Thu.Jan 19, 2023

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Changes For Automation Trade Shows

Gary Mintchell

We have two movements on the automation trade show front that are interesting. IMTS, the International Manufacturing Technology Show and formerly the International Machine Tool Show, is a huge event held in September every other year.

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How artificial intelligence will impact customer service: 5 Benefits AI has to offer

Robotics Automation News

When we think of customer service, what usually comes to mind are polite and helpful people. But what if technology could do that job? Welcome to the era of artificial intelligence and its impact on customer service.

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Phoenix Contact acquires iS5 Communications

Gary Mintchell

2023 is starting off with an acquisition news blizzard. OK, not that bad, but here is yet another piece of acquisition news. The Phoenix Contact Group has acquired Canadian company iS5 Communications Inc. based in Mississauga, Ontario.

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Lauren Fiochetta joins Tompkins Robotics as Senior Marketing Manager

Design World

Tompkins Robotics, a company specializing in robotic automation of distribution and fulfillment operations, has named Lauren Fiochetta to the role of senior marketing manager.

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Sick of Your ISP Spying on You? Here’s How to Protect Your Privacy

Robotics Automation News

You’re probably familiar with the recent news about ISPs selling your data. Well, we have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that your data is being sold and there’s not much you can do about it.

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AutomationDirect extends its line of high-performance and washdown-duty AC drives

Design World

AutomationDirect has extended its line of WEG CFW500 high-performance AC drives to include more horsepower options. With this addition, the high-performance horsepower ratings have been expanded all the way up to 150 hp.

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How to Automate eLearning Process: 5 Features to Save Time and Money

Robotics Automation News

Here are 5 LMS automation features that help eLearning businesses scale up by saving time and money. 5 eLearning Automation Features to Save Time and Money The eLearning industry has been growing rapidly for the past few years.

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The Importance of Corrosion Resistance in Mechanical Systems

Robotics Automation News

Corrosion is a serious issue that can have devastating effects on materials, primarily metals, due to the chemical reactions between them and their environment.

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How do you accurately measure skin color? Pt. 1

Design World

While discrimination based on skin color is against the law in the U.S., changes in skin color provide important information in healthcare regarding disease progression or treatment response, so accurately measuring and distinguishing skin color is essential.

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Conquer Demanding Milling Applications with Reliability and Accuracy

Fabricating & Metal Work

TOOLING & WORKHOLDING H igh cutting speeds , multilayered coatings to increase toughness, and increased material removal rates are some of the benefits of utilizing state-of-the-art e nd mills, thread mills, thread formers and inserts.

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Recharge Industries, Deakin University to forge AI’s role in creating better batteries

AU Manufacturing

Lithium-ion battery manufacturer Recharge Industries has ventured into a partnership with Deakin University’s Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A2I2) to leverage AI in making better batteries.

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Best cars renowned for their comfort

Robotics Automation News

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Australia’s unemployment rate in December remains flat at 3.5%

AU Manufacturing

Australia’s unemployment rate remained at 3.5 per cent in December 2022 in line with the updated results for November, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

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Plataine Unveils New Capabilities to Help Aerospace Composite Manufacturers Achieve Increased Production Rates

Plataine

Waltham, MA, January 19th, 2023 – Plataine, a leading provider of AI-based manufacturing optimization solutions, has released a new version of its FabricOptimizer offering to address the supply chain and workforce challenges Aerospace manufacturers face today.

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Queensland Government declared Kidston Wind Farm as a Prescribed Project

AU Manufacturing

The Queensland Government has declared the Kidston Wind Farm, the final stage of the Kidston Clean Energy Hub, as a prescribed project, ensuring its completion would generate 200 construction jobs.

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Metal sculptor reflects on trout sculpture, future work, Netflix fame

The Fabricator

Metal artist Ivan Iler’s work has become more recognizable thanks in part to ambitious ideas—including a 25-ft.-tall tall brown trout—and participation in a Netflix reality competition. These opportunities have opened doors he’s long coveted

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Manufacturing companies must go digital to capitalize on the future

AU Manufacturing

Article by Michael Schwarz, MES/MOM Software Expert, AVEVA Supply chain disruptions, fluctuating costs, and new consumer purchasing habits are driving a dramatic need for increased agility and resilience in manufacturing industries.

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Canada is investing over $1B in electric vehicle chargers

Canadian Manufacturing

SHAWINIGAN — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the facilities of EV charger manufacturer FLO in Shawinigan, Quebec, to highlight made-in-Canada chargers. The Government of Canada is investing over $1.2 billion in projects to build almost 84,500 chargers by 2027, of which thousands are already in service. This is in addition to charging stations supported by investments from provinces, territories, and the private sector.

