April, 2023

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Perfecting the job shop schedule in metal manufacturing

The Fabricator

A job shop’s production schedule is never perfect, but that doesn’t mean metal fabricators can’t improved upon it.

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Backing manufacturing and engineering jobs in Melbourne

Manufacturer's Monthly

Minister for Employment Ben Carroll announced a $2 million partnership between Jobs Victoria and Chisholm Institute to fill 100 engineering roles in manufacturing by April next year. The Jobs Victoria Engineering Project is open to people facing barriers to employment, including women aged 45 and over, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with disability.

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Seamlessly Integrated Digital Metrology Data To Empower The Manufacturing Enterprise

Metrology

Companies use identity servers to store and manage digital identities, for example allowing single sign-on for their employees for the corporate resources they need to access. This helps reduce the administrative overhead of distributing multiple authentication tokens. With support for Azure AD and the SAML 2.0 authentication protocol, PolyWorks can leverage the standard corporate platform to manage user access and privileges.

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Emerson to unveil new approach to discrete automation at Hannover Messe 2023

Design World

Global technology, software, and engineering company Emerson will exhibit advanced, discrete automation solutions from the factory floor to the cloud at Hannover Messe. Visitors to Hall 6, Stand C57 can view the Discrete Automation portfolio of ASCO, AVENTICS, Branson, Movicon, PACEdge, and PACSystems, as well as CoreTigo solutions. Emerson experts will show attendees how to… The post Emerson to unveil new approach to discrete automation at Hannover Messe 2023 appeared first on Design Worl

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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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Tackling the lack of specialists with innovative robotics solutions

Robotics Automation News

Boring, strenuous, and exhausting are things of the past. The work environment of tomorrow looks different: exciting, simple, and easy. Cobots, AGVs (Autonomous Guided Vehicles), and AMRs (Autonomous Mobile Robots) put variety into daily work routines. Cooperation with the robot transforms previously tedious, strenuous tasks into popular activities that are easy to perform.

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March new car market continues recovery with eighth month of growth

SMMT

New car registrations rise 18.2% during crucial ‘new plate month’. Surge in deliveries for large fleets drives eighth consecutive month of growth. Biggest month in history for battery electric vehicle (BEV) uptake as overall market share stabilises. SEE CAR REGISTRATIONS BY BRAND DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE AND DATA TABLE UK new car registrations in March bounced back by 18.2% to deliver the best ‘new plate month’ performance since before the pandemic, according to the latest figures from the Society

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Meet the RBR50 Robotics Innovation Awards Winners

Robotics Business Review

The RBR50 celebrates worldwide robotics innovation and the forward-thinking organizations behind them. The post Meet the RBR50 Robotics Innovation Awards Winners appeared first on Robotics Business Review.

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‘Conscious’ AI no longer a far-fetched possibility, experts warn

E&T

The letter was compiled by the Association for Mathematical Consciousness Science (AMCS), which described it as " a wakeup call for the tech sector, the scientific community and society in general". In the document , dozens of academics from respected institutions have warned that the computing power and capabilities of AI systems are accelerating at a pace that exceeds the progress made in understanding their capabilities and “alignment” with human values.

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Ewellix launches e-MOVEKIT to reduce design time for mobile machinery

Design World

Ewellix, which is owned by the Schaeffler Group, has introduced a new e-MOVEKIT to help designers and manufacturers of mobile machinery simplify the specification, assembly, and testing of electric linear actuation systems. The e-MOVEKIT has been developed in response to the growing trend towards electrification of motion systems in mobile and off-highway equipment.

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GreenPower appoints H.K. Truck Center as dealer in central New Jersey

Canadian Manufacturing

GreenPower’s EV Star line-up is available to New Jersey customers through H.K. Truck Center and are eligible for the New Jersey ZIP program. PARSIPPANY — GreenPower Motor Company Inc., announced the appointment of H.K. Truck Center as its dealer for medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles in the central New Jersey market. H.K. Truck Center has been a provider in sales, service, parts, leasing and rentals for truck owners and operators throughout the Northeast for over 40 years. “We are e

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?

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Strong start to year for new van market with third month of growth

SMMT

Light commercial vehicle (LCV) registrations rise by 17.3% to 47,634 units in third month of successive growth. Registrations increase across majority of segments, primarily driven by mid-size vans and 4x4s, up 66.3% and 183.4% respectively. YTD market grows 17.4% to 87,272 units but remains -15.1% below pre-pandemic 2019 Q1 as erratic supply chain issues continue.

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Imflux closing Ohio site as business model switches to royalty-free licensing

Plastics News

Imflux has generated enthusiasm for the technology, but the subsidiary has not proven to be scalable as an investment choice for P&G, Chief Technology Officer Gene Altonen says in a letter.

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Researchers find robots create jobs in long term

Robotics Business Review

Industrial robots, particularly those in the automotive industry, complement human workers rather than replace them. The post Researchers find robots create jobs in long term appeared first on Robotics Business Review.

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Safety Features of Self-Driving Cars

Robotics Automation News

Self-driving cars are one of the most revolutionary technological advancements of our time. As with any new technology, safety is paramount for these vehicles. To ensure the safety of their passengers and those around them, self-driving cars have various features designed to keep everyone safe.

