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USB to serial adapters with FTDI chip integration

Design World

StarTech.com has announced the availability of a new line of USB to Serial Adapters. These adapters use the customizable FTDI chip to add RS-232 capabilities to USB-enabled computers, allowing connectivity with Data Communication Equipment (DCE) peripherals such as digital signage, industrial equipment, and point-of-sale devices. The driverless installation ensures universal compatibility with Windows 7 and above, […] The post USB to serial adapters with FTDI chip integration appeared firs

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Smelt spout robots can improve safety, productivity in North American pulp and paper mills

Robotics Business Review

North American paper mills are starting to use robotics for smelt spout cleaning. Source: Valmet Recovery boilers represent a significant capital expenditure in the pulp and paper industry. While a well-maintained boiler can last for decades, routine care of this system can present challenges. Maintenance duties are often messy and risky for the operator, and many tasks are time-consuming and require full or partial boiler shutdown.

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USB to serial adapters with FTDI chip integration

Design World

StarTech.com has announced the availability of a new line of USB to Serial Adapters. These adapters use the customizable FTDI chip to add RS-232 capabilities to USB-enabled computers, allowing connectivity with Data Communication Equipment (DCE) peripherals such as digital signage, industrial equipment, and point-of-sale devices. The driverless installation ensures universal compatibility with Windows 7 and above, […] The post USB to serial adapters with FTDI chip integration appeared firs

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Aerotech Enhances Automation1 Motion Control Platform With Version 2.7

Control.com

The latest update to Aerotech's Automation1 platform delivers enhanced support for laser scan heads and drives, with key updates including tools for faster development, 3D data visualization, and enhanced scanner control.

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A Journey to Efficiency & Excellence in Manufacturing

Foundation Wellness, an orthotic and foot care product leader, transformed its manufacturing by implementing the Manufacturing Execution System FORCE MES FLEX from FORCAM ENISCO. Previously hindered by manual data collection, the company needed more efficiency and a proactive approach. Adopting an MES enhanced data visibility and enabled data-driven decision-making.

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Quality Tool & Die Enhances Performance With Advanced EDM and Milling Technologies

Mold Making Technology

Mitsubishi MV models eliminated the need to manually grind the outside of the part. Source: MC Machinery Systems Quality Tool & Die (QTD) has found its groove, in no small part, because of its strategic use of Mitsubishi wire and sinker EDMs and an OPS Ingersoll five-axis milling machine with an automated cell. The Meadville, PA, company was founded in 1976 and purchased by Managing Partner Brad McDowell and Vice President Chad Kearns in 2005.

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The Robotics Australia Group is building a sustainable robotics industry in Australia

Robotics Business Review

The group’s board, as of November 2023, from left to right, back row: Dr. Sue Keay (chair), Brenton Cunningham, Christian Ruberg, Tim Bradley, Dr. Nathan Kirchner; front row: Dr. John Vial, Tamanna Monem, Kathie van Vugt, Nicci Rossouw, Angus Robinson. Source: Robotics Australia Group The robotics industry in Australia stands at the precipice of a transformative era, driven by a shared vision of sustainability and innovation.

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China-owned British Steel said to have requested £600m of taxpayer support

The Guardian Manufacturing

Company is looking for help from next government to upgrade to less polluting technology Chinese-owned British Steel has reportedly submitted a request for a package of taxpayer support worth £600m as it looks for assistance from the next government to upgrade to less polluting technology. Government officials are due to review plans that set out the costs of switching from blast furnaces to electric arc furnaces at the company’s steelworks in Scunthorpe , Lincolnshire, the Sunday Times reported

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How to control product quality with IO-link

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: IFM Explore how ifm efector’s IO-Link enables quality control in manufacturing by blending digital automation capabilities with new and existing systems. The need for automation extends across all industries and organisational levels, with technology becoming integral to the industrial world’s path to better efficiency, safety, and sustainability.

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Index Appoints New National Service Manager

Modern Machine Shop

Source: Index Corp. Index Corp. has announced the promotion of Erik Hutchinson to the position of national service manager. Hutchinson joined Index in September 2020 as a field service engineer and was promoted to East Coast regional service manager after 18 months. Prior to Index, he amassed nearly three decades of experience as a technician and engineer across multiple industries.

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First Australian workers depart for Pearl Harbor AUKUS training

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: auremar/stock.adobe.com Skilled submarine workers from ASC are the first to depart for AUKUS submarine sustainment training at Pearl Harbor in the US. It is a step towards Australian workers acquiring the knowledge that will be essential to build and sustain our future nuclear-powered submarines. The 30 skilled ASC workers are the first to be deployed to the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard to undertake training in the maintenance of US Virginia-class nuclear-powered submarines.

