November, 2022

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Robot Piece Picking Advances with Artificial Intelligence

Automation World

At PACK EXPO International, Siemens previewed its forthcoming AI-driven software for the development of pick-and-place robot systems that can grasp objects previously unknown to the system.

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Design World’s user community recognizes ‘Leadership in Engineering’ winners for 2022

Design World

Design World’s yearlong event recognizes engineering companies, teams and individuals for innovation and engineering excellence. The Design World Network has announced the winners of the 2022 Leadership in Engineering program. Leadership in Engineering is an industry recognition program which acknowledges corporate engineering leadership across several disciplines.

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How Artificial Intelligence is Shaping the Future of eCommerce

Robotics Automation News

Artificial intelligence is a technology that many people still liken to something from a futuristic movie from days gone by. While to the uninitiated, the words artificial intelligence may conjure up images of humanoid robots, the reality is that AI is already all around and widely adopted throughout society. Almost everyone has some kind of […].

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UK car production output returns to growth in October

SMMT

UK car manufacturing output rises 7.4% in October as 69,524 units leave factory gates. Production for home and overseas markets up 12.5% and 6.3% respectively. Volumes year-to-date down -10.8% though output for UK market rises 8.8%. UK car production returned to growth in October, rising 7.4% to 69,524 units, according to the latest figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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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Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business.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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‘Smart’ Bandage Monitors and Accelerates Wound Healing

Plastics Today

The wireless device incorporates electronics and an engineered hydrogel to monitor the healing process as well as speed up tissue closure and reduce infection via electrical stimulation.

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Inventory Planning – A Quick Guide

MRPEasy

Inventory represents the very foundation of any manufacturing or distribution operation. Keeping the raw materials, WIP, and finished goods inventories at optimal levels is crucial for short- and long-term business success. What is Inventory Planning? Inventory planning is a set of practices designed to help businesses keep optimal stock levels at any given time.

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Current, voltage and phase monitoring devices

Design World

A new digital platform covers current, voltage and phase monitoring devices including a range of monitoring relays, earth leakage detectors and current transformers/transducers. These products are important components for monitoring incoming power and for protecting machinery such as motors, pumps and compressors. The Digital Platform on Current, Voltage and Phase Monitoring Devices is an information-laden… The post Current, voltage and phase monitoring devices appeared first on Design Wor

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How AI Changed Video Editing

Robotics Automation News

Depending on which experts you consult, they will likely tell you that AI is going to impact almost every area of our life in the future. Certain industries and areas of daily living have already been transformed, and some clever AI applications can save a lot of time as well as make life easier. In […].

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Used car market down in Q3 but EV sales at record high

SMMT

UK used car transactions fall -12.2% in Q3 2022 with 1,785,447 vehicles changing hands. Second consecutive quarter of decline as new car supply shortages hit volumes. Battery electric vehicle demand continues rise as sales grow 44.1% to 16,775. Download the used car sales report for Q3 2022. The UK’s used car market fell for the second consecutive quarter this year, declining -12.2% over the three months of July to September, according to the latest figures published today by the Society of Moto

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Steel prices coming back to normal?

The Fabricator

Over the last two years, some industry pundits suggested that steel prices would never reach the levels seen before the pandemic. Guess where steel prices might be headed?

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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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Success Story: MPW Precision cuts a short path to success with day-one MRPeasy implementation

MRPEasy

Thanks to decades of business experience and a reliable software partner since day one, high-precision component manufacturer MPW Precision has found a fast route to success. About MPW Precision After a German industrial organisation successfully acquired their previous long-standing manufacturing enterprise in 2017, entrepreneurs Maurice and Paul Watson promptly decided to go at it again […].

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Multi-Tasking Machine Controllers

Automation World

High-end machine performance is often delivered via a controller that also communicates with other machines in real-time & provides live production data for use by higher level systems to support OEE frameworks.

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The top ten “green” programming languages

Design World

Software with the fastest execution time isn’t necessarily the greenest. Leland Teschler • Executive Editor There once was an assumption among computer programmers that a faster program is also an energy efficient program. The idea transmuted over to software programming languages—surely a faster language was a greener one, the logic went. That all changed in… The post The top ten “green” programming languages appeared first on Design World.

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How is Robotics Shaping Up to Impact the Car Manufacturing Industry?

Robotics Automation News

The world of car manufacturing has experienced significant changes over the years. Robotics and automation are slowly fine-tuning industries to the point where they can streamline operations, increasing production efficiency, and this is naturally, going to improve bottom lines all across the industry. When it comes to car manufacturing, there are a number of exciting […].

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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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EVs energise new car market but chargepoint rollout must accelerate

SMMT

October new car registrations rise 26.4% in third month of growth, with hybrid and battery electric vehicles driving uplift. Despite bumper month, market on course for weakest year since 1982 but recovery expected to continue in 2023. Plug-ins account for 21.5% of new registrations but infrastructure rollout risks hampering government zero emission ambition.

