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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. In this new role, she will develop and implement omnichannel marketing campaigns designed to attract and qualify customers across a wide range of industries, according to Tompkins Robotics president and CEO… The post Lauren Fiochetta joins Tompkins Robotics as Senior Marketing Manager appeared first on Design World.

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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. Some time ago, organizers added an automation segment partnering with the company behind Hannover Messe. This automation show was given a few aisles in the East Hall.

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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. Also added are new higher current high-performance 10 hp drives as well as 10 hp washdown rated IP66/NEMA 4X models. A full… The post AutomationDirect extends its line of high-performance and washdown-duty AC drives appeared first on Design World.

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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. The provider of industrial network products specializes in services and solutions for critical infrastructure networks.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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rms Company scales medical device production with 3D Systems’ DMP Flex 350 Dual

Design World

3D Systems announced rms Company, one of the largest contract manufacturers of high-quality, tight-tolerance medical devices in the world, has added the DMP Flex 350 Dual to its production workflow. rms has more than 30 3D Systems’ DMP 3D printers in its additive manufacturing facility enabling the company to provide a complete Powder to Package […] The post rms Company scales medical device production with 3D Systems’ DMP Flex 350 Dual appeared first on Design World.

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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. The progression of artificial intelligence offers the potential for major improvements in customer service for businesses worldwide.

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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 brown trout—and participation in a Netflix reality competition. These opportunities have opened doors he’s long coveted.

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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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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. The proceeds from the wind farms - estimated to be around £1bn per year - will be used for the “wider public good”, rather than as a funding boost for the monarchy, the King has announced. The deals have been struck between the Crown Estate and companies including BP, Total and Germany’s RWE, and were greenlit by then-business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng in J

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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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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.

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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. While obtaining samples from water or soil is easy, other habitats such as the forest canopy are more difficult for researchers to access, which makes it harder to track the species that live there.

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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. Before program formatting enhancements, programmed values required fixed formats (without decimal points), circular commands required cumbersome directional vectors (instead of simple radius specifications) and every command had to contain the same number of characters (before word address programming).

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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. Trends in the industrial robotics market include increased digitalization and automation and an emphasis on making robots easier to use. Sustainability is a growing trend throughout manufacturing and industrial robots are no exception.

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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. The museum said the exhibits, which will focus on winners of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize), will attempt to “shine a light on their lives, motivations, thought processes, and what they do day to day”.

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Monetizing Analytics Features

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago, they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Turning analytics into a source of revenue means integrating advanced features in unique, hard-to-steal ways. Download this white paper to discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your analytics.

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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. The new funding includes £ 672m to develop better transport links, £821m for community regeneration and £594m to restore local heritage sites, as well as other education, clean technology and community initiatives.

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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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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. Microsoft , which employs more than 220,000 people worldwide, including 6,000 in the UK, will lay off 10,000 employees by the end of September 2023. The company will also spend $1.2bn (£972m) in severance and reorganisation costs.

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How Legacy Tools Are Failing Inventive Manufacturing Engineers

Bringing new and improved products to market takes more than just good ideas. It requires agile, iterative production, and real-time collaboration. Most manufacturers recognize the risk of not adapting, but they’re hampered by technologies like MES that haven’t kept up with the pace of hardware innovation. As new manufacturers enter the market with technologically progressive ways of building at scale, existing manufacturers must adapt to stay relevant.

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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. The COVID-19 virus has become an unfortunate reality for many organizations.

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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. Greening commitments set by Defra from 2021 to 2025 required that a minimum of a quarter of its car fleet be switched to ultra-low emission vehicles by the end of 2022.

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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. In mechanical systems, corrosion can cause a gradual loss of strength and integrity in structural components, decreased efficiency in moving parts, and at its worst, can result in complete system failure.

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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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How To Package & Price Embedded Analytics

Just by embedding analytics, app owners can charge 24% more for their product. How much value could you add? This framework from Software Pricing Partners explains how application enhancements can extend your product offerings. You’ll learn: How to take a disciplined approach to pricing The three elements of the Packaging Decision Framework Ways to structure your new embedded analytics offering Download the White Paper to learn about How To Package & Price Embedded Analytics.

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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. A2I2 has developed the Molecule Operating System (MoleculeOS ), which understands the battery-making process from finding materials in the ground to producing a functional battery.

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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. New Versatile Range of Solid End Mills The Sandvik Coromant CoroMill Dura in action. Cutting tool and tooling system specialist Sandvik Coromant (Mebane, N.C.) is introducing a completely new range of high-end versatile solid end mills.

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L&L Products to create 65 jobs, invest $25M in Michigan

Plastics News

Materials science, prototyping and applied engineering firm L&L Products Inc. plans to invest $25 million and create 65 jobs in Romeo, Mich., to support production for the automotive industry. The family-owned company will expand with help from a $450,000 performance-based grant from the state, according to a Jan. 19 news release from Michigan Gov.

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Best cars renowned for their comfort

Robotics Automation News

Whilst there will always be a great amount of priority touted towards a vehicles’ overall performance and handling during its years of use, the wider demand for vehicle luxury and its comforting factor have risen immensely over the past few years with more drivers now expressing their interest in purchasing the best car that is […]

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Mastering Digital Transformation: Your Guide to a Successful MES Implementation

70% of digital transformation projects fail (BCG, 2020). In an industry where most large software implementations falter, we recognize the importance of planning, optimization, and execution. With over 25 years of industry experience and countless successful implementations, MASS Group is opening the vault of tips and tricks to provide a complimentary step-by-step guide in implementing a Work-In-Progress (WIP) tracking software.

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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. Plataine’s new version of the FabricOptimizer solution allows advanced manufacturers to reach increased production rates, full process automation and further maximize material utilization by creating efficient cut plans.

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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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Keyence Rolls Out Telecentric Lenses for Inline Measurement

Control.com

Using a telecentric optical system, Keyence's new TM-X5000 series for automated dimensional measurements aims to enhance quality control in manufacturing with greater accuracy and speed.

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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. “That’s why the Government will be working with the manufacturing industry to create a pipeline of Queensland jobs in the bus manufacturing sector.” The Queensland Government will conduct market sounding to assess in

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Embedded Analytics: A Force Multiplier for Business

The possibilities for embedded analytics to drive real value for businesses, end users, and society are as fascinating as they are limitless. No matter the industry, brand after brand is finding that analytics can be the solution to a multitude of business challenges. Go deep with five insightsoftware customers as they share the details of their analytics journeys and discuss the transformative power of data.