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Into the thick of it: Australia’s much-needed strategy to ease cost of living pressures

AU Manufacturing

The importance of having a resilient supply chain has been heavily emphasised as skyrocketing costs of essential items are showing no signs of slowing down in Australia and across the globe.

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PM Plastics plans $3M upgrade in New York

Plastics News

Injection molder PM Plastics Inc. is investing $3 million to upgrade its plant in Orchard Park, N.Y., to shift its focus from basic contract manufacturing to making more precision products

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The gateway to ASEAN: Setting up for business success in Singapore

AU Manufacturing

Article by Dario Acconci, Managing Director–Business Development, Asia, Hawksford For businesses seeking to expand and develop an Asian presence, Singapore offers a wealth of possibilities.

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Safety, industry image lead 2023 agenda

Plastics News

The industry must work to credibly combat misinformation. That doesn't mean dismissing legitimate issues or automatically assuming that any criticism of plastics is wrong. But it does mean highlighting the benefits of plastics and working to make plastics safe and sustainable

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Queensland government commits to bus manufacturing

Manufacturer's Monthly

Queensland’s acting premier Steven Miles said the government will boost the state’s local manufacturing industry by making buses in Queensland. There’s no reason we can’t build more buses right here in Queensland, for Queenslanders, by Queenslanders,” Miles said.

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Five-generation family firm Fredman Bag sold

Plastics News

The Milwaukee-based plastic bag and flexible packaging maker has been in business for five generations and making plastic products since the 1970s

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Crown Estate signs deal to build six offshore wind farms

E&T

The Crown Estate has signed deals with four energy companies to build offshore wind farms that could help decarbonise the UK's energy grid.

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Canada met with Japan to discuss the global energy transition

Canadian Manufacturing

TOKYO — Canada representees concluded a trade mission which sought to position Canada as a key partner to Japan on energy security in the context of the global energy transition. Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources highlighted opportunities for cooperation on hydrogen and critical minerals, while highlighting the progress on LNG Canada and underscoring the $30B in bilateral trade between the two countries in 2021.

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Drones scour tree canopy for DNA samples to monitor biodiversity

E&T

Ecologists have been collecting genetic material samples, called environmental DNA (eDNA), to catalogue and monitor biodiversity. Based on these DNA traces, they can determine which species are present in a certain area.

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Campbell’s Soup Co. moving jobs to New Jersey, consolidating snacks

Canadian Manufacturing

Campbell’s Soup Co. plans to spend about $50 million to upgrade of its headquarters in New Jersey as it consolidates the central offices of snacks businesses from North Carolina and Connecticut. The company announced on Jan. 18 that it will add about 330 positions at the site in Camden, bringing the total jobs there to about 1,600. It said the move will drive greater creativity, collaboration and career development at the company.

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Science Museum’s ‘Engineers’ exhibition aims to bolster struggling sector

E&T

The gallery will feature illustrated stories from more than 60 engineers working in a broad range of industries, such as farming, fashion, robotics and medicine.

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Researchers Put CFRPs on Path to Circular Economy

Plastics Today

The recycling process developed by Asahi Kasei and partners allows carbon fibers to be seamlessly extracted from a plastic compound, resulting in continuous strands of carbon fiber for reuse

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Government to support 100 ‘levelling-up’ projects with £2bn fund

E&T

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has unveiled "transformational funding" of around £2.1bn for 100 projects that he said will benefit millions of people across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Pharmaceutical Packaging Market to Top $106 Billion by 2027

Plastics Today

Pharma innovations ranging from unconventional medication administration to smart packaging will contribute to a 4.65% growth rate

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Microsoft announces 10,000 layoffs

E&T

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella confirmed the company's plans to reduce its workforce during the global economic slowdown, following similar action taken by Meta and Amazon.

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Six industrial robotics trends for 2023

Control Engineering

Industrial robotics insights Robotics are being used more often in industrial manufacturing facilities due to a rising labor and skills gap and strong industry demand.

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UK government hits targets for decarbonising car fleet

E&T

According to the Department for Transport (DfT), some 25.5 per cent of all government cars are now low-emission vehicles. This comes ahead of plans to make the entire fleet fully zero emission by 2027.

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3 Mistakes That Cause CNC Programs to Fail

Modern Machine Shop

Photo Credit: Getty Images Modern CNCs are much more forgiving than their early predecessors. In the old days, everything had to be just so.

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Government funds propel electric planes among other projects

Manufacturer's Monthly

Minister for industry and science Ed Husic has announced $44 million in grants for Australian companies to support 19 collaborative research projects. These grants have been made under Round 13 of the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) program.