July, 2023

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Does 3D printing reduce carbon footprint? Study says yes

Design World

Essentium announced findings from independent research showcasing the positive impact of 3D printing on reducing carbon emissions. As companies grapple with supply chain challenges, a growing number are adopting sustainable manufacturing approaches, including recyclable materials, reduced energy consumption, and more. The research, commissioned by Essentium, reveals that 94% of manufacturers are actively engaged in initiatives to […] The post Does 3D printing reduce carbon footprint?

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The Blue Revolution: Eco-manufacturing with blue lasers – The new industry standard?

Automation Mag

Blue laser technology is constantly evolving and the use of blue laser sources in manufacturing systems provides significant advantages over conventional engraving and cutting machinery as well as CO2 and fibre laser sources alike. Opt Lasers is at the forefront of this Blue Revolution, having taken a significant step forward with the release of blue galvo laser marking systems.

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Setting a manufacturing business apart with personal marketing technologies

The Fabricator

Fabricators are constantly assessing their production environment to retain competitiveness, but the addition of marketing technologies can drive significant growth and differentiation for your company.

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New car market powers up as industry calls for VAT cut on EV public charging

SMMT

New car registrations rise 25.8% to 177,266 units in 11th consecutive month of growth. BEV market grows 39.4% in June as industry calls for VAT cut on public charging to accelerate uptake. 949,720 new cars registered in first half of 2023 – up 18.4% year on year – as supply chain shortages ease. SEE CAR REGISTRATIONS BY BRAND DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE AND DATA TABLE The new car market grew 25.8% in June with 177,266 vehicles registered, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manu

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A Journey to Efficiency & Excellence in Manufacturing

Foundation Wellness, an orthotic and foot care product leader, transformed its manufacturing by implementing the Manufacturing Execution System FORCE MES FLEX from FORCAM ENISCO. Previously hindered by manual data collection, the company needed more efficiency and a proactive approach. Adopting an MES enhanced data visibility and enabled data-driven decision-making.

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Wikipedia could stop being accessible in the UK due to Online Safety Law

E&T

The government has been warned that the requirements of the new bill regulating the online world could lead to users losing access to Wikipedia. This is due to fears that the law could lead to "age-gating" the website, which currently does not require age verification. In order to avoid it, peers have suggested adding a regulatory exemption to the legislation that would cover sites which are considered low risk for harm and provide a public good.

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Resin prices slide for PP, PET

Plastics News

North American prices for polypropylene and PET bottle resin both declined in June, as demand continued to wobble.

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World Machine Tool Production and Consumption Modestly Down in 2022

Modern Machine Shop

As the world continued to dig out from lingering Covid and supply chain issues last year, machine tool production fell some 10% and consumption some 9% across the top 50 industrialized countries in 2022. Specifically, overall machine tool consumption decreased from $87.3 billion in 2021 to $79.5 billion in 2022 while production decreased from $92.1 billion in 2021 to $82.6 billion in 2022.

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Atlas Copco Acquires German Augmented Reality Solutions Provider

Metrology

Atlas Copco has acquired Extend3D GmbH, a company that develops and produces augmented reality worker guidance for industry customers, using laser and video projection. The post Atlas Copco Acquires German Augmented Reality Solutions Provider appeared first on Metrology and Quality News - Online Magazine.

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Cleveland metal fabricator pursues a multifaceted hiring strategy through Ukrainian refugee community

The Fabricator

Cleveland-area metal fabricator Tendon Manufacturing has evolved its hiring strategy by refining its Facebook help-wanted ad placements and making connections within the Ukrainian refugee community. The shop employs nearly 20 Ukrainian refugees with both manufacturing experience and an eagerness to learn.

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Fusing biology with the bionic ear

E&T

If Beethoven, who died in the early 1800s, had gone deaf today, his experience would have been very different. That is thanks to the cochlear implant. Developed in the 1960s, it is the first ever bionic device created to restore a sensory organ and has now been fitted in over a million people. Although not perfect, almost every recipient will eventually understand speech, even in modest background noise.

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Provide Real Value in Your Applications with Data and Analytics

The complexity of financial data, the need for real-time insight, and the demand for user-friendly visualizations can seem daunting when it comes to analytics - but there is an easier way. With Logi Symphony, we aim to turn these challenges into opportunities. Our platform empowers you to seamlessly integrate advanced data analytics, generative AI, data visualization, and pixel-perfect reporting into your applications, transforming raw data into actionable insights.

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Kickstart: Economic outlook remains complicated

Plastics News

There's a new set of economic indicators out this week prompting more attempts to forecast the outlook for U.S. businesses but the best advice may be to simply wait for more data.

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Mechanical considerations for 6G systems

Design World

The 5G to 6G Transition The evolution of Fifth Generation (5G) communications networks from earlier cellular wireless systems is being realized worldwide. Mobile internet access with voice, video, and data communications is being provided by a combination of diversified terrestrial and satellite-communications (satcom) equipment. However, despite 5G’s generous bandwidth, it is being consumed quickly by… The post Mechanical considerations for 6G systems appeared first on Design World.

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CRN Recognizes Cisco Inclusive Channel Leaders in Inaugural Awards

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

Today CRN announced the winners of their inaugural Inclusive Channel Leaders Awards to honor people who bring a particular focus on inclusivity to their channel leadership roles.

