February, 2024

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Repeatable high-precision positioning for cutting-edge applications

Design World

Karl Wickenheisser, VP of Sales & Marketing, IKO International When dynamic equipment calls for precise motion control with rapid response in a small envelope, linear motor positioning tables offer an effective combination of advanced features. Although many suppliers of motion control devices offer miniature or high-accuracy positioning tables, they may not provide all the features… The post Repeatable high-precision positioning for cutting-edge applications appeared first on Design W

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UK car production off to a fast start in January

SMMT

British car manufacturing output grows 21.0% in January, to 82,997 units. Export volumes up 11.6%, while production for UK market surges 64.5%. Electrified vehicle production continues to grow, up 4.5% to 29,590 units. UK car production got off to a fast start in January, according to the latest figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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Scythe robot lawnmowers adopting ‘Tesla charging standard’

Robotics Business Review

Colo.-based Scythe Robotics is adopting the North American Charging Standard (NACS) charge port for its M.52 robot lawnmower. The company said this move will integrate NACS capabilities into their all-electric, fully autonomous commercial mower as early as Q4 2024. NACS , also known as the “Tesla Charger” or SAE J3400, is becoming the standard in electric vehicle (EV) charging, according to Scythe.

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NetApp Awarded Frost & Sullivan’s 2024 Global Company of the Year Award for Addressing the Unmet Needs of the Hybrid Cloud Storage Management Industry with Its Revolutionary BlueXP Platform

Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing

San Antonio, TX — February 14, 2024 — Frost & Sullivan recently researched the global hybrid cloud storage management industry and, based on its findings, recognizes NetApp with the 2024 Global Company of the Year Award. NetApp provides a unified platform that offers seamless insights and automation, enhancing the management of storage and data services across diverse environments.

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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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Hemp Snowboard Wins in Its Category at JEC Composites Innovation Awards

Plastics Today

The awards ceremony in Paris this week recognized the efforts of Germany’s silbaerg in applying natural hemp fibers and reducing waste in snowboard production.

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Turn a Raspberry Pi Into a PLC Using OpenPLC

Control.com

Using a Raspberry Pi and the OpenPLC software platform, create a simple PLC that can be programmed in ladder diagrams with remote access and I/O monitoring dashboards.

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Used car market up as EV sales reach record levels

SMMT

UK used car transactions grow 5.1% in 2023, with 7,242,692 changing hands as improving new car market re-energises supply. Superminis and black paint most popular used car style choices, taking 32.1% and 21.4% of the market respectively. Battery electric car sales almost doubled, up by 90.9% to 118,973 – but at just 1.6% of the market, industry calls for VAT cut on new EVs so future supply can grow to meet second hand demand.

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CMU crawling robots map and repair natural gas pipelines

Robotics Business Review

CMU pipe-repair robots crawl into natural gas pipelines and coat them. | Source: Carnegie Mellon University Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute are creating robots that can map and repair natural gas pipelines. The team is led by Howie Choset, the Kavčić-Moura professor of computer science at CMU, who plans to commercialize the robot later this year.

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Schneider, Intel and Red Hat join forces on open automation

Drives & Controls

Schneider Electric has collaborated with Intel and the open-source software developer Red Hat to release a Distributed Control Node (DCN) software framework that, they say, will help to drive open automation.

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BT shuts down its final 3G mobile site in the UK

E&T

Mobile operator EE, which is owned by BT Group, has confirmed that it has switched off its final 3G mobile site as it shifts its network over to newer technology.

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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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What is a Servo, and How do Servo Motors Work?

Control.com

Servo motors are common in all kinds of motion control applications for various industries, but what are these devices, and what makes them different from standard AC or DC motors?

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EXAIR’s new augmented reality web application helps improve customer experience

Design World

EXAIR provides customers with confidence when selecting the right product for their process. To continue facilitating a high-quality user experience, EXAIR.com has upgraded the resources available to users by adding Augmented Reality (AR) capabilities while visiting the site on a mobile device. Customers will now can not only view a 3D version of their selected… The post EXAIR’s new augmented reality web application helps improve customer experience appeared first on Design World.

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UK reaches million EV milestone as new car market grows

SMMT

Britain’s millionth EV registered during January while overall new car market grows 8.2%. Private retail demand down as fleets drive all growth in the month. 2024 market outlook holds at 1.97m units, with BEVs accounting for more than one in five, up from one in six. SEE CAR REGISTRATIONS BY BRAND DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE AND DATA TABLE Britain’s millionth battery electric car (BEV) reached the road in January 2024, while the new car market grew 8.2% for the month, according to the latest figures

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Figure AI raises whopping $675M to commercialize humanoids

Robotics Business Review

We declared 2023 the year of the humanoid, but 2024 has already said, “Hold my beer.” You likely read leaked reports about this last week, but today Figure AI Inc. confirmed that it has raised $675 million to develop humanoids. With the Series B funding, the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company is now valued at $2.6 billion. Microsoft, OpenAI Startup Fund, NVIDIA, Amazon Industrial Innovation Fund, Jeff Bezos (through Bezos Expeditions), Parkway Venture Capital, Intel Capital, Align Ventu

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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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BASF CEO to Present Keynote at NPE2024

Plastics Today

Michael Heinz will address challenges facing the plastics industry, the importance of collaboration along the value chain, and the future of sustainability,

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North American robot orders decline in 2023, A3 report finds

Automation Mag

A recent Association for Advancing Automation (A3) report finds that robot sales in North American declined by 30 percent in 2023 after record orders in the two previous years. Companies purchased 31,159 robots in 2023, compared to 44,196 ordered in 2022 and 39,708 in 2021. These 2023 orders were divided almost equally among automotive (15,723 robots sold) and non-automotive companies (15,436 robots sold).

