December, 2023

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Hydrogen manufacturing getting underway

Manufacturer's Monthly

Energys Australia is leading the way in hydrogen fuel cell generators with some of the first rolling off the production line in Victoria to some major clients and to support regions particularly vulnerable to power outages. Energys has proudly unveiled the first of five cutting-edge Hydrogen Fuel Cell Generators being manufactured for Telstra as part of an alternative energy backup pilot program.

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8 questions to ask about smart manufacturing

The Fabricator

Before adopting smart manufacturing, you need to evaluate it deeply. These eight questions about can help define a metal fabrication shop's objectives and capabilities.

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Can Manufacturing Become More Precise than it is Today?

Robotics Automation News

Whether manufacturing can become more precise than it is today depends primarily on advancements in other fields. While some manufacturing is accurate on the nanoscale, other types aren’t. Materials The main limitation of manufacturing accuracy is material constraints.

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4 ways robotics, AI will transform industry in 2024

Robotics Business Review

This image was created using Microsoft Bing Image Creator. It’s time to reflect upon the trends from the past 12 months while looking ahead at what 2024 has in store for the world of robotics. 2023 was an exciting year for innovation. The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, including generative AI, captured global attention and dominated headlines.

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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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With Hacks on the Rise, Manufacturers Hone Their Cybersecurity Smarts

Industry Week

Cyber-maturity is finally catching up to digital transformation, a new Manufacturers Alliance study finds.

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Pepperl+Fuchs announces the newest addition to the Tab-Ex family of hazardous area tablets 

Design World

Pepperl+Fuchs, a maker of hazardous area mobile devices, announces the expansion of its groundbreaking Tab-Ex tablet series — with the Tab-Ex 04 Pro D2, developed by its subsidiary ECOM Instruments. Based on the rugged Samsung Galaxy TabActive4 Pro, the tablet features a brighter, 550 nit 10-in. touch screen paired with the latest hardware and connectivity… The post Pepperl+Fuchs announces the newest addition to the Tab-Ex family of hazardous area tablets appeared first on Design World.

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Christmas comes early for carmakers with production up in November

SMMT

UK car production grows 14.8% in November with 91,923 cars leaving factory gates. Volumes for home and overseas rise by 13.4% and 15.2% respectively. Output year-to-date increases 16.5% to 843,345 units with record EV production levels. UK car production rose 14.8% in November, according to the latest figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 91,923 cars rolled out of factory gates, an increase of 11,832 on November last year, representing the best perform

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Testing the world’s first 3D-printed metal bridge

The Fabricator

Applying additive manufacturing in the construction business won’t be an easy bridge to cross. But as of 2021, a bridge in Amsterdam has been printed out of metal, and today, a bedrock of much-needed engineering data is being built.

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Fourier Intelligence launches production version of GR-1 humanoid robot

Robotics Business Review

Fourier Intelligence has been manufacturing exoskeletons and rehabilitation devices since 2017. The Singapore-based company launched its first generation of humanoid robots this year, designated the GR-1. The humanoid platform includes 40 degrees of freedom distributed throughout its body, which measures 1.65 m (5 ft., 5 in.) in height and weighs 55 kg (121.2 lb.).

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What You Should Know About the Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network

NIST

The 51 Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Centers that make up the MEP National Network™ work to enhance the competitiveness of small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) within the United States. Although each MEP Center operates independently and caters to the needs of its local manufacturing community, they share a common mission: assisting manufacturers, in various ways, to improve and succeed in today’s dynamic business environment.

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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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Smart robotic automation solutions from ABB to support sustainability targets for Volvo Cars

Design World

ABB to supply over 1,300 robots including functional packages to Volvo Cars for the next generation of electric vehicles. ABB’s new family of energy-efficient large robots and OmniCore controllers will help Volvo Cars deliver energy savings of up to 20% and achieve its ambitious sustainability targets. Deployment will start in 2024 at Volvo Cars’ production… The post Smart robotic automation solutions from ABB to support sustainability targets for Volvo Cars appeared first on Design World.

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Digital landline switchover paused after vulnerable customers impacted

E&T

Efforts to move all 29 million UK homes off copper landlines onto a digital system have been paused over concerns that the change could impact vulnerable customers.

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Fleets fuel new car market but only four weeks left to fix EV trade challenge

SMMT

New car registrations reach 156,525 – up 9.5% on last November and just -0.1% down on pre-pandemic levels. Battery electric vehicle uptake declines compared with bumper month last year, but year to date uptake up 27.5%. Three-year deferral to Rules of Origin needed to avoid EV tariffs and support zero emission transition. SEE CAR REGISTRATIONS BY BRAND DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE AND DATA TABLE The UK new car market grew by 9.5% in November to reach 156,525 units, according to the latest figures from

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What is a Circuit Breaker?

Control.com

We depend on circuit breakers all the time, even when you have a day off or work from home. These overcurrent protection devices keep machines running safely, reducing the risk of fires and arcing.

