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April 2023 Robotics Investments Total $1.63 Billion

Robotics Business Review

Robotics investment for April 2023 amounted to $1.63B, the result of 47 funding rounds. Total robotics investment for 2023 equals approximately $3.3B. The post April 2023 Robotics Investments Total $1.63 Billion appeared first on Robotics Business Review.

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PlantPAx Proves Key to Processor’s Automation Upgrade

Automation World

Given the chemical processor’s complex system, integrator ECS Solutions used unmodified Rockwell Automation PlantPAx objects for the processor’s recent automation upgrade to allow for automatic system upgrades as they become available.

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What is EMC and why is it important?

Robotics Automation News

All successful relationships rely on both parties getting on with each other, and this is just as true for relationships between electrical systems as it is for humans. The key to this is electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), the maintenance of which is of great concern to electrical device manufacturers.

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Australian Vanadium executes $49 million government grant

Manufacturer's Monthly

Perth-based Australian Vanadium Limited (AVL) has executed a grant agreement under the Modern Manufacturing Initiative – Manufacturing Collaboration Stream, to create an Australian vanadium battery industry. AVL and the Commonwealth of Australia, represented by the Department of Industry, Science and Resources, have executed the grant, which provides up to $49 million in funding support for the Australian Vanadium Project.

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Future Focus: Constructing Unshakeable Stability in Your Manufacturing Supply Chain

Speaker: Jay Black, Senior Account Executive

We’ve all heard the buzzwords to describe new supply chain trends: resiliency, sustainability, AI, machine learning. But what do these really mean today? Over the past few years, manufacturing has had to adapt to and overcome a wide variety of supply chain trends and disruptions to stay as stable as possible. Stability has become key in this post-COVID world, and will remain key moving forward.

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Instrumental Joins Siemens Dynamo Program and Will Complement Siemens’ Teamcenter Quality Offering with AI Capabilities

i4.0 today

Instrumental , the leading AI-powered manufacturing quality platform, is excited to announce its official collaboration with Siemens through the Siemens Dynamo program , an open innovation program serving as a commercialization vehicle for start-up companies with Siemens, its customers and partners. Identifying new failures, determining their root cause, and providing a solution is a complex task.

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URI, Flinders University formalise AUKUS partnership

Manufacturer's Monthly

The University of Rhode Island (URI) and Flinders University have formalised a partnership that will bolster Australia’s efforts to produce the skilled workforce needed to deliver on the AUKUS security pact. The agreement includes a phased approach to build Australia’s undersea capability through the acquisition of conventionally armed, nuclear-powered submarines.

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Driving continual improvement with internal auditing

Manufacturer's Monthly

An Internal Audit program creates value when it is optimised to identify opportunities for improvement that directly impact performance and waste. Watch this webinar where Kester Brown, director, TRAC compliance risk and training solutions, SAI Global, uncovers ways you can manage and improve your management system to be more sustainable, whilst achieving certification to relevant ISO Standards.

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The Future of Learning: Integrating Robotics and Automation into Educational Programs

Robotics Automation News

In the ever-evolving landscape of education, technology continues to play a pivotal role in transforming traditional learning methods. One area that holds immense promise for the future of learning is the integration of robotics and automation into educational programs.

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Singapore startup SunGreenH2 launches Melbourne hub

Manufacturer's Monthly

Minister for trade and investment Tim Pallas announced SunGreenH2 has launched a research and development (R&D) and manufacturing operation in Clayton, creating more than 30 high-skilled jobs. SunGreenH2 builds high-performance hardware and develops complementary technology that allows for on-site green hydrogen production for industry, transport, energy storage and power-to-X applications.

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Australian Vanadium executes $49m federal grant to support vanadium battery project

AU Manufacturing

ASX-listed Australian Vanadium Limited (AVL) has executed a $49 million collaboration grant agreement with the Commonwealth of Australia to support the Australian Vanadium Project – one of the most advanced critical mineral vanadium projects being developed globally. The agreement, which is a part of the Manufacturing Collaboration Stream of the Modern Manufacturing Initiative, was announced by AVL after the grant’s awarding in March 2022.

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A Low-Risk, Incremental Approach to Smart Manufacturing for Small & Medium Manufacturers

This guidebook discusses how small/medium manufacturers have implemented Smart Manufacturing initiatives and realized benefits such as increased productivity as well as higher levels of coordination and speed within the enterprise and supply chain.

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Port Kembla steel upgrade to help rebuild local manufacturing

Manufacturer's Monthly

Planning approval for a $182 million upgrade of three berths at Port Kembla will help to guarantee the supply of Illawarra steel for new homes, schools, hospitals, and transport infrastructure. Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, and member for Wollongong, Paul Scully said the move would help rebuild the domestic manufacturing industry in NSW and support more than 14,500 jobs.

