Fri.Mar 17, 2023

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ABB to expand robotics factory in U.S.

Design World

ABB has announced that construction is starting on the expansion of its existing North American robotics headquarters and manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills, Mich. The project is expected to be completed in November 2023 and represents an investment of $20 million. The expansion will create 72 highly skilled new jobs in the area and is… The post ABB to expand robotics factory in U.S. appeared first on Design World.

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Zero Trust Security Moves from Defense to Industry

Automation World

Developed for military/defense applications, the Mission Secure cybersecurity platform aims to reduce access and, therefore, risk to industrial operations technologies.

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Honeywell Introduces New Transmitters for Condition-based Monitoring of Rotating Equipment

Gary Mintchell

A couple of news items recently pushed my way from the foundation layer of the famous Purdue Pyramid. This one comes from Honeywell , a company that usually talks to me about software and sustainability. This release concerns transmitters for condition-based monitoring of rotating equipment. This is an important layer of data generation for the famous Industrial Internet of Things.

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Crocodile-inspired e-skin could improve prosthetics

E&T

The development of flexible electronic skin could greatly help innovation in the fields of rehabilitation, healthcare, prosthetic limbs and robotics. The team at Pohang University of Science and Technology (Postech) and the University of Ulsan in South Korea, was inspired by the qualities of crocodile skin to develop a new type of stretchable pressure sensors, which can detect various types of touch and pressure.

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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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How robots can reduce aerospace workplace hazards

Robotics Business Review

The aerospace industry has begun paying more attention to the hazards of humans working closely with hazardous chemicals. The post How robots can reduce aerospace workplace hazards appeared first on Robotics Business Review.

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Book review: ‘The Travel Diaries of Albert Einstein: South America 1925’

E&T

“A good traveller does not know where he is going to, and a perfect traveller does not know where he came from.” This quote from Chinese writer Lin Yutang (1895-1976) is one of the cleverest things ever written or said. It effectively means that it doesn’t really matter where you travel to. What does matter, however, is what you find. And your vision becomes much sharper if you are lost and not sure where you are going.

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UK funds Rolls-Royce lunar nuclear reactor project

E&T

Rolls-Royce's Micro-Reactor programme aims to develop technology that will provide the energy needed for humans to live and work on the Moon. The project will receive £2.9m of new funding from the UK Space Agency, following £249,000 provided for an initial study in 2022, and will aim to develop a lunar nuclear reaction by 2029. Nuclear power has the potential to dramatically increase the duration of future Lunar missions and their scientific value, as it can provide the energy necessary t o su

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The Rise of Personalized Shopping: AI Assistants and Customer Engagement

Robotics Automation News

A huge transition is currently taking place in the retail sector. In order to provide individualized shopping experiences, merchants are blending physical and digital interactions thanks to the development of cutting-edge technology. Customers are no longer restricted to shopping in-store, so they may now do so whenever, from anywhere.

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The Gallery: Rome’s World Expo bid aims for solar utopia

E&T

Expo 2030 Roma would take place in Tor Vergata, a vast area in the Italian capital that, although being home to one of the country’s leading academic hubs as well as residential buildings, has experienced neglect in recent decades. The plan aims to reverse that decline through sustainable, long-term development including a 150,000m2 solar park with peak generating capacity of 36MW that it is claimed would be the world’s largest urban, publicly accessible solar farm.

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New developments in abrasive technology for aluminum

The Fabricator

A new abrasives technology makes finishing aluminum and other nonferrous alloys less difficult for metal fabrication shops.

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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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Drone system to inspect electricity pylons will save nearly £3m

E&T

The three-year project, which is funded by Ofgem’s Network Innovation Allowance, could save time and cost compared with traditional ground patrols. Insulators are often made of glass or ceramic and protect pylons from the current on the power line to prevent the tower becoming live. They produce electric fields when in operation, which have distinct profiles that are altered by defects on the insulator.

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What’s next after the early 2023 steel price hike?

The Fabricator

Steel buyers indicate that they don’t believe that the current price hikes of early 2023 will hold.

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Baidu gets approval to launch driverless taxi service in Beijing

E&T

The firm plans to deploy 10 fully autonomous vehicles in a technology park developed by the government, after it was granted a licence to commence a test service in December. Baidu is often considering to be the Chinese equivalent of Google, offering online searches alongside a suite of other products and services. The last five years has seen it increase its involvement in driverless technology as part of efforts to diversify its business model.

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6 Tips for Maintenance During Your Certification Journey

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

So you’re certified. That’s great! But once you have that certification, you need to maintain it. Luckily, you have options to keep it current, level up, or branch out into other technical areas.

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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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Cam Covers to become green - Altech ECO enabling a lower CO? footprint

Plastics News

Altech® ECO Near-to-Prime® Recycling compounds proved to be the right choice as a sustainable alternative in highly demanding applications where performance and value are the desirable criteria for a new cam cover of the OEM.

