November, 2023

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“There’s a Sensor for That” – Revolutionizing Manufacturing Through Sensing Technologies

Metrology

Sensors, once a relatively unheralded component of manufacturing, have now become the unsung heroes that drive the industry forward. These small, smart devices are capable of measuring a vast array of parameters, from temperature and pressure to humidity, motion, and beyond. The post “There’s a Sensor for That” – Revolutionizing Manufacturing Through Sensing Technologies appeared first on Metrology and Quality News - Online Magazine.

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Precision facility unlocks new capabilities for defence manufacturing

Manufacturer's Monthly

The University of South Australia’s (UniSA) new Precision Engineering Centre is at the cutting-edge of defence manufacturing, quite literally. The facility hosts micro and nano-machining equipment that is unique in Australia and brings exceptional strategic value to Australian industries, including defence and space. The new centre, located at UniSA’s Future Industries Institute, is the culmination of a decade-long collaboration between the SA Node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility

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Prices of imported metals could see increase for manufacturers

The Fabricator

The failure of the U.S. and the EU to extend the tariff rate quota agreement is one more reason why imported metals are about to get more expensive.

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Why IO-Link Use is Increasing

Automation World

IO-Link’s proven ability to simplify diverse equipment integrations and provide reliable diagnostics is leading manufacturers and OEMs to gravitate toward this I/O technology.

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Manufacturing Sustainability Surge: Your Guide to Data-Driven Energy Optimization & Decarbonization

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.

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UK car production up again as inward investment surges

SMMT

UK car manufacturing output up 31.6% in October with 91,521 units rolling out of factories. Production for home and overseas markets up 23.9% and 33.4% respectively. Year-to-date volumes up 16.7% driven by exports with some eight in 10 cars shipped aboard. Inward investment flooding into sector as latest light vehicle production outlook revised up towards 1 million units this year.

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The Resurgence of 'Shop Class' in American High Schools

Modern Machine Shop

Edgar was a pain in the neck. Or maybe we should say, it was difficult for some of the teachers at Edgar’s high school to appreciate his distinct learning style. Edgar was disruptive. He had a smart mouth and tried to talk his way out of everything, including his poor grades in core classes. A student operates a drill press at Brandywine High School.

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Hydrogen-powered aircraft to beam down 5G from above in new trial

E&T

The goal of the project is to deliver an unmanned, liquid hydrogen-powered aircraft, designed with a 56-metre wingspan that will be able to fly for over a week due to its lightweight structure. Aircraft manufacturer Britten-Norman will be providing key design and trial support for the project, with Marshall Futureworx providing technology for cooling systems.

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Report: Downturn in Canadian manufacturing continues in October

Automation Mag

Canadian manufacturing continued in contraction territory this October. The seasonally adjusted S&P Global Canada Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) remained below the crucial 50.0 no-change mark in October for a sixth successive month. With the PMI rising to 48.6, from 47.5 and a three-month high, the rate of contraction was weaker than the previous months.

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Why Do Digital Transformation Efforts Fail?

Automation World

The reason could be in how it’s implemented. Adopting the sprint implementation strategy from software developers may be the remedy.

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October new car market beats pre-pandemic levels but subdued EV growth hinders green goals

SMMT

October delivers 153,529 new car registrations, up 14.3% year-on-year and 7.2% above 2019. Battery electric vehicle (BEV) uptake records 42nd consecutive month of growth but struggles to increase market share, while chargepoint rollout improves in efforts to get ahead of need. New market outlook revised upwards to 1.886 million units with further growth anticipated in 2024, but BEV uptake expectations downgraded slightly.

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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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ECARX launches new autonomous driving ADAS platform for global car manufacturers

Robotics Automation News

ECARX, a provider of mobility technology, has launched a new series of Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) enabled products, starting with the ECARX Skyland Pro. It will support drivers as the autonomy of their vehicles increases.

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IoT Transportation Leadership Summit: Innovation on the Move

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

Across the United States, local communities, transportation departments, and transit, port, and turnpike authorities are seeking new and better ways to deliver on their mission-critical objectives to… Read more on Cisco Blogs

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GreenPower achieves 125 per cent revenue increase from previous year

Canadian Manufacturing

The EV Star Hydrant Truck is configured to pump fuel from either in-ground fuel plumbing or underground tanks and has an integrated lift for the fuel line and fueling technician to reach the plane’s wing re-fueling inlet. (PRNewsfoto/GreenPower Motor Company) VANCOUVER — GreenPower Motor Company Inc., announced its financial results for the second quarter and first half of the 2024 fiscal year.

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PTDA honours its 2023 award winners Sylvia Silveira and Alex Vitou

Automation Mag

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) honoured the recipients of the Wendy B. McDonald Woman of the Year Award and Robert K. Callahan Advancing Leaders Award Sylvia Silveira and Alex Vitou respectively at its industry summit. Silveira is from NTN Canada. During Sylvia Silveira’s 13-year tenure at the company, she has steadily climbed the ranks from HR manager to HR director to vice-president of HR and operations.

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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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Round Three of Global Plastics Treaty Talks Begins

Plastics Today

The weeklong session in Nairobi is at a "pivotal moment” regarding policies and actions to consider, according to a senior attorney from the Center for International Environmental Law.

