10 Questions Discrete Manufacturers Must Ask Before Choosing an Industrial IoT Solution for Their Connected Factory

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Three-sided pyramids form 2D structures

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Tetrahedron -shaped nanoparticles are interesting enough by themselves, but under the right circumstances, Rice University scientists have discovered they do something remarkable.

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Custom algorithm used to solve challenges with robotic layer forming and de-tray system

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Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) worked with Gojo Industries to create robotic cells: a de-tray and layer forming system. Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) worked with Gojo Industries to create robotic cells: a de-tray and layer forming system. Learning Objectives.

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Integrated stepper motors trim accurate metal forming costs

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provides laser cutting systems, automation, press brakes, shears, conveyor systems, powder metal systems, and additive manufacturing systems. CI), a machine tool manufacturer. We’ve had various degrees of success integrating different manufacturers’ CAN drivers.”

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High-voltage power technologies driving semiconductor processes

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Power requirements for semiconductor manufacturing processes. The main power supplies and associated technologies required to support today’s semiconductor manufacturing processes. Semiconductor Insights.

Graphene boosts flexible and wearable electronics

Control Engineering

Graphene is a nanomaterial that is stronger than steel and can be useful in many manufacturing applications. However, the nanomaterial has hit roadblocks: in particular, manufacturers have not been able to create large, industrially relevant amounts of the material. Graphene Insights.

Open system technology consolidates automation controls

Control Engineering

Yaskawa will introduce i³ Control (“iCube” Control), their new single control technology, during Pack Expo 2022 at McCormick Place in Chicago. iCube Control debuted in the European market earlier this year and is now being introduced in North America.

Engineers repurpose photography technique to enhance sensors, vision

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Discrete Sensor and Vision Insights. MIT researchers have developed a scalable manufacturing technique that gives materials “structural color” — color that arises as a consequence of a material’s microscopic structure, rather than from chemical additives or dyes.

Top 5 Control Engineering content: October 10-16, 2022

Control Engineering

Control Engineering’s top 5 content over the past week covered PLCs and edge controllers, soft robots, PLC programming and more. Links to each article below. PLCs, PACs and edge controllers in an era of high availability.

Researchers 3D-print strong, ductile nanostructured alloy

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Additive Manufacturing Insights. Additive manufacturing, also called 3D printing, has emerged as a powerful approach of material development and is being used in manufacturing applications.

Improving usability is growing trend in industrial robotics

Control Engineering

This emphasis is due to a greater need for robots in industrial manufacturing and automation. Rob Ravensbergen, marketing director at Omnirobotic , said making the robots easy to use is enabling for integrators, manufacturing engineers and other people involved in manufacturing.

Soft actuators in robots emit light in colors, patterns

Control Engineering

Fireflies that light up dusky backyards on warm summer evenings use their luminescence for communication — to attract a mate, ward off predators, or lure prey. These glimmering bugs also sparked the inspiration of scientists at MIT.

Software improves AI, automation flexibility

Control Engineering

Manufacturers are dealing with a flexibility gap, which is the range between viable small batch manufacturing and high-volume automation. In high-mix, low-volume manufacturing, for example, deploying industrial robots is often not profitable. Learning Objectives.

Method developed to make semiconductors smart, compact

Control Engineering

Aligning patterns between processing steps makes the manufacturing process especially complex. Semiconductor Insights. Two researchers at the University of Missouri have created a new way to design semiconductors.

Inks for 3D-printable wearable bioelectronics designed

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Additive Manufacturing Insights. Texas A&M University has developed a new class of biomaterial inks that mimic native characteristics of highly conductive human tissue, which is needed for the ink used in 3D printing, or additive manufacturing.

Walking and slithering aren’t as different as you think

Control Engineering

Abrahamic texts treat slithering as a special indignity visited on the wicked serpent, but evolution may draw a more continuous line through the motion of swimming microbes, wriggling worms, skittering spiders and walking horses.

Successfully implementing robots in an unpredictable future

Control Engineering

Robots can help fill some, but not all, of the labor gap manufacturers currently face. The challenge is getting manufacturers to buy into the concept because they believe robots are too expensive and will take jobs when the opposite is true. Robotics Insights.

Formula tackles complex moral decision-making for AI

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Syndication: Artificial Intelligence, AI, Machine Learning SyndicationIndustry: Manufacturing (General Or Unspecified) SyndicationSource: CFE Media (in-house) SyndicationTopic: IIoT, Industrie 4.0 Artificial Intelligence Insights.

Manufacturer marks 50 years with manufacturing, R&D expansions

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Manufacturing Insights. The campus, 30 miles north of Cincinnati, will be the site of a global production center (GPC) for the company’s advanced automated manufacturing facilities. must expand manufacturing. manufacturing growth. Festo U.S.

Robot workers can help humans in manufacturing jobs

Control Engineering

Robots are being used more often in manufacturing applications to handle dull, dirty and dangerous tasks and make them more automated. Researchers providing actual examples of how robots can help humans in manufacturing is a good way to take an abstract idea and provide some context to it.

Sensors developed for fitted face masks

Control Engineering

The researchers hope that their findings will encourage mask manufacturers to design masks that fit a variety of face shapes and sizes, especially women’s faces. COVID-19 Insights.

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Thin film growth technique is the result of microscopic holes

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Manufacturing Insights. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has revealed their methods behind creating a thin film and membrane. This is meant to allow a hydrogen-natural gas mixture to be used as a more sustainable, clean energy.

