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Emerson switching things up for Hannover Messe 2024

Design World

Emerson is changing some things up for this year’s Hannover Messe trade fair, scheduled for April 22-26 in northern Germany. The engineering and automation company is moving to Hall 11, known as the Automation, Motion & Drives area, to better represent its vast product and solution range. Last year, Emerson invited attendees to see how… The post Emerson switching things up for Hannover Messe 2024 appeared first on Design World.

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Traditional Ladder Logic Vs. Newer Programming Languages

Automation World

While acknowledging the potential benefits of Python and C++, engineers caution against their indiscriminate use, particularly if there are existing IEC 61131 functions available.

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Packaging machines that are safe by design

Design World

By Stephanie Neil When designing packaging machinery for adaptability, it’s important to understand how the controls and components impact the way the machine moves, and even more critical to ensure those movements — and the machine itself — are safe. The obvious safety mechanisms include adding emergency stop (e-stop) buttons that will shut down equipment… The post Packaging machines that are safe by design appeared first on Design World.

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Privilege

Gary Mintchell

People have been moaning about Boomers leaving the workforce and a coming worker gap for 20 years. Perhaps the time has arrived? How is your hiring of young people going? Now, I know that you can’t really evaluate each candidate by what marketing-designated generation they were born into. However, consider some statistics gathered by a data company who performed an analysis of TikTok and Google search data.

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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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How current sensing impacts electric vehicles: Part 2

Design World

Part 1 of this blog addressed current shunts and Hall-effect sensor designs. This part discusses current transformers and new technology options such as magnetoresistance and even diamond quantum sensors. One of the major issues in today’s electric vehicles (EVs) is the ongoing evolution of technology with the standards evolving as well. In the 100+ years […] The post How current sensing impacts electric vehicles: Part 2 appeared first on Design World.

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New Research Identifies Gaps in Securing Access to Connected OT Environments

Gary Mintchell

This news reports yet another survey of managing security risk. Cyolo , the access company for the digital enterprise, in partnership with Ponemon Institute, released a global study exploring how organizations that operate critical infrastructure, industrial control systems (ICS), and other operational technology (OT) systems are managing access and risk in an era of rising connectivity.

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Vanadium battery manufacturing agreement signed for Townsville

Manufacturer's Monthly

Vecco Group, Sumitomo Electric and Idemitsu have signed a collaboration agreement to market, sell and deliver the batteries, from North Queensland. Vanadium flow batteries are set to be manufactured out of North Queensland, under a new agreement between three major companies. Idemitsu Australia, Sumitomo Electric Industries and Vecco Group (the group) have signed a Collaboration Agreement to build a complete manufacturing supply chain, from mining to energy storage.

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RobCo raises $42.5M for automation for small, midsize manufacturers

Robotics Business Review

While most industrial automation is currently used by large manufacturers such as global automakers, robot developers and providers are building systems to make it more accessible. RobCo GmbH today said it has raised $42.5 million in Series B funding to support its development and growth trajectory. Three researchers led by Roman Hölzl, the chair of robotics and artificial intelligence at the Technical University of Munich, founded RobCo in 2020.

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Circular Economy Practices: Business Growth and Environmental Responsibility

Control.com

ABB‘s recent report “Circularity: No Time to Waste” stresses the need for industrial businesses to embrace circularity practices for sustainable growth and economical product lifecycles.

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Striking a Balance for Meaningful Connection in the Digital Age

Robotics Automation News

In an age where instant messages zip across continents and virtual meetings bring global teams face-to-face, technology has woven an unprecedented tapestry of connectivity. Yet, amidst this digital abundance, a curious paradox emerges: a yearning for the very human touch that technology seems to supplant.

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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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Danfoss Acquires Ampner Oy Converter Tech

Automation World

Danfoss Drives plans to use the 1500Vdc power converter technology to scale up its advanced electrification portfolio within energy storage.

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Talent Talk: A Lowball Offer Is the Cardinal Sin of Hiring

Plastics Today

A “pennywise and pound foolish” approach to hiring ultimately will backfire — the true cost of a bad hire could be 100 times what you think you are saving.

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UK poised to build ‘record’ number of new offshore wind farms, says RenewableUK

E&T

A record 14 offshore wind projects are eligible for the upcoming contract for difference (CFD) auction, potentially adding nearly 10.3GW of new capacity to the UK’s energy grid.

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PVC Safe and Effective in Medical Devices and Packaging, Study Claims

Plastics Today

A new report by the European Chemicals Agency confirms the safe production of PVC in Europe and recognizes its importance in medical device and packaging applications.

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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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Canadian entrepreneurs believe AI will save money and work hours: GoDaddy survey

Canadian Manufacturing

TORONTO — Millions of Canadian entrepreneurs are potentially missing out on saving time and money by not harnessing AI for their businesses, according to a new survey by GoDaddy. The research, conducted among more than 500 Canadian small business owners, found that just one in five has used generative AI for business-related tasks, despite most expecting AI to help reduce costs and hours worked.

