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Automotive electric-actuator market trends

Design World

Automotive electric actuators adjust engine settings; manage safety features; and impart precise control fuel efficiency. Many such actuators are compact and light, fitting well in modern cars and requiring less maintenance. Some can be programmed to execute different tasks. The market for these automotive actuators is likely to grow at a moderate pace and reach… The post Automotive electric-actuator market trends appeared first on Design World.

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System-on-Module for Next-gen Computer Vision Applications

Gary Mintchell

Computer vision technology and application seemed to have been in a long lull until semiconductor advances of the past few years. Now companies are unleashing new products at an astonishing pace. This is an updated product from Digi International —a company I covered a long time ago who became less interesting to me and now has returned to my view. Digi International introduced the wireless and highly power-efficient Digi ConnectCore MP25 system-on-module (SOM) at Embedded World 2024.

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ABB Releases Report Looking At State of Automotive Manufacturing

Gary Mintchell

All of the manufacturing automation and cybersecurity suppliers have been conducting market research that they are releasing for us all to get a sense of what customers are thinking. This one from ABB Robotics looks into the global automotive supply chain. Global ABB Automotive Manufacturing Outlook Survey confirms automation and robotics are crucial to the future of the industry New OEMs and start-ups lead the charge, while suppliers are lagging behind ABB’s flexible and smart solutions make a

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How Campaign Manager Tech Benefits Batch Manufacturing

Automation World

In batch manufacturing operations, a campaign manager is a database module that acts as a translator between ERP and scheduling software and the batch engine to prevent errors and over-production.

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Manufacturing Sustainability Surge: Your Guide to Data-Driven Energy Optimization & Decarbonization

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.

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EVs drive down carbon emissions and lift vehicle ownership to record high

SMMT

Number of vehicles on UK roads reaches record 41.4 million in 2023, with car ownership up 1.6% to 35,694,845 units. The average car in use saw CO2 emissions decline by -2.1%, notably thanks to incentivised investment by business fleets into EVs. One in 40 of all vehicles on roads now zero emission, including 960,896 cars, 61,161 vans, 2,383 HGVs and 1,922 buses.

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Boston Dynamics debuts electric version of Atlas humanoid robot

Robotics Business Review

Goodbye to the hydraulic version of Atlas and hello to the electric model designed for commercialization. That’s the message from Boston Dynamics Inc., which yesterday retired the older version of its humanoid robot after 15 years of development and today showed a preview of its successor. “The next generation of the Atlas program builds on decades of research and furthers our commitment to delivering the most capable, useful mobile robots solving the toughest challenges in the indus

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Implementing Product Lifecycle Intelligence Yields Benefits

Gary Mintchell

Develop a new product category, hire an analyst firm to conduct some market research, and show how your new product provides benefits to customers. We see it in some “scientific” studies and also studies broadcast on TV advertisements. Here is one by a company called Makersite who touts their new approach called product lifecycle intelligence (PLI).

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What the CIO’s Evolution Means for Manufacturing

Automation World

Chief information officers are stepping beyond the traditional confines of corporate IT to take on a more active role in the integration and management of production systems.

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Tutorial: Arduino and AutomationDirect Merged in the ProOpen PLC

Control.com

Having separately covered Arduino’s microcontroller platforms and AutomationDirect Productivity PLCs, it’s time to take the wheel of the ProOpen, a PLC that combines modularity with C++ programming.

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Grants open for businesses developing defence capabilities

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: CPL Nicole Dorrett/ Defence Australia Eight small to medium-sized businesses delivering priority capabilities for defence will be boosted by grants totalling $3.47 million from the Australian Federal Government. Minister for defence industry, the Hon Pat Conroy said, “Small to medium-sized businesses play an important role in developing and sustaining the capabilities the Australian Defence Force needs to protect us and our national interests.

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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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NFI’s drone deployment takes flight

Design World

NFI Industries, founded in 1932, is one of the oldest and largest privately held and family-owned 3PLs in North America. The company serves a variety of segments, including food and beverage, retail and e-commerce, manufacturing, and consumer packaged goods, offering everything from transportation, distribution, brokerage, port drayage, intermodal, global logistics, and real estate.

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Eocycle Technologies receives $25M in financing to bring its cleantech to the U.S. and Europe

Canadian Manufacturing

MONTREAL — Eocycle Technologies, a manufacturer of ‘distributed’ wind turbines, announces it has received $25 million in financing to expand its operations in key markets throughout the US Midwest and Great Plains, as well as in Europe. The deal was led by Export Development Canada, and also backed by the Fonds de Solidarité FTQ, which each invested $10 million.

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Beginner’s Guide to Automation: How to Choose the Right Project

Control.com

There are a lot of companies considering in-house automation or consulting with integrators for automated systems. But where do you start, and how do you even pick a project for automation?

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AMW day one recap from Manufacturers’ Monthly

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Prime Creative Media Australian Manufacturing Week (AMW) officially opened yesterday, as hundreds of innovators and industry leaders gathered in one place, it was clear there was a shared enthusiasm and excitement for the manufacturing industry. Held at the International Convention Centre in Sydney, day one marked insightful discussions and displayed many technological advancements, all with a focus on the future of manufacturing in Australia.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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How is a transition edge sensor used in astrophysics?

Design World

A transition edge sensor (TES) is a microcalorimeter based on superconductivity. Compared with alternative technologies like energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), a TES can provide higher resolution measurements and resolve emission lines at closely adjacent energies. In astrophysics, TES is used to measure the relative abundance of elements like boron, carbon, and oxygen versus silicon […] The post How is a transition edge sensor used in astrophysics?

