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‘Brexit has lost us 25% of sales’: British bike storage firm buckles under red tape

The Guardian Manufacturing

Cycloc says ‘Kafkaesque’ rules have cost it £100,000 in latest tale of how EU exit is harming small firms A British bicycle entrepreneur says Brexit has buckled his business and left him with a £100,000 hole in revenues, accusing the government of failing to do enough to mitigate its impact on British small exporters. Cycloc, which has made a name for its distinctive indoor bicycle storage and accessories and includes Stella McCartney, Jonathan Ross and cycling star Mark Cavendish among its cust

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Fastest 3D Automated Optical Inspection Machine For PCB’s

Metrology

Saki Corporation, an innovator in the field of automated optical and X-ray inspection equipment, has announced that it has developed a high-speed camera head with an optical resolution of 15μm The post Fastest 3D Automated Optical Inspection Machine For PCB’s appeared first on Metrology and Quality News - Online Magazine.

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2023 Predictions & Forecasts: Universal Robots outlines automation trends for the year ahead

Robotics Automation News

The collaborative robot pioneer and market front runner Universal Robots has announced January as ‘National Cobot Awareness Month’, spearheading new products and initiatives prompting manufacturers to address hiring woes and production challenges Gone are the days of manufacturers buying a robot arm only to struggle figuring out how to integrate it in an application cell, […]

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MPs urge asbestos company to pay £10m to fund cancer research

The Guardian Manufacturing

All-party group including peers backs campaign by victims’ group, saying Cape ‘knowingly put people in danger’ MPs and peers have written to one of the biggest manufacturers of asbestos calling on it to make a £10m donation towards mesothelioma research “for knowingly putting people in danger”. In a letter to Altrad, parent company of Cape, the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on occupational safety and health says that documents released after a long-running court battle show that Cape hist

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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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Hydraulic Log Splitter Maintenance Tips

Robotics Automation News

Log splitters are a useful tool to have in your arsenal, so they deserve proper care. Over time, even small issues will build up and create noticeable drops in the efficiency of your log splitter.

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A fresh approach to lower energy costs

Manufacturer's Monthly

The equipment used in processing fruits and vegetables is primarily responsible for excess energy usage and can significantly impact a harvesting operation’s bottom line. In fact, energy usage accounts for at least 15 per cent of total operational costs for a food and beverage manufacturing business, according to the Australian Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.

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Verisurf Software and Wenzel America Announce OEM Reseller Agreement

Modern Machine Shop

Photo Credit: Verisurf Software Inc. Verisurf Software Inc. and Wenzel America Ltd. have entered into an OEM reseller agreement. Under the agreement, Wenzel customers now have the option to select Verisurf measurement and inspection software for all new and legacy CMM devices directly from Wenzel. “Customers can now order complete Wenzel metrology solutions powered by Verisurf software for CMM programming, inspection, quality reporting, reverse engineering, tool building and guided assembl

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Aubo Robotics opens US headquarters in Michigan

Robotics Automation News

Aubo Robotics, Asia-Pacific’s leader in the production and research & development of precision collaborative robots (Cobots), announced the grand opening of their Michigan based US office. Conveniently located outside of Metro Airport in Romulus Michigan, it will serve as headquarters for Aubo’s newly launched dedicated United States branch: Aubo Robotics USA Inc.

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Quickstep Holdings secures $11.3 million F-35 order

Manufacturer's Monthly

Aerospace and composites manufacturer Quickstep Holdings has secured a purchase order for F-35 vertical tail components from Melbourne-based Marand Precision Engineering. The company announced that its Aerostructures business will deliver the order in FY24 and FY25 from the group’s Bankstown facility. The customer, Marand Precision Engineering, is a longstanding partner to Quickstep on the F-35 fighter jets program.

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Flexiv partners with Handplus Robotics to offer new robotic solutions

Robotics Automation News

Flexiv, a maker of “general-purpose” robotics solutions, has formed a partnership with Handplus Robotics, a Singaporean-based automation integration company. Established in 2018, Handplus has extensive experience in automating logistics and manufacturing lines, making them the ideal partner to install and commission Flexiv’s range of seven-axis force-controlled robots.

