October, 2023

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The Core Technologies Necessary to Develop a Smart Manufacturing Strategy

Metrology

The manufacturing industry is undergoing a profound transformation driven by technological advancements. The era of smart manufacturing, referred to as Industry 4.0, promises to revolutionize traditional manufacturing processes by integrating cutting-edge technologies. The post The Core Technologies Necessary to Develop a Smart Manufacturing Strategy appeared first on Metrology and Quality News - Online Magazine.

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Fake chips have been around forever, so how can manufacturers fight them?

Robotics Automation News

There is a wide disparity between different organizations’ assessments of the revenue and job losses caused by counterfeit chips. In 2017, the US Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) pegged the losses at $170 billion. That same year, the Semiconductor Industry Association estimated that counterfeit chips cost the chip industry $7.5 billion annually.

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Why do metal fabricators and welders automate?

The Fabricator

Many are turning to automation because they simply can’t find people to hire. But the evolution toward automation is more nuanced. Technologies like cobots helps create a place where more people want to work.

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2023 LEAP Awards winners are announced!

Design World

Winning entries in the 2023 LEAP (Leadership in Engineering Achievement Program) Awards were announced by WTWH Media today in 11 categories: Advanced Materials Connectivity Embedded Computing Fluid Power Industrial Automation Mechanical Motion Control Power Electronics Software Switches & Sensors, and Test & Measurement. These brands cross four of the company’s design engineering brands: Design World, Fluid… The post 2023 LEAP Awards winners are announced!

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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Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business.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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Connected and automated mobility revolution set to deliver £66 billion prize by 2040

SMMT

UK rollout of connected and automated mobility (CAM) technology poised to deliver annual economic benefit as high as £66 billion by 2040, major new report shows. Tech could help save 3,900 lives and prevent 60,000 serious accidents – while adding 342,000 additional jobs, with 12,250 directly in automotive manufacturing by 2040. British public to benefit from potentially lower insurance premiums, less stressful commutes and greater freedom for those with restricted mobility, while businesses coul

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Selection Committee Announces Leaders to Operate the CHIPS for America National Semiconductor Technology Center

NIST Manufacturing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, an independent selection committee announced the incoming board of trustees that is expected to oversee a nonprofit entity that will operate the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC).

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Video: Robotic material handling and air management solutions

Automation Mag

In this video, you will find an integrated pick and place solution featuring Epson SCARA robots along with a vision and feeding system by Asyril. A machine tending solution by Robotiq featuring Pickit 3D vision and using a UR5 collaborative robot is also shown. The latest development by UR, the UR20 is featured in a palletizing example. Finally, the new (AMS) Air Management System by SMC Automation is presented that promises to reduce air consumption and lower the cost of production.

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High schools equip tomorrow’s fabrication, welding workforce

The Fabricator

Two schools in the Midwest, Hartford Union High School in Wisconsin and Cary-Grove High School in Illinois, are doing something about the shortage of skilled manufacturing workers.

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LEAP Awards judging panel for 2023 unveiled; winners to be announced Thursday

Design World

On Thursday, October 19th at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time, we’ll be announcing the winners of the 2023 LEAP Awards (Leadership in Engineering Achievement Program). You may register for the live announcement here: [link] What we feel sets this awards program apart from so many others is the involvement of the engineering community. Each year, our… The post LEAP Awards judging panel for 2023 unveiled; winners to be announced Thursday appeared first on Design World.

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Britain’s carmakers deliver best September since 2020 but action needed to protect EV exports

SMMT

UK car manufacturing grew 39.8% in September, the strongest month of growth in 2023, with 88,230 units leaving British factories. Rise in production driven by 32.2% exports uplift – with almost six in 10 going to the EU – while deliveries for the UK market surge by 65.9%. Electrified vehicle output rises by 41.5%, but urgent action needed to ensure UK and EU trade remains competitive from 2024.

