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What are low-profile screws?

Design World

Hiroki Goto, Engineering Manager — NBK America LLC Low-profile screws are designed with a lower head height than typical screws. These fasteners are designed with a minimal or flush head that sits close to the surface of the material being fastened for low visibility but secure fastening. Sometimes they’re also referred to as slim head,… The post What are low-profile screws?

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Sub-Zero Shares its Digital Transformation Insights

Automation World

The nearly 80-year-old manufacturing company is redesigning its manufacturing processes with Snowflake’s AI Data Cloud playing a key role.

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Linear slides for automated weeding system

Design World

FarmWise is an AgTech company that’s pushing the boundaries of automation in agriculture by harnessing the power of computer vision and artificial intelligence to revolutionize farming operations. Their flagship product, the Vulcan precision weeding implement, is designed to optimize weed control management on vegetable farms in California, which have been slow to automate due to… The post Linear slides for automated weeding system appeared first on Design World.

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Flexxbotics Integrates Hexagon Inspection Equipment

Automation World

This integration of robot and in-line inspection capabilities reportedly enable continuous, unattended robot operations.

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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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OKW’s award-winning MINITEC enclosures for handheld and wearable electronics

Design World

MINITEC, one of many OKW models to win an iF Product Design Award, is suitable for emergency systems, monitoring and alarms, wireless remote control, mobile USB applications, and IoT/IIoT. Modern, flat styling makes these attractive, ergonomic housings easy to carry or wear. They comprise two shells separated by a choice of intermediate rings. These rings… The post OKW’s award-winning MINITEC enclosures for handheld and wearable electronics appeared first on Design World.

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Cobot Welding Options Expand for Manufacturers

Automation World

Hirebotics develops a smartphone app to control cobot welding and Cobot Systems’ Laser Welding Cell system becomes a UR+ partner.

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Integrated Robot Control

Gary Mintchell

Once motion control systems, robot systems, and logic control systems existed as if on two different planets. Technology developers slowly began integrating motion control into their PLC platforms until today no one would acquire a PLC that cannot integrate motion. Several years ago Rockwell Automation announced a robot control platform integrated into its control platform.

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Bosch Power Tools expands its line of 18V cordless offerings

Design World

Today, Bosch Power Tools has introduced a new variety of products including an 18V deep cut band saw, planer, impact wrench, and blower, continuing to expand its cordless portfolio to support a variety of applications that trade workers execute on the job site every day. With features like brushless motors, tool-less accessory changes, and ergonomic… The post Bosch Power Tools expands its line of 18V cordless offerings appeared first on Design World.

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Mitsubishi Electric releases pre-engineered ARIA robotic workcell

Robotics Business Review

Mitsubishi’s ARIA standard (left) and machine tool tending base (right). | Source: Mitsubishi Electric Automation Mitsubishi Electric Automation Inc. has announced the latest addition to its pre-engineered workcell product lineup, joining its LoadMate Plus. The company said its Automated Robotics Industrial Assistant, or ARIA, is designed to be a cost-effective system to address urgent challenges across industries.

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Fastener Training Week returns to Chicago, August 19-23

Design World

Fastener Training Week, the flagship fastener training program from Fastener Training Institute (FTI), returns to Chicago this year from August 19 to August 23. The event will be held at the Lincolnshire Marriott and hosted by the Mid-West Fasteners Association (MWFA) as part of their annual FSTNR Week. Fastener Training Week, FTI’s advanced technical training… The post Fastener Training Week returns to Chicago, August 19-23 appeared first on Design World.

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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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SMAC introduces LBR and LDR Series of linear rotary actuators

Robotics Business Review

SMAC’s linear rotary actuators can be used for precision screw insertion and tightening. | Source: SMAC SMAC Moving Coil Actuators today introduced its LBR and LDR Series of linear rotary actuators. The company said it equipped these actuators with its Smart Screwdriver technology for precise screw insertion and tightening in automated manufacturing processes.

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Beckhoff boosts analog I/O flexibility with new multifunctional terminal

Design World

With the EL4374 EtherCAT Terminal, Beckhoff introduces a powerful analog I/O module to increase system flexibility and simplify parts management. The EL4374 is a multipurpose, combined input/output for -10/0 to +10 V or -20/0/+4 to +20 mA signals that can be used for standard automation tasks at 1 kbps per channel. Measuring such a wide… The post Beckhoff boosts analog I/O flexibility with new multifunctional terminal appeared first on Design World.

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Robotics Manufacturing Hub to help small and midsize U.S. manufacturers compete

Robotics Business Review

The Robotics Manufacturing Hub is modular, adaptable, and multi-use, with OEM diversity. Source: The ARM Institute When the ARM Institute launched its Robotics Manufacturing Hub about a year ago, it quickly realized that U.S. manufacturers weren’t looking at robotics and automation because they weren’t interested in the technology. Instead, the barriers to automation loomed so large that it was impossible for small and midsize firms to know where to start.

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What sensors are used in pizza ovens and prep areas?

Design World

Sensors are used to monitor the temperature of pizza ovens and preparation (prep) areas. They are used to monitor and control the speed of pizza movement in conveyor ovens. There are a variety of sensor technologies used in specific types of pizza ovens and for specific purposes. This article briefly reviews the U.S. Food and […] The post What sensors are used in pizza ovens and prep areas?

