May, 2023

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The Impact of Robotics on Automotive Manufacturing

Robotics Automation News

The automotive manufacturing industry is one of the largest industries in the US, employing about 9 million people with $1.3 million in annual revenue. The bustling industry like automotive requires the use of robotic technology to reach higher productivity and efficiency.

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Tips for keeping manufacturing IT systems safe from cybercrime

The Fabricator

Cybersecurity expert Bryce Austin provides guidance to keep metal fabricating and manufacturing companies safe from the growing threat of cybercrime.

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A manufacturer's disciplined approach to troubleshooting component problems

The Fabricator

A press shop experiences many types of failure. The right approach to troubleshooting can give employees better skills for the process and prevent more failures in the first place.

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Hannover Fair update: igus’ Blase looking forward to AI tools for engineers

Design World

Members of the media got a sneak peek at the igusGO app at last month’s Hannover Fair, a fascinating new cloud platform that uses artificial intelligence in a very creative way. A beta version of the app was demonstrated by CEO Frank Blase as we walked around the company’s booth. A user simply takes a… The post Hannover Fair update: igus’ Blase looking forward to AI tools for engineers 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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Building a Temperature Controller Simulator Using OpenPLC and an Arduino

Control.com

Variable control allows external conditions, like temperature, to be monitored so the controller can activate devices to heat or cool the system as needed. Simulate a temp controller with low-cost components!

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New car market grows for ninth month running

SMMT

New car market records ninth consecutive month of growth, up 11.6% Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) take 15.4% market share, with additional investment needed for more drivers to make the switch. SMMT upgrades 2023 outlook from 1.79m units to 1.83m as supply chain disruption eases, but BEV forecast softens. SEE CAR REGISTRATIONS BY BRAND DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE AND DATA TABLE The UK new car market recorded its ninth successive month of growth in April, with an 11.6% increase to reach 132,990 regi

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April 2023 Robotics Investments Total $1.63 Billion

Robotics Business Review

Robotics investment for April 2023 amounted to $1.63B, the result of 47 funding rounds. Total robotics investment for 2023 equals approximately $3.3B. The post April 2023 Robotics Investments Total $1.63 Billion appeared first on Robotics Business Review.

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Industry insights to efficient holemaking in metal plate: laser, plasma, or drilling

The Fabricator

Three metal fabricators—SCW Contracting Corp., H&H Metals, and Ultratech Tool and Design—share their go-to holemaking approaches and why those methods are the best for their applications.

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Drives for speed in intralogistics

Design World

Competitive intralogistics requires extensive automation, something that is inconceivable without micromotors. Drive systems from FAULHABER prove their ability to perform here during sorting, transporting, and with robotics solutions. Suitable transport structures in intralogistics are a prerequisite in all industries to be able to withstand competitive pressure in the future.

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75 per cent of Irish data watchdog’s GDPR decisions overruled

E&T

The report indicates that 75 per cent of the Data Protection Commission’s (DPC's) decisions in cross-border investigations over a five-year period were subsequently overruled by the European Data Protection Board (EDPB), which felt the Irish watchdog's decisions were not sufficiently stringent. The EDPB had demanded tougher enforcement action in these cases, the report by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) said, with only one other country in one other case overruled in such a manner.

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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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New van market delivers fourth month of growth

SMMT

New van registrations rise 4.9% to reach 22,665 units in April. 109,937 new vans registered during first four months of the year, closing the gap to -13.7% on pre-pandemic levels. Growing confidence bolsters outlook to 15.4% growth on 2022, but battery electric vehicle market share downgraded against challenging economic backdrop and paucity of dedicated infrastructure.

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Deep Robotics unveils new four-legged robot

Robotics Automation News

Deep Robotics, a developer of quadrupedal robots for industrial applications, has launched the newest version of its dexterous intelligent robot dog, Lite3. The company says the new four-legged robot “combines advanced mobility and open modular structure” to serve education, research, and innovative entertainment purposes.

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MiR appoints new president; company growth strategy to remain the same

Automation Mag

Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR) has appointed Jean-Pierre Hathout as company president, effective May 1, 2023. An experienced business leader, Hathout replaces Walter Vahey, who will remain with the company as an advisor until his planned retirement in 2024. Under Hathout’s leadership, the company’s strategy will continue as planned. “I am grateful for the opportunity to join MiR, an innovative leader in the space of autonomous mobile robots,” said Hathout.

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The virtues of bend simulation for press brakes and helping a shop's downstream

The Fabricator

If bending is a mess in a sheet metal fabrication shop, so is virtually everything else. That’s why simulating bending jobs before they reach the press brake and the rest of the shop floor makes so much sense.

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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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At the Forefront of Smarter Automation

Design World

Traditional automation on the manufacturing floor has been machines that take input and give output. Operators give instructions to the equipment which then performs the requested procedures more efficiently than people can do. However, this automation equipment has offered little in the way of monitoring capabilities. With the advent of the Industrial Internet of Things,… The post At the Forefront of Smarter Automation appeared first on Design World.

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Is your car safe from a cyber attack?

E&T

In January 2022, 19-year-old David Colombo from Dinkelsbühl, Germany, announced via Twitter that he had been able to hack at least 25 Tesla vehicles in 13 countries and partially take them over. “So, I now have full remote control of over 25 Teslas in 13 countries and there seems to be no way to find the owners and report it to them,” he tweeted. Luckily, Colombo’s intentions were good.

