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Compact rod motors offer high force linear motion

Design World

Akribis Systems has announce a new addition to its varied motion control product line: RDM-A Series rod motors for space-constrained applications requiring high motor forces and smooth linear motion. RDM-A Series rod motors are compact in size and feature a tubular design to distribute magnetic flux evenly along the circumference of the stator. With this […] The post Compact rod motors offer high force linear motion appeared first on Design World.

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System-on-Module for Next-gen Computer Vision Applications

Gary Mintchell

Computer vision technology and application seemed to have been in a long lull until semiconductor advances of the past few years. Now companies are unleashing new products at an astonishing pace. This is an updated product from Digi International —a company I covered a long time ago who became less interesting to me and now has returned to my view. Digi International introduced the wireless and highly power-efficient Digi ConnectCore MP25 system-on-module (SOM) at Embedded World 2024.

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Beckhoff USA accelerates growth with new office in Austin, Texas

Design World

Beckhoff Automation opened a new office in Austin, Texas, to supercharge the company’s presence in the Southwest. Beyond creating a collaborative workspace, the 3,500-ft2 facility is suitable for hosting industry-specific application seminars, customer meetings, training, and events. Complementing the Beckhoff offices in Houston and Dallas, this third Texas facility creates a central site for the… The post Beckhoff USA accelerates growth with new office in Austin, Texas appeared first on D

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EVs drive down carbon emissions and lift vehicle ownership to record high

SMMT

Number of vehicles on UK roads reaches record 41.4 million in 2023, with car ownership up 1.6% to 35,694,845 units. The average car in use saw CO2 emissions decline by -2.1%, notably thanks to incentivised investment by business fleets into EVs. One in 40 of all vehicles on roads now zero emission, including 960,896 cars, 61,161 vans, 2,383 HGVs and 1,922 buses.

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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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PTDA  welcomes new member

Design World

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA), the association for the industrial power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) distribution channel, welcomes a new associate member. Service First Processing consults on and provides credit card and electronic payment processing for businesses, with a particular focus on servicing trade associations and buying groups.

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What is a Smart Factory?

Automation World

Schneider Electric’s Heather Cykoski explains what constitutes a smart factory, how the concept is advancing at manufacturing facilities across the globe, its connection to digital transformation initiatives and the biggest challenges manufacturers face when seeking to become a smart factory.

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A Look at the Latest Pneumatic and Robotic Products From SMC

Control.com

SMC has announced several new products for pneumatic control and robot assembly systems, including longer life pneumatic air cylinders, a new air flow controller, and a multi-hand robot adapter.

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Encina Abandons Plans to Build $1.1 Billion Advanced Recycling Plant

Plastics Today

The Houston-based company canceled the project in Township, PA, after the borough council voted unanimously to “strenuously and unequivocally oppose” its construction.

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Yaskawa MOTOMAN NEXT robots run on Wind River Linux, NVIDIA Jetson

Robotics Business Review

The MOTOMAN NEXT series, which is powered by NVIDIA Jetson Orin and Wind River Linux. | Source: Yaskawa Electric Wind River Systems Inc. this week announced that Yaskawa Electric Corp. is using Wind River Linux in the development of its new product MOTOMAN NEXT. The company said its software will enable Yaskawa’s industrial robots to autonomously adapt to their environment and make judgments with advanced artificial intelligence.

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BWX Technologies, Inc. invests $80M in nuclear mfg.

Canadian Manufacturing

CAMBRIDGE – The Ontario government says they are welcoming an $80 million investment by BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) to expand their Cambridge nuclear manufacturing plant. Their investment will create more than 250 new skilled, unionized jobs in Cambridge and try to support Ontario’s expansion of reliable, affordable and clean nuclear energy to power our growing economy.

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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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What Earth Day 2024 Gets Wrong

Plastics Today

This year’s theme — Planet vs. Plastics — squeezes a complex set of issues into a simplistic slogan that helps no one.

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Serve Robotics raises $40M with IPO to expand Uber Eats deliveries

Robotics Business Review

Serve Robotics mobile robots maneuver on the sidewalk to make local deliveries. | Credit: Serve Robotics Serve Robotics Inc. went public on the Nasdaq yesterday under the symbol “SERV,” opening at $4.75 and closing the day at $3.11. It said it expected its initial public offering of 10 million shares of common stock to generate $40 million in gross proceeds, before underwriting discounts and offering expenses. “Serve’s transition to a publicly traded entity marks an impor

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Introducing the 7th Annual Partner Innovation Challenge: Featuring an Exciting New Prize Category

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

Cisco’s 7th annual Partner Innovation Challenge has ascended to global prominence, captivating partners from an astounding 96 countries and distributing over $3.3 million USD in collective rewards.

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Leading forklift manufacturer Combilift launch another new model truck

Manufacturing Management

As leading forklift manufacturer Combilift continues its 25 years in business celebrations, this week saw the launch of another new model truck, this time at Ligna, the international timber and woodworking show, which runs from 15th – 18th May in Hanover.

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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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More 5- to 7-year-olds are online than ever before, with many unsupervised – Ofcom

E&T

Communications regulator Ofcom is preparing to consult on a set of proposals to ensure children are better protected online.

