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Combine Software and Six Sigma to Avoid Unplanned Downtime

Automation World

Because unplanned downtime can still occur when using monitoring and preventative maintenance software, application of the DMAIC six sigma tool along with software insights can help better identify the true root cause of a problem and how to address it.

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Advantec’s computing platform improves healthcare, retail, and automation process efficiency

Design World

Advantech, a provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) hardware and automation technology, now offers the scalable Valor Mini Workstation that offers a seven-year minimum lifespan. The U.S.-developed and manufactured compact industrial PC provides continuity in complex processes by eliminating the need for frequent recertification, reintegration, and replacement common in typical commercial workstations.

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Zeda (Formerly PrinterPrezz / Vertex Manufacturing) Opens Advanced Manufacturing Digital Foundry in Cincinnati, Ohio

MESA

May 24, 2023 — FREMONT, CA – Zeda, Inc. ( formerly PrinterPrezz / Vertex Manufacturing ), a global leader in advanced 3D manufacturing and nanotech solutions for the medical, space, and Aerospace & Defense industries, announced the opening of a new 75,000-square-foot facility in Cincinnati, Ohio, dedicated to providing cutting-edge manufacturing and nano-coating technologies to customers.

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Motion Plus launches new Motus1 linear actuator family

Design World

Motion Plus, a marketplace for motion and control solutions, is excited to announce the release of the Motus1 (M1) industrial positioning actuator. This new addition brings a belt- and screw-driven industrial linear positioner for superior performance to Motion Plus’s already broad portfolio of in-stock, high-quality automation components. The M1 actuator delivers reliable motion control for… The post Motion Plus launches new Motus1 linear actuator family appeared first on Design Wor

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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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Cyber Integrity Software Update Released

Gary Mintchell

I’m still catching up from the flurry of press releases in April and early May. This one from Hexagon Asset Lifecycle Intelligence and from the PAS group they acquired a couple of years ago. The new version is PAS Cyber Integrity 7.3. Updates include: Delivering an enterprise-wide, holistic image of multiple risk domains with a clear understanding of vulnerabilities and enhanced risk-based decision-making Utilizing proprietary risk scoring to rapidly identify risks in the environment of greatest

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PBC Linear receives Universal Robots+ partner certification for its applied cobotics cobot feeder 

Design World

PBC Linear (Pacific Bearing Company), a linear motion solutions provider, announces that its Applied Cobotics Cobot Feeder, a CNC machine feeding application kit that delivers and stages parts to be placed into a machining process, has received Universal Robots+ (UR+) partner certification from Universal Robots (UR). PBC Linear’s Applied Cobotics Cobot Feeder includes a base […] The post PBC Linear receives Universal Robots+ partner certification for its applied cobotics cobot feeder appe

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C-more CM5 HMIs from AutomationDirect

Design World

AutomationDirect has added the next generation of the popular C-more HMI product line. The CM5 HMI series offers lower-cost, high-performance HMIs in sizes from 4 inches to an impressive 22 inches. These HMIs have an amazing 1.6 GHz processor in the larger units (10” and above), 43 Mbytes of memory, and provide much better trending,… The post C-more CM5 HMIs from AutomationDirect appeared first on Design World.

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Boosting bottom-bending accuracy on the press brake with these tips

The Fabricator

When bottom bending on a press brake, the punch tip determines the radius and the die angle determines your bend angle. Sounds simple, yet the variables still abound for metal fabrication shops.

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Shell Chemical fined $10M, restarting production

Plastics News

Shell had suspended polyethylene resin and ethylene monomer production in Monaca, Pa., on March 25 but said on May 24 that it is restarting.

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Carmakers risk ‘climate catastrophe’ by failing to decarbonise steel supplies

E&T

In a report, the green charity claimed that steel production used in vehicles is responsible for an estimated 573 million tonnes of CO 2 emissions per year, approximately equivalent to the annual emissions of Australia. “Automakers are steering us toward climate catastrophe by failing to decarbonise their steel supply chains. Automotive steel has a massive carbon footprint, but major automakers like Hyundai, Volkswagen and Toyota have not disclosed their steel emissions.

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?

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Covering all the Latest Control Technology: Automate 2023

Control.com

The second day of Automate 2023 in Detroit was a huge success! The Control Automation engineering and sales team met with a number of companies to discuss and explore the exciting, innovative demonstrations.

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Centralization Errors Grow as Bores Get Smaller

Modern Machine Shop

There are many ways to measure a bore, and many factors that influence the accuracy of hole diameter measurements. For example, we know that operator skill in using rocking-type adjustable bore gages can influence the results, as can variations in part geometry. This may make even technically accurate measurements inaccurate from a part-function perspective, so it is important to consider the effects of gage centralization for smaller bores.

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Developing Standardized Practices for PLC Programming

Control.com

Any kind of computer programming can be challenging to determine what aspects are truly unique versus what aspects should be standardized across projects and platforms to streamline future development.

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407 ETR and Mohawk College using drone technology to help workers with maintenancee

Canadian Manufacturing

Drone flying over 407 ETR gantry (CNW Group/407 ETR Concession Company Limited) TORONTO — 407 ETR is collaborating with Mohawk College’s Unmanned and Remote Sensing Innovation Centre (URSIC) to test safer and more efficient ways of conducting visual inspections of overhead structures. Currently, employees physically climb overhead gantries to perform manual inspections while traffic passes underneath.

