Thu.Nov 24, 2022

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PTC Acquires ServiceMax

Gary Mintchell

PTC to Acquire SaaS Field Service Management Provider ServiceMax. PTC continually enlarges its footprint in the digital enterprise domain. There was its expansion a few years ago into Internet of Things with acquisition of ThingWorx and Kepware.

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QPM to create Carbon Abatement Hub in the Northern Bowen Basin

AU Manufacturing

Queensland Pacific Metals Ltd (QPM) has launched QPM Energy Pty Ltd and the Carbon Abatement Hub Project (CAH Project) to secure a gas supply chain for the TECH Project.

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Ontario launches a critical minerals innovation fund to try and boost the economy

Canadian Manufacturing

Ontario launches a critical minerals innovation fund to try and boost the economy. TIMMINS – The Ontario government is investing in the critical minerals sector by launching a two-year, $5 million Critical Minerals Innovation Fund to enhance research and development of new technologies.

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HR Case Study: Amtico and MHR Software

MEM

Amtico is a manufacturer and market leader of high-quality luxury vinyl tiles (LVT) for UK residential homes and worldwide commercial premises. With manufacturing and sales headquarters in the West Midlands, England, Amtico has a sales network across Europe, USA, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

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China expands lockdown measures as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

Canadian Manufacturing

Pandemic lockdowns are expanding across China, including in a city where factory workers clashed this week with police, as the number of COVID-19 cases hits a daily record. Residents of eight districts of Zhengzhou, home to 6.6 million people, were told to stay home for five days beginning on Nov.

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UK car production output returns to growth in October

SMMT

UK car manufacturing output rises 7.4% in October as 69,524 units leave factory gates. Production for home and overseas markets up 12.5% and 6.3% respectively. Volumes year-to-date down -10.8% though output for UK market rises 8.8%. UK car production returned to growth in October, rising 7.4%

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Ghost Drops announces acquisition of cannabis production and processing facility

Canadian Manufacturing

Ghost Drops (CNW Group/Ghost Drops). TORONTO — Ghost Drops, a cannabis manufacturer, announces the acquisition of an Ontario-based, federally licensed cannabis production and processing facility.

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Ontario announces reduction of red tape to try and improve manufacturing competitiveness

Canadian Manufacturing

TORONTO — On Nov. 23, the Ontario government introduced the Less Red Tape, Stronger Ontario Ac t which, if passed, would implement measures to try and increase Ontario’s competitiveness, strengthen provincial supply chains, and make government services easier to access and interact with. Our government is focused on making Ontario better for people and businesses by removing unnecessary, redundant, and outdated regulations that hold us back,” said Parm Gill, Minister of Red Tape Reduction.

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Innovative Video Borescope Inspection Solution Launched

Metrology

Canon Medical Systems, Video Sensing Division, has announced a new ‘chip-on-tip’ video borescope camera for inspection applications in extremely tight spaces. Canon Medical’s new SV-2000 is ideal for a variety.

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REDARC charges ahead with national export award

AU Manufacturing

Media Release by Australian Trade and Investment Commission. South Australia-based manufacturing company REDARC has been named winner of the. Manufacturing and Advanced Materials Award at the 60th Australian Export Awards.

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Grooving Attachment Streamlines Operation by 75%

Modern Machine Shop

The mechanical nature of the face grooving attachment holds size much better than end mills, Big Daishowa says, vastly reducing the need for cutter compensation. Utilizing down feeding instead of a circular tool path also eliminates interpolation errors. Images courtesy of Big Daishowa.

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Markforged tips ‘just in place’ to replace ‘just in time’ in Australian manufacturing

AU Manufacturing

Media Release by Markforged. The expression “supply chain issues” is familiar to all Australians, from the manufacturer whose production line has stalled awaiting parts from an overseas supplier to the housewife walking past empty shelves in her local supermarket.

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Resin Price Report: Producers' Efforts to Tighten Supply Are Having Intended Effect

Plastics Today

Resin buyers are more willing to pay up in light of tighter market conditions

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Mixed Bag Ahead for US Metalworking Economy

Modern Machine Shop

If you’re in the metalworking business you are well aware of the effects of supply chain disruptions, inflation, and labor shortages all ushered in and/or exacerbated by COVID. Even so, for most of the metalworking industry, business has been pretty good for the last two years.

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Rise in deadly electrical faults increasing risk of fires across UK

E&T

Reports of broken PEN (protected earth and neutral) conductors increased from 57 in 2003 to 474 reports last year, according to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request. As incidents are often not reported, the real figure is likely to be much higher and each incident can affect 50 properties, meaning tens of thousands of properties are likely at risk in the UK. not including Northern Ireland.

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Capital investment: electric bus infrastructure in London

SMMT

There are currently about 850 zero emission buses operating in London, and as more have gone into service, there has been the need for infrastructure to support them.

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Top Five Editorial Advisory Board Favorites

Mold Making Technology

Photo Credit: (top left) Tri-Par Die and Mold Corp. top right) Fast Heat by Spark Industries, (bottom left), RJG Inc. bottom right), Westminster Tool.

