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Spanish manufacturing plant runs on 100% green power

Design World

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies’ newest production facility in Parets del Vallès, Spain (near Barcelona) is a fully carbon-neutral plant. The facility manufactures automotive components and replaces an existing plant at the same location. The company said it is boosting its production capacity by 15%. In all, more than 11 million euros have been invested in the… The post Spanish manufacturing plant runs on 100% green power appeared first on Design World.

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Teradyne Robotics to bring the power of AI to robotics with NVIDIA

Gary Mintchell

More robotics news with the added bonus of more NVIDIA AI-chip news. Usually I have written about Universal Robots and MiR, but each has been acquired by Teradyne. Looks like a new marketing angle with Teradyne Robotics. This company has collaborated with NVIDIA to add AI-type compute to its robot line. Teradyne Robotics, which includes collaborative robot (cobot) company Universal Robots (UR) and autonomous mobile robot (AMR) company MiR , has announced a collaboration with NVIDIA to bring new

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Hyson announces expanded Toolmind product line

Design World

Hyson, a business of Barnes Group Inc., and a maker of nitrogen gas systems for metal forming operations, announces the expansion of its Toolmind Secure Remote Monitoring System product line — empowering customers with more capabilities to enhance stamping operation control and efficiency. Hyson’s zero-scrap policy ensures that every production cycle counts and Toolmind plays… The post Hyson announces expanded Toolmind product line appeared first on Design World.

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ABB Unveils Mobile Robot With AI-technology

Gary Mintchell

ABB has entered the mobile robot fray and enhanced the offering through the recent acquisition of Sevensense. This acquisition gives the company an AI-based navigation technology it calls Visual SLAM. The company also adds a new AMR Studio software enabling even first-time robot users the ability to easily program and operate fleets of mobile robots.

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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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Technical thinking: Nanoparticles in water

Design World

By Mark Jones “Scientists find about a quarter million invisible nanoplastic particles in a liter of bottled water” was a recent AP headline. It was one of hundreds of stories prompted by a recent scientific publication. In a first in this column, I’ll give you some fun experiments you can do with the water. You’ll… The post Technical thinking: Nanoparticles in water appeared first on Design World.

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The Sustainability/Automation Connection

Automation World

Whether it’s power monitoring for energy savings, methane recapture for reduction in the carbon footprint or retrofitting legacy equipment to find efficiencies in energy demand, automation can help you achieve sustainability goals and save money.

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Rockwell Automation Expands On-Machine Portfolio

Automation World

New drives, I/O blocks and industrial PCs add to Rockwell Automation’s technologies for decentralized control architectures using field-mounted automation components.

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Heavy Duty HEPA vacuum moves material with less water

Design World

EXAIR’s Heavy Duty HEPA Vac attaches to an ordinary open-top drum to turn it into a powerful, HEPA quality, industrial vacuum cleaner. The Heavy Duty HEPA Vac is designed to move more material with less wear. In addition, this vacuum has been engineered to filter contaminants to HEPA requirements in dusty environments requiring frequent cleaning.… The post Heavy Duty HEPA vacuum moves material with less water appeared first on Design World.

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Nvidia Expands Collaboration with Industrial Automation Tech Suppliers

Automation World

At Nvidia’s March 2024 GTC event, the company highlighted current and developing work with Aveva, Rockwell Automation, Schneider Electric, Universal Robots and MiR.

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Object Detection With a Lower Investment: Balluff’s New BGL Fork Sensor

Control.com

The new BGL fork sensor series by Balluff eases the entry into automated object detection. The cost-effective sensors are easy to install and configure for assembly line and work cell automation.

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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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ServiceNow Expands Connected Worker Capabilities via Acquisitions

Automation World

By acquiring 4Industry and EY’s Smart Daily Management application, ServiceNow adds to its digital workflow capabilities.

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Diraq reach milestone in quantum computer operating temperatures

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Anna Kucera/UNSW Quantum computing engineers from UNSW Sydney and Diraq have reached a key milestone by unlocking the potential of quantum computers to operate at warmer temperatures. In a study published in Nature, the engineers demonstrated the capability of their spin-based quantum processors to operate at temperatures 20 times warmer than previously demonstrated, while maintaining stability and high accuracy.

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OmniOn looks to power, network next-gen delivery robots

Robotics Business Review

OmniOn supports multiple technologies, including robotics. Click here to enlarge. Source: OmniOn Power As delivery robots and autonomous vehicles spread, much of the design and development attention has focused on safe navigation and obstacle detection, according to OmniOn Power Inc. However, they will also require reliable charging and communications infrastructure, it said. “We’ve mainly seen mobile robots indoors in factories, warehouses, or even restaurants,” said Gopal Mit

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Still Working – ifm cables

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: ifm ifm takes pride in how robust and reliable its sensors are. In this video Glenn Thornton and Roland Denholm from ifm Australia test the products in some fun but challenging ways, all the while showing that their products are still working. The post Still Working – ifm cables appeared first on Manufacturers' Monthly.