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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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Robots a tenth the size of a human blood cell: Welcome to the world of nanobots

Robotics Automation News

In this article, Chu Canh Chieu, managing director of global healthcare center at FPT Software, explains more about nanobots that hunt and kill diseases Nanobots, miniature robots 10 times smaller than a blood cell, are poised to revolutionise the healthcare industry.

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Cutting methane emissions ‘essential’ to achieve climate targets, IEA says

E&T

The agency has highlighted the importance of reducing methane emissions – something now possible due to new a nd affordable technologies. The organisation has published a report named The imperative of cutting methane from fossil fuels. The document shows that, while a drop in fossil fuel demand would cut methane emissions, these reductions by themselves would not occur fast enough to meet the world’s climate goals.

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Pyrolysis-based Recycling Has Significant Environmental Benefits, Study Shows

Plastics Today

New plastic made with just 5% pyrolysis oil produces up to 23% fewer greenhouse-gas emissions than crude-oil derived polymer, according to US Department of Energy research.

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Josh Welton: My take on UAW's historic strike against the Big Three

The Fabricator

Longtime United Autoworkers Member and Detroit-based blogger Josh Welton offers his take on the UAW's strike against the Big Three automakers and some context to on-going contract negotiations.

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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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Ontario manufacturer receives provincial support to build advanced manufacturing facility

Automation Mag

TNR Industrial Doors, a manufacturer of high-performance rubber, freezer and cooler doors, is investing $40 million investment to build a new advanced manufacturing facility. With this investment, the company – a subsidiary of German-owned Hörmann Group — will build a new 120,000-square-foot facility with advanced automation technology to increase production and reduce costs.

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Agreement with Europe needed to avoid £3,400 electric vehicle tax hike

SMMT

New figures reveal tariff threat to EU-made battery electric vehicles could result in a £3,400 average price hike if unworkable rules of origin are implemented in January. 10% tariffs would also add £3,600 to cost of British-built BEVs sold in Europe, with conventional ICE models unaffected on both sides. Auto sector calls on EU and UK to delay introduction of new rules of origin requirements to 2027 or put competitiveness, the EV transition and net zero ambitions at risk.

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Regulating Alternative Coins: Crafting Legal Structures in the Aftermath of the Bitcoin Age

Robotics Automation News

In the dynamic landscape of the digital economy, cryptocurrencies have emerged as a revolutionary force. Spearheaded by the pioneering Immediate Definity 360 which is an Online trading platform, these alternative coins have sparked global interest in decentralized financial systems.

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Air pollution regulations not stringent enough to protect UK ecosystems

E&T

A new study finds that existing regulations could avoid 6,751 early deaths among adults in the UK by 2030 compared to if no regulations existed. That estimate nearly doubles to 13,269 avoided adult premature deaths if all possible technically feasible measures are employed to reduce air pollution immediately. But they don’t cover most of the pollution emitted by the UK’s agriculture sector, which has emissions predicted to rise in the coming years.

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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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‘Ingrained in the fabric of British society’: the iconic lava lamp turns 60

The Guardian Manufacturing

The Beatles and Doctor Who discovered it in the 60s, TFI Friday and the photographer Rankin in the 90s. Now there’s a new renaissance of this hot British invention When Ringo Starr popped into a shop in Birkenhead in 1963, little did he know that his visit would help change the future of what was to become a celebrated British brand. The Beatles’ drummer had stopped off to buy a lava lamp, the brightly coloured interior piece that has hypnotised millions over the years with its slow-moving excha

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What FABTECH 2023 revealed about the future of metal fabrication

The Fabricator

Fabricators walking the FABTECH show floor this year were on the hunt for autonomous software and machines that could help them make best use of the talented employees they have.