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Spiders used as mechanical grippers for soft robotics

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Robotics Insights. Rice University researchers are using deceased spiders as mechanical grippers, which could be used to strengthen the technology used for soft robotics and other applications that use grippers.

Robot sales reach record high in North America for third straight quarter

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For the third-straight quarter, robot sales in North America hit a record high, driven by a resurgence in sales to automotive companies and an ongoing need to manage increasing demand to automate logistics for e-commerce.

Automation show announced for 2023

Control Engineering

Automate features automation applications to meet any business need, whether in manufacturing, logistics, consumer goods, food processing or any number of other industries. Automate , is returning to Detroit for a second straight year, running from May 22-25, 2023.

Understanding the wiring and programming of a labeler application

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Learning Objectives. Knowing product data, label data and camming details help with wiring and programming a labeler machine complexity. A function block called a labeler keeps track of four types of data: Product, label, label camera and camera control.

Robots-as-a-service creates opportunities, lowers automation adoption barriers

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We manufacture robots. Robots-as-a-service (RaaS) is a flexible and affordable way for companies to deploy automation and related services such as engineering, maintenance and remote monitoring. Often used interchangeably with Robotics-as-a-service, RaaS comes in two main flavors.

Industrial motor communications: Optimization

Control Engineering

Understand motor-drive communications and smart manufacturing benefits. Examine how motor-drive communications contribute to smart manufacturing. Motor-drive communications, Smart manufacturing. Learning Objectives. Review motor-drive communications needs and protocols.

I/O module and integrated architecture builder announced

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Predictive and preventive maintenance is imperative to reducing downtime on the plant floor and manufacturers are looking for solutions to improve longevity. SyndicationIndustry: Discrete Manufacturing SyndicationSource: CFE Media (in-house) SyndicationTopic: Plant Automation SyndicationType: Article article CFE flexha 5000 I/O module IAB integrated architecture builder networking and security process system configurator Rockwell AutomationLearning Objectives.

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Implementing a hierarchy of automation safety

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Safety comes in many forms and is a critical aspect of manufacturing operations. Safety Insights. It starts with fundamentals like awareness and having the right equipment on-hand. While a good starting point, it is really the first step in the journey and can go in much greater detail.

Strain-sensing smart skin developed for monitoring large structures

Control Engineering

A strain-sensing smart skin developed at Rice University that uses very small structures, carbon nanotubes , to monitor and detect damage in large structures is ready for prime time.

How all-in-one automation platforms simplify machine building and increase design flexibility

Control Engineering

Sage spent the first 15 years within the automation industry on the controls side of manufacturing, machine building and integration, involved in processes that ranged from design to commissioning. The advice of a 30-year automation industry veteran is simple.

6 mistakes manufacturers are still making but can’t afford to

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In today’s complex-manufacturing competitive landscape there’s no room to make critical mistakes. Following over a decade of close collaborations with top discrete manufacturing players, we’ve come to know and learn to spot some of the most widespread mistakes.

Method developed for improving autonomous robotic systems

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Robotics insights. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) engineers have developed an optimization code that can be used to simulations for virtually any autonomous robotic system and improve a robot’s overall design performance.

SCARA robot technology benefits

Control Engineering

Learning Objectives. A selective compliance articulated robot arm (SCARA) robot is designed for small part assembly and pick-and-place applications. SCARA robots excel in repeatability and accuracy.

Machine vision, automation streamline logistics and warehousing operations

Control Engineering

Due to staffing shortages and major supply chain issues, manufacturers are willing to emphasize automation more to meet surging demand. Machine vision insights.

Robotic process automation market projected to reach $70 billion by 2032

Control Engineering

Major firms in China, India, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, South Korea and other ASEAN nations are concentrating their efforts on the adoption of solutions and services across the healthcare, pharma, IT and Telecom, manufacturing and retail industries. Robotic process automation insights.

Synaptic transistor can enhance functions for robots, wearable devices

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Discrete Sensor Insights. Penn State researchers have developed a wearable synaptic transistor to improve device memories for robotics and wearable devices.

Top 5 Control Engineering content: August 8-14, 2022

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Syndication: Motors and Drives (VFD, Inverters, Servo, Torque Converters) Syndication: Virtualization, Cloud software SyndicationSource: CFE Media (in-house) SyndicationTopic: Control Systems SyndicationTopic: Discrete Manufacturing SyndicationTopic: IIoT, Industrie 4.0

Robots deployed to improve on-the-job safety for retail workers

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Robots insights. Researchers at West Virginia University have developed a robot that is meant to protect retail workers from getting injured on the job. The robots are also building on previous research and are going to be driving through terrain to estimate where potential hazards are.

Helping future development of multimodal sensors

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Sensor and Vision Insights. Multimodal sensors are a newer technology capable of working with several applications within a single sensing unit, allowing for a more flexible future when it comes to bioelectronics, robotics, health monitoring devices, human-machine interfaces (HMI) and more.

Micro-PLC motion control made practical

Control Engineering

A stepper motor requires a drive, which converts pulse commands – typically very rapid – into small discrete step movements. Discrete outputs from a PLC can be used to drive a stepper motor controller, and even some servo motor controllers, if desired. Motion Control Insights.

IMTS emphasizes the importance of information

Control Engineering

After four years, the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) returned to McCormick Place in Chicago. The show took all four halls at McCormick with an emphasis on automation, robotics, additive manufacturing, cybersecurity, heavy machinery and much more.