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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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Planet Innovation’s new long-term strategic partnership

Manufacturer's Monthly

Australian health tech design and manufacturer Planet Innovation and Evident Corporation are partnering to develop and manufacture innovative digital workflow solutions for life science markets. The new partnership agreement strengthens the relationship that has been built over a number of years through successful R&D collaboration for the design of new, breakthrough instruments.

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Editorial Advisory Board 2023-2026: Meet New Board Member Mike Close, SMC Ltd.

Mold Making Technology

Mike Close, senior tooling engineer for SMC Ltd. in Deven, Massachusetts, is one of MMT 's new Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) members. Photo Credit: SMC Ltd. Meet Mike Close. Mike is a senior tooling engineer for medical device manufacturer SMC Ltd. headquartered in Somerset, Wisconsin. He works with a program team of mold builders and designers in the Devens, Massachusetts, facility on product design to ensure that molds are designed and built to SMC standards.

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BluGlass’ Fremont lasers meet performance benchmarks

Manufacturer's Monthly

Global semiconductor developer BluGlass Limited ‘s gallium nitride (GaN) laser diodes produced at its Silicon Valley production facility are now achieving or exceeding contract manufacturer benchmarks. Testing of BluGlass’ first lasers processed at its Fremont laboratory has demonstrated electrical and light-output performance in-line or better than previous iterations.

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New silicon extraction process to divert old solar panels from landfill

AU Manufacturing

Scientists from Deakin University have successfully developed a process to extract silicon from end-of-life solar panels and convert it into a nanomaterial that can be used in the development of a new type of battery anode. The study, conducted by researchers from Deakin’s Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM), comes as more than 100,000 tonnes of old solar panels are expected to enter Australia’s waste stream by 2035.

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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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Endeavour Awards 2022: Environmental Solution of the Year — Curvecrete

Manufacturer's Monthly

Established in 2019 through the support of the University of Melbourne and Swinburne University of Technology, curved concrete and robotics manufacturing company, Curvecrete, was founded by CEO Daniel Prohasky and CFO Warren Rudd. Prohasky’s love for the idea of creating exciting architecture, to construct high-quality buildings using low-carbon, and less wasteful materials drove the creation of the new advanced manufacturing company.

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Davis-Standard Runs Pipette Extrusion Line at Plastec West

Plastics Today

The polycarbonate pipette line will be equipped with a high-performance extruder and new process control system.

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Plastics News announces Best Places to Work 2023

Plastics News

Plastics News' Best Places to Work list is back for its 10th year, and 22 plastics companies have made the list for 2023.

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The lure of East Asia: How to do manufacturing business in China and Hong Kong

AU Manufacturing

Article by Dario Acconci, Managing Director–Business Development, Asia, Hawksford East Asia’s booming economic growth is becoming increasingly attractive to companies looking to expand outside their home markets. In particular, both China and Hong Kong have the potential to be highly prosperous bases for businesses, including those involved in manufacturing.

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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.

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‘METROLOGY BREW’ News Bulletin – January 23rd

Metrology

Read a summary of metrology and smart manufacturing news from the past 7 days. Using X-ray Computed Tomography for Dimensional Metrology X-ray computed tomography (CT) has successfully entered the field The post ‘METROLOGY BREW’ News Bulletin – January 23rd appeared first on Metrology and Quality News - Online Magazine.

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Australia to host APAC Hydrogen 2023 Summit & Exhibition

AU Manufacturing

The Australian Hydrogen Council is hosting the upcoming Asia Pacific Hydrogen 2023 Summit & Exhibition in Sydney. AHC signed a memorandum of understanding with the Sustainable Energy Council to host the event at the ICC in Sydney from 26 to 27 October 2023. Backed by the Australia Trade and Investment Commission and the New South Wales government, the summit is expected to convene over 3,000 industry participants to advance hydrogen’s role in the energy sector of the future.

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Mitutoyo America Corporation Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Metrology

Mitutoyo America Corporation has announced its 60th anniversary. Since establishment in 1963, Mitutoyo America Corporation has been committed to providing the highest quality products and services to its customers. With The post Mitutoyo America Corporation Celebrates 60th Anniversary appeared first on Metrology and Quality News - Online Magazine.

