Mon.Jul 08, 2024

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Additive Manufactured Grippers Transform Robotics

Automation World

Manufacturers can now integrate lightweight design principles into gripper fabrication processes using additive manufacturing to create grippers that are both sustainable in their production as well as in their application by reducing energy use.

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Emerson visualization and automation solutions underpin a marine demonstration configuration

Design World

Emerson now offers a free template configuration for marine applications, based on its Movicon.NExT HMI/SCADA system, its PACSystems edge controllers, industrial panel PCs, and other control and networking products. This marine demonstration configuration provides a comprehensive user visualization and interface experience, and it is available free of charge so designers and shipbuilders can accelerate their… The post Emerson visualization and automation solutions underpin a marine demonst

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Upgrading 30-Year-Old Legacy Control and I/O

Automation World

The control system upgrade at Varland Plating is transitioning the company from use of serial communications to Ethernet with modern SCADA and analytic capabilities.

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Brain-controlled prosthesis creates natural gait for amputees

Robotics Business Review

With the new technique, seven patients were able to walk faster, avoid obstacles, and climb stairs more naturally than people with a traditional amputation. | Credit: Hugh Herr and Hyungeun Song State-of-the-art prosthetic limbs can help people with amputations achieve a natural walking gait, but they don’t give the user full neural control over the limb.

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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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Why Vacuum Gripping Excels in Intralogistics Applications

Automation World

Robotic end-of-arm vacuum gripping is ideal for automated picking and sorting of packaging made with plastic, foil, corrugated and paper.

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Engineering and technology: who are Labour’s key ministers?

E&T

The Labour Party entered office on Friday after winning the general election in a long-expected landslide. Leader Keir Starmer swiftly appointed his cabinet and held their first meeting over the weekend. But who are the key appointments for the engineering and technology sectors?

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Queensland Training Awards highlight greatness in VET

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: chokniti/stock.adobe.com The 63 rd Queensland Training Awards regional finals showcased the great work in vocational education and training (VET) across the state. Categories included apprentices, trainees, vocational students, teachers and trainers, community training projects and employers. With almost 750 statewide nominations this year, the selected regional finalists represent the excellence, hard work, and dedication evident in Queensland’s high-performing training system.

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New climate data reveals June 2024 was the hottest on record across the globe

E&T

The EU’s climate monitoring service says that June 2024 was the hottest on record, marking a 13-month streak of unprecedented global heat.

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Kia Revolutionizes Auto Interiors with Sustainable Solution

Plastics Today

The Korean automaker collaborates with Bcomp to deploy flax fiber composites in Concept EV3 and Concept EV4 vehicles.

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The Future of Ship Broking in a World of AI 

Robotics Automation News

The ship broking industry has always been reliant on building strong personal relationships that are based on expertise and trust. As we enter a new world of technology, shipbroker jobs are being revolutionised by numerous innovations – most importantly artificial intelligence (AI).

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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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MSQ announces investment to advance QLD Manufacturing

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: oksix/stock.adobe.com Manufacturing Skills Queensland (MSQ) has announced the first-of-its-kind 2024- 25 Annual Training Plan, delivering a $5.06 million-investment commitment to advancing Queensland manufacturing. The Annual Training Plan outlines 19 programs set to be rolled out from 1 July 2024, delivered across four investment priority areas.

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Strategies for Setting Goals: Navigate Your Finances

Robotics Automation News

In the vast sea of personal finance, setting clear and achievable goals serves as the compass guiding individuals toward financial success. Whether it’s saving for retirement, purchasing a home, or paying off debt, establishing financial goals provides a roadmap for effective money management.

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Successful EVOS funding round comes to an end

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Michael Flippo/stock.adobe.com Australian manufacturer that specialises in fleet energy management and AC charging for electric vehicles (EVs), EVOS, has announced that it has secured $5m from existing investors during a funding round. The investment is set to enable the company to bring to market new technologies ideal for several EV charging use cases to address challenges for EV fleet operators, EV homeowners/renters, and strata companies.

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Interactive PDF Features: What You Need to Know

Robotics Automation News

In today’s age, businesses are always seeking new ways to connect with their target audience. An interactive PDF is a tool they often use for this purpose. But what exactly is an interactive PDF, and how can it positively impact your business?

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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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Efficiency, Visibility, Scalability: Transform your warehouse operations with NetSuite WMS

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Katsiaryna/stock.adobe.com You know what it’s like. Your warehousing or manufacturing business has grown well – but you’ve also found yourself tangled in a web of disparate systems and clumsy manual processes. Now you’re dealing with hand-written notes, discrepancies, and clunky spreadsheets that break down whenever you give them a sideways glance.