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Resin Price Report: Soft Prices About to Get Softer

Plastics Today

A polypropylene price decrease this month should break into double digits, says the PlasticsExchange.

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Scotland abandons ‘out of reach’ 2030 climate target

E&T

The Scottish government has said it will abandon its 2030 target for reducing emissions after advisers said it was “not achievable”.

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How We’re Delivering Next-Gen Workforce Collaboration with Cisco Private 5G

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

In a few days, we’ll be at Hannover Messe to show some of the amazing work we’ve been doing on our Cisco Mobility Services Platform with our Private 5G partners, Nokia and Logicalis.

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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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Intuitive beats the Street in Q1, increases procedure volume forecast

Robotics Business Review

Intuitive placed eight of its next-generation da Vinci 5 systems in the first quarter of 2024. | Source: Intuitive Surgical Intuitive Surgical Inc. yesterday posted first-quarter results that exceeded Wall Street’s consensus forecast while increasing its forecast for full-year procedure growth. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based surgical robotics leader reported profits of $545 million, or $1.51 per diluted share, for the three months ended March 31, 2024, up 53% from the first quarter of 2023.

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Capturing, recording equipment inspection data for FMEA

The Fabricator

AI can assist metal manufacturing businesses with data capture for FMEA and reliability programs.

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Battery waste from small off-grid solar projects in Africa putting lives at risk, scientists warn

E&T

Researchers from the University of Manchester have found that improper waste management practices for off-grid solar technologies in Malawi are releasing life-threatening levels of lead pollution.

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Continuous Improvement – Implementing CI in Manufacturing

MRPEasy

In today’s competitive manufacturing landscape, continuous improvement (CI) serves as a crucial strategy for enhancing efficiency, quality, and overall business performance. In this article, we explore various continuous improvement models and provide practical insights on how manufacturers can implement and benefit from CI initiatives. What is continuous improvement?

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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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Optical System Delivers Rapid Machine Vision Solutions

Mold Making Technology

Source | Keyence Keyence Corp. of America is introducing the new VS Vision System, which focuses on ease of use to reduce the barrier of entry for moldmakers and plastics manufacturers to integrate automated visual inspection into their machines. Key features include ZoomTrax internal lensing with software-driven image setup, VS Creator programming software and edge-AI Detection and Classification tools.

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Lomi launches a food waste program to improve recycling

Canadian Manufacturing

KELOWNA — Lomi, the manufacturer of the Smart Waste kitchen composter, announces the launch of their Lomi Food Waste Recycling Program, to be piloted in Kelowna, British Columbia. This new program, which begins service in May 2024, offers Kelowna residents convenient organics collection and a seamless solution to turn food waste into a valuable resource, a natural lawn & garden fertilizer called Lomi Earth, that can be used at home or donated to local farms and collection partners whe

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Plant Software Enhances Real-Time Condition Monitoring

Mold Making Technology

Source | MiVue MiVue , a division of the ACS Group, is showing expanded capabilities for its plant monitoring software for plastics processors, enabling real-time condition monitoring of critical manufacturing assets. Connectivity capabilities to the following auxiliary equipment are highlighted, including: Accumeter continuous loss in weight blenders BD gravimetric batch blenders VacTrac plus conveying systems T50 central granulators LHE central chillers GPL portable chillers Temperature contro

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Unifor says NAV Canada is threatening union with use of scab labour

Canadian Manufacturing

Canadian Air Navigation Specialists Association (CANSA) bargaining committee. (CNW Group/Unifor) TORONTO — As the Canadian Air Navigation Specialists Association (CANSA) at Unifor Local 1016 continued to negotiate with NAV Canada on the Maintenance of Activities in the event of a legal strike and/or lock-out to protect the Canadian travelling public, the company has advised the local it plans to use scab labour. “We have been fighting tooth-and-nail for the federal government to pass

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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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Can technology save the planet?

Manufacturing Tomorrow

Here, Stefan Reuther, Member of the Executive Board at automation supplier COPA-DATA, reflects on the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual conference — what change is required to achieve the twin transition?

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Indigo undergoing changes

Canadian Manufacturing

As Canada’s biggest bookstore-turned-gift-giver’s-paradise edges toward privatization, it’s evident from a stroll around one of its Toronto stores that the retailer knows some things haven’t been working. Epsom salts and body lotions that previously lined Indigo Books & Music Inc.’s wellness area at the Eaton Centre have been replaced by shelves of books and tchotchkes like cat- and corgi-shaped book lights, magnifying glasses and lap desks.

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Amazon engineering apprentice Arron Wilcock wins Enginuity Skills Awards Trophy Design Competition

Manufacturing Management

Arron Wilcock, a Reliability Maintenance Engineering Apprentice at Amazon, who is part of a Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) Training Apprenticeship Programme, has been announced as the winner of this year’s Enginuity Skills Awards Trophy Design Competition.

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CV Show 2024 will turn the dial further to zero

SMMT

With UK van and truck operators facing some of the world’s most ambitious end of sale targets for non-zero emission models, planning for decarbonisation must begin now to keep Britain on the move. While the new passenger car market’s transition has been underway for some years, switching the heaviest vehicles on our roads to electric and hydrogen powertrains, given their unique use cases, remains challenging.

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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.