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Modern Machine Shop Announces 2023 Top Shops Honorees

Modern Machine Shop

Modern Machine Shop has announced the 2023 Top Shops Honorees. These honorees have been selected through formal review of benchmarking data collected in the annual Top Shops Survey and represent the highest caliber of machining facilities in the U.S. This year’s honorees are: Machining Technology Designatronics , Hicksville, NY Shopfloor Practices & Performance Pro Products Inc., Sturgeon Bay, WI Business Strategy & Performance Manda Machine , Dallas, TX Human Resources Northeast T

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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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Exploring Weiler Abrasives' virtual reality experience for welders and fabricators

The Fabricator

Welder-fabricator Josh Welton recently tested out Weiler Virtual World, a virtual reality (VR) abrasives training demo featuring cutting, grinding, and finishing simulation from Weiler Abrasives.

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The six-billion-dollar post-human

E&T

“Steve Austin. Astronaut. A man barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.” If you were a kid during the 1970s, ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’ was peak TV and, arguably, James Bond’s closest cultural competitor.

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Understanding the Automation Lingo: PLC, PAC, RTU, DCS, and SCADA

Control.com

What are these terms, PLC, PAC, RTU, DCS, SCADA? Why are they so important to industrial robotics and automation? Explore how each different piece functions to build a comprehensive automated system.

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The smart future of agriculture

Design World

How can the earth feed nine or ten billion people? “Smart farming” is an important part of the answer to this existential question: Extremely high efficiency in food production through the targeted use of the latest technology, computer-supported and — where possible — fully automatic. Seeds are individually and precisely placed; fruits carefully picked by… The post The smart future of agriculture appeared first on Design World.

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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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A Technical Look at IPSEC VPN Tunnel Creation

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

Hello everyone, and welcome back to my little corner of the Internet. I always take inspiration from what I’m currently working on in my day job when putting together an idea for a post and/or video.

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The Link Between CNC Process Control and Powertrain Warranties

Modern Machine Shop

During a brief period in the mid-1960s, the Big Three automakers — locked in fierce competition — extended their engine and powertrain warranties to a then-unheard-of five years or 50,000 miles. It proved to be a reckless decision. Within just a few years, consumer claims on these warranties were so overwhelming and expensive that the automakers reverted to one-year warranties by the early 1970s.

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How metal fabricators can automate their information flow

The Fabricator

Custom metal fabrication is a business of adaptation. Schedules change as resources or material become unavailable. Change is a fact of life—and when and how that change is communicated really matters.

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Book interview: Fusion’s Promise

E&T

Matthew Moynihan is nothing if not a realist. He knows that the technology he champions suffers from what public relations people call reputational issues. And that’s because for several decades nuclear fusion has at best been saddled with the qualifying term ‘tomorrow’s’, while at worst, it’s a fringe distraction often written about in green ink and block capitals.

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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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Differences between Transformer and Transformer-free UPS Designs

Control.com

Transformerless UPS designs are taking place in various industries, particularly in aseptic manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare, where the reliability of power supply is critical.

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IO-Link expands IoT insights

Design World

Manufacturing companies and machine builder OEMs have been digitalizing their automation designs for decades. But in recent years, the iterative process of identifying and solving problems using data and technology to support the work of people has been termed digital transformation, which encompasses many aspects, from the plant floor up to the cloud.

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Trusted Training for Trusted Solutions: Cisco Validated Framework Tutorials on Cisco U.

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

There are things in life that just go better together. Salt and pepper. Fish and chips. Chili and cheese. Another perfect pairing, if you’re hungry for tech training, is the combination of Cisco U.

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Rethink Quality Control to Increase Productivity, Decrease Scrap

Modern Machine Shop

Photo Credit: Getty Images Over many years in the industry, I have noticed a few things that I believe need to change in machine shops. This column describes one that has been bothering me for a long time: quality control. I know this may ruffle a few feathers, but how we do quality control needs to change. The standard practice that I see in most machine shops is that when a machine is set up, the first parts are sent to quality control for inspection and verification.

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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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GreenPower appoints Matheny Commercial EV as commercial truck dealer in West Virginia

Canadian Manufacturing

Photo: GreenPower. SOUTH CHARLESTON — GreenPower Motor Company Inc., announced the appointment of Matheny Commercial EV as its dealer for commercial vehicle sales in West Virginia. “With more than a century of experience in truck sales and service, Matheny brings a level of knowledge and customer service to the GreenPower family of dealers that is second to none,” said Claus Tritt, GreenPower’s Vice President of Medium-Duty and Commercial Vehicle Sales. “Matheny marks the

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The bigger picture: Wearable robotic arms

E&T

The Jizai Arms system consists of a backpack-like base unit with sockets for up to six arms, and interchangeable hand modules depending on the task. The arms can be controlled by the user, or remotely. The team from the University of Tokyo says the system “has been designed to facilitate social interaction among multiple users”, who can even exchange arms.

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Exploring the Air | UAVs Provide Quality Data for Outdoor Environments

Control.com

Recently, drones have been providing new data for a variety of specialty projects related to public safety, environmental monitoring, and interaction with nature in many innovative areas.

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The MachineMetrics Edge: Flexible, Scalable, and Self-Service

Machine Metrics

We’re excited to announce another update to the MachineMetrics Edge platform - self-service capabilities. The self-service capabilities of our flexible Edge platform makes it easy to quickly deploy MachineMetrics, whether it be as part of our Free Trial program, or as a full-scale deployment across hundreds of machines.

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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.