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StatCan report shows that widespread labour shortage in Canada is inaccurate

Canadian Manufacturing

A new report is casting doubt on the idea that Canada is facing a widespread labour shortage and bolsters the arguments by some labour economists that high job vacancies aren’t due to a shortage of workers. The Statistics Canada analysis finds there are no labour shortages for jobs that require high levels of education, suggesting other factors, such as a mismatch in skills and pay, might be to blame for a high number of empty positions.

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The technology behind serial production

Manufacturer's Monthly

Markforged ’s serial-producing printer – the PX100 Binder Jetting solution – enables manufacturers to build large quantities of high-quality metal parts. Manufacturers’ Monthly speaks with CEO of Digital Metal Christian Lönne during his recent visit to Australia about the capabilities of the printer and the future of the additive manufacturing landscape.

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Skills Canada released the final medal results of the 2023 Skills Canada National Competition

Canadian Manufacturing

The RBC Best of Region Award was given to competitors in each province and territory. Photo: Skills/Compétences Canada. WINNIPEG —Skills/Compétences Canada (SCC) released the final medal results of the 2023 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC), in Winnipeg. Over the past week, over 500 students and apprentices from across the country competed for the title of national champion in 45 skill areas at the RBC Convention Centre.

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Best Practices to Boost Marketing Efficiency while Decreasing Cost Per Sale

Speaker: Kristin Hess - Senior Product Marketing Manager, Drift; Will Lyon - Head of Vertical Marketing, 6sense

The past three years have forced nearly every industry to rethink their prospect and customer engagement strategy. But while we’ve all been thrust into digital transformation, we haven’t all made the transition efficiently. Now that we know digital selling is the new norm, how can we ensure our website is doing as much of the leg work as possible for us - even in the midst of economic challenges?

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Sodick Open House Event Will Showcase Machining Portfolio

Modern Machine Shop

Photo Credit: Getty Images On June 6 and 7, 2023, Sodick Inc. is hosting its Advanced Technology Show , an open house event to showcase its machine tools, automation capabilities and new iGroove+ technology. Featuring wire rotation technology and new energy optimization capabilities, the iGroove+ wire EDM series can reduce energy and wire consumption by over 30%, according to the company.

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Shaping Steel Enables More Complex, Efficient Injection Molds

Mold Making Technology

3D-printed injection mold with AISI 420 steel. Photo Credit: AddUp AddUp Inc. ’s shaping AISI 420 steel is commonly used in the field of plastic injection and can now be used for additive manufacturing (AM). The company says AISI 420 steel can enable tooling manufacturers to develop new, more complex and more efficient molds. The material is now available for all FormUp 350 new generation powder bed fusion (PBF) machines.

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Tech Council reveals Aussie tech talent up by 8%

AU Manufacturing

The number of IT professionals in Australia has increased by 8 per cent in the past 12 months, from 865,000 in 2020 to 935,000 currently, according to latest figures released by the Tech Council of Australia. The statistics also revealed that Australia is on track to achieve its goal of adding 1.2 million technology related employment by 2030. According to the Tech Council, software developers, data analysts, and cyber security employment in non-tech companies such as banks and supermarkets are

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MMT Chats: Using Virtual Reality to Attract and Train New Moldmakers, Customers

Mold Making Technology

This episode is brought to you by ISCAR with New Ideas for Machining Intelligently. MoldMaking Technology Editorial Director Christina Fuges sits down with Torsten Kruse of Kruse Analysis and Rick Finnie of M.R. Mold and Engineering to learn about their team effort to develop virtual reality (VR) training for moldmakers and customers for mold assembly and mold maintenance.

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Innovations in Manufacturing: How to Become Your New Tech's Master

Speaker: Gary Mintchell, Founder of The Manufacturing Connection

In a world where new technology keeps popping up out of nowhere, it's easy to think that this new tech can solve any and all your manufacturing challenges. This is a dangerous assumption because thoughtless reliance on technology can become a liability. Yes, tech does makes work easier and faster, but we've learned in recent decades that projects can still fail if the new technology being used doesn't bring manufacturing, business, and go-to-market strategies together.

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Microlocation Technology Enables Precise Control of Robotic Assembly Systems

Metrology

Humatics radio frequency Microlocation technology enables the use of robotic systems in automotive moving assembly lines to deliver mission-critical automation enhancing productivity, quality and profitability. The post Microlocation Technology Enables Precise Control of Robotic Assembly Systems appeared first on Metrology and Quality News - Online Magazine.

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LNS North America's Bar Feeder Increases Throughput

Modern Machine Shop

Photo Credit: LNS North America Inc. LNS North America Inc. ’s new GT 342 automatic magazine bar feeder features a patented guiding system to enable higher spindle speeds for greater throughput from sliding headstock turning machines. The compact-base design gives increased rigidity, which dampens the amount of vibration coming from the bar and improves the overall performance of the machine.

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Hexapod 6-Axis Positioning Stage for Non-Contact Asphere Metrology

Metrology

Tilted Wave Front Interferometry makes use of multi-axis hexapod parallel kinematics 6-axis motion systems to position a calibration sphere. The post Hexapod 6-Axis Positioning Stage for Non-Contact Asphere Metrology appeared first on Metrology and Quality News - Online Magazine.