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Provide Real Value in Your Applications with Data and Analytics

The complexity of financial data, the need for real-time insight, and the demand for user-friendly visualizations can seem daunting when it comes to analytics - but there is an easier way. With Logi Symphony, we aim to turn these challenges into opportunities. Our platform empowers you to seamlessly integrate advanced data analytics, generative AI, data visualization, and pixel-perfect reporting into your applications, transforming raw data into actionable insights.

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Kuka Robots Aid Automated Milling, AM and Part Fabrication

Modern Machine Shop

Bystronic Mobile Bending Robot Cell. Source: Kuka Robotics Corp. Kuka Robotics is demonstrating a variety of automated solutions from several of its system partners that can streamline part processing and boost overall production output. These systems, all featuring Kuka robots, include the CyberDrawers machine feeding unit from Waybo; entry-level machine and process automation from Mairotec GmbH; automated milling from Robotics Solutions Inc.; and metal additive manufacturing from One-Off Robot

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Austral Australia to construct more guardian-class patrol boats

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Austal Australia has received an order for an additional two Guardian-class Patrol Boats. Image: Austal Australia The Australian Government has ordered two additional Guardian-class Patrol Boats from Austal Australia, valued at approximately $39 million. The 39.5-metre, steel-hull patrol boats are to be constructed at Henderson in Western Australia and are scheduled for delivery in 2026.

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METROLOGY BREW’ News Bulletin – 24th June

Metrology

Summary of headline metrology and smart manufacturing news from the past 7 days. The post METROLOGY BREW’ News Bulletin – 24th June appeared first on Metrology and Quality News - Online Magazine.

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Manufacturer establishes production line of Brain Scanner

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Valerii Apetroaiei/stock.adobe.com Med-tech manufacturer EMVision Medical Devices has established its pilot commercial production line of the emu point-of-care brain scanner and has received a final $1.25 million non-dilutive cash payment. EMVision Medical Devices is an innovative Australian medical device company developing a novel approach to looking inside the human body.

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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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Basler Invests In 3D Vision Specialist Roboception

Metrology

Basler AG, a leading supplier of image processing components for computer vision applications, has acquired 25.1 % of the shares in Roboception GmbH, as part of a strategic investment and capital increase. With its innovative hardware and software products, Roboception is a pioneer in the field of intelligent 3D sensor technology, providing key elements for flexible automation solutions.

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New CSIRO program focused on businesses utilising AI and Digital Technologies

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: ronstik/stock.adobe.com CSIRO’s Innovate to Grow: Digital Technologies and Artificial Intelligence program connects businesses working on solutions in digital technologies to learn how to advance their projects or ideas. CSIRO’s Data61 research director for Software and Computational Systems, Dr Liming Zhu, said the program focused on digital technologies and AI could not be timelier.

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Parsable Launches Industry-First AI-Powered Analytics

Metrology

In a bold move to redefine the manufacturing landscape, Parsable has announced the launch of AI-Powered Analytics, cementing its position as the leading Connected Worker Platform. This unprecedented product expansion promises to disrupt traditional frontline models and end the era of guesswork in manufacturing operations. The post Parsable Launches Industry-First AI-Powered Analytics appeared first on Metrology and Quality News - Online Magazine.

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Green energy initiative approved in Western Australia

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: mimadeo/stock.adobe.com Western Australia is positioned to lead Australia’s renewable energy transition with the approval of the first project under the State Government’s pioneering Green Energy Approvals Initiative. Managed by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s green energy directorate, the Green Energy Approvals Initiative streamlines regulatory processes across governmental agencies, expediting approvals for renewable energy projects.

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Deliver Mission Critical Insights in Real Time with Data & Analytics

In the fast-moving manufacturing sector, delivering mission-critical data insights to empower your end users or customers can be a challenge. Traditional BI tools can be cumbersome and difficult to integrate - but it doesn't have to be this way. Logi Symphony offers a powerful and user-friendly solution, allowing you to seamlessly embed self-service analytics, generative AI, data visualization, and pixel-perfect reporting directly into your applications.

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Compact 8k Super Resolution GigE Vision Line Scan Camera

Metrology

Teledyne DALSA, a Teledyne Technologies company, has announced that its Linea Lite 8k Super Resolution camera is now in production. This compact and cost-effective GigE line scan camera delivers 8k resolution images, a performance that normally requires a camera body twice the size. The post Compact 8k Super Resolution GigE Vision Line Scan Camera appeared first on Metrology and Quality News - Online Magazine.

