January, 2024

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Engineering Materials for Sustainability Is All-Hands-on-Deck Mission

Plastics Today

An NSF-funded think tank gathered dozens of researchers, industry leaders, policymakers, and investors to brainstorm novel ways of making materials more sustainable.

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Nala Robotics incorporates generative AI into restaurant robot recipes

Robotics Business Review

Nala provides automation for food bowls and other meals. Source: Nala Robotics Since the public debut of generative artificial intelligence and large language models in late 2022, robotics developers have been working to take advantage of the latest AI capabilities. Nala Robotics Inc. said that ChatGPT enables its autonomous chefs to prepare almost any recipe.

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Understanding RMS and True RMS for Meters and Mechanical Measurements

Control.com

Electrical and mechanical measurements are often labeled with "RMS" and "True RMS." Aside from the simple math definitions we learned in electronics class, why is this distinction actually important?

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Bobcat: From welding shop to National Inventors Hall of Fame

The Fabricator

Josh Welton tells the story of the Keller brothers and their fascinating rise from running a small welding shop to making the world’s first skid-steer loader and growing the Bobcat brand.

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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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Beckhoff USA promotes Alec Abkemeier to software product manager

Design World

Alec Abkemeier is taking on a new challenge at Beckhoff USA as a software product manager focused on test and measurement technologies. With a background in measurement software and hardware, Abkemeier will grow Beckhoff’s test and measurement market share in rapidly evolving industries that require next-generation data acquisition and power monitoring capabilities.

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UK Auto makes one million vehicles and welcomes £23.7 billion investment boost

SMMT

UK vehicle production tops one million units, up 17.0% in best year since 2019. 905,117 cars and 120,357 commercial vehicles made, with record electrified model output. £23.7 billion of private and public investment commitments announced in 2023. UK must now ramp up EV supply chain and deliver return on investments. UK vehicle production hit 1,025,474 units in 2023, according to the latest figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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IFR: world sets record for operational robots in 2022

Robotics Business Review

The world set a record with 3.9 million operational robots in 2022, according to the new World Robotics report from the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). The report also included information about robot density worldwide. Robot density measures the number of operational industrial robots per 10,000 employees in a country. “Robot density data reveal the state of automation worldwide and allow us to compare regions and countries,” Marina Bill, President of the IFR, said.

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Doosan Group to Reveal Green, Autonomous Technology at CES 2024

Control.com

Doosan Group will be unveiling its latest innovations at CES 2024. The company will showcase its green-centric, future-thinking technology from Doosan Robotics, Bobcat, Enerbility, and HyAxiom.

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Natcast Names Deirdre Hanford as Chief Executive Officer

NIST Manufacturing

Natcast, the expected operator of the CHIPS for America National Semiconductor Technology Center ( NSTC ) once established, today announced that industry veteran Deirdre Hanford will serve as the organization’s first chief executive officer.

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Hyson’s new turning machine provides faster, more diverse manufacturing solutions

Design World

Hyson, a Barnes Group Inc. business, maker of nitrogen gas systems for metal forming operations, announces the upgrade of its Brecksville, Ohio, facility with two new machine tools to provide faster and more diverse gas spring solutions. These new machines are state-of-the-art CNC mill/turns that efficiently produce precision high-quality metal components.

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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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New car market delivers best year since 2019 as fleets fuel growth

SMMT

New car registrations reach 1.903 million in 2023 – up 17.9% as fleet investment accelerates. Battery electric vehicle volumes reach record high but market share slips to 16.5%. Industry calls on government to halve EV VAT, to put more than a quarter of a million extra zero emission vehicles on the road and cut five million tonnes of CO2 by end of 2026.

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‘We’re facing a critical shortage’: why UK’s green revolution urgently needs skilled workers

The Guardian Manufacturing

The country’s net zero transition may not be short of funds. But it desperately requires many more skilled engineers, electricians and workers than it has In recent years, Britain has been busy setting up the scaffolding of the country’s future low-carbon economy. But beyond the Westminster pledges and white papers lies a very practical challenge: where are the workers who will bring the government’s green agenda to life?

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Jacobi Robotics shortens robot programming cycle in partnership with Formic

Robotics Business Review

Jacobi Studio is a web app designed to ease robot project setup. | Credit: Jacobi Robotics Jacobi Robotics Inc. today came out of stealth with the launch of a new software product using artificial intelligence to improve the programming time and performance of robot applications. The Berkeley, Calif.-based startup also announced a partnership with Formic Technologies Inc.

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Abu Dhabi gears up for grand finale of Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge

Robotics Automation News

After two years of intense competition, five international finalists have travelled to Abu Dhabi for the final live demonstration phase of the Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC).