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How TeSys Island cuts OEM build time by 66% and costs by 30%

999 Automation

[Source: Schneider Electric] Rising labour and material costs have become a significant concern for OEMs and panel builders. Many of them are seeking ways to gain a competitive edge in this challenging landscape. Building control panels the traditional way requires a lot of control wiring between the programmable logic controller (PLC), interposing relays, contactors, overload […] The post How TeSys Island cuts OEM build time by 66% and costs by 30% appeared first on 999 Automation Blog.

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The New Tech Toolbelt: Digital Twins, IoT, Cobots, & More

Speaker: Cory Skinner, Founder and CEO of FactR

From limited visibility and a lack of real-time data to a lack of agility and responsiveness to changing market conditions, there's no shortage of difficulties that today's supply chain professionals can encounter. What can be done to not only address these challenges, but overcome them? Supply chains need tools that elevate decision-making and boost ROI as well as respond effectively to demand fluctuations, customer preferences, and competition.

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Next-Generation Hyperspectral Camera For Industrial Machine Vision Launched

Metrology

Specim is a global leader and pioneer in providing hyperspectral cameras for industrial applications. The post Next-Generation Hyperspectral Camera For Industrial Machine Vision Launched appeared first on Metrology and Quality News - Online Magazine.

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What systems integrators, others should expect in the second half of 2023

Control Engineering

System integration insights Systems integrators and others were advised to manage for profitability rather than growth in the immediate future by Alex Chausovsky of Miller Resource Group. While a recession is projected to happen in 2024, it will be different than others because it will still have full employment and will be overall mild. An “Economic and Labor Update” presented by Alex Chausovsky of Miller Resource Group was one of the highlights at the recent CSIA Executive Conference 2023, hel

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EMVision activates stage two trial for portable brain scanner

AU Manufacturing

ASX-listed EMVision Medical Devices (EMV) has moved forward to stage two of the multi-site trial for its first-generation portable brain scanner. The Brisbane -based company announced stage two would see it enrol 150 acute stroke and stroke-mimic patients across major stroke centres in Australia, including Liverpool Hospital in New South Wales, Royal Melbourne, and Princess Alexandra in Queensland.

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Using reflections to enhance perspectives and vision

Control Engineering

Machine and discrete vision insights MIT and Rice University researchers have created a computer vision technique that leverages reflections to image the world. This method could be useful in autonomous vehicles by allowing it to use reflections from objects it passes to see around objects, which could improve their safety and overall effectiveness.

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The 4 Keys to Demand Planning in 2023 and Beyond

Speaker: Eva Dawkins - Senior Consultant, Supply Chain

The last three years have been a rollercoaster ride for most supply chains, filled with volatile unpredictability and frequent disruptions. We know technology improvements can improve supply chain operations and add significant value for companies even in turbulent times. However, to pull this off, companies must first establish crucial supporting people processes - in particular, planning processes.

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Bag manufacturer Cassava Bags Australia wins ‘eco-disruptive’ award

AU Manufacturing

Cassava Bags Australia has come out on top in Bupa’s global eco-disruptive competition, outperforming over 900 innovative start-ups worldwide and receiving $350,000 to support Bupa’s goal to achieve a net zero business by 2040. The eco-tech startup claims to have launched the world’s first net zero variety of 100 per cent plastic-free, non-toxic bags produced from cassava starch.

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Shoppers Drug Mart and Avicanna execute purchase agreement for Avicanna’s acquisition of the Medical Cannabis by Shoppers Business

Canadian Manufacturing

Photo: Shoppers Drug Mart and Avicanna. TORONTO — Avicanna, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacturing and commercialization of plant-derived cannabinoid-based products has executed the definitive asset purchase agreement between Shoppers Drug Mart and Avicanna for Avicanna’s acquisition of assets of the Medical Cannabis by Shoppers business with a final closing date set for July 31, 2023.

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Plastics treaty talks bring industry leaders to Paris

Plastics News

As the second round of the global plastics treaty kicks off in Paris, plastics industry groups and companies step up their presence with about 60 delegates from different companies and trade associations, roughly double the first round of talks in Uruguay in November.

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Canada and the City of Brampton invest in the transition to electric bus fleet

Canadian Manufacturing

BRAMPTON —The Government of Canada and the City of Brampton provided a joint investment of $1.1 million to plan the electrification of the City of Brampton’s transit system. Funding will support Brampton Transit as they undertake their Zero Emission Bus Implementation Strategy and Rollout Plan. The plan will guide Brampton’s transition to a full fleet of zero emission electric buses.

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Zortrax Launches Metal Printing for Desktop M300 Dual

Manufacturing Tomorrow

Zortrax M300 Dual is compatible with an exceptionally broad selection of materials starting from basic, economical filaments and flexible materials, through engineering classics like Nylon, to highly specialized, carbon- and glass- reinforced polymers for advanced technical applications.

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