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Boeing accepts a plea deal to avoid a criminal trial over 737 Max crashes

Canadian Manufacturing

Boeing will plead guilty to a criminal fraud charge stemming from two crashes of 737 Max jetliners that killed 346 people, the Justice Department said on Jul. 7, after the government determined the company violated an agreement that had protected it from prosecution for more than three years. Federal prosecutors gave Boeing the choice last week of entering a guilty plea and paying a fine as part of its sentence or facing a trial on the felony criminal charge of conspiracy to defraud the United S

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Grants to help semiconductor manufacturer venture into medtech

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Edelweiss/stock.adobe.com Hendon Semiconductors has announced that it has been offered a grant of up to $605,561 to support a critical project upgrading the facilities and equipment for the development and manufacturing of medical products at Hendon Semiconductors. The funding comes from the Government of South Australia ’s Economic Recovery Fund Round 1.

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Revolutionizing Surveillance: Cameras with AI-Powered Object Detection

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

What if your cameras could not only record but also understand and interpret what they see?

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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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Victorian households aided in switching to all electric

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Victor/stock.adobe.com Minister for Energy and Resources Lily D’Ambrosio has announced projects to help households make the switch to all-electric which is also set to support local manufacturing. In an Australian first, the projects that are funded by the Residential Electrification Grants program are set to help more Victorians invest in a wide range of renewable technologies to achieve cheaper power bills and an all-electric home.

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Ont. and Alta. partner to create more opportunities for skilled workers

Canadian Manufacturing

Photo: Jose carlos Cerdeno / iStock / Getty Images Plus / Getty Images CALGARY — The governments of Ontario and Alberta are supporting a framework for collaboration on international credential recognition and post-journeyperson certification. This partnership will put Canadian workers first by reducing interprovincial barriers and red tape for credential recognition and encourage the flow of labour between Ontario and Alberta.

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Four crew members complete year-long Mars mission simulation

E&T

Four crew members involved in a Nasa experiment designed to test the human impact of a year-long Mars mission have finally emerged from their craft after 378 days inside.

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Sheet Metal Supply switches to full solar power operation

The Fabricator

Following the move into a new energy-efficient facility in Grayslake, Ill., and the addition of new equipment, architectural metal fabricator and supplier Sheet Metal Supply is now operating 100% on solar power. The company’s roof-mounted solar array, designed and installed by Verde Solutions.

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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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Robotics and automation continue to boost collaboration and innovation

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: AROSE The relationship between the space and resources sectors in Australia continues to mature and is now attracting the attention of other industries. Increased partnerships between like-minded organisations, such as Robotics Australia Group and AROSE, are strengthening Australia’s robotics and automation ecosystem. The links between the space sector and other industries are growing stronger as a result.

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Victaulic expanding in Pennsylvania

The Fabricator

Easton, Pa.-based Victaulic, a producer of grooved mechanical pipe joining and flow control systems, has announced plans for a $100 million expansion at its Lawrenceville, Pa., facility.

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Polystyvert secures $16M investment for styrenic plastics recycling plant

Canadian Manufacturing

Polystyvert demo plant. (CNW Group/Polystyvert) MONTRÉAL — Polystyvert, a company specializing in recycling technologies for styrenic plastics, closes the first part of its Series B funding with over $16 million. This investment will aid in constructing its first commercial plant in Québec, dedicated to recycling highly contaminated polystyrene waste.

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How microtabbing holds fabricator's blanking operation together

The Fabricator

Standing next to some of the most advanced blanking automation available, shop employees wield hammers to remove parts from a nest. The irony is inescapable, and it’s a scenario fab shops like Dalsin Industries aim to avoid with microtabbing.

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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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Dow Delivers Bio-based EPDM

Plastics Today

The latest addition to the resin supplier’s growing portfolio of sustainable materials aims to help automotive, infrastructure, and consumer industries lower their Scope 3 emissions.

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Nascar makes electric racecar debut and announces ABB as electrification partner

E&T

ABB and Nascar have revealed a new electric vehicle (EV) prototype at the recent Chicago Street Race, as well as announcing a partnership that will help Nascar decarbonise its operations as it “pursues achieving net zero operating emissions over the next decade”.

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Mastering Budget Planning: Advanced Methods for Planning and Allocating Capital Budgets in Manufacturing

Granta Automation

As a Capex manager in the manufacturing industry, the importance of effective budget planning cannot be overstated. Capital budgets are the backbone of long-term growth, enabling companies to invest in new technologies, expand operations, and maintain competitive edges. Below we … Continue reading → The post Mastering Budget Planning: Advanced Methods for Planning and Allocating Capital Budgets in Manufacturing first appeared on Granta Automation.

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Ocado Technology and Aeon partner to build third robotic warehouse in Japan

E&T

Japanese retailer Aeon opened its first robotic warehouse powered with Ocado’s technology a year ago. With another warehouse already in the works, the pair have now announced that a third will be built.

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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.