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Dr Martens says boot prices will rise to cover increasing costs

The Guardian Manufacturing

Northamptonshire-based footwear group’s half-year results show 5% fall in profits despite 13% rise in sales Dr Martens is to step up the price of its boots by 6%, as it says the cost of labour, energy and supplies, including the bouncy soles and leather, has risen.

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Smart Manufacturing Learning System Introduced

Metrology

To satisfy the growing demand for hands-on learning in Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 technologies, CESMII, the Smart Manufacturing Institute, has partnered with Amatrol to offer the Smart Manufacturing Learning.

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Queensland and Northern Territory Innovation Shines at the 2022 Welding Excellence Awards

AU Manufacturing

Media Release by Weld Australia. Craftsmanship, quality and professionalism were front and centre last night, with the winners of the 2022 Queensland and Northern Territory Welding Excellence Awards announced in Brisbane.

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Bridging the Gap Between Ethernet/IP and Modbus Protocols

Control.com

Moxa has released new Modbus RTU/ASCII/TCP-to-EtherNet/IP gateways with easy configuration and troubleshooting to bridge the gap between Modbus and Ethernet protocols

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Transgrid introduces net zero targets as it accelerates the energy transition

AU Manufacturing

Transgrid has set new targets for lowering carbon emissions as the company accelerates the renewable energy transition.

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RARUK Automation Helps PCS Get the Measure of Linear Motion

MEM

PCS Instruments, a leader in the design and manufacture of equipment for testing fuels and lubricants, is leveraging the benefits of IEF Werner domiLINE linear motion systems from RARUK Automation Ltd for its latest innovation.

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BIXI announces a 55% increase in ridership in 2022

Canadian Manufacturing

Electric BIXI from BIXI Montreal (CNW Group/BIXI Montréal). MONTREAL — BIXI announces that its bike share service is increasing in popularity as a mobility solution for Montrealers and residents of the metropolitan area.

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Morson Projects welcomes first female apprentice design engineer in Hull

MEM

Morson Projects , a multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy, has welcomed its first female engineer apprentice at its Hull site.

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Happy Thanksgiving From The Automation Blog!

The Automation Blog

Wishing all our readers and viewers a very Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you have a day filled with happiness, and we're very thankful that you choose to make TheAutomationBlog.com one of the sites you choose to visit each week!

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StocExpo 2023 launches with a fresh and future-focused rebrand

MEM

StocExpo, the leading international tank storage event, taking place 14-16 March 2023, has transitioned away from its former branding to an updated, fresher, and more inclusive of the industry with its white and green branding.

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Overcoming the manufacturing labor crisis

Universal Robots

The absence of skilled workers has been looming over European manufacturers for years. In 2019, three out of four European companies reported that they had trouble finding the right workers.

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SICK’s MPB10 sensor bolts-on for continuous condition monitoring

MEM

SICK has announced the launch of its MPB10 Multi-Physics Box condition monitoring sensor, a pioneering and rugged bolt-on device designed to deliver real-time, continuous service data from industrial machines, including electric motors, pumps, fans and conveyor systems, even in the harshest industry environments.

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Henkel and LAIIER® Partner to Drive Smart Building Applications Based on Printed Electronics

i4.0 today

Henkel and LAIIER ® (LAIIER) today have announced a partnership to scale novel printed electronics solutions for smart building applications.

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New Alexander Dennis Enviro400EV and Enviro100EV feature next-generation electric driveline

MEM

Alexander Dennis, a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc.,

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Ubigi Cellular Data Connectivity is Now Included in the New BMW 7 Series in Japan

i4.0 today

Transatel, a subsidiary of NTT Ltd., announces today that its worldwide B2C connectivity service, Ubigi , was chosen by BMW Japan to be included in its new BMW 7 Series. This agreement is part of the partnership between NTT Communications Corporation and BMW Japan.

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JSI signs up to Satellite Vu’s Early Access Option Programme

MEM

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European Parliament website hit by ‘sophisticated’ cyber attack

E&T

The European Parliament's website was unavailable for several hours on Wednesday, 23 November, immediately following the controversial vote. . The attack is what's known as a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, in which massive amounts of traffic are sent to servers in an attempt to block internet users from accessing websites, Marcel Kolaja, European Parliament member for the Czech Pirate party, confirmed. .

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Newport semiconductor factory: ‘Losing these jobs would be devastating’

The Guardian Manufacturing

UK government blocked new Chinese ownership on security grounds, but Nexperia bosses had ‘planned to build two new plants’ The clean room in Newport, south Wales, is the size of a football field, but in the industry they call it a ballroom.

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EU nations agree to back £38.6bn chip production project

E&T

European Union nations have supported the European Commission's proposal to boost the domestic production of semiconductors amid a global shortage. . The deal was backed by EU ambassadors, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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Ontario government announces $4.8M investment to expand dual credit program to promote the skilled trades

Canadian Manufacturing

TORONTO — The Ontario government is investing $4.8 million to expand the dual credit program, trying to help more students prepare for the jobs of tomorrow by better connecting learning in the classroom to jobs. The expansion of the program aims to create opportunities for an additional 2,200 students to earn college credits and take apprenticeship training while still in high school and help to build interest in skilled trades as a rewarding career.