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Taking your first steps into Industrial Automation?

Manufacturer's Monthly

Written by Jon Young Flores – Group Owner- Agribusiness, Manufacturing, Logistics & Retail. Industrial automation can improve productivity, lower costs, deliver agile manufacturing and provide a solution to today’s skill shortages, supply chain challenges and economic instability. But it needs careful planning. Check out our 5 top tips from Matt Griffiths, CEO at Alliance Automation, from Telstra’s podcast series with Adam Spencer, Behind the Mic.

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Drive Your Cybersecurity Platform Transformation: Lead the Way With SSE

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

By shifting from point-solutions to a cybersecurity platform approach, IT and security teams significantly improve their efficiency and security outcomes.

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AMW2024 is approaching

Manufacturer's Monthly

There will be plenty of home-grown advanced manufacturing technology on display in Sydney’s AMW2024 Australian Manufacturing Week Registrations are now open for Australian Manufacturing Week (AMW2024) , held at the Sydney ICC in Darling Harbour, 17 to 19 April 2024. Run by the Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute Limited ( AMTIL ), AMW2024 will occupy more than 6,560 square metres of exhibition space at the Sydney ICC.

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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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Schaeffler joins Koreans for mobile two-arm robots

Drives & Controls

The German engineering group Schaeffler has joined forces with two Korean organisations – the robot developer Rainbow Robotics, and the Korea Electronics Technology Institute (Keti) – to co-develop AI-powered mobile dual-arm robots aimed at autonomous manufacturing applications.

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RMIT 3D prints titanium structure showing supernatural strength

Manufacturer's Monthly

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology ( RMIT ) researchers have 3D printed titanium metamaterial boasting levels of strength for weight not normally seen in nature or manufacturing could change how we make everything from medical implants to aircraft or rocket parts. RMIT University researchers created the new metamaterial, a term used to describe an artificial material with unique properties not observed in nature, from common titanium alloy.

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Schaeffler joins Koreans to work on mobile two-arm robots

Drives & Controls

The German engineering group Schaeffler has joined forces with two Korean organisations – the robot developer Rainbow Robotics, and the Korea Electronics Technology Institute (Keti) – to co-develop AI-powered mobile dual-arm robots aimed at autonomous manufacturing applications.

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Australia’s biggest renewable power deal signed by industry leader

Manufacturer's Monthly

Rio Tinto has signed Australia’s largest renewable power purchase agreement (PPA) to date to supply its Gladstone operations in Queensland, agreeing to buy a majority of electricity from Windlab’s planned 1.4GW Bungaban wind energy project. The agreement, which of follows the announcement last month of PPA for the Upper Calliope solar farm in Queensland, will make Rio Tinto the biggest industrial buyer of renewable power in Australia and is another major step in the work to repower the company’s

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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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Chancellor should axe all budget statements, say manufacturers

The Guardian Manufacturing

Make UK says limiting big policy changes to one per parliament will give companies more stability The chancellor should axe the annual spring budget and autumn statement in order to provide greater certainty for Britain’s manufacturing industry, according to the main trade body representing the sector. The head of Make UK is calling for the twice-yearly fiscal events to be dropped as part of a package of calls for the government to overhaul its policies on taxing and spending.

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Sustainability 101: What are ecolabels?

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

Do you feel a bit lost when people refer to certain environmental sustainability topics and aren’t sure where to start when it comes to learning more?

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LyondellBasel JV Launches Advanced Recycling Facility in Germany

Plastics Today

The joint venture with 23 Oaks Investments will convert difficult-to-recycle plastic waste into feedstock for LyondellBasell’s commercial-scale catalytic advanced recycling plant.

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The Quick and Easy Solution to Lagging 5G Monetization

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

Looking for a quick and easy solution to lagging 5G monetization? Here’s a hint: it’s not just about the G.

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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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PEM® Fasteners Go To Space

Fastener News Desk

For Immediate Release This is how PEM® fasteners went to space in a Danish satellite One small component for a satellite, one giant leap for success: PEM® fasteners plays an important role for the overall application of a Danish satellite orbiting Earth and launched by students in a collaboration across several universities. Last year in spring 2023, a Danish satellite was launched by a rocket from the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

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The Musk Conundrum: Assessing the Impact of Elon Musk's Role at Tesla

Plastics Today

Market analyst Christoph Liu on the complex relationship between Tesla Inc. and CEO Elon Musk, benefits and drawbacks of Musk's continued leadership, and the ‘X’ factor.

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BMF Metal Fabrication announces expansion

The Fabricator

BMF Metal Fabrication is adding more space to its facility in Winfield, Mo.

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Comau and Leonardo Helicopters design ‘advanced automated inspection’ system for aeronautical structures

Robotics Automation News

The increasing push for faster processes, better control and higher quality in the aerospace industry necessitates a new generation of advanced automation designed to automate complex processes that until a short time ago could only be done manually.

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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.