June, 2023

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How manufacturing businesses can maximize value with digital advertising

The Fabricator

In the digital age, advertising can be tracked and measured. How manufacturing shops and other metal fabricators use that data can make or break a marketing program.

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Manufacturing investments drive US construction market growth

Plastics News

Americans are finally awakening to the fact that, in a world of ever-expanding complexity and uncertainty, shorter supply chains actually cost less to maintain in the long run.

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Why faster adoption of robotics is key to industrial growth

E&T

Digital innovation has accelerated significantly in the past few decades, with emerging technologies such as robotics, generative AI and intelligent automation creating new opportunities for driving efficiencies and innovation. The manufacturing industry has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of these technological advancements. Robotics-oriented production processes are most obvious in factories and manufacturing facilities.

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Manufacturers find ‘necessity is the mother of automation'

Plastics News

HS Inc. was founded in 1969 as a tool and die maker, specializing in injection mold design and manufacturing. But now changes in the tooling market prompted HS to focus solely on automation solutions.

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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Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business.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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ABB helps iconic Maid of the Mist boats go green

Design World

Anyone who’s visited Niagara Falls in the summer has surely watched the famed Maid of the Mist boats ply the waters of the Niagara Gorge. The ships, which appear tiny from above, seem to get perilously close to the thundering water from both the American and Canadian falls, crashing down roughly 200 feet. Now, the… The post ABB helps iconic Maid of the Mist boats go green appeared first on Design World.

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British car production continues growth in best May since 2019

SMMT

UK car production output maintains momentum, growing 26.9% in May to 79,046 units. Volumes for domestic market surge 45.4% to 16,188 while exports rise 22.9% to 62,858. News comes as sector calls for industrial strategy to unlock £106 billion EV production prize. UK car production rose for the fourth consecutive month in May, up 26.9% year on year, according to the latest figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 79,046 units left production lines, 16,762

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2023 FAB 40: In-house training foundational for SteelCraft’s growth

The Fabricator

SteelCraft has undergone a significant rebranding, with previous legacy brands consolidating under one umbrella. Through it all, though, one constant has remained: a strong focus on training.

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Book review: ‘The Chemical Code’, by Fiona Erskine

E&T

There can’t be many characters in fiction who couldn’t care less about inheriting a goldmine. But Maria Jaqueline Ribeiro da Silva, protagonist of ‘The Chemical Code’ (Point Blank, £9.99, ISBN 9780861542031) has more important things on her mind. So pressing that they scarcely fade into the background even while being attacked and drugged by three goons in an agrochemical plant in São Paulo, Brazil.

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Injection molder, mold maker Otto Engineering upgrades space, equipment

Plastics News

A new 25,000-square-foot facility will be equipped with seven new presses to manufacture control products, communication accessories for astronauts, first responders, military personnel and others.

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Grocery fulfillment giant picks a bright future

Design World

After a successful pilot in Prague, Brightpick’s AI-powered warehouse robots will automate order picking, consolidation, and dispatch for Rohlik Group, one of Europe’s largest e-grocers. The human hand is said to have 27 degrees of freedom — and as any robot designer will tell you, that’s not an easy thing to replicate cost-effectively. “Replacing the… The post Grocery fulfillment giant picks a bright future appeared first on Design World.

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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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New van market maintains growth in May

SMMT

New light commercial vehicle registrations reach 25,359 units in May, up 15.3% on last year in the fifth consecutive month of rising demand. Deliveries of new battery electric vans grow by a fifth (19.8%) to 1,041 units, as more businesses enjoy the benefits of the latest green tech. 135,296 vans now registered in 2023 thanks to easing supply chain disruptions and sustained demand for larger vehicles.

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Optimizing Time Management with Digital Tools

Robotics Automation News

It is no news that effective time management is equally important for both individuals and businesses. With the current culture of numerous tasks, deadlines, sprints, and distractions, time management is one of the most important and necessary skills that everyone should have.

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Steel price decline continues: What does that mean for metal manufacturing?

The Fabricator

Steel prices continue to fall, as lead times and demand decrease. Some metal fabricators and manufacturers see that trend continuing possibly into the early fall.

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BattleBots challenges Musk and Zuckerberg to bot-on-bot fight

E&T

Las Vegas-based BattleBots - one of the best-known event organisers in the fast-growing sport of robot fighting, with a hit US television series - has invited Tesla founder Elon Musk and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to face off in a ferocious robot-on-robot fighting competition for the title of the most powerful tech CEO in the world. The invitation follows the reported cancellation of a cage fight between the two tech giants after Musk’s mother, Maye, shared her opposition to the match onli

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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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Tribe invests $25M to open PE pipe plant in Oklahoma

Plastics News

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation's Sovereign Pipe Technologies will manufacture water and telecom infrastructure pipes to build the Oklahoma community and modernize U.S. systems.

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U.S. Department of Commerce Announces CHIPS for America R&D Leaders

NIST Manufacturing

“We are building a national R&D ecosystem that will keep our budding semiconductor manufacturing base one of the world’s most technologically advanced,” said NIST Director Laurie E. Locascio.

