March, 2024

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Expansion of Pharmaceutical Production Drives Automation Use

Automation World

PMMI research highlights how the pharma industry’s efforts to modernize technology and automate at greater levels are being driven by ongoing supply chain issues and plans to provide more sustainable packaging.

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Solar eclipses: When 99% is simply not good enough

Design World

I’m going to veer off the normal engineering focus of this column for a month to dabble in a scientific field that’s close to my heart: astronomy. We’re a month out from this year’s big heavenly spectacle in the U.S., the total solar eclipse on April 8th. This eclipse will sweep across the country from… The post Solar eclipses: When 99% is simply not good enough appeared first on Design World.

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UK commercial vehicle production boasts best February since 2008

SMMT

CV production up 98.4% to 12,927 units in fifth consecutive month of growth. Export volumes soar by 188.0% while manufacturing for the UK declines marginally, by -4.0%. Year to date output rises 56.4% with exports up 104.5% to 17,976 units. UK commercial vehicle (CV) production almost doubled in February, with 12,927 vans, trucks, taxis, buses and coaches leaving factory lines, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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Mercedes-Benz testing Apollo humanoid

Robotics Business Review

Apollo moving a tote at the Mercedes factory. | Credit: Apptronik Apptronik today announced that leading automotive brand Mercedes-Benz is testing its Apollo humanoid robot. As part of the agreement, Apptronik and Mercedes-Benz will collaborate on identifying applications for Apollo in automotive settings. Mercedes-Benz is exploring how well Apollo can bring parts to the production line for workers to assemble, while simultaneously inspecting the components.

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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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3 Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Revolutionize Machine Shops

Modern Machine Shop

Photo Credit: Getty Images Not a day goes by without seeing another article on artificial intelligence (AI). It has become the buzz phrase of the last year. The problem with AI is that it gives many the same fear that robotics had in the past. The human mind quickly goes to a place where this technology is going to destroy mankind. When robotics was introduced into the mainstream shop, people could not help but think robots were going to hurt them and take over the world.

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US steel unions urge Joe Biden to stop China’s domination of global shipbuilding

E&T

The United Steelworkers union (USW) will ask US President Joe Biden to open a trade investigation into alleged Chinese unfair economic practices in the shipbuilding and maritime logistics sectors.

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Delta showcases wireless charging solutions and machine vision solutions for Smart Logistics at MODEX 2024

Design World

Delta, a provider of power management and IoT-based smart green solutions, is showcasing high-efficiency wireless charging systems and smart industrial automation solutions for AGVs, e-forklifts, and conveyors to foster autonomous logistics operations. Key features include a 30 kW Wireless Charging System, which offers up to 95% efficiency for a broad range of industrial logistics vehicles,… The post Delta showcases wireless charging solutions and machine vision solutions for Smart Logisti

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Six consecutive months of growth for UK car production

SMMT

UK car production rises 14.6% in best February performance since 2021. Manufacturing for domestic market surges, up 58.0%, while exports rise 4.6%. Electrified vehicles represent more than a third of output with 29,038 made in the month. UK car production rose again in February, up 14.6% to 79,907 units, according to the latest figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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Apptronik to integrate Apollo humanoid with NVIDIA general-purpose foundation model

Robotics Business Review

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang (left) with the Apollo humanoid robot. Source: Apptronik SAN JOSE, Calif. — Among the highlights of GTC this week was the convergence of artificial intelligence and humanoid robotics. Apptronik Inc. announced that it working to integrate its Apollo humanoid robot with Project GR00T, NVIDIA Corp.’s new general-purpose foundation model for robot learning. “The world is designed for humans — so it makes sense that humanoid robots are the type of robot

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10 Essential Tools to Propel Your Small Business to Success

Robotics Automation News

In the fast-paced world of entrepreneurship, having the right tools can make all the difference between struggling to keep up and thriving in your industry. Whether you’re a solopreneur or leading a small team, leveraging technology and resources effectively can streamline operations, boost productivity, and ultimately drive growth.

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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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Toyota delivering first locally assembled hydrogen generator to Thiess

Manufacturer's Monthly

Toyota Australia has announced Thiess is set to be the first customer to take delivery of its locally-assembled EODev GEH2 hydrogen fuel cell stationary power generator. Toyota Australia president and chief executive officer Matthew Callachor made the announcement at a ceremony to celebrate the completion of the first GEH2 generator assembled at the company’s site at Altona in Victoria.

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Why Use of Workflow Software is on the Rise

Automation World

The convergence of increasingly complex work processes and industry’s ongoing labor issues are driving the growth of workflow software in manufacturing. The software’s ability to maintain compliance and ensure efficient production add to the benefits.

