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Siemens Xcelerator: New software automatically identifies vulnerable production assets

Design World

SINEC Security Guard: Intuitive cloud-based software-as-a-service to improve cybersecurity on the shop floor Allows users to match vulnerabilities to their OT assets, prioritize them, and engage in mitigation measures Integration with the cloud-native SIEM Microsoft Sentinel enabled Available on the Siemens Xcelerator Marketplace from July 2024 Production facilities are increasingly the target of cyberattacks.

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Yokogawa Updates OpreX Process Automation Family

Gary Mintchell

Yokogawa has sent a couple of process automation announcements recently. It’s been quiet on my radar for a few years. Nice to see some investment in product development. The first is the release of OpreX Robot Management Core, an application in the Asset Management and Integrity family. The second concerns strengthened industrial network support in CENTUM in the Control and Safety System family of solutions.

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PTDA Foundation welcoming nominations for 2024 Leadership Awards

Design World

The PTDA Foundation is seeking nominations for its Wendy B. McDonald Woman of the Year Award and Robert K. Callahan Advancing Leaders Award. The Wendy B. McDonald Woman of the Year Award celebrates a woman who, regardless of her career stage, has made significant contributions to her company and the PT/MC industry in 2023. The […] The post PTDA Foundation welcoming nominations for 2024 Leadership Awards appeared first on Design World.

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Cruise resumes its robotaxi operation, but this time with a driver behind the wheel

E&T

Following incidents in San Francisco at the end of 2023, Cruise will resume testing its self-driving taxi fleet in Phoenix, Arizona, but with a human driver in control.

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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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Base isolation methods for earthquake-resistant construction

Design World

By Ringfeder Editor Earthquake-resistant construction is vital to keeping people safe and preventing economic losses in earthquake-prone regions. To ensure the safety of the public and infrastructure, it’s important to comply with all applicable earthquake codes and standards, which are consistently updated with data collected from recent earthquakes and related research.

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Metal fabrication in Big Tech’s backyard

The Fabricator

How does Inland Metal Technologies, a custom metal fabricator, succeed in one of the most expensive places to do business in the country? It takes on work competitors won’t and has built systems to ramp up capacity quickly.

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$500m solar farm to built in Queensland

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: sutadimages/stock.adobe.com Queensland is powering towards a sustainable future as construction begins on a $500 million solar farm near Gladstone. Located at Aldoga, about 20km northwest of Gladstone, the Aldoga Solar Farm will feature up to 820,000 solar modules with the capacity to produce 480 megawatts peak. The Aldoga Solar Farm will offer $150 million in local procurement opportunities and deliver up to 350 jobs during construction and up to 10 ongoing full-time roles.

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What are the applications for hollow core fiber optical sensors?

Design World

Hollow core fiber (HCF) optical sensors are used in applications including Li-ion battery research and development (R&D), robotic arms, civil engineering infrastructural health monitoring, and biosensing. Some of the attributes of HCF optical sensors are small footprints, non-conductance, chemical stability, and high dynamic ranges. In the case of activities like Li-ion R&D, HCFs can be […] The post What are the applications for hollow core fiber optical sensors?

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NPE Visitors Get Sneak Peak at PEK

Plastics Today

Polyplastics’ new polyetherketone (PEK) resin reportedly is more heat-resistant than PEEK, making it a prime candidate for metal replacement in harsh environments.

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New JOKARI cable/wire dismantling and stripping tools from AutomationDirect

Design World

AutomationDirect has added new JOKARI cable/wire stripping and dismantling tools designed for the easy removal of cable jackets and wire insulation. These ergonomic tools are available for various AWG sizes and in automatic, heavy-duty, multi-purpose, and precision models. JOKARI self-adjusting stripping pliers provide ease of use, durability, an ergonomic design, and support round cable, flat… The post New JOKARI cable/wire dismantling and stripping tools from AutomationDirect appeared fi

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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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Queensland train manufacturing program opening Maryborough information centre

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Supavadee/stock.adobe.com The Queensland Train Manufacturing Program (QTMP) has reached another milestone with a new project information centre set to open on Adelaide Street, Maryborough in May. Visitors to the centre will be able to learn more about the Queensland Government program which will see 65 six-car passenger trains built at a new purpose-built manufacturing facility at Torbanlea on the Fraser Coast and a new rail facility at Ormeau, on the Gold Coast.

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Moving shop in metal fabrication

The Fabricator

Columnist Caleb Chamberlain backward casts his eye, to quote Robert Burns, and delves into the challenges of moving shop, laying bare the best-laid plans of mice and men.

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Ready to take your inventory management to the next level?

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Fusion 5 If you want to maximise your cash flow and profitability, Fusion 5 explain you need to make the most of your inventory – and that means strategic inventory planning. But what does that look like? Fusion 5 are glad you asked! Smart Budgeting: By leveraging robust planning solutions integrated with your ERP system, you can forecast sales and expenses accurately for smarter purchasing decisions.

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Take a Look Inside a Research and Demo Lab at Epson Robotics

Control.com

Recently, the Control.com engineering team had the opportunity to visit the R&D demo lab facility for the robotics division of Epson, located in Los Alamitos, CA. Come learn how the magic happens!

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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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OCP and Fortescue partner to develop green energy, hydrogen and ammonia

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Fortescue OCP Group, a leader in plant nutrition and phosphate-based fertilisers, and Fortescue Energy, part of global green energy , metals and technology company Fortescue, announced a landmark Joint Venture in Morocco. The equal partnership aims to supply green hydrogen, ammonia, and fertilisers to Morocco, Europe, and international markets.