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Circular Economy Practices: Business Growth and Environmental Responsibility

Control.com

ABB‘s recent report “Circularity: No Time to Waste” stresses the need for industrial businesses to embrace circularity practices for sustainable growth and economical product lifecycles.

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SpaceX selected to launch the privately-funded Starlab space station

E&T

SpaceX has been selected to launch the Starlab space station to low-Earth orbit (LEO) before 2030 – a commercial venture from a joint partnership between Airbus and Voyager Space.

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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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60,000th electric van joins UK roads as LCV demand enters second year of growth

SMMT

UK new van registration volumes rise 8.4% to 23,962 units in best January for three years, as market grows for 13th consecutive month. Electric van uptake jumps 19.4% to 1,186 registrations, with more than 60,000 joining UK roads since 2018. Green uptake must grow faster, however, as Zero Emission Vehicle Mandate requires BEVs to represent 10% of sales in 2024 – with big rise in van-suitable public chargepoints needed.

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Black History Month: Highlighting the value of diversity in the robotics industry

Robotics Business Review

Black History Month is a time to consider efforts to increase diversity in robotics. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock If you ask people to imagine what a roboticist might look like, they will probably describe similar faces. Historically, the industry has been overwhelmingly white and male, an image that can make it seem impenetrable to individuals who fall outside of those groups.

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Five-Axis Turnkey Machine Halves Medical Shop’s Cycle Times

Modern Machine Shop

The G550 was ARCH – Newtown’s first Grob machine, and first five-axis machine. It combined work previously requiring two turning operations and one milling operation, completing the job in half the time of the original process. The machine’s expanded capacity from its pallet system has also enabled the facility to use the G550 for other large parts, where it often cuts cycle times by as much as 50%.

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The Increasing Role of Metrology Automation in Smart Manufacturing

Metrology

Smart manufacturing, characterized by the integration of advanced technologies, data-driven decision-making, and automation, has been revolutionizing the industrial landscape. One critical component contributing to the efficiency and precision of smart The post The Increasing Role of Metrology Automation in Smart Manufacturing appeared first on Metrology and Quality News - Online Magazine.

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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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Control Automation Day Returns | Exploring Industrial Robots in 2024!

Control.com

Control Automation Day 2024 will be held on March 26th, talking all about industrial robotics with keynote interviews, educational live sessions, and exciting giveaways from your favorite manufacturers!

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UK quits treaty that gave fossil fuel firms power to sue governments over climate policy

E&T

The UK is pulling out of a multi-country energy agreement that allowed fossil fuel firms to sue governments when their profits were negatively impacted by net zero policies.

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Demand for new trucks grows for second year running as more businesses go green

SMMT

UK’s new truck market grows for second consecutive year, up 13.5% to 46,227 units in 2023 – the best performance since 2019. Demand soars for rigid and articulated trucks, rising 14.7% and 12.2% respectively. Zero emission HGV registrations triple year on year, but at just 0.5% market share uptake must accelerate quickly to meet UK’s 2035 truck target.

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Watch Boston Dynamics’ Atlas humanoid handle automotive struts

Robotics Business Review

With the onslaught of humanoids that were introduced in 2023, it seems Atlas, the humanoid that set the stage for so much of today’s humanoid progression, has fallen out of the limelight. But on its YouTube channel today, Boston Dynamics said not so fast. Boston Dynamics released a video showing its Atlas humanoid picking and placing automotive struts.

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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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Editorial Advisory Board 2023-2026: Corey Alton Fox, Accede Mold & Tool

Mold Making Technology

Corey Alton Fox, operations manager for Accede Mold & Tool, is one of MMT 's new editorial advisory board (EAB) members. Photo Credit: Accede Mold & Tool Meet Corey Alton Fox. Corey is a seasoned professional and third-generation leader in the moldmaking industry. Currently serving as the operations manager at Accede Mold & Tool , an independent and privately-owned injection mold builder in Rochester, New York, Corey brings a wealth of expertise to the editorial advisory board (E

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Manufacturing Quality Assurance – QA Best Practices for SMEs

MRPEasy

Next to how much you produce, the quality of products is an equally important side of the coin in manufacturing. Quality assurance serves as the process of maintaining consistency, preventing defective products, and adhering to industry regulations in manufacturing goods. What is quality assurance in manufacturing? In manufacturing, quality assurance (QA) is a systematic process […] The post Manufacturing Quality Assurance – QA Best Practices for SMEs appeared first on Blog for Manufacture

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Industry Collaboration Roundup: Control Companies Working Together for Success

Control.com

Major automation players, including Beijer Electronics, Phoenix Contact, Mitsubishi Electric, and others, have announced collab and partnership projects to ensure the industry's successful future.

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Australia could convert former mining sites into mass renewable energy storage, according to study

E&T

Researchers have identified 37 former mining sites in Australia that present the ideal conditions for installing pumped hydro facilities as a way to store renewable energy.

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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.