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The Irrational Fear of Chemistry, Demonization of Plastics, and Some Thoughts on Extrusion

Plastics Today

When you consider the chemical structure of things and the energy needed to make and use them, plastics are kinder to the environment and human health than alternative materials.

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Cryptocurrency Gateway: Unlocking Seamless Digital Transactions

Robotics Automation News

Cryptocurrency Gateway plays a vital role in enabling seamless digital transactions, providing a secure and efficient means of conducting financial exchanges using cryptocurrencies. In this article, we will explore the concept of a Cryptocurrency Gateway, its benefits, how it works, popular gateways in the market, considerations for choosing one, and the future of these gateways.

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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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2023 FAB 40: Performance brings opportunity for metal fabricator BTD

The Fabricator

Like many metal fabrication companies, BTD struggles to hire enough workers. Its automation initiative won’t solve every problem, but it remains a key part of the solution for the independent subsidiary of the publicly traded Otter Tail Corp.

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Voluntary AI ethics code could come ‘within weeks’, EU chief says

E&T

European Union (EU) tech chief Margrethe Vestager and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken have said the two political forces are close to publishing a set of recommendations for the ethical development of AI technologies. The politicians made the announcement on Wednesday (31 May), speaking at a meeting of the EU-US Trade and Technology Council. “We need accountable artificial intelligence," Vestager said.

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Recyclers see plastics treaty as ‘huge' chance for change

Plastics News

Fresh from its first participation in the plastics treaty talks, the Association of Plastic Recyclers sees the agreement as a major chance to improve lagging recycling in the United States.

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New jobs and skills council announced for manufacturing

Manufacturer's Monthly

Today, the Hon Brendan O’Connor, Minister for Skills and Training, announced that the Manufacturing Industry Skills Alliance (Manufacturing Alliance) has been established as the Jobs and Skills Council (JSC) for the manufacturing industry. Formally IBSA Group, the Manufacturing Alliance is an industry-owned and industry-led organisation supporting the development of skilled workforces enabling modern manufacturing and associated industries to succeed.

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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.

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Solvay Unveils New Name for Plastics Business

Plastics Today

The Belgian chemicals giant is splitting up into two listed entities: EssentialCo will retain the Solvay name while the plastics business now will be known as Syensqo.

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Technology: Building Blocks for Your Construction Company

Robotics Automation News

As the world continues to evolve, so too does the construction industry. Leveraging technology is no longer a nice-to-have but a necessity for construction companies seeking to remain competitive. Below, we delve into how modern technological solutions can be a game-changer for your construction company.

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Prevent edge cracking in sheet metal bending

The Fabricator

Why do metal fabricators get edge cracking near a bend on metal parts? Hardness variation from a cut’s heat-affected zone might be to blame.

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Less than a fifth of Leave voters believe Brexit has ‘gone well’

E&T

The findings – based on an online survey of 4,005 UK adults from 26 May to 2 June and carried out by Public First on behalf of UK in a Changing Europe – show that only 18 per cent of Leave voters believe Brexit has gone “well” or “very well”. Thirty per cent believe it has “neither turned out well or badly”, while 29 per cent of original Leave supporters think Brexit has subsequently had a negative economic impact on the UK.

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Best Practices to Boost Marketing Efficiency while Decreasing Cost Per Sale

Speaker: Kristin Hess - Senior Product Marketing Manager, Drift; Will Lyon - Head of Vertical Marketing, 6sense

The past three years have forced nearly every industry to rethink their prospect and customer engagement strategy. But while we’ve all been thrust into digital transformation, we haven’t all made the transition efficiently. Now that we know digital selling is the new norm, how can we ensure our website is doing as much of the leg work as possible for us - even in the midst of economic challenges?

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France-based Clayens buys two US facilities from Paragon

Plastics News

Genas, France-based Clayens NP Group has acquired plastics manufacturing facilities in Providence, R.I., and Wallingford, Conn., from Paragon Medical Group. The sites join two other Clayens acquisitions made earlier this year.

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CHIPS for America: How to Complete a Full Application

NIST Manufacturing

CHIPS for America is a suite of federal programs to strengthen and revitalize the U.S. position in semiconductor manufacturing and research and development.

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UK Auto calls for industrial strategy to secure £106 billion EV prize

SMMT

UK Automotive calls for cross-party adoption of five pledges as part of an industrial strategy to drive industrial transformation, mobility for all, upskilling, global trade, and clean, affordable energy. Commitment would deliver green automotive manufacturing growth and consumer choice in a thriving, accessible EV market. £106 billion prize at stake with UK BEV production set for 10-fold volume rise from now until end of the next parliament – contingent on a competitive business environment.

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Liquidity Forex Definition: Understanding the Core Concept

Robotics Automation News

What is liquidity forex definition? Liquidity is a fundamental concept in the forex market that plays a crucial role in determining the ease with which currencies can be bought or sold without causing significant price fluctuations.

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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.