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Generative AI for Project Estimation and Digital Engineering

Gary Mintchell

My last post concerned using new technologies for specification development. Extending use cases of technology into other realms of administrative work, this release from Galorath announces their new product, SEERai, an advanced chat-based generative artificial intelligence (AI) built specifically to assist digital engineers and engineering professionals plan and estimate projects.

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Mitsubishi supports The Jared Box Project for young patients experiencing a hospital stay

Design World

Mitsubishi Electric Automation’s employees and executive leadership team are assembling 100 Jared boxes, delivered to a local medical center to provide young patients entertainment while they navigate their hospital experience. Mitsubishi Electric Automation is proud to support community organizations through its VISION Committee (Volunteers, Involved, Serving, Identifying, and Organizing Needs).

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Joby acquires Xwing autonomy division to bolster autonomous aircraft

Robotics Business Review

Joby Aviation says it hopes to eventually use Xwing technology for fully autonomous operations. | Source: Joby Aviation Joby Aviation Inc. this week announced that it is acquiring the autonomy division of Xwing Inc. The acquisition will cover all of Xwing’s existing automation and autonomy technology activities and was paid for with Joby shares.

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Touchless angle sensors – CAN SAE J1939 Interface

Design World

Novotechnik, U.S. now adds the CAN J1939 interface to the RFC4800 Series of touchless angle sensors measuring angular position up to 360°, turn direction, turns, speed, and operational status. The RFC 4800 can provide one or two output channels. It can take the place of an optical encoder but with longer life and robustness. The… The post Touchless angle sensors – CAN SAE J1939 Interface appeared first on Design World.

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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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Webinar: From controllers to the cloud: Discovering the cornerstones of warehouse automation

Robotics Business Review

maxon provides motion controllers, and Balluff offers sensors for warehouse automation. Source: maxon motor When looking to boost productivity and eliminate mundane manual tasks in the warehouse, adding robots is a good start, but it’s not enough. Speed, scalability, sustainability, and upskilling the workforce are also essential for long-term success.

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DigiKey to exhibit and give away multiple XRP Open-Robotics Platforms at Open Sauce 2024

Design World

DigiKey, a leading global commerce distributor offering the largest selection of technical components and automation products in stock for immediate shipment, invites attendees at Open Sauce 2024 to visit its booth, #A10.1-A10.2, June 14-16 at the Cow Palace Arena and Event Center in San Francisco. Visitors to DigiKey’s booth can learn more about the company’s… The post DigiKey to exhibit and give away multiple XRP Open-Robotics Platforms at Open Sauce 2024 appeared first on Design W

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Emerson Downhole Monitoring Systems selected for Equinor’s Rosebank Field

Design World

Norwegian energy producer Equinor has chosen Emerson to provide advanced well completion monitoring systems for its Rosebank oil and gas field development offshore in the United Kingdom. Emerson’s suite of Roxar downhole monitoring tools will empower Equinor to use advanced oil recovery techniques, optimize reservoir performance, and verify well integrity in real-time.

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Amazon Prime Air gets FAA approval for extended BVLOS drone deliveries

Robotics Business Review

Amazon Prime Air expects to expand its delivery range with the expanded exemptions from the FAA. | Credit: Amazon The Federal Aviation Administration requires commercial drone operators to maintain line of sight with their drones until a technology safely enables beyond visual line-of-sight, or BVLOS, operations. The ability to pilot a drone by relying on instruments for control rather than direct line of sight is essential for scaling complex operations.

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Why touch points matter to automotive design

Design World

Whether consciously or subconsciously touch points form the foundation for customers to perceive and make decisions regarding the products they choose. Touch points drive the quality of customer experiences, and serve as the basis for the resulting relationship. This is why it is so important to understand the impact that touch points can have on… The post Why touch points matter to automotive design appeared first on Design World.

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Additive Construction – The Path to Standardization II

NIST Manufacturing

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Engineering Laboratory (EL) Materials and Structural Systems Division (MSSD) studies the durability and service life of infrastructure materials (polymer, concrete, engineered composites) for

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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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Where Information and Operational Technologies Converge: The Importance of a MES (Manufacturing Execution System)

Seeburger

How do you create synergies created between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) in industry and manufacturing? And where does a MES (Manufacturing Execution System) come into play here? Discover how merging data and technologies increases efficiency and gives you a more integrated view of the production process.

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NVIDIA, Foxconn to build advanced computing center in Taiwan

Robotics Business Review

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang and Foxconn CEO Young Liu celebrate their cooperation. | Source: Foxconn Hon Hai Technology Group, better known as Foxconn, this week said they plan to jointly build an advanced computing center in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. At the core of the center will be the NVIDIA Blackwell platform. The companies made the announcement at Computex 2024.

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Phoenix Contact Releases Caparoc Power Module With EtherNet/IP Interface

Control.com

Customers will now be able to communicate via EtherNet/IP on their Caparoc circuit breaker system with the release of the new EtherNet/IP power module.

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Cisco AI Assistant for Managing Firewall Policies Is Now Available

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

See how administrators can use AI Assistant to effortlessly manage firewall devices, configure policies, and access reference materials whenever required, streamlining their workflow and boosting overall efficiency.