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Cisco and Nutanix: A 360-Degree Partnership Where 1 + 1 = 3

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

Cisco enters strategic partnerships like the one with Nutanix in order to leverage our strengths in data center infrastructure with the complementary strengths of industry leaders.

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Perth to host convening of skills training sector leaders

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Drazen/stock.adobe.com Leaders from across Western Australia ’s skills training system will meet on 30 April 2024 to examine the drivers of quality and student demand. The event is the 2024 RTO Business Summit – Perth, convened by the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia ( ITECA ), the body representing independent skills training, higher education, and international education providers.

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Collaborative Robotics raises $100M in Series B for mysterious mobile manipulator

Robotics Business Review

Collaborative Robotics has been developing a system for trustworthy operations. Source: Adobe Stock, Photoshopped by The Robot Report Collaborative Robotics today closed a $100 million Series B round on the road to commercializing its autonomous mobile manipulator. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company said it is developing robots that can safely and affordably work alongside people in varied manufacturing, supply chain, and healthcare workflows.

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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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UNSW receives $6.3 million for renewable energy and decarbonisation research

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Bruce / stock.adobe.com The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has provided the University of New South Wales with $6.3 million to produce a blast furnace for sustainable iron-making and a renewable hydrogen production system. The projects are to be led by professor Yansong Shen and Scientia professor Rose Amal. Dean of engineering at UNSW professor Julien Epps congratulated both Shen and Amal on the development of these projects.

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W10 Photoelectric Proximity Sensor: The New Benchmark for Versatility In Object Detection

Fabricating & Metal Work

The stainless steel housing with IP69k protection protects the sensor even when used in demanding ambient conditions. All in one – one for all: with the new W10 photoelectric proximity sensor, SICK presents a sensor that can be used to solve a wide range of detection tasks in automation technology more universally than ever before. The sensor series comprises just four variants, which differ in their operating distances and mounting options.

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ARENA invests $59.1m into hydrogen and low emissions iron and steel research

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: John Wildgoose/KOTO/stock.adobe.com Australian Renewable Energy Agency announced it has awarded $59.1 million in funding across 21 research projects to support research and development (R&D) and commercialisation activities covering renewable hydrogen and low emissions iron & steel. On behalf of the Australian Government the funding has been provided to research teams from some of Australia’s top universities, research organisations, start-ups and companies.

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Shoplifting crackdown on UK high streets sees £55m investment in facial recognition tech

E&T

As part of a new crackdown on shoplifting and abusive behaviour towards retail staff on UK high streets, the government is investing £55m in facial recognition technology.

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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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First of QLD-manufactured rail replacement buses hits the road

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: MEHDI / stock.adobe.com The first of 200 rail replacement buses has rolled off the production line as part of the Government’s $130 million investment to support renewable public transport and local manufacturing. The 43-seat bus will provide service to help reduce impacts on commuters while critical works are undertaken on the South East Queensland (SEQ) train network.

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April 2024 Issue: RBR50 Innovation Awards

Robotics Business Review

RBR50 awards recognize innovation and excellence in robotics The RBR50 Robotics Innovation Awards have honored industry leaders for the past 12 years. And now we’re taking the RBR50 to the next level. We introduced three new categories in 2024 – Robot of the Year, Application of the Year, and Startup of the Year – and will be holding the inaugural RBR50 Gala on May 1 from 6-8 PM at the end of Day 1 of the Robotics Summit & Expo.

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Cisco at NAB 2024: Cloud-Native Media Production

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

Several years back, I had an insightful conversation with Josh Stinehour, Principal Analyst at Devoncroft Partners, about the state of innovation within the media sector.

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Cdn. bus manufacturer plans to deliver 88 EVs in West Virginia

Canadian Manufacturing

GreenPower’s all-electric school bus production from its South Charleston, West Virginia manufacturing facility will fulfill the 88 deliveries in the state as well as other east coast orders. SOUTH CHARLESTON — GreenPower Motor Company Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of purpose-built, all-electric, zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles serving the cargo and delivery market, shuttle and transit space and school bus sector, announced that it plans to deliver an additional 88 all-

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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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Universal Robots expands MathWorks partnership, joins Connections Program

Robotics Business Review

MathWorks offers MATLAB and Simulink for cobot simulation and programming. Source: Universal Robots Collaborative robots could become easier to program and use, thanks to new developer tools. Universal Robots A/S yesterday said it has strengthened its partnership with The MathWorks Inc. by joining the MathWorks Connections Program. The program supports developers and distributors of commercial products, training, and consulting based on MATLAB and Simulink.

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Strategic expansion: Siemens to acquire ebm-papst’s industrial drive technology business

Automation Mag

Siemens AG has signed an agreement to acquire the industrial drive technology (IDT) business of ebm-papst. The business reportedly includes intelligent, integrated mechatronic systems in the protective extra-low voltage range and motion control systems. These systems are used in free-range driverless transport systems. Siemens shares that this planned acquisition will complement its Xcelerator portfolio and strengthen its position as a solutions provider for flexible production automation.

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Metal Supermarkets announces that $10K in scholarships are available for trade school students

Canadian Manufacturing

TORONTO — On Apr. 2, Metal Supermarkets announced the kick-off of their 3rd annual trade school scholarship program in honour of National Welding Month. Four $2,500 scholarships are to be awarded to eligible trade school students in the United States and Canada for studies in 2024. The scholarship was established in response to the shortage of skilled trade workers across North America.

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Right Where I Belong: Creating a Place for Myself in Manufacturing

NIST

I knew I wanted to work in a manufacturing environment the whole time I was earning my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering. I’ve come a long way in manufacturing since, and (with an MBA to boot) I am now an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in various industries including textiles, carbon materials, and coatings.

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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.