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Used car market rallies as greater supply energises zero emission shift

SMMT

UK used car market grows 4.1% in Q1 2023 after three successive quarters of decline. Best start to a year since 2020, but market remains below pre-pandemic levels. BEV sales up 56.5% as 26,257 change hands, representing 1.4% of the market in Q1. Download the used car sales report for Q1 2023 The UK’s used car market grew 4.1% in the first quarter of 2023 following three successive quarters of decline, according to the latest figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Trade

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Columbia scientists build ‘highly dexterous robot hand can operate in the dark – just like humans’

Robotics Automation News

Columbia university engineers design a robot hand (video below) that is the first device of its kind to join advanced sense of touch with motor-learning algorithms – it doesn’t rely on vision to manipulate objects Think about what you do with your hands when you’re home at night pushing buttons on your TV’s remote control, […]

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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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GreenPower EV Star Cab & Chassis wins award from Green Car Journal

Canadian Manufacturing

GreenPower’s EV Star Cab & Chassis. LOS ANGELES — GreenPower Motor Company Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of purpose-built, all-electric, zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles serving the cargo and delivery market, shuttle, transit, and school bus sector, announced that its EV Star Cab & Chassis has been awarded the “2023 Green Car Product of Excellence(TM)” by Green Car Journal. “GreenPower is honored to have Green Car Journal recognize the superior

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Former U.S. Army diver dives into the fine art of metal sculptures

The Fabricator

As a U.S. Army diver, Patrick Andrews learned how to assess situations, consider all angles, and even improvise when needed. Turns out, those skills have broad applicability—even in his PSA Custom Creations art studio making metal sculptures.

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Has integrated sensor and circuitry reached a new milestone?

Design World

Since the earliest days of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensor products, the goal of easily combining the sensing structures made using MEMS processing with the required signal conditioning has driven many sensor R&D labs. If successful, the solution would make the resulting devices more useful in a broader range of applications. In the 1980s, the circuitry […] The post Has integrated sensor and circuitry reached a new milestone?

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Hands-on review: Dyson Zone

E&T

Do you remember when Google launched its now-discontinued Glass wearable computer? The entire world acted like mean schoolkids, rounding on early adopters of the tech and calling them Glassholes. The response was predictable, awful, hilarious. Well, Dyson’s new wearable is technologically impressive but equally Marmitey and puts you at risk of playground insults.

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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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AUKUS Submarine agreement a massive boost for national security and domestic capability

Manufacturer's Monthly

Details of the AUKUS nuclear submarine agreement announced in March have highlighted the critical role the submarines will play in protecting and defending Australia, as well as the profound flow-on impacts the AUKUS trilateral security partnership can deliver for Australian industry and supply chains. Author: Innes Willox, chief executive of the national employer association, Ai Group The program will contribute to skills development in Australia on a massive scale.

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Can robotics improve the environment?

Robotics Automation News

Although conversations about the impact of robots on society more often than not focus on the negative aspects of automation – such as the number of jobs that might be threatened by the rise of AI and robotics – there is also a very real possibility that new technologies like robots can be used to […]

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Roberta Nelson Shea from Universal Robots receives Engelberger Award at Automate 2023

Automation Mag

Roberta Nelson Shea, Universal Robot’s global technical compliance officer was recognized with the Engelberger Award for applications at a special awards ceremony at the 2023 Automate Show in Detroit. Roberta follows in the footsteps of Universal Robots’ co-founder Esben Østergaard, who received the award in 2018 in the technology category. The application category recognizes individuals or organizations that have made a significant contribution to the development of robotics technology and its

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How augmented reality is being used to train the next generation of welders

The Fabricator

Augmented reality can’t replace the real-world experience for a welder, but the technology can better prepare welding students before they even strike their first real arc.

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Future Focus: Constructing Unshakeable Stability in Your Manufacturing Supply Chain

Speaker: Jay Black, Senior Account Executive

We’ve all heard the buzzwords to describe new supply chain trends: resiliency, sustainability, AI, machine learning. But what do these really mean today? Over the past few years, manufacturing has had to adapt to and overcome a wide variety of supply chain trends and disruptions to stay as stable as possible. Stability has become key in this post-COVID world, and will remain key moving forward.

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Weidmüller USA breaks ground on new engineering and manufacturing facility

Design World

Weidmüller Inc., USA, a provider of Smart Industrial Connectivity products and solutions headquartered in Richmond, VA, today broke ground on a new engineering, production, and warehouse facility at its current Southlake location in Chesterfield County. The $16.4 million expansion will create more than 100 new jobs for the greater Richmond, Virginia area.

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An education on lifesaving

Plastics News

A dramatic lifesaving took place May 9 at Auburn Career Center, a vocational school for high school students in Concord Township, Ohio, that provides training for plastics manufacturing.

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Advanced Recycling Proves Successful for Circular Food-Grade Packaging

Plastics Today

ExxonMobil, Cyclyx, Sealed Air, and Ahold Delhaize USA demo advanced recycling for plastic waste that's being evaluated for scale.

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5 Ways Robotics Can Improve Manufacturing Output

Robotics Automation News

The introduction of robotics in the manufacturing sector has been advancing quickly over the past few decades, with a resulting increase in production outputs and reducing associated costs. Automation is proving to be a powerful tool for manufacturers at all levels; it eliminates labor costs and provides large increases in scalability of product output.

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A Low-Risk, Incremental Approach to Smart Manufacturing for Small & Medium Manufacturers

This guidebook discusses how small/medium manufacturers have implemented Smart Manufacturing initiatives and realized benefits such as increased productivity as well as higher levels of coordination and speed within the enterprise and supply chain.