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Used BEV transactions double as second hand market goes green

SMMT

UK used car market grows 5.5% in Q3 2023, with almost 1.9 million units changing hands. Battery electric vehicle (BEVs) sales soar by 99.9%, recording record 1.8% market share. Market up 4.6% year to date, an increase on 2022, but still -9.3% behind pre-pandemic levels. Download the used car sales report for Q3 2023 The UK’s used car market grew by 5.5% during the third quarter, with 1,884,160 units changing hands, according to the latest figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufactu

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London to use waste heat from data centres to warm nearby buildings

E&T

Waste heat from data centres will be pumped into a new district heat network in London that is designed to warm nearby buildings. The government’s Green Heat Network Fund (GHNF) has awarded £36m to the project that will see a heat network being built in a new development area around Old Oak Common Station and deliver more than 9,000 homes and 250,000m 2 of commercial development.

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5 Reasons Why Robotic Technologies are Important in Today’s Digital Age

Robotics Automation News

Robotics are the future of technology, and it’s easy to understand why. One reason is that innovations have broad applications that today’s digital age can’t do without. Here, we’ll discuss five main reasons robotic technologies are invaluable to the modern world. 1.

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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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Tim Hortons has its first zero-tailpipe emissions electric transport truck on the road in Ontario

Canadian Manufacturing

Tim Hortons has its first zero-tailpipe emissions electric transport truck on the road in Ontario and a second is coming soon to British Columbia (CNW Group/Tim Hortons) TORONTO — Tim Hortons now has a zero-tailpipe emissions electric transport truck making Tims runs to restaurants across southwestern Ontario. The first Volvo VNR Electric Class 8 truck in the Tims fleet is based out of the Tim Hortons distribution centre in Guelph, Ont., and a second Tims electric truck will soon be based out of

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Heddle shipyards boosts manufacturing capabilities with $107 million investment

Automation Mag

Manufacturer Heddle Shipyards in St. Catharines, a ship construction and repair company, is investing $107 million to improve its facilities and processes. The company will use this investment to tackle complex Vessel Life Extension (VLE) projects at its Port Weller Dry Docks in St. Catharines and create 30 new, good-paying jobs in the region. With the $107 million investment, Heddle Shipyards will implement the processes, engineering, training and equipment needed for VLE projects, including on

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Data Flow Tutorial With Mage.ai | Part 3: Connecting to Google Sheets

Control.com

In this article, we will explore the inbound integration to the mage.ai pipeline, connecting to the spreadsheet data source using the Google Sheets API through a JSON credentials file.

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UK Auto manufacturing charges up with £20bn investment boost in 2023

SMMT

UK automotive manufacturing secures £20 billion in investment over the course of 2023 – more than in the previous seven years combined. Private sector commitments bolstered by government funding and as part of advanced manufacturing plan to ensure UK remains a global manufacturing, innovation and trade hub. Shift to zero emission cars, vans, trucks and buses delivers decarbonisation with potential to unlock further opportunities in battery and supply chain sectors.

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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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Europe’s ‘first operational orbital spaceport’ built on remote Norwegian island

E&T

Andøya Spaceport will be used to launch satellites from European commercial space company Isar Aerospace (IA). When fully constructed, the facility will host several launch pads, with IA gaining exclusive access to the first launch site, which was built to its specifications. It includes a launch pad, payload integration facilities and a mission control centre.

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AI-Powered Operational Data Analytics: Revolutionizing the Workflow

Robotics Automation News

Discover what is operational data analytics, what benefits businesses get from using it, and how it can be advanced with the power of artificial intelligence. In 2023, staying ahead in the market means not just collecting data, but taking the necessary insights out of it to drive crucial business decisions.

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The coming alliance of connected workers and robots

The Fabricator

As robots can't replicate human intuition and creativity, the future of manufacturing lies in integrating them with connected workers to achieve efficiency and innovation.

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NGen opens up funding opportunities for new AI for Manufacturing projects

Automation Mag

Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen) has announced $19 million in Global Innovation Cluster funding for 12 new AI for manufacturing projects valued at a total of $55 million. NGen’s AI for Manufacturing Challenge was designed to build advanced manufacturing capacity and enhance the commercialization of artificial intelligence and machine learning innovations across manufacturing sectors in Canada.

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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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Identifying and Troubleshooting Pressure Changes in Fluid Systems

Control.com

Pressures are always rising and falling in fluid systems. Sometimes the changes are extreme and lead to damage. What causes problematic pressure changes, and how can you trace them to their source?

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UK auto sector puts apprentices in the driving seat amid huge investment in workforce for the future

SMMT

UK Automotive launches new driving lesson fund, Drive to Thrive, supporting apprentices to gain the life-changing advantage of car mobility. Scheme will help fresh automotive talent develop as employers deliver new skills and jobs at all levels – with 14,000 roles created or expected thanks to huge net zero investments. Ambitious young people from all backgrounds encouraged to consider cutting-edge opportunities to research, design, build, test and repair the latest zero emission and automated v

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UK to pay 66 per cent more for offshore wind energy after failed auction

E&T

Contracts for Difference (CFD) auctions invite companies to bid to develop renewable energy projects in the UK and give them a guaranteed minimum price for the electricity they will generate. The system also means that if electricity prices in the future rise above that level, the companies pay the excess back to the treasury. The last auction in September attracted no developers, with the industry saying that the government had set the price too low to make new projects worth pursuing.

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What Are the Most Common Staff Scheduling Problems?

Robotics Automation News

For managers, scheduling is a perpetual jigsaw puzzle with constantly moving pieces. Employee needs, operational demands, budgets, and regulations make shift planning an organizational nightmare. However, certain recurring issues tend to cause the biggest headaches. Here are the top 10 most common staff scheduling problems plaguing managers, and how to tackle them.

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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?