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Australia’s first commercial life sciences campus

Manufacturer's Monthly

Kurraba Life Sciences Campus at Waterloo Image: Gensler The Kurraba Group has announced the launch of the country’s inaugural commercial life sciences campus which is set to entice domestic manufacturing opportunities. Valued at $490 million, this development will be strategically located in Waterloo, Sydney, just 2 kilometres from Sydney CBD.

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Hexagon’s Innovative SmartScan VR800 3D Scanner Wins Red Dot Design Award

Metrology

This year, Hexagon’s pioneering SmartScan VR800 structured light scanner has been awarded the prize in the Product Design category reflecting the quality of the user experience, ergonomics and the consistent and attractive application of Hexagon’s design language. The post Hexagon’s Innovative SmartScan VR800 3D Scanner Wins Red Dot Design Award appeared first on Metrology and Quality News - Online Magazine.

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Scott McDaniel Elected NFDA President for 2024-2025

Fastener News Desk

For Immediate Release June 20, 2024 Scott McDaniel of Martin Fastening Solutions has been elected as the 2024-2025 president of the National Fastener Distributors Association. Ed Smith of Wurth Revcar will serve as vice president, Christian Reich of Goebel Fasteners will serve as associate chair, and Jim Degnan of S.W. Anderson will remain on the Board as immediate past president.

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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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Advanced Sensor Technology Generates 3D Scatter Plot Driving Autonomous Production Transportation

Metrology

The driverless platform truck, with its electric drive train, will handle the internal transport of press tools and steel blanks for the press lines autonomously, with a payload of up to 55 tonnes. Using state-of-the-art sensor technology, the transport system navigates accurately and fully autonomously through the production facilities of the Regensburg press plant at a speed of four kilometres per hour – without a driver.

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Commercial and Public Security June Webinar Key Takeaways

Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing

Are you implementing robust growth strategies to overcome obstacles in the commercial & public security domain? As public safety agencies modernize their emergency response protocols and enhance mission effectiveness, new technology solutions are becoming essential force multipliers. Unmanned drone systems are a prime example, offering first responders superior situational awareness and real-time data analysis while ensuring the safety of personnel in the field.

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Portable 3D Scanners Revolutionize Manufacturing Quality Control

Metrology

The last decade has seen remarkable advancements in the field of manufacturing, driven largely by the integration of new technologies. Among these, portable 3D scanners have emerged as a game-changer, significantly impacting quality control processes. These devices have not only enhanced the precision and efficiency of quality inspections but also transformed the way manufacturers approach production and maintenance.

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Volvo does a sharp U-turn as the boxy estates and saloons return to Britain

The Guardian Manufacturing

Last summer the Swedish carmaker announced it would limit UK sales to its more popular SUV models It is not the kind of risky manoeuvre any self-respecting Volvo estate driver would execute but the Swedish carmaker has performed a sharp U-turn on the decision to stop selling them here after an outcry from drivers devoted to a car synonymous with British middle-class family life.

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Using Data & Analytics for Improving Healthcare Innovation and Outcomes

In the rapidly evolving healthcare industry, delivering data insights to end users or customers can be a significant challenge for product managers, product owners, and application team developers. The complexity of healthcare data, the need for real-time analytics, and the demand for user-friendly interfaces can often seem overwhelming. But with Logi Symphony, these challenges become opportunities.

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‘Live Inspect’ Scan Adjustment Software For AM Parts

Metrology

Desktop Metal, a global leader in Additive Manufacturing 2.0 technologies for mass production, has announced the launch of Live Inspect for analyzing and correcting errors in 3D printed parts. The post ‘Live Inspect’ Scan Adjustment Software For AM Parts appeared first on Metrology and Quality News - Online Magazine.

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Talent Talk: What Do 43% of Job Postings Have in Common? They’re Fake

Plastics Today

Many of the listings you see on major job boards are, in fact, “ghost postings.

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DroneShield awarded new $4.7 Million counter drone contract

Manufacturer's Monthly

DroneSentry-X Mk2 vehicle system Image: DroneShield DroneShield has announced it has received an order of $4.7 million from a new non-government Swiss international customer to provide multiple vehicle-based counter-drone (C-UxS) systems. The vehicle-based solution will offer a rapidly deployable C-UxS platform that can be operated in both static and on-the-move (OTM) missions for convoy and mobile VIP protection.

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3D-printed Boeing door-mode-handle covers

Dinesh Mishra

Straightforward scanning of printed parts for aircraft interiors Scanning spray improves 3D data capture To prevent aeroplane doors being accidentally opened after landing, the door locks are secured with additional covers. For rapid availability of single parts and small batches, additive manufacturing – which does not generate any tool costs – is frequently used.

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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.