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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Skyports and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to explore middle-mile drone logistics

Robotics Automation News

Skyports Drone Services, a specialist in drone logistics, surveys, and monitoring, has agreed a strategic partnership with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) to explore the feasibility of middle-mile drone logistics in the New York and New Jersey region.

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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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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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Vanadium battery manufacturing agreement signed for Townsville

Manufacturer's Monthly

Vecco Group, Sumitomo Electric and Idemitsu have signed a collaboration agreement to market, sell and deliver the batteries, from North Queensland. Vanadium flow batteries are set to be manufactured out of North Queensland, under a new agreement between three major companies. Idemitsu Australia, Sumitomo Electric Industries and Vecco Group (the group) have signed a Collaboration Agreement to build a complete manufacturing supply chain, from mining to energy storage.

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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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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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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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TSMC and Japanese partners plan to build second semiconductor manufacturing plant

Robotics Automation News

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Sony Semiconductor Solutions, Denso and Toyota have jointly announced further investment into Japan Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing, TSMC’s majority-owned manufacturing subsidiary in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. The four companies plan to build a second fab, which is scheduled to begin operation by the end of the 2027 calendar year.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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RightHand Robotics partners with Staples to install robots in fulfillment centers

Robotics Automation News

RightHand Robotics, a provider of autonomous AI robotic picking solutions for order fulfillment, has agreed a multi-year partnership with Staples, one of America’s best-known suppliers of workspace products and solutions.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fanuc ships its one-millionth robot amid ‘all-time high’ demand

Robotics Automation News

Fanuc, the world’s largest producer of industrial robotic arms, is celebrating a “significant milestone” in the automation industry by producing its one-millionth industrial robot.

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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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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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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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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?