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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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OTTO Motors, Nord Modules partner to provide integrated material handling solution

Automation Mag

OTTO Motors has entered into a strategic partnership with Nord Modules to develop and integrate new modular solutions to enhance the capabilities of mobile robots. OTTO Motors explains in a press statement that this partnership will help them to create new opportunities for automation in factories around the world. “As demand for automation continues to grow globally, manufacturers need a reliable, innovative and trusted solution,” said Matt Rendall, CEO and co-founder of OTTO Motors.

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The robotic press brake gets flexible for metal fabrication operations

The Fabricator

Historically, for robotic press brake bending to make economic sense, a job needed to be of a certain volume in a metal fabrication shop. That, however, is starting to change across the industry.

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Scottish seaweed sparks idea to boost electric vehicle batteries

E&T

The team from Marine Biopolymers and The University of Glasgow’s School of Chemistry received funding from the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) to explore the use of tailored alginates – a naturally occurring material found in brown seaweed – to help develop batteries using silicon as an alternative to graphite. Graphite or carbon electrodes are a core component of standard lithium-ion batteries, but can only store a limited amount of charge and have a restricted lifespan.

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California debates 15% goal for bioplastic beverage bottles

Plastics News

After voting in 2020 to create the country's toughest requirements for recycled plastic in beverage bottles, California lawmakers are now debating setting goals for using bioplastics to bottle soft drinks, water and other beverages.

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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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Unsupervised Deep Learning ~ A New Paradigm For Quality Inspection

Metrology

Deep learning has now become the leading way of providing quality inspection. The post Unsupervised Deep Learning ~ A New Paradigm For Quality Inspection appeared first on Metrology and Quality News - Online Magazine.

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The Role of Robotics and Automation in Manual Handling Operations

Robotics Automation News

Manual Handling operations in a workplace refers to the transportation or support of a load. It involves operations such as lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, or carrying objects. Manual handling might look unthreatening, but it can be harmful if performed with improper techniques.

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Jeff Burnstein, president of A3, shares top automation trends for 2023

Automation Mag

Advances in automation technologies are transforming the industrial manufacturing landscape. Broadly termed “digital transformation,” these smart manufacturing initiatives bring physical and cyber systems together for greater performance, efficiency, sustainability and safety. Automation experts share their predictions on trends that Canadian manufacturers need to watch out for in 2023 and respond to accordingly.

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Why aluminum welding fumes can be hazardous without proper precautions

The Fabricator

Welders and welding/fabricating companies should understand the hazards associated with fume exposure to reduce or eliminate health risks while welding nonferrous metals like aluminum.

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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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UK must ‘urgently rethink’ Online Safety Bill, messaging apps claim

E&T

The UK's largest e ncrypted messaging services have publicly opposed the government's Online Safety Bill ahead of its final reading in the House of Lords. The companies' leading executives have signed an open letter asking the UK government to “urgently rethink” sections of the legislation. They warned that in its current version, the Online Safety Bill fails to protect end-to-end encryption and respect the human right to privacy.

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Thermafoam adds EPS block production, manufacturing space

Plastics News

Thermafoam R-Control LLC is branching out in Jacksonville, Ark., adding expanded polystyrene block manufacturing to its structurally insulated panel business there.

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Dynamic Manufacturing India March April 2023 Electric Vehicle special issue

Dinesh Mishra

EV Adoption: The India Story Presenting actionable insights and learnings from a power-packed panel discussion that had representation from top industry and government entities. Not to be missed. In December 2022, we spoke with leaders from the government and the industry about the important aspects of the electric vehicle adoption in India, particularly the ones pertaining to charging infrastructure and battery technology.

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How Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Will Impact Software Development

Robotics Automation News

Discover how AI and ML can potentially change the software development industry, and how AI affects software development and minimizes developers’ workload Software development is a long, complex, and expensive process. Business owners – and developers themselves – constantly seek ways to optimize it.

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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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Common Misconceptions that Obstruct Plastics Recycling Efforts

Plastics Today

Public mistrust, an obsolete belief that plastic waste can be exported, and a general misunderstanding of the recycling process are roadblocks on the path to a circular economy.

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A manufacturer's complicated reality of scheduling, measuring performance

The Fabricator

Aside from quality, supply chain, personnel, compliance, and hosts of other complexities, scheduling alone is complicated for many manufacturing businesses. So how is one Utah-based metal fabrication shop tackling the high-mix scheduling problem? OSH Cut Founder/CEO Caleb Chamberlain explains in his latest column.

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Social networks face the wisdom of crowds

E&T

Elon Musk wanted to make sure his newly won control of Twitter would ‘sink in’ as he staggered through the doors of the company’s San Francisco office with a heavy ceramic kitchen basin. He left it in the foyer with the photographers before beginning a programme of layoffs and policy changes. What may have yet to sink in with Musk in the following months is not just that running a social media enterprise like Twitter is surprisingly costly and beset with social issues, but that a previous CEO wo

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Material Insights: ‘April’s going to be interesting’ for resin pricing

Plastics News

North American resin prices have mostly been flat or up slightly in early 2023, but “April’s going to get interesting,” according to Plastics News senior reporter Frank Esposito.

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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.