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Tungaloy Expands Grooving System With New Inserts

Modern Machine Shop

Photo Credit: Tungaloy America Inc. Tungaloy announces an expansion of TungCut inserts with 87 total additional inserts in the latest physical vapor deposition (PVD) grades AH6235 and AH8005. TungCut is a flexible grooving tool system offering a large variety of chipbreakers and toolholders that range from standard mono blocks to modular blades with through-coolant capabilities.

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Monetizing Analytics Features

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago, they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Turning analytics into a source of revenue means integrating advanced features in unique, hard-to-steal ways. Download this white paper to discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your analytics.

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Verisurf Software and WENZEL America Announce OEM Reseller Agreement

Metrology

Verisurf Software and WENZEL America have entered into an OEM reseller agreement. Under the agreement, WENZEL customers now have the option to select Verisurf measurement and inspection software for all The post Verisurf Software and WENZEL America Announce OEM Reseller Agreement appeared first on Metrology and Quality News - Online Magazine.

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Top 5 Control Engineering content: January 16-22, 2023

Control Engineering

Control Engineering’s top 5 content over the past week covered industrial robot trends, hot Control Engineering topics, MQTT and more. Links to each article below. 1. Six industrial robotics trends for 2023 Robotics are becoming more important and manufacturers are recognizing their growing role in many different industries and applications. Six industry trends are highlighted. 2.

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AI-Enhanced 3D X-ray Scanning Accelerates Shop-Floor Lithium-Ion Battery Cell Inspection

Metrology

Powered by artificial intelligence (AI) from the Industrial Metrology Business Unit of Nikon Corporation, LiB.Overhang Analysis software transforms the assessment of anode overhang in lithium-ion battery (LiB) cells. Through precise The post AI-Enhanced 3D X-ray Scanning Accelerates Shop-Floor Lithium-Ion Battery Cell Inspection appeared first on Metrology and Quality News - Online Magazine.

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Addressing electrical safety hazards

Control Engineering

Electrical safety insights Electrical safety has improved thanks to more awareness and adherence to standards, but more improvements can be made thanks to new technologies and increased emphasis on design. Access control and absence of voltage testing (AVT) are two growing trends in electrical safety and can keep workers safe from arc flash or other electrical safety hazards.

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How Legacy Tools Are Failing Inventive Manufacturing Engineers

Bringing new and improved products to market takes more than just good ideas. It requires agile, iterative production, and real-time collaboration. Most manufacturers recognize the risk of not adapting, but they’re hampered by technologies like MES that haven’t kept up with the pace of hardware innovation. As new manufacturers enter the market with technologically progressive ways of building at scale, existing manufacturers must adapt to stay relevant.

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Integrated Robot CMM Frame Calibration Uses Wireless Touch Probe

Metrology

Loop Technology, an advanced automation and robotics specialist, has Introduced an integrated touch probe plugin for KUKA Robot System Software to capture and calculate robot frames. The system is as The post Integrated Robot CMM Frame Calibration Uses Wireless Touch Probe appeared first on Metrology and Quality News - Online Magazine.

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Simplifying Mobile Robotics with Laser Localization Software

Control.com

Bosch Rexroth’s mobile robot orientation software, designed to enhance the integration of AGVs and AMRs in manufacturing plants, is now available in the US.

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Dielectric Oil Dramatically Reduces EDM Maintenance

Modern Machine Shop

Producing parts at high volumes often means that minor process improvements can dramatically impact the cost of production. Often, a single change in technology utilization can yield results that have a sizable impact on a part’s profitability. Likewise, slowdowns and bottlenecks in production can be costly. At cutting tool manufacturer Ceratizit, the problem was unusual: Its wire EDMs kept catching on fire.

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Queensland stadiums to test out reusable plastic cups

AU Manufacturing

Alternatives to single-use drinking cups are now being trialled at stadium venues in Brisbane as part of a government effort to protect Queensland’s environment and lifestyle. Sports Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said the first innings of Stadium Queensland’s reusable drink container trial was this weekend’s Brisbane Heat Big Bash games at The Gabba.

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How To Package & Price Embedded Analytics

Just by embedding analytics, app owners can charge 24% more for their product. How much value could you add? This framework from Software Pricing Partners explains how application enhancements can extend your product offerings. You’ll learn: How to take a disciplined approach to pricing The three elements of the Packaging Decision Framework Ways to structure your new embedded analytics offering Download the White Paper to learn about How To Package & Price Embedded Analytics.