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How Audits, Skills, Standards and Cybersecurity Build Solutions

Automation World

Essential skills required for wireless, mobility, and edge computing technology implementation include knowledge of wireless technologies, cybersecurity protocols, compliance standards, system integration, project management and vendor-specific training.

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ABB Opens Updated Robotics Facility

Gary Mintchell

Robotics news seems to present itself all the time. I’m writing this from an independent coffee house in a small town in northern Illinois. The guy at the table behind me is quoting a robotic packaging system to a client. Weird. ABB held a big unveiling day at its Auburn Hills, MI facility that had recently been refitted and upgraded. I attended virtually—just could not work out the logistics to make it physically.

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Proving the Reliability of Cloud-Based Control

Automation World

Like many engineers, we had reservations about cloud-based control systems. We’ve since learned that, for processes that are not safety related or require millisecond scan times, cloud-based control is highly effective and can cost significantly less.

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UK commercial vehicle production boasts best February since 2008

SMMT

CV production up 98.4% to 12,927 units in fifth consecutive month of growth. Export volumes soar by 188.0% while manufacturing for the UK declines marginally, by -4.0%. Year to date output rises 56.4% with exports up 104.5% to 17,976 units. UK commercial vehicle (CV) production almost doubled in February, with 12,927 vans, trucks, taxis, buses and coaches leaving factory lines, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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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 Audits, Skills, Standards and Cybersecurity Build Solutions

Automation World

Essential skills required for wireless, mobility, and edge computing technology implementation include knowledge of wireless technologies, cybersecurity protocols, compliance standards, system integration, project management and vendor-specific training.

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Robots in Space? Remote Surgery and Extraterrestrial Habitation

Control.com

An advanced robotic assistant has successfully demonstrated its surgical capabilities aboard the International Space Station. Researchers are also working to create robots that maintain human habitats in space.

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Tech Tips: Considering Payload and Inertia in 6-Axis Robot EoAT Design

Control.com

In the field of robotics, designing proper end-of-arm tooling (EoAT) is a crucial step. This article includes critical material and inertia factors to consider when designing EoAT for 6-axis robots.

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If You Build It, They Will Come – Opening Day Musings From a Baseball Fan

NIST

Baseball’s Opening Day brings with it both nostalgia and excitement. You don’t have to be a die-hard fan to appreciate the dedicated folks who leave work early, grab a cold beer and a hot dog, and feel the buzz of excitement as the players take the field for the first game of the season. Everyone is brimming with hope for what the season might hold.

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Robotics Factory opens applications for Scale Residency Program

Robotics Business Review

ESTAT Actuation, KEF Robotics, Thiopoly, Thorne Baby, and Piximo made up the first resident cohort. | Source: Robotics Factory Pittsburgh-area robotics startups can now find more support through the Robotics Factory. The organization yesterday opened applications for its Scale Residency Program, which is intended to foster a culture of growth and collaboration for companies at various stages of development.

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Siemens, UR and Zivid combine to solve logistics issues

Drives & Controls

Siemens, Universal Robots (UR) and the Norwegian machine vision specialist Zivid have joined forces to create a “groundbreaking” technology that streamlines warehouse automation and solves intralogistics fulfilment 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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BRP profits drop, manufacturer cuts production

Canadian Manufacturing

North America’s warmest winter on record put a chill on snowmobile sales at BRP Inc., which saw profits plummet last quarter as a result. “I have been in the business for a long time and saw several challenging seasons. But it’s the first time that I’ve seen such difficult conditions,” said CEO José Boisjoli. “For us, it’s a bad winter.” The Ski-Doo maker plans to cut snowmobile production by 30 per cent this year due to the build-up of inventory l

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Purchase to Pay Solutions: A Best Practice Guide

Seeburger

From placing an order to making and taking payment, a purchase to pay solution lets you digitalize and automate the entire process. This saves time and money, reduces errors and increases overall productivity. However, what are typical stages when selecting a purchase to pay solution and what criteria do you need to consider?

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Delta Electronics demonstrates digital twin, power systems at GTC

Robotics Business Review

Delta exhibited its data center and other technologies at NVIDIA GTC 2024. Source: Delta Electronics SAN JOSE, Calif. — Artificial intelligence and robotics both devour power, but simulation, next-generation processors, and good product design can mitigate the draw. At NVIDIA Corp.’s GTC event last week, Delta Electronics Inc. demonstrated how its digital twin platform, developed on NVIDIA Omniverse, can help enhance smart manufacturing capabilities. “We’ve partnered with

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Flying the flag for UK-made products

SMMT

One of SMMT’s key missions is to promote highlight British manufacturing at home and abroad, one made much easier given the number of commercial vehicles made in the UK continues to grow significantly, almost doubling in February compared with last year as 12,927 vans, trucks, taxis, buses and coaches left factory lines. The uplift was 98.4% to be exact which, while in comparison with a particularly weak February last year due to supply chain problems, it represents the best February performance

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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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Negative leap second could be delayed as climate change slows the Earth’s rotation

E&T

The way we measure time may need to change because of climate change, which is slowing the Earth’s rotation.