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Achieve Zero Defects with Innovative Measurement and Inspection Solutions

Fabricating & Metal Work

MEASUREMENT & INSPECTION ZEISS METROTOM 1 CT Scanner Available Through Exact Metrology The ZEISS METROTOM 1 CT scanner is now for lease from Exact Metrology. The interior of the ZEISS METROTOM 1 CT scanner. Exact Metrology, Inc. (Cincinnati, OH) a division of In-Place Machining Co., a comprehensive 3D metrology service provider and hardware sales company, is leasing the ZEISS METROTOM 1 CT scanner.

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Best Fat Tire Electric Bike: The Ultimate All-Terrain Companion

Robotics Automation News

Versatility is one key advantage a fat tire electric bike has over a regular one with thinner tires. This is also the reason for their excellence as all-terrain champions. Fat tire e-bikes are built with tires not less than 3.6″, with more rubber in contact with the ground.

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Women in Engineering: Organizations and Influential Figures

Control.com

Let’s explore the challenges facing women in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering, the organizations supporting these women, and some modern-day, influential role models.

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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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Indian startup Unbox Robotics launches sortation robots in the US

Robotics Automation News

Unbox Robotics, an India-based robotics technology company for intralogistics, plans to expand its footprint in the international markets starting with the United States. With proven success within the domestic 3PL industry, the company is looking to make its tech available to meet the current demand for innovative plug and play automation solutions in the US.

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Moldex3D 2023 Est Arrivé

Plastics Today

The latest version of the molding analysis software features robust simulation, user-friendly interfaces, and access to cloud services.

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SVT Robotics and Kardex Solutions partner to develop end-to-end pick and pack solution

Robotics Automation News

SVT Robotics, a software provider for the rapid integration of industrial robotics, and Kardex Solutions, a global business partner of AutoStore and intralogistics solution provider of automated storage, retrieval, and material handling systems, have formed a strategic partnership.

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Smart on-battery electronics eliminates the need for inverters

Drives & Controls

A German start-up has come up with a technology that does away with the need for converters in battery-powered systems. The “AC battery” system, developed by Munich-based Bavertis, uses electronics to reconfigure battery cells several thousand times per second, and allows the battery to generate AC directly.

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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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ABB to invest another $20 million on expanding its robotics factory in US

Robotics Automation News

ABB has strengthened its commitment to one of its largest customer markets – the US – with construction starting on the expansion of its existing North American robotics headquarters and manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The project is expected to be completed in November 2023 and represents an investment of $20 million.

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Keys to developing autonomous vehicle software

Robotics Business Review

APEX.AI co-founder Dejan Pangercic discusses software development for autonomous vehicles. The post Keys to developing autonomous vehicle software appeared first on Robotics Business Review.

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The Best Countries to Hold a Business

Robotics Automation News

As the saying goes, “location, location, location!” It’s not just a mantra for real estate agents, but also for businesses looking to establish a foothold in the global market. With the world becoming more interconnected, businesses are no longer confined to the geographical limits of their hometowns.

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Annual Rockwell smart manufacturing study highlights impact of technology on success

Automation Mag

Rockwell Automation released the results of its eighth annual “ State of Smart Manufacturing Report.” The global study surveyed more than 1,350 manufacturers across 13 major manufacturing countries. The 2023 report reveals a focus on delivering profitable growth without sacrificing quality, an emphasis on accessing data’s true potential and increasing adoption of technology to build resilience, enable agility, increase sustainability and address workforce challenges.

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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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Employee management software provider Rippling raises $500 million in Series E financing

Robotics Automation News

By Parker Conrad, CEO, Rippling Rippling, a provider of automated software for employee management, has raised $500 million in a round led by Greenoaks. The round values the company at $11.25 billion, the same as the company’s Series D financing in May 2022.

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Robotics Summit names MassRobotics strategic partner

Robotics Business Review

MassRobotics will serve as the exclusive strategic partner for the Robotics Summit & Expo to be held on May 10-11 in Boston. The post Robotics Summit names MassRobotics strategic partner appeared first on Robotics Business Review.

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ForwardX Robotics releases fully autonomous forklift

Robotics Automation News

ForwardX Robotics, a global autonomous mobile robot (AMR) and warehouse solutions provider, introduces its latest autonomous forklift: Apex C1500-L. The new forklift further enhances ForwardX’s capabilities in pallet movement workflows with a higher payload capacity and the ability to work with both GMA and Euro pallets.

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Why we must turbocharge UK competitiveness to win Race to Zero

SMMT

Rail strikes regrettably delayed our flagship SMMT Electrified event which was set to take place this Thursday (now postponed to 18 September), but we didn’t let that stop us in our tracks. On Monday, we held a special Electrified Parliamentary Reception at the House of Lords where we launched a new blueprint for the UK’s industrial EV transition, and we were delighted to welcome representatives from across our membership, as well as Ministers, Peers, MPs, government officials and other stakehol

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ABB launches new version of its Swifti collaborative cobot

Robotics Automation News

ABB has launched the Swifti CRB 1300 industrial collaborative robot, which the company says “bridges the gap between industrial and collaborative robots”.