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Engineering training, human-centric design, and augmented reality

Design World

Both professional and vocational engineering training are evolving with to address skill gaps and workforce-readiness issues. By Lisa Eitel | Executive editor Advancing communication technologies, the COVID-19 pandemic, and new digital-transformation approaches have forever changed the way technical training in manufacturing and automation is conducted.

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Putting AIMs to Work

Automation World

Automated inspection machines help manufacturers meet stringent regulatory standards.

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Softing Industrial’s edgeConnector integrates Allen-Bradley controllers into industrial edge applications

Design World

Softing announces the expansion of its Docker-based edgeConnector product family with the introduction of edgeConnector Allen-Bradley PLC, providing convenient access to data from ControlLogix and CompactLogix controllers. With the new Docker-based software module edgeConnector Allen-Bradley PLC, users can easily connect to their ControlLogix and CompactLogix controllers.

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Kawasaki Robotics Announces New Cobot Line and Use of Off-the-Shelf Tools

Automation World

At Automate 2024, Kawasaki unveiled its forthcoming cobot line with Neura Robotics and its partnership with AMT Precision Parts around the use of off-the-shelf hand tools for a range of common shop floor applications.

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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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ABB launches next-generation Robotics control platform OmniCore

Design World

ABB Robotics has launched OmniCore, an intelligent automation platform that is faster, more precise, and more sustainable, to empower, enhance, and futureproof businesses. The OmniCore platform, the result of more than $170 million of investment in next-generation robotics, is a step change to a modular and futureproof control architecture that will enable the full integration… The post ABB launches next-generation Robotics control platform OmniCore appeared first on Design World.

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The Automation Business: Building and Realizing Value

Automation World

Ultimation’s previous owner shares his insights on increasing the value of an automation-focused company and how to successfully exit the business.

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Waymo expands Phoenix service area; Zoox starts testing in Austin and Miami

Robotics Business Review

Left, Waymo’s autonomous robotaxi, and right, Zoox’s purpose-built autonomous robotaxi. | Sources: Waymo, Zoox It has been an exciting week for the autonomous vehicle industry. Waymo LLC announced that it will be expanding its service area in Phoenix, and Zoox Inc. said it will begin testing in Austin and Miami. Both companies have spent the year so far gradually expanding operations.

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Universal Robots and MiR Open up Joint Robotics Headquarters in Denmark

Control.com

Teradyne Robotics has opened a 20,000 sq m headquarters in Odense, Denmark. The new facility will enable collaboration between Teradyne's two companies, Universal Robots and Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR).

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Gathering warehouse inventory data — plus an update from ElectroCraft

Robotics Business Review

The Robot Report Podcast · Gathering warehouse inventory data – plus a look at Electrocraft motion solutions In Episode 153 of The Robot Report Podcast, editors Steve Crowe and Mike Oitzman discuss the news of the week. Our featured guest on the show this week is Sankalp Arora, co-founder and CEO of Gather.ai. We catch up with Sankalp to learn how his company ‘s drone inventory management product is evolving.

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World Oceans Day: Superhero, Scientists Battle the Plastic Plague

Plastics Today

Water-filtration company Multipore sends Dewey, the Clean Water Superhero, on a mission to save the planet from plastic pollution in the oceans, but a far-less-cute plastic-eating fungus might be more effective in the real world.

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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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Asensus Surgical agrees to merger with KARL STORZ

Robotics Business Review

The Intelligent Surgical Unit applies AI and machine vision to robot-assisted procedures. Source: Asensus Surgical Asensus Surgical Inc., which has been developing “intra-operative augmented intelligence technology for operating rooms,” today announced that it has entered a definitive merger agreement with KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America Inc.

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Taking a lean approach in the welding department

The Fabricator

Experts reveal that starting a continuous improvement campaign in the welding department isn't as hard as a metal fabrication shop might think. Jason Becker from Underground Metal Works and Brian Engelhardt from MERRILL Technologies (No. 13 on the 2024 FAB 40), weigh in.

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Simbe end user survey validates that Tally can transform inventory management

Robotics Business Review

Three-fourths of store managers say Tally improves productivity for their teams. | Credit: Simbe Robotics Simbe Robotics Inc. deployed its first Tally autonomous mobile robot to collect front-of-house retail inventory in 2015. Since that launch, the company has developed the system to track inventory levels in near real-time for retail store managers.

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Securely Connect Everything Everywhere with a Unified SASE Platform

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

We rely on connections with everyone and everything. But secure networking can be challenging in a distributed world of people, places, and things across premises to the cloud, which can ultimately impact the user experience. Learn what Cisco is doing to help customers securely connect everything everywhere through the latest enhancements to our SASE solution.

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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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Dynamic Manufacturing India May-June 2024

Dinesh Mishra

“Meshmix Media collaborated with Laghu Udyog Bharti – Karnataka Chapter to cover the manufacturing ecosystem of Belagavi, exploring the spirit of business owners and how the city is thriving in exports, job creation, and contributing to the bigger mission of ‘Make in India’ and ‘AATMA Nirbhar Bharat’ Mr. Dinesh Mishra, Senior VP , Strategy Meshmix Media, visited Belagavi and interviewed business leaders from diverse industries, highlighting edited excerpts from the

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‘Greed’: John Deere rolls out hundreds of US layoffs and sends work to Mexico

The Guardian Manufacturing

Agricultural equipment company plans to move production out of the country in move condemned by workers US workers at John Deere plants have accused the company of acting on “greed” as America’s most famous agricultural equipment company plans to shift more production to Mexico. The company – famous for its green tractors and leaping deer logo – has announced layoffs of several hundred workers over the last several months with more layoffs planned for later this year.