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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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Researchers Develop Automated System for Wind Turbine Blade Manufacturing

Control.com

NREL researchers have brought robotics to post-molding operations in wind turbine blade manufacturing with a degree of success, sparking hope for automation and U.S.-based manufacturing in the wind energy industry.

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Next-Level PLC Motion Control

Design World

For applications combining traditional automation, multi-axis coordinated motion control, and a need for data handling, a motion-optimized PLC platform provides an elegant and streamlined solution. By Kevin McClelion and Joe Scoccimaro, AutomationDirect Anyone who has had the chance to see a modern factory in action, whether in person or perhaps via an episode of the… The post Next-Level PLC Motion Control appeared first on Design World.

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Tutorial: First Program With Phoenix Contact’s PLCnext Platform

Control.com

Learn how to get started with Phoenix Contact’s PLCnext and Engineer software, a platform that ultimately provides a PLC environment for plant control as well as an OS for more advanced IIoT projects.

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UK project uses AI to analyse industrial video to cut errors

Drives & Controls

UK researchers have embarked on a project that will use AI-powered analysis of industrial video images to help plant operators to avoid human errors and to improve safety, productivity and efficiency.

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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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Packserv and SMC Corporation serve up next-generation machine success

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: SMC Corporation The opportunity to add an electronically driven machine in its range has been embraced by Sydney-based packaging machinery leader Packserv Australia. The company recently developed a new-generation filling machine, designed to boost productivity, precision and efficiency, and included added features and functionality by incorporating components from SMC Corporation’s range of digital Industry 4.0 enabled components.

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Ont. investing more than $4.7M in three Niagara Region projects to promote the skilled trades

Canadian Manufacturing

PHOTO: Manufacturing/Getty Images The Ontario government says it is investing over $4.7 million through the Skills Development Fund (SDF) in three Niagara Region-based projects that will provide free training to 2,318 youth, apprentices and jobseekers that will prepare them for in-demand careers in the skilled trades. “To keep up with our growing province, we need to attract more youth into the skilled trades, which is why our government is working hand-in-hand with labour and industry partners

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Aroma Therapy Manufacturer Elevates Compliance with MRP Software

MRPEasy

Adhering to regulations is crucial in the fragrance and cosmetics industry to ensure product safety, quality, and consumer trust. Benoit Nicol, owner of The Nature of Things emphasizes, “In terms of quality control, MRPeasy is an essential tool for us now.” The Nature of Things The Nature of Things is a certified organic essential oils […] The post Aroma Therapy Manufacturer Elevates Compliance with MRP Software appeared first on Blog for Manufacturers and Distributors.

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State Budget set to drive opportunities for the next generation of Queenslanders

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Taras Vyshnya/stock.adobe/com The 2024-25 Queensland state budget has aimed $1.5 billion to support skills, training, employment and small businesses. A range of grants, subsidies, employment programs and support measures are set to ensure more Queenslanders can access good, secure jobs. These grants and programs also have the potential to ensure new and established small businesses can create jobs, grow, and thrive.

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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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Transforming Security: Latest Innovations Driving Partner Growth

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

Check out a recap of our latest Cisco Security announcements. Read on to hear about all the security innovation, what it means for partners, and what’s ahead together.

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WA selected for first TAFE Clean Energy Skills National Centre of Excellence

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: ricjacynophoto.com/stock.adobe.com The Albanese and Cook Governments are jointly investing $70.5 million over five years to establish Australia’s first TAFE Clean Energy Skills National Centre of Excellence in Western Australia. The centre will operate across the WA TAFE network and be a skills leader in clean energy science, engineering, construction, and operation.

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Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology Visits New Mexico MEP Client Theta Plate Inc.

NIST Manufacturing

Dr. Laurie Locascio, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director, visited New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) client Theta Plate Inc. in Albuquerque, New Mexico on May 30, 2024.

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Comprehensive plan for local workforce growth in Cairns

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Supakit/stock.adobe.com Cairns and Far North Queensland will benefit from a new Miles Government workforce plan aimed at meeting the need for skilled workers in the aviation , maritime and marine industries. The Cairns Region Workforce Development Plan outlines 37 actions to address local skills and workforce needs and supports those who wish to live and work in the Cairns region.

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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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Cisco Builds on the CNAPP Movement to Secure and Protect the Cloud Native Application Estate

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

Enterprise Strategy Group Report Identifies Crucial Requirements for Scalable Security, Multicloud Visibility, and True “Shift Left” DevSecOps

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New grants set to close gender gaps in energy and manufacturing

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: gumpapa/stock.adobe.com The Allan Government is set to continue closing gender gaps across the workforce, with grants to help the male-dominated energy and manufacturing sector better attract women. The $1.3 million in grants will address barriers to women’s advancement and labour shortages in Victoria’s renewable energy transition. Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins today announced that 10 organisations in Victoria will receive a grant through the Women in Energy and Manufacturing progr

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It’s time to get transparent about material properties

The Fabricator

Suppliers’ unwillingness to reveal their materials’ true properties introduces risks of production failure and product liability to those who fabricate the material.

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State Budget reveals investment in Queensland manufacturing

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: joyfotoliakid/stock.adobe.com The QLD state budget has delivered $52 million for existing and new grant programs to boost the manufacturing sector and ensure Queensland’s good jobs and economic growth continue. Deputy premier and treasurer Cameron Dick said this year’s budget helps ensure Queensland’s manufacturing future is even brighter than its proud past.

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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.