this interesting robot form factor.

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Dyson ‘to cut more than a quarter of UK workforce’

The Guardian Manufacturing

Vacuum cleaner maker will reportedly axe about 1,000 jobs as part of global cost-cutting drive Business live – latest updates The vacuum cleaner and air filter maker Dyson is reportedly cutting about 1,000 jobs in the UK, reducing its British workforce by more than a quarter. Staff were told on Tuesday morning about the cuts as part of a wider cost-cutting drive and efforts to reduce the business’s 15,000-strong workforce around the world, the Financial Times reported.

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Cybersecurity Breaches Identified as Major Cause of Downtime

Gary Mintchell

Cycles of marketing thought intrigue me. Suddenly PR people are flooding my email inbox with offers to interview CTOs of security companies who wish to comment on how cybersecurity breaches are a major cause of downtime. I chose this one to post for now partly because it’s a new company. I’m also intrigued by how the IT guy from Uber thinks he can disrupt industrial automation.

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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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Designatronics appoints Brazier as Director of Sales and Marketing

Design World

Designatronics Inc. has announced that it has appointed Simon Brazier as its Director of Sales and Marketing, following a wide-ranging search process. In this newly created role, Brazier will assume responsibility for leadership and growth for both domestic and international business development. “We’re extremely excited to add Simon to our sales and marketing team.

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Why Should Manufacturers Care About Snowflake?

Automation World

In this podcast, we talk with Tim Long, global head of manufacturing at Snowflake, to understand what the company's data cloud services offer to the manufacturing industries, especially considering the wide use of cloud services from Amazon, Microsoft and Google, as well as those from automation technology suppliers.

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Mandatory speed limiters come into force in the EU and Northern Ireland

E&T

All new vehicles sold in Europe – including Northern Ireland but not Great Britain – will be required from now on to have intelligent speed assistance technology installed.

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Auto makers can drive UK’s green growth agenda with carbon emissions halved

SMMT

25th automotive Sustainability Report shows UK vehicle manufacturers surpass major milestone with CO2 emissions per vehicle produced halved since 1999. More vehicles made but less energy used in 2023 with an -18% decline in CO2 emissions from factory production. Enhancing UK’s competitiveness could help deliver more than a million British-built zero emission vehicles every year by 2035.

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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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Moldmaking Accelerated Contraction in June

Mold Making Technology

Moldmaking activity contracted at an accelerated rate in June, the second month in a row. Accelerated contraction of new orders contributed to the overall index decline, as did a turn for backlog, also contracting at an accelerated rate in June. GBI: Moldmaking activity was down 3.1 points in June. Source (All images) | Gardner Intelligence The Gardner Business Index (GBI) Moldmaking ended June at 44.1, down 3.1 points from May.

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Introducing the E6-73 Stainless Steel Constant Torque Flush Mount Hinge

Design World

Southco has developed a flush-mount version of its popular E6 constant torque hinge. The E6-73 Stainless Steel Constant Torque Hinge provides the benefits of a torque hinge in a low-profile, corrosion-resistant package, making it a suitable solution for those who want to maximize safety, longevity, and aesthetics. It also offers high torque for heavy-duty applications… The post Introducing the E6-73 Stainless Steel Constant Torque Flush Mount Hinge appeared first on Design World.

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Emerson Uses CoreTigo's Wireless Tech for Compressed Air Management

Automation World

Dubbed the Energy Saver, it works by retrofitting Emerson Aventics air flow sensors and pressure regulators with CoreTigo’s IO-Link Wireless device.

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New TAFE training facility to supercharge manufacturing jobs on the SuperGrid

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Queensland Government The $18.29 million North Queensland Hydrogen and Renewable Energy Training Facility and Advanced Manufacturing Skills Lab is now open. North Queenslanders looking to capitalise on the State Government’s Big Build of clean energy, infrastructure, and housing have a new home to hone their skills for the region’s in-demand blue collar careers.

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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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Engineering and technology: who are Labour’s key ministers?

E&T

The Labour Party entered office on Friday after winning the general election in a long-expected landslide. Leader Keir Starmer swiftly appointed his cabinet and held their first meeting over the weekend. But who are the key appointments for the engineering and technology sectors?

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Honeywell’s Battery MXP Optimizes Process for Lithium-Ion Manufacturing

Control.com

Honeywell’s artificial-intelligence-driven Battery MXP provides end-to-end visibility and maximum control for lithium-ion battery manufacturing operations.

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Fastener Fair USA 2024 and Women that Rock

Design World

Fastener Fair USA 2024 was filled with Women that Rock, including many fellow Women In Fastener Industry (WIFI) members. This year, the WIFI group rocked out with a Rise & Shine WIFI members breakfast filled with speed networking and mini round table discussions. Kicking off the event was a breakfast buffet welcome session for about… The post Fastener Fair USA 2024 and Women that Rock appeared first on Design World.

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How Alarm Notification Systems Ensure GMP Compliance

Automation World

For companies in regulated industries, such as life sciences, properly managed alarm systems are key to quality assurance.

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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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Queensland Training Awards highlight greatness in VET

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: chokniti/stock.adobe.com The 63 rd Queensland Training Awards regional finals showcased the great work in vocational education and training (VET) across the state. Categories included apprentices, trainees, vocational students, teachers and trainers, community training projects and employers. With almost 750 statewide nominations this year, the selected regional finalists represent the excellence, hard work, and dedication evident in Queensland’s high-performing training system.

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Struggles at Belfast’s Titanic shipyard reflect UK’s faded naval power

The Guardian Manufacturing

Attempts by Harland & Wolff to restore the city’s industrial prowess could be dashed as the new government beds in, but the famous firm is already in choppy waters elsewhere The Harland & Wolff (H&W) shipyard in Belfast is famous for having built the Titanic, the largest passenger ship of its time before it hit an iceberg on its maiden voyage across the Atlantic.

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Investing in New Technology at AccuRounds

Modern Machine Shop

In this machine shop tour, we step into the world of AccuRounds. Located in Avon, Massachusetts, the shop is boasting 45,000 square feet of cutting-edge precision machining technology. AccuRounds has created synergy between culture and technology, driving a commitment to customer satisfaction and continuous improvement. As we tour the machine shop, see the transformative power of technology.

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ROLEC’s commandCASE control system enclosures – now in three versions

Design World

ROLEC’s robust commandCASE for industrial operating and control systems is now available in three versions – offering a choice of lid closures. Diecast aluminum commandCASE (IP 66) is designed to fit suspension arms, notably ROLEC’s profiPLUS and taraSMART ranges. The enclosures provide electronics designers with an elegant solution at an attractive price point.

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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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Is Automation the Key to Sustainable Microchip Manufacturing?

Automation World

Automated smart water management tools can help semiconductor fabricators address sustainability goals and still turn a profit.

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MSQ announces investment to advance QLD Manufacturing

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: oksix/stock.adobe.com Manufacturing Skills Queensland (MSQ) has announced the first-of-its-kind 2024- 25 Annual Training Plan, delivering a $5.06 million-investment commitment to advancing Queensland manufacturing. The Annual Training Plan outlines 19 programs set to be rolled out from 1 July 2024, delivered across four investment priority areas.

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New climate data reveals June 2024 was the hottest on record across the globe

E&T

The EU’s climate monitoring service says that June 2024 was the hottest on record, marking a 13-month streak of unprecedented global heat.

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Child Labor Law Compliance in the Manufacturing Industry

NIST

For the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, protecting children in the workplace is our top priority. The Division is responsible for enforcing foundational labor standards, including the child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in the private sector and in federal, state, and local governments.

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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.