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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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Intuitive earns updated FDA labeling on da Vinci X, Xi for radical prostatectomy

Robotics Business Review

Editor’s Note: This article was syndicated from The Robot Report’s sibling site MassDevice. The da Vinci Xi robotic surgery system. | Source: Intuitive Surgical Intuitive Surgical Inc. yesterday announced yesterday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared a labeling revision for its da Vinci X and Xi surgical robotic platforms and radical prostatectomy.

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Outspoken Scientist Offers a Different Perspective on Plastics

Plastics Today

Plastic materials expert speaks out on issues ranging from carbon emissions to microplastics and human health.

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Securing Meraki Networks with Cisco XDR

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

Discover how the Cisco XDR and Meraki MX integration provides advanced threat detection and network insights. Join us at Cisco Live 2024 for a demo.

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2024 Employment Law Update: New Compliance Obligations for CA Employers

CMTC Manufacturing Tech

In California, labor laws constantly change and evolve with each passing year. While these updates ultimately help to address emerging workplace issues and enhance employee protections, they also create new compliance obligations for CA employers , which can cause extra stress. To help California manufacturers navigate these changes and ensure compliance, we’ve put together an overview to highlight what’s new in California labor laws for 2024.

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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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DMG MORI Event Showcases “Machining Transformation”

Modern Machine Shop

DMG MORI held its 2024 Innovation Days event at its Chicago solutions center May 7-10. The theme of the event was “Machining Transformation,” which is also the name of the platform the company announced to help manufacturers address a range of challenges. From labor shortages and supply chain complexities to an increasing variety of part numbers and environmental concerns, shops today face many challenges, and machining technology suppliers are evolving to meet these challenges.

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New round of South Australian Defence Innovation funding now open

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: DefenceSA The Defence Innovation Partnership will soon be accepting applications from South Australian industry and researchers under the latest round of its $2.4 million Activator Fund. Launched in 2023, the Activator Fund is designed to speed up the translation of innovative defence technology into real-world capability for the Australian Defence Force.

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Ward Manufacturing announces acquisition of The Line Group Inc.

The Fabricator

Ward Manufacturing Co. has acquired The Line Group, an Arlington Heights, Ill., manufacturer of precision metal stampings, metal fabrications, and electromechanical assemblies. The Line Group’s operations and key production staff have been transitioned to the Ward Manufacturing facility in.

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UK quantum company reaches new milestones on the path to powerful quantum computers

E&T

Quantinuum has announced that its H-Series processor has surpassed the ability to be simulated by the world’s best supercomputers, enabling the company to “extend the lead in the race towards fault tolerant quantum computing”.

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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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IWDC marks 30th anniversary

The Fabricator

Three decades ago, the Independent Welding Distributors Association formed the Independent Welding Distributors Cooperative and shortly afterward merged with the Key Distribution Group.

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QLD budget delivers funding for renewable energy transition

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Soonthorn/stock.adobe.com Upcoming state budget to include $26 billion towards the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan over the next four years. Premier Steven Miles announced the investment which is set to supercharge renewable energy , storage, and transmission is the largest investment in the nation. “One thing I’m particularly passionate about is our state’s transition to renewables and the economic opportunity that transition can bring.

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Optimizing the punch/laser cutting combination machine

The Fabricator

Special ProductsandManufacturing (SPM) purchased its first punch/laser combo more than a decade ago. The Texas-based contract fabricator (No. 39 on the 2024 FAB 40) now has four automated systems that together have reshaped the company’s blanking operation.

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The beating heart of Melbourne’s manufacturing industry

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: City of Whittlesea Located in Melbourne’s North, Thomastown and Epping are an established and industrious manufacturing base, collectively home to over 7,600 businesses, employing 39,000 workers. Manufacturing is the leading sector in Thomastown and fifth highest in Epping. The local eco-system is recognised as a key ingredient in the ongoing vitality of the area, which continues to diversify, expand and develop, despite challenging tough market conditions.

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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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The Fabricator's Technology Summit

The Fabricator

The Fabricator’s Technology Summit is an exclusive event showcasing the latest in metal fabrication technology. Gain an insider’s perspective as you visit local shops and showrooms to witness laser cutting machines, press brakes, and automation in action. Discover streamlined operations for.

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Exxel Polymers receives nearly $2.9M in government support to expand operations

Automation Mag

Exxel Polymers, located in Bromont in the Estrie region, is receiving $2,895,150 from the governments of Canada and Québec. The funds will enable the business to acquire equipment to increase its productivity and production capacity to sustain its growth. The aim of this investment project, valued at over $4 million, is to enable Exxel Polymers, a business specializing in the formulation and production of 100 percent recycled plastics, to meet the demand and pursue its growth and efforts to expo

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New brushless dc hypoid gearmotors deliver high torque

Motion Control Tips

Bodine Electric Company has introduced 12 new brushless dc hypoid hollow shaft gearmotors. The type 42B-25H2 and 42B-30H3 geared motors combine a brushless dc, 130 Vdc motor with two hypoid gearheads. When used with a brushless dc motion control these gear motors deliver maintenance-free performance with high starting torque and linear speed-torque characteristics.

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Sylvan acquires Anchor Conveyor Products

The Fabricator

Sylvan has announced the addition of Anchor Conveyor Products, an engineering and fabrication contractor focused on industrial conveyor systems, to its platform.

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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.