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Emerson Adds Software to its DeltaV Automation Platform

Gary Mintchell

Emerson has gone through a process of divesting companies and adding others, such as NI (nee National Instruments) becoming overall more of an automation company. Much like years ago when Rockwell shed aerospace and trucks and other industries becoming Rockwell Automation. Its tagline in press releases for some time has included software as an emphasis.

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BWX Technologies, Inc. invests $80M in nuclear mfg.

Canadian Manufacturing

CAMBRIDGE – The Ontario government says they are welcoming an $80 million investment by BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) to expand their Cambridge nuclear manufacturing plant. Their investment will create more than 250 new skilled, unionized jobs in Cambridge and try to support Ontario’s expansion of reliable, affordable and clean nuclear energy to power our growing economy.

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Siemens Debuts Updated PLC: The S7-1200 G2

Control.com

The S7-1200 is Siemens’ flagship small form factor PLC, upgradable with signal boards and modules. The new update, the S7-1200 G2, demonstrated at Hannover Messe, contains an array of new features.

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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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Australian Manufacturing Week officially open now!

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Prime Creative Media/Georgia Willey Doors have opened today for Australian Manufacturing Week (AMW), one of Australia’s premier manufacturing industry events. The executive director for Investment NSW, Maroun El Khoury officially opened Australian Manufacturing Week today at the International Convention Centre in Sydney on behalf of the Hon.

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Beckhoff USA accelerates growth with new office in Austin, Texas

Design World

Beckhoff Automation opened a new office in Austin, Texas, to supercharge the company’s presence in the Southwest. Beyond creating a collaborative workspace, the 3,500-ft2 facility is suitable for hosting industry-specific application seminars, customer meetings, training, and events. Complementing the Beckhoff offices in Houston and Dallas, this third Texas facility creates a central site for the… The post Beckhoff USA accelerates growth with new office in Austin, Texas appeared first on D

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Petroperú Selects Honeywell cybersecurity Solutions To Bolster cyber Resiliency

Gary Mintchell

Honeywell has been known for cybersecurity solutions for a long time. With its Honeywell Connected Enterprise platform, it is supporting the corporations realigned portfolio around powerful megatrends, including automation and energy transition. I had a cybersecurity problem and solved it with this solution said no one anywhere. However, here is a story about a company who has implemented Honeywell’s cybersecurity solutions.

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Octopus suckers inspire robotic mechanism with potential for industrial applications

E&T

Scientists at the University of Bristol are developing a new robotic suction cup inspired by octopus suckers that can grasp rough, curved and heavy stone.

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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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Robot-To-PLC Handshaking

Control.com

Controlling an industrial robot can be done through the use of well-crafted signal handshakes. Follow along as we dive into several robot-to-PLC communication strategies.

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Manufacturers Monthly Endeavour Awards

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Prime Creative Media The Manufacturers Monthly Endeavour Awards, hosted annually in Australia, serve as a prestigious platform to honour the brightest minds and most innovative projects in the manufacturing industry. Over more than 20 years the Endeavour Awards has celebrated the industry’s best and brightest products and people. In 2024, the Endeavour Awards will return on Thursday 7 November in Melbourne.

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PTDA  welcomes new member

Design World

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA), the association for the industrial power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distribution channel, welcomes a new associate member. Service First Processing consults on and provides credit card and electronic payment processing for businesses, with a particular focus on servicing trade associations and buying groups.

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Electric Power Where You Need It

Gary Mintchell

I own an Ioniq 6 electric vehicle since about a year ago. There was a soccer association meeting I wanted to attend in Lima, Ohio, and I thought I’d combine it with a stop in my old home of Sidney, Ohio. Sidney has no chargers. There is one location in all of Shelby County, Ohio located about 20 miles from Sidney at the Airstream Inc. Customer Center in Jackson Center (my home town).

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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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Locus Robotics surpasses 3B picks just 33 weeks after its last milestone

Robotics Business Review

Locus says its systems are now involved in picking 6 million to 7 million units per day. | Source: Locus Robotics Locus Robotics Corp. today announced that it has surpassed 3 billion total picks across its global customer deployments. The company reached this milestone just 33 weeks after it recorded its 2 billionth pick. It claimed that the achievement underscores its continued rapid growth and solidifies its position as a leader in autonomous robotics automation for the warehouse.

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How to set a press brake backgauge manually

The Fabricator

Steve Benson details traditional methods for setting a manual backgauge on a press brake, then discusses how to improve material springback estimates.

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Australian Hydrogen Council signs MoC with JETHRO

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Australian Hydrogen Council. Fiona Simon (Australian Hydrogen Council) and Takayuki Watanabe (JETRO) The Australian Hydrogen Council has signed a new agreement with the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) to collaborate on advancing hydrogen priorities and strengthen trade ties between Australia and Japan. The new Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) was signed in Adelaide at the Australian Japan Business Cooperation Committee (AJBCC) conference on Transitioning Australia-Japan Energy Pa

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Emerson’s new motorized actuator and shutoff valve improve safety and reliability

Design World

Emerson has introduced the new ASCOTM Series 148/149 safety valve and motorized actuator designed for industrial fuel oil burner recirculation and safety shutoff applications. The new solution provides a reliable, versatile tool for industrial users to prevent overpressure, leaks, and system malfunctions that can lead to health and safety incidents, with one configuration suited to… The post Emerson’s new motorized actuator and shutoff valve improve safety and reliability appeared first on

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5 Ways New Manufacturing Companies Are Accelerating Innovation

Next-gen manufacturers are redesigning factories to enable agility at every stage of production. From more timely communication between engineers and technicians to technologies that empower real-time collaboration, they’re getting ahead by making iterations and improvements during a build, across the production line at scale. This level of flexibility means they can develop more quickly than their legacy counterparts.