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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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GreenPower Motor announces delivery of 10 EV Star Cab and Chassis to a global retailer in Canada

Canadian Manufacturing

GreenPower’s EV Star Cab and Chassis SOUTH CHARLESTON — GreenPower Motor Company Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of purpose-built, all-electric, zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles serving the cargo and delivery market, shuttle and transit space and school bus sector, announced that the company delivered 10 EV Star Cab and Chassis at the end of the quarter ended December 31, 2023. “GreenPower delivered 10 EV Star Cab and Chassis to the Canadian unit of a global retailer

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Encouraging adoption of smart manufacturing technologies

The Fabricator

Implementing smart manufacturing is a slow process that can create confusion and distrust among employees. Here’s how to encourage acceptance among staff.

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More motorists go green but grey is still the colour of choice

SMMT

Grey is Britain’s most popular new car colour for the sixth consecutive year, topping half a million registrations. Black and white complete trio of best-selling colours, marking sixth year of an identical monochrome podium. Green cars reach highest share of market since 2004. Cream, pink and maroon are Britain’s rarest colours, comprising just 0.03% of all registrations.

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Sewers set to heat nearly 2,000 English homes

E&T

The UK government has announced the recipients of four grants for green heating projects, including one aiming to keep Bolton homes and businesses warm with waste heat from the local sewer.

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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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Ddog project at MIT connects brain-computer interface with Spot robot

Robotics Business Review

An MIT research team, led by Nataliya Kos’myna, recently published a paper about its Ddog project. It aims to turn a Boston Dynamics Spot quadruped into a basic communicator for people with physical challenges such as ALS, cerebral palsy, and spinal cord injuries. The project ‘s system uses a brain-computer interface (BCI) system including AttentivU.

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Doubling Down on Innovation with a Digital Twin

Plastics Today

A digital twin can play an essential role in designing a device that aligns with current standards and regulations while anticipating future market needs.

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Seasony raises €1.5 million to bring mobile robot to more vertical farms across Europe and Middle East

Robotics Automation News

Seasony, a provider of mobile robotics for vertical farming, has closed its latest funding round, securing €1.5 million in investment from a group of high-profile investors. The round was led by North Ventures and EFIO (Export and Investment Fund of Denmark).

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Omega Seiki Mobility (OSM) to deploy 500 EV Three-Wheelers with Kissan Mobility (OnEv) for last-mile delivery

Dinesh Mishra

Omega Seiki Mobility and Kissan Mobility (OnEv) deal is worth INR 20 Crores and the companies to deploy all 500 vehicles by June 2024 New Delhi, 16 th Jan. 2024: Omega Seiki Mobility (OSM) and Kissan Mobility Pvt. Ltd., a zero-emission logistics provider, have today announced a strategic partnership to deploy Electric Three Wheeler Cargo Vehicles for last-mile delivery across India.

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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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Siemens Expands Additive Manufacturing Initiatives

Modern Machine Shop

Photo Credit: Siemens Siemens is expanding focus on additive manufacturing (AM) initiatives in the United States to help accelerate the transformation of the U.S. AM industry through serial additive manufacturing. Siemens says it focuses on supporting the domestic AM machine builder community by bringing motion control, automation hardware, digitalization software and technology capabilities to assist machine builders.

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Apple warns UK could ‘secretly veto’ privacy tools

E&T

Apple has criticised UK proposals that would give the government power to veto tech companies’ new security features ahead of their release.

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Charging challenges can be solved for rugged robotics, says WiBotic

Robotics Business Review

Modern robotics has come a long way since the 1960s. We’ve created robots accurate enough to work on a production line and safe enough to maneuver around a facility floor. The next frontier for them extends beyond factories and warehouses into rugged environments, especially in remote outdoor areas. In these locations, the robotics charging challenges become more pronounced.

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La tecnología de plegado de metal de precisión permite la manufactura por kits

The Fabricator

Las plegadoras flexibles que forman una parte única tras otra abren la puerta a la manufactura basada en kits. Cuando los trabajos fluyen como kits, las piezas de trabajo en proceso disminuyen de golpe, los tiempos de entrega se acortan y la producción total puede dispararse.

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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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Unchained Robotics raises €5.5m in new funding

Robotics Automation News

Making truly plug-and-play robotics technologies accessible to every company is the goal of Paderborn, Germany-based start-up Unchained Robotics. The automation platform covers over a dozen robotics manufacturers, finally offering SMEs broad-based access to standard robotics. The new €5.5 million of capital will continue to fuel their global expansion and deepen their services and partnerships.

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What is a Safety PLC?

Control.com

This article investigates the basic qualities that make up a safety PLC, what distinguishes a safety PLC from a standard model, and the reasons for which a safety PLC may be critical.

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Tips for Mastering Stainless Steel Machining

Modern Machine Shop

Photo Credit: Way of the Mill LLC Reader Question: Our shop has grown from primarily aluminum machining to now working in a diverse range of materials. Some we’ve figured out quickly, but stainless steel seems to be the most difficult for us to master. Can you offer some advice on managing tool wear in stainless? Miller’s Answer: Your struggles are understandable.

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UK border checks to trial using facial recognition only

E&T

The head of the national Border Force has told the Times that – inspired by advanced border control technology in use elsewhere in the world – new eGates will be installed which allow arrivals into the UK using only facial recognition.

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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?