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GreenPower’s all-electric Type-A bus hits US roads for first time

Canadian Manufacturing

GreenPower’s Nano BEAST Type A all-electric ADA compliant school bus. SOUTH CHARLESTON — GreenPower Motor Company Inc. has announced the deployment of the first purpose-built Type A, all-electric, zero-emission, ADA-compliant school bus in Clay County. The company says this marks its first deployment of the Type A in the United States. GreenPower also says the Nano BEAST will make its first school run on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. “Clay County Schools is excited to be the first school district

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Addman buys molder Harbec, adds plastics to its portfolio

Plastics News

New York-based injection molder and additive manufacturer Harbec Inc. has been acquired by Addman Engineering. Part of the attraction is Harbec's expertise in carbon-neutral manufacturing.

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Protect Your Control Systems from Natural Disasters

Automation World

To ensure you can be up and running as quickly as possible following a storm or other natural disaster, it’s critical to have a crisis management strategy in place to proactively protect your automation systems.

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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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When music crashes a laptop hard drive

Design World

Teschler on Topic Leland Teschler • Executive Editor lteschler@wtwhmedia.com On Twitter @ DW_LeeTeschler Back in the 1980s, I wrote an article about hard drives as the PC revolution brought them into the hostile environment of factories. They weren’t faring well. Most hard drives of the time were designed to sit in pristine mainframe computer rooms.… The post When music crashes a laptop hard drive appeared first on Design World.

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5 Crucial Lessons to Learn from Successful Digital Transformation Stories

Robotics Automation News

Transform. Transform. Transform. That’s what most organizations have been doing since the Covid-19 pandemic struck and made digital transformation a necessity. Companies are working hard on digital transformation projects, but some are experiencing digital transformation fatigue and giving up–because they’ve spent large amounts of money with no ROI.

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HGV registrations soar in best Q3 for half a decade

SMMT

UK heavy goods vehicle (HGV) registrations climb by 30.1% to 10,034 units in Q3. Best third quarter since 2017, driven by demand for artic trucks, up 53.1%, and rigids, up 15.8%. Year-to-date market up 7.8%, but still -18.4% down against same period pre-pandemic figures. SEE HGV REGISTRATIONS BY BRAND. DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE AND DATA TABLE. New UK heavy goods vehicle (HGV) registrations increased by 30.1% in the third quarter of 2022, according to the latest figures published today by the Societ

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New Products Push the Limits of 3D Printing

Plastics Today

Boston Micro Fabrication debuts high-throughput 3D printer that produces 25-micrometer parts and Chromatic 3D Materials has developed software that enables durable, flexible materials to be printed on metal, plastic, or textile substrates of any shape.

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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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Privately held Ohio metal fabrication shop goes employee-owned

The Fabricator

When Valco Industries owner Ed Leventhal was mapping his exit plan, he took the road less traveled to ensure that his valued manufacturing employees would continue to have jobs by transferring ownership to them.

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Industrial Companies Move Toward Open Automation Tech

Automation World

ExxonMobil, Intel, and Wood PLC share their experiences with UniversalAutomation.org’s shared source runtime execution engine for interoperable, plug-and-produce automation.

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KUKA to educate on robotic automation at ACTE 2022 in Las Vegas

Design World

To address the ongoing challenge of attracting talented employees to the manufacturing workforce, KUKA Robotics will bring its educational and software simulation technologies to the Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE) CareerTech VISION 2022 conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center Nov. 30 through Dec. 3. Visitors to booth 327, will experience KUKA’s ready2_educate… The post KUKA to educate on robotic automation at ACTE 2022 in Las Vegas appeared first on Design Wo

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Advice for Going Through Digital Transformation

Robotics Automation News

Digital transformation is something that all businesses need to go through. Essentially, this involves integrating digital technologies into the business operation to change the way in which the company operates. Although this can be challenging and disruptive, you will find that there are many benefits to doing this, and it could help to boost the […].

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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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Mars goes green with new recyclable paper-based wrapper

Manufacturer's Monthly

Snacks and treats manufacturer Mars Wrigley Australia has committed to transitioning all Australian-made chocolate bars to new paper-based packaging that can be recycled via traditional kerbside recycling. In a world-first for the company, the shift to paper-based packaging will be seen on the company’s popular MARS BAR, SNICKERS and MILKY WAY beginning April 2023.

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Plastic bags under scrutiny again. Is flexible packaging next?

Plastics News

Perhaps some retail bag makers will be able to make a case to California that they've made the investments necessary to make their products sustainable. If so, flexible packaging makers should be paying attention.

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Hand-held laser welding’s time has come in metal fabrication

The Fabricator

Advancements in manual laser welding have made hand-held laser welding viable for metal fabrication and manufacturing businesses in ways that were not possible before.

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The Connection Between Open Automation and Sustainability

Automation World

Schneider Electric’s Michael Martinez explains how open automation systems—like those supported by UniversalAutomation.org—enable and support sustainability, not just for production operations, but for the automation systems themselves.

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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.