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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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Yaskawa takes center stage at Africa Automation Technology Fair

Robotics Automation News

As one of the largest manufacturers of industrial robots, Yaskawa Southern Africa took part in this year’s Africa Automation Technology Fair (AATF), where various experts in the manufacturing industry gathered to exchange valuable industry expertise to increase investment prospects in the African continent’s manufacturing sector.

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ABB Closes Automation Skills Gap with New Robotics Education Package

MEM

ABB Robotics is continuing to close the global education gap in automation and prepare students for the future of work with the launch of a ready-to-use education package. Comprising a GoFa collaborative robot (cobot), teaching materials and a globally recognized technical qualification, the package is part of ABB Robotics global campaign to help workers thrive in a new era of automation.

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Bota Systems and Kinova partner for easy installation of force torque sensors

Robotics Automation News

Bota Systems, a pioneer in multi-axis force-torque sensors, announces it is working with Kinova, and has developed the Bota Kinova Kit to make it quick and easy to mount the Bota SensONE force torque sensor on a Kinova Gen3 robot arm.

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PVC, PS resin prices take opposite paths in May

Plastics News

North American prices for PVC resin prices have fallen since May 1 while polystyrene prices increased.

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How Embedded Analytics Gets You to Market Faster with a SAAS Offering

Start-ups & SMBs launching products quickly must bundle dashboards, reports, & self-service analytics into apps. Customers expect rapid value from your product (time-to-value), data security, and access to advanced capabilities. Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) tools can provide valuable data analysis capabilities, but they have a barrier to entry that can stop small and midsize businesses from capitalizing on them.

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Universal Robots executive receives prestigious robotics award for contribution to robot safety

Robotics Automation News

For the second time within five years, a key figure at Universal Robots, the Danish manufacturer of collaborative robots (cobots), has been awarded the world’s most prestigious robotics prize, the Joseph F. Engelberger Robotics Award, often described as the Nobel Prize of robotics.

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D6 adding drop-off recycling sites in Texas, Arkansas

Plastics News

After experiencing success with a pilot recycling project in El Paso, Texas, thermoformer D6 Inc. has decided to take it further.

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What are the Differences between Rapid Tooling and Conventional Tooling?

Robotics Automation News

In today’s manufacturing technology, rapid tooling has become a more popular way for companies to create tools, molds, or prototypes for their products. But, is it better than the conventional tooling method?

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Kickstart: A collaboration in plastics education

Plastics News

Evco Plastics works with University of Wisconsin-Stout students; connecting plastics, sports and the Beatles; free 3D printers to support manufacturers.

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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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Sustainability and co-innovation: Shared passions of Enel and Cisco CDA

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

This blog was co-authored by Sophia Filipe, Country Digitization Program Manager, within the Cisco Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) program.

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CV manufacturing bounces back in best April since 2010

SMMT

CV production grows 33.3% to 10,504 units in April, marking the month’s best performance since 2010 and an uplift after two months of successive decline. Export demand soars, rising 56.3% to 7,382 units while home output falls -1.1%. Production is up 9.0% in the year to date – the best performance since 2012 – as semiconductor shortages ease. UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing output increased by 33.3% in April following two months of decline, with 10,504 vans, trucks, taxis, buses and coa

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Influencing Forwarding Behavior with Policy Based Routing

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

It had been a hot minute since I last put together a blog, and I was thinking about what might be an interesting topic.

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US Plastics Processing Equipment Shipments Post Slight Year-Over-Year Increase

Plastics Today

Shipments of injection molding and extrusion equipment increased by 1.6% compared with Q1 2022.

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Embedding BI: Architectural Considerations and Technical Requirements

While data platforms, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and programming platforms have evolved to leverage big data and streaming data, the front-end user experience has not kept up. Holding onto old BI technology while everything else moves forward is holding back organizations. Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) aren’t built for modern data platforms and don’t work on modern architectures.

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Secure Workload 3.8 delivers more productivity, lower TCO, and faster time to value

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

If the network is the skeleton, then applications are the lifeblood of today’s business.

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Formula 1 subcontractor accelerates quality control with portable arm

The Fabricator

Situation Toolmaking and subcontract machining company GT Tooling takes inspection and measurement very seriously. The company is heavily involved in supplying Formula 1 teams with patterns, jigs, fixtures, and aluminum soft tools for producing composite race car parts. It manufactures injection.

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Logistics UK’s Popular Fleet Engineer Conference to Return in June 2023

MEM

It is vital for anyone responsible for fleet maintenance to keep up to date with developments in rapidly evolving vehicle technology and Logistics UK ’s popular Fleet Engineer conference, which is returning to the British Motor Museum in Warwickshire on 22 June 2023, will provide all the latest information. Sponsored by Gray & Adams, the one-day conference will include expert insight from manufacturers, industry leaders and government, and will include sessions by Traffic Commissioner Ke

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Microsoft says that state-sponsored Chinese hackers could be setting up a larger disruption

Canadian Manufacturing

State-backed Chinese hackers have been targeting U.S. critical infrastructure and could be laying the technical groundwork for the potential disruption of critical communications between the U.S. and Asia during future crises, Microsoft said on May 24. The targets include sites in Guam, where the U.S. has a major military presence, the company said.

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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.