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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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Top 10 most popular robotics stories of 2023

Robotics Business Review

Noteworthy robots from Apptronik, Figure, and Boston Dynamics, among others, dominated 2023 robot news. If you’ve been keeping tabs on the robotics industry in 2023, you won’t be surprised to see that six out of our top 10 articles this past year were about humanoid robots. From a slew of companies announcing their humanoids and Boston Dynamics showing off Atlas’ latest capabilities to looks at how the technology enabling such robots has advanced, it has been an impossible subj

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Incorporating AFSD Into Hybrid Manufacturing Processes

Modern Machine Shop

Hybrid manufacturing combines additive manufacturing (AM) to deposit a preform, metrology to determine the geometry of the printed preform and CNC machining to obtain the final part geometry, surface finish and tolerances. Hybrid manufacturing process planning can include seven key steps: Digital part design Path planning for the AM process Metal deposition using AM to produce the preform Measuring the preform to determine its geometry and identify its coordinate system using available (for exam

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5 metal fabrication trends for 2024

The Fabricator

It’s a complicated time for metal manufacturers. The industry faces wage pressures and a skills gap, but metal fabrication technology continues to march forth faster than ever.

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IoT and Tracking Devices: How They Are Revolutionizing Industries

Robotics Automation News

Welcome to the world of IoT and tracking devices, where technology is constantly evolving and transforming the way industries operate. If you find yourself constantly struggling to keep track of assets, employees or inventory, then this article is a must-read for you.

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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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Bristol’s Dynisma switches to PTC to maximise its new Technology Campus investment

Manufacturing Management

A South West engineer is helping the world’s best Formula 1 and motorsport teams shave valuable milliseconds off their lap times, while also enabling automotive manufacturers to develop new vehicles more efficiently.

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Resin Price Report: Resin Trading Records Best Quarter of the Year

Plastics Today

Buyers took advantage of year-end discounts, as benchmark Prime polyethylene prices dropped a half cent and even sharper deals became available for off-grade materials and railcars.

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Remembering robotics companies we lost in 2023

Robotics Business Review

A number of robotics companies shut down in 2023. This image was created with Microsoft’s Bing AI Image Creator. This is never a fun recap to write. We don’t want to see startups shut down, but inevitably, many do. The last couple of years have been especially difficult, but perhaps some lessons can be learned from those that didn’t survive.

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Can ChatGPT Create Usable G-Code Programs?

Modern Machine Shop

ChatGPT is a chatbot developed by OpenAI that uses large language model technology, which is a deep learning algorithm that uses very large data sets to recognize, summarize, translate, predict and generate content. Among other tasks, ChatGPT can create G-code programs. Images provided by CAMInstructor. In early 2023, ChatGPT was everywhere, writing stories, articles, essays, recipes, poems — and code.

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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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How VR can attract the next gen of structural fabricators

The Fabricator

After Bill Issler sold his FabSuite MIS software in 2018, he knew all about the industry’s greatest problem, skilled labor, and aimed to use virtual reality technology to help solve it.

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Zero Trust Network Access and VPNs: Exploring the principles and implementation of ZTNA

Robotics Automation News

In the ever-evolving landscape of network security, Zero Trust Network Access has emerged as a paradigm-shifting approach, challenging traditional notions of perimeter-based security. This exploration delves into the principles and implementation of ZTNA and elucidates how its integration with Virtual Private Networks forms a powerful alliance to enhance overall network security.

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Festo Markets Latest Innovation: A Flat Parallel Gripper for Tight Spaces

Control.com

Festo has released the HPPF, a parallel gripper with a flat design and less than 1% copper, zinc, and nickel content, making it ideal for small-space applications in the electronics industry.

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Recyclable Mono-Material Snickers Bar Packaging Debuts

Plastics Today

A healthier, low-glycemic formula candy bar wrapped in a mono-material polypropylene film that adheres to “Designed for Recycling” guidelines is healthier for the environment.

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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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Pipedream deploys underground robotic delivery system in Georgia

Robotics Business Review

One of Pipedream’s delivery robots travels through its underground tunnel to deliver goods. | Source: Pipedream Pipedream Labs Inc., which has developed underground logistics networks, has partnered with Curiosity Lab to launch a below-ground delivery system in Peachtree Corners, Ga. The companies said it could provide fast and cost-effective autonomous deliveries, giving consumers additional convenience.

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An Open Letter to Kids About Machines and the World of Making Things

Modern Machine Shop

Photo Credit: Getty Images Hey, kid! You’re probably reading this because you’re under the age of 16 and your mom or dad or teacher or maybe your weird uncle sent the link to you. You have things to do so I’ll keep this short. You should probably know that at some point soon, you’re going to be asked to decide something big. You’re going to be asked to make a decision so big that most kids your age won’t be able to do it.

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Narrowing the welding PPE gap for women in fabrication

The Fabricator

Three PPE experts discuss the lack of well-fitting protective clothing for women welders and other skilled professionals and the developments being made to narrow this gap.

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Navigating Robotics Cybersecurity: Comprehensive Solutions for Emerging Challenges

Robotics Automation News

As the world increasingly embraces robotics in various sectors, from manufacturing and healthcare to personal assistance and entertainment, the importance of cybersecurity in this domain has escalated. Robotics systems, which often handle sensitive data and perform critical tasks, present unique cybersecurity challenges.

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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?