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Security, the cloud, and AI: building powerful outcomes while simplifying your experience

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

Read how Cisco Security Cloud Control prioritizes consolidation of tools and simplification of security policy without compromising your defense.

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Resin Price Report: Prime PE, PP Prices Move Higher

Plastics Today

Meanwhile, several petrochemicals companies declare force majeures at facilities in Mexican state of Tamaulipas.

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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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Ontario Power Generation partners with Stellarex to advance fusion energy in Ont.

Canadian Manufacturing

Stellarex Chairman Richard Carty (left) and Senior OPG representative Jason Van Wart (right), with Ontario Minister Todd Smith (standing). (CNW Group/Ontario Power Generation Inc.) AIX-EN-PROVENCE — Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Stellarex have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to explore the development and deployment of fusion energy in Ontario.

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Trade-Mark acquires Cambridge Pro Fab and SPL Control

The Fabricator

The Trade-Mark Group, Cambridge, Ont., has expanded by acquiring Cambridge Pro Fab Inc., a fabricator of plate and duct work for power generation, and SPL Control Inc., a provider of gas turbine noise control systems.

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Quantum Algorithms Institute to build a quantum technology ecosystem

Canadian Manufacturing

VANCOUVER — Quantum Algorithms Institute is creating a Centre for Responsible Quantum Innovation and Technology to build a quantum technology ecosystem guided by the principles of ethics, inclusion and sustainability. The Centre for Responsible Quantum Innovation and Technology will address questions related to quantum technology through research, and best practices, as well as collaboration and communication.

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Engineering report calls on next government to commit to a bold, long-term industrial strategy

E&T

The National Engineering Policy Centre (NEPC), led by the Royal Academy of Engineering, has launched a policy document that is calling on the next government to take a bold, long-term and holistic approach to tackling complex challenges.

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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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MDA Space workers ratify agreement ending their 9-week strike

Canadian Manufacturing

Unifor Local 112 and 673 members at MDA Space ratified a new collective agreement. (CNW Group/Unifor) BRAMPTON — Workers at MDA Space agreed to a new collective agreement to bring a nine-week strike at the aerospace manufacturer’s global headquarters in Brampton to an end. “I am proud of the determination our members showed, fighting for their rights on the picket line for nine long weeks to achieve a strong collective agreement at MDA Space,” said Unifor national president Lan

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REGO-FIX Powers Ed Carpenter Racing with Precision Tool Holding

Fabricating & Metal Work

Swiss tooling company REGO-FIX, inventor of the standard-setting ER collet, has partnered with Indianapolis-based Ed Carpenter Racing (ECR) to supply premium tool holding solutions for the IndyCar Series team’s machine shop. For its precision machining operations, ECR will use REGO-FIX’s world-renowned ER collets and other related accessories, the powRgrip Ò tool holding system and Multi Line products that boost the accuracy of traditional-style tooling.

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Rail workers reject latest offer as strike threat remains: CN

Canadian Manufacturing

Rail workers have rejected an offer from Canadian National Railway Co. to enter into binding arbitration, as the country’s largest railroad operator tries to steer clear of a strike in a move the union called disingenuous. The process, when agreed to, sees a mutually approved arbitrator settle a labour dispute by deciding the terms of a new collective agreement between the parties.

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Group of 17 secondary schools in London collectively decide to ban smartphones

E&T

A group of state schools in the London borough of Southwark have announced they will go smartphone-free, including confiscating phones used at school.

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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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Speed Increasers Promote High Spindle Speeds for Handling Thick, Large Workpieces

Mold Making Technology

Source | Platinum Tooling Technologies Platinum Tooling Technologies , an importer of live tools, angle heads, marking tools, Swiss tools and multiple spindle tools manufactured by various global suppliers, is now importing Henninger Speed Increasers for North America. Speeders are useful when drilling, tapping and milling thick or large workpieces like mold sections.

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Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. Launches Pre-Engineered Robot Work Cell as a Compact, Cost-Effective, and Intuitive Solution to Productivity Challenges

Manufacturing Tomorrow

ARIA (Automated Robotic Industrial Assistant) has a small footprint, is fully configurable, and offers a broad array of options and preprogrammed software packages that enable the unit to be tailored to the application.

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Capital Expenditures Exponentially Impact the Plastics Industry

Mold Making Technology

Source | Getty Images The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) has released an official analysis of capital expenditures and its impact on the plastics industry, authored by PLASTICS chief economist, Dr. Perc Pineda. Dr. Pineda writes, “Despite weaker household spending and a decline in corporate profits in the first quarter, nonresidential investment spending, which can serve as a reasonable proxy for capital expenditures [CapEx] on a macro scale, has shown resilience with 10 consecut

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Hy2gen receives renewable electricity supply for clean energy production project

Canadian Manufacturing

MONTREAL — Hy2gen Canada Inc, the Canadian subsidiary of global green hydrogen producer Hy2gen, has been selected, subject to agreement with Hydro-Québec, to get a block of electricity for a green hydrogen and green ammonia production plant in Baie-Comeau. The electricity from the Courant project will be supplied by Hydro-Québec, and will be used to power hydrogen and green ammonia production.

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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.