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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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Space Station Lab Offers Funding for In-space R&D, Production Projects

Plastics Today

The International Space Station National Lab invites submissions for production applications, two of which will share $750,000 in funding and an opportunity to test concepts under microgravity.

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South Australia’s first spaceport preps for inaugural launch

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Southern Launch New launch facilities at the Koonibba Test Range, South Australia ’s first permanent spaceport, are almost complete ahead of the impending launch. Located northwest of Ceduna, the range is a partnership between Southern Launch and the Koonibba Community Aboriginal Corporation. Southern launch said the range is the largest commercial testing range in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Temp Sensing With RTDs: Wiring Connection and Transmitter Setup

Control.com

Learn how to measure temperature using an RTD and a temperature transmitter to convert resistance into common analog voltage or current values for process control.

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GMG secures $2m in funding for battery pilot plant

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Studiomiracle/stock.adobe.com Graphene Manufacturing Group announced it has signed a Queensland Critical Minerals and Battery Technology Fund agreement with the state Government of Queensland for a grant. The $2 million grant is allocated to support GMG’s planned Automated Battery Pilot Plant, which aims to manufacture GMG’s Graphene Aluminium Ion Battery.

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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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Report: Canadian manufacturing moves closer to stablilization in March

Automation Mag

The seasonally adjusted S&P Global Canada Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) registered at 49.8 in March, up from 49.7 in the previous month and at an 11-month high. While it remained below the crucial 50.0 no-change mark for an eleventh successive month to signal another worsening of operating conditions, the PMI signalled only a fractional deterioration.

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TAFE NSW invests $29m into construction for Coffs Harbour

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Monkey Business/stock.adobe.com TAFE NSW has invested $29 million into upgrades for the Coffs Harbour Education Campus , a project set to further strengthen vocational education and training in the region. Minister for skills, TAFE and Tertiary Education, Steve Whan announced the start of construction, at the location of a forthcoming Creative Arts facility.

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Positioning For Success in Robotics & Automation

Robotics Business Review

Industry-leading Optical Encoders for High Performance Motion Control By Mike Garibay, Sales and Marketing Manager Encoders in Robotics Encoders are fundamental by nature to robotics motion control as they provide accurate and precise feedback about angle, position, and speed. The robotics industry has grown steadily in the past decade as more industries move towards automation.

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Australian PV solar manufacturing receives $1bn boost

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Sondem/stock.adobe/com The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has welcomed $1 billion in new funding to help unlock domestic solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing across the entire supply chain. The Australian Government announced the establishment of the Solar Sunshot program to grow solar PV manufacturing in Australia and provide a pathway for the rich history of local solar PV innovation to be commercialised.

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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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Cryptocurrency and Blockchain security due diligence: A guide to hedge risk

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

Blockchain technology has experienced remarkable adoption in recent years, driven by its use across a broad spectrum of institutions, governments, retail investors, and users.

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Plastic Problems: Cuts, Composting, and Chemours

Plastics Today

There were plenty of plastic questions raised the past month. But there were answers, too.

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Rev Up to Recert: Network Assurance Learn and earn CE credits for free

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

Given my role in supporting technical education over the last 10 years, I’m often asked one question: “What should I be learning?

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Broken-up Plastics Are Everywhere. Researchers Finally Know Why

Plastics Today

Researchers have uncovered the real reason degraded plastics are showing up everywhere, even across the universe. The answer will shock you.

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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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Pave the Way for New Revenue with Transport Slicing Automation and Assurance

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

Excellence in service matters. Whether you are a mom-and-pop operation or a multibillion-dollar business spanning multiple industries, keeping customers happy and satisfied is essential.

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Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards installs Novarc Technologies’ spool welding robot

Canadian Manufacturing

Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards installs Novarc Technologies’ spool welding robot (GlobeNewswire) VANCOUVER — Novarc Technologies Inc., a Canadian-based robotics company, specializing in the design and manufacturing of cobots and computer vision AI for automated welding applications, announced the deployment of its Spool Welding Robot (SWR ) at Seaspan’s Victoria Shipyards.

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7 Common Cybersecurity Mistakes Made by SMBs

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

Being an SMB isn’t easy. It’s often tough to respond to the latest cybersecurity threats at scale due to resource constraints and knowledge gaps.

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Vaski Group Oy acquires Pivatic Oy

The Fabricator

Vaski Group Oy, a manufacturer of coil blanking and slitting systems, has announced its acquisition of Pivatic Oy, a provider of coil-fed punching and bending lines for thin sheet metal processing.

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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.