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Industrial robot components market report: Anticipated 8.8 percent annual growth forecasted until 2027

Automation Mag

A recent Interact Analysis report finds that the global market for key components used in industrial robots reached $12.1 billion in 2022. The 14.7 percent year-on-year increase was driven by the production of collaborative and SCARA robots. The report notes that the growth of the components market will likely slow down over time, as the robot market matures and stabilizes.

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September new car market grows but motorist support needed to reverse falling private consumer EV demand

SMMT

272,610 new cars registered in September as market rises 21.0% in 14th consecutive month of growth. Fleets drive expansion during ‘new plate month’ while overall private purchases add to uplift. Zero emission vehicle demand continues to grow, but industry calls for private motorist support as consumer uptake of battery electric cars declines. SEE CAR REGISTRATIONS BY BRAND DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE AND DATA TABLE The UK new car market grew 21.0% in September with 272,610 registrations in the month,

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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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Sentient showcases its ‘ViDAR’ vision systems White House event with President Biden and Australian PM

Robotics Automation News

Sentient Vision Systems’ newly appointed CEO, Mark Palmer, was invited to attend a reception in Washington to mark Australia Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s first official visit to Washington, hosted by President Joe Biden.

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AIs could help plan biological attacks, research finds

E&T

The RAND Corporation has released a report warning that artificial intelligence (AI) chatbots could be used to facilitate biological attacks by providing advice on how to conceal the true purpose of the purchase of anthrax, smallpox and plague bacteria. The research team conducted tests on LLMs – although it did not reveal which ones – that it accessed through an application programming interface (API), similar to that of OpenAI’s ChatGPT or Google’s Bard.

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Manufacturing Defects – Types, Examples, and Tips

MRPEasy

Manufacturing defects are deviations from the intended design of a product that appear during the production process. It is critical for manufacturers to minimize the risk of defects and ensure a smooth returns management process for when defective products do end up in the hands of the customer. What is a manufacturing defect? A manufacturing […] The post Manufacturing Defects – Types, Examples, and Tips appeared first on Blog for Manufacturers and Distributors.

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One metal fabricator’s advice to build a better shop culture

The Fabricator

In 2012, this Wichita, Kan., operation had a limited customer base and a poor reputation. Today, the shop has won several quality and safety awards, and revenue has grown eight times over.

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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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Video: Mobile, SCARA and 6-Axis robot, sensing and indication solutions

Automation Mag

This video features SCARA and 6-axis robots from Epson’s All-In-One portfolio with integrated controllers for simple, cost-effective design. Also shown is the UR3, the most compact collaborative robot offered by UR. AMR (Automated Mobile Robot) technology from MiR is shown with the MIR250 (250 Kg payload), with a max of 1350 Kg on the MiR 1350. SNAP SIGNAL from Banner makes legacy equipment Industry 4.0 ready by simply overlaying their sensing solution on existing hardware.

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British CV production dips in September

SMMT

UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing output dips -5.2% in September to 11,352 units. Production for domestic market rises 10.3% while exports decline -15.1%. Overall year-to-date volumes remain up by a significant 11.4% at 85,540 units. UK commercial vehicle (CV) production dipped in September, down -5.2% year on year, according to the latest figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 11,352 vans, buses, trucks, coaches and taxis rolled out of factory g

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Implementing Robotic Process Automation (RPA) In Nonprofits Organizations: Benefits And Challenges

Robotics Automation News

Robotic process automation, RPA in short, refers to technological software and systems that help improve productivity and make work easier by mimicking human activities and automatically performing repetitive tasks.

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Pet tech boom: biometrics and AI gain favour among cat and dog owners

E&T

Anyone who’s noted the increased numbers of dog walkers in their neighbourhood will know that the Covid-19 crisis unleashed a pet ownership boom. Millions acquired four-footed companions to help them through the stresses of home isolation. The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals found that 36% of all current UK owners of dogs, cats and rabbits acquired their pets after March 2020, indicating that 4.1 million dogs and 3.7 million cats have been homed since the onset of the pandemic.

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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.