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Pilz promotes Andreas Sobotta to key leadership position in the Americas

Automation Mag

Pilz Automation Safety Canada has announced that their long-term chief executive officer and general manager, Andreas Sobotta, is taking on the role of vice-president of its North and South American operations, effective immediately. In this position, Sobotta will continue to work from the company’s Canadian office in Mississauga and visit all other subsidiaries in North and South America.

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Advanced Robotics partners with Meltio to boost growth of additive manufacturing in Italy

Robotics Automation News

Advanced Robotics, and Meltio, a disruptive laser metal deposition technology manufacturer, have agreed a partnership within which Advanced Robotics is going to play a key role in the distribution and support of the Meltio metal 3D printing solutions in the Italian market, as an official sales partner.

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Making applications more sustainable with Cisco

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

Global greenhouse gas emissions in the tech sector are significant as they are on par or larger than that of the aviation industry.

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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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Go-Ahead Group to reach 1,100 zero emission bus milestone

SMMT

Go-Ahead Group will introduce an additional 201 zero emission buses by March 2026 in a bid to take its green fleet count to more than 1100. The total investment, comprising both buses and infrastructure amounts to £112 million, with Go-Ahead’s investment totalling £62 million as it looks to achieve a fully decarbonised bus fleet by 2035. The Zero Emission Bus Regional Area (ZEBRA) fund, meanwhile, has contributed some £44 million with an additional £6 million from local authorities.

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Boston University celebrates grand opening of its Robotics & Autonomous Systems Teaching & Innovation Center

Robotics Automation News

An autonomous robot cut the ceremonial ribbon at the grand opening of Boston University’s $8.8 million Robotics & Autonomous Systems Teaching & Innovation Center (RASTIC).

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Separate fact from fiction about AI in the warehouse at the Robotics Summit

Robotics Business Review

3PL expert Sean Pineau will share his insights into automation and AI in the warehouse. Source: Locus Robotics Artificial intelligence promises to revolutionize robotics and industries including supply chain and logistics. For all of the hype around generative AI, robotics developers, integrators, and warehouse operators need to separate the facts from fiction.

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Locus Robotics and Geodis to introduce ‘next-generation’ warehouse robotic automation to Mexico

Robotics Automation News

Locus Robotics, a provider of autonomous mobile robots for fulfillment warehouses, has completed a new implementation with Geodis, a global logistics provider, to bring “high performance, next-generation robotics automation” to Mexico to fulfill e-commerce and retail orders for a major global apparel brand.

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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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Nova Bus announces new President

Canadian Manufacturing

Paul Le Houillier (CNW Group/Nova Bus) SAINT-EUSTACHE — Nova Bus, a member of the Volvo Group and a transit bus manufacturer, announces the appointment of Paul Le Houillier as its new President, effective June 1st, 2024. With extensive business and leadership experience within the Volvo Group, Mr. Le Houillier will bring solid know-how and strategic vision to Nova Bus.

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The Advantages of Outsourcing to Romania and Eastern European Countries

Robotics Automation News

Amidst the ever-changing business environment, outsourcing has become a vital strategy for companies aiming to streamline operations, access specialized skills, and enhance competitiveness. This strategic approach knows no bounds, as businesses increasingly leverage outsourcing to secure cost-effective solutions and tap into specialized expertise beyond their usual operational scope.

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El diseño permite el corte por plasma y por llama dentro de la misma antorcha

The Fabricator

Los modelos Twister TFP y TFPL Serie 3 y Serie 6 de Komatsu cuentan con tecnología de cartucho único, una configuración de consumible de una sola pieza, que se dice que mejora la vida útil de la perforación hasta en un 60%.

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Where to Grab Top WordPress Templates and Not Go Bankrupt

Robotics Automation News

Okay, so you’ve decided to build a WordPress site – nice choice! This CMS is super versatile and gives you a ton of creative freedom. But let’s be real, starting from scratch with just the basic WP templates often has the effect of showing up to a party in a PJ.

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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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Cdn. milk manufacturer given approval to make baby formula in Kingston, Ont.

Canadian Manufacturing

An Ontario-based powdered milk manufacturer says it has the green light to start making baby formula. Canada Royal Milk in Kingston says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has approved its application to produce infant formula. The company says it always intended to manufacture the product, but was held up by an approval process involving both Health Canada and the CFIA that took nearly two years.

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AI Use Cases and Application Across Major Industries

Robotics Automation News

Found in the year 1956, Artificial Intelligence today has brought about a revolution in the market. Artificial intelligence refers to the simulation of human intelligence into machines that enable businesses to reduce costs, streamline operations, and automate repetitive tasks so that you can focus on the core operations of your business.

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Renault trucks join Weaver Haulage fleet

SMMT

Family-run Weaver Haulage has added three T520 High 6×2 pusher tractor units to its fleet that will work on bulk powder jobs across the Midlands and the South of England for cement clients. Supplied by Allports Group, the new vehicles with Gardner Denver blower equipment are powered by Renault Trucks’ 13 litre engine producing a maximum 2550Nm of torque from 990rpm to 1400rpm.

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Kollmorgen launches ‘combination’ of AGVs and AMRs

Robotics Automation News

Kollmorgen has introduced the “NDC Flex”, which it describes as a “combination” of an autonomous mobile robot and an automated guided vehicle. Kollmorgen says the NDC Flex “combines the finest features from Kollmorgen’s portfolio; the efficiency of AGV systems with the adaptability of AMR features”.

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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.