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Southco introduces R4-50 heavy-duty electronic rotary latch with integrated sensor

Design World

Offering high security, quick actuation speed, and exceptional cycle life, the latest addition to the Heavy-Duty Rotary Latch line is designed for applications where durability and reliability are critical. As an FMVSS 206 capable solution for high-strength door retention, the R4-50 is made for last-mile delivery applications where constant use and unpredictable conditions are the… The post Southco introduces R4-50 heavy-duty electronic rotary latch with integrated sensor appeared first on

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Back Automated Vehicles Bill to unlock multi-billion UK self-driving revolution

SMMT

UK auto sector calls for swift passing of Automated Vehicles Bill to deliver long-term economic and social benefits. Technology could save an additional 3,200 lives and prevent 53,000 serious accidents by 2040, with £38 billion economic boost if self-driving passenger vehicles are deployed on UK roads. Stress free and safer driving, better rural availability, and potentially lower fares and cheaper insurance most popular reasons to try self-driving cars and public services, according to new poll

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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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Mobile Industrial Robots launches MiR1200 autonomous pallet jack

Robotics Business Review

NVIDIA provided new AI capabilities for the MiR1200 Pallet Jack. Source: Mobile Industrial Robots Autonomous mobile robots, or AMRs, are among the systems benefitting from the latest advances in artificial intelligence. Mobile Industrial Robots A/S today at LogiMAT launched the MiR1200 Pallet Jack, which it said uses 3D vision and AI to identify pallets for pickup and delivery “with unprecedented precision.” “The MiR1200 Pallet Jack is our latest effort to push the boundaries in auto

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Radiology Revolution: Exploring the Impact of AI in Medical Imaging

Robotics Automation News

Over the years, radiology has undergone significant changes with the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into medical imaging practices. AI has become a game changer, transforming how healthcare professionals analyze and diagnose diseases using imaging technologies.

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Global e-waste quantities rising five times faster than recycling efforts

E&T

Global quantities of e-waste are rising around five times faster than efforts to recycle e-waste, figures from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) show.

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How PLCs and SCADA Systems Work Together

Automation World

Common questions about the distinctions between PLCs and SCADA systems, their integration, and the differences between SCADA and Distributed Control Systems.

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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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Expansion of DC SSR Portfolio: 3 Amp SSR for up to 60VDC

Design World

Carlo Gavazzi is excited to introduce the expansion of our RM1D Series Solid State Relays, which will now include a 3 Amp DC-rated version. This new addition, the RM1D060D3, will have a rated output voltage of up to 60 VDC. This extension was inspired by evolving market research that showed a large portion of the… The post Expansion of DC SSR Portfolio: 3 Amp SSR for up to 60VDC appeared first on Design World.

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New car market records best February for 20 years

SMMT

New car registrations rise 14.0% to 84,886 units – best performance for the month since 2004. Battery electric vehicle share grows during traditionally low-volume, pre-new number plate month. Industry calls for fairer EV taxation as fleets continue to drive growth, while private EV uptake declines. SEE CAR REGISTRATIONS BY BRAND DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE AND DATA TABLE The UK new car market has recorded its best February performance for two decades as registrations rose 14.0% to 84,886 units, accor

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Odense Robotics culture of collaboration can overcome economic challenges, says CEO

Robotics Business Review

Søren Elmer Kristensen, CEO of Odense Robotics, greets global delegates at R-24. Credit: Eugene Demaitre ODENSE, Denmark — Last week, the R-24 conference for robots, automation, and drones demonstrated why the city of about 206,000 residents is one of the most vibrant for technology in Europe and the world. The spirit of collaboration, from cobots to corporate partnerships, is key, according to Søren Elmer Kristensen.

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ABB Robotics teams with innovative tech start-up to deliver sustainable and affordable housing

Robotics Automation News

ABB Robotics is collaborating with UK-based tech start-up Automated Architecture, or AUAR, to advance the use of robotic micro-factories to build affordable, sustainable low energy timber homes.

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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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Greenpeace analysis reveals the UK is ‘utterly failing’ at green investment

E&T

Of the top five western European economies – France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the UK – the UK government has invested the least in green spending, and also comes out worst in terms of per capita green energy investment.

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Father/Daughter Team Takes Mold Business into the Future

Mold Making Technology

B A Die Mold Founder and Owner Al Petrucci takes pride in the team’s in­novation, personalized service and collective experience in mold manufacturing. Source, all images: B A Die Mold Inc. Celebrating 56 years in business is quite a milestone, especially in the moldmaking industry. That’s why MMT made a point of sitting down with Alan Petrucci, founder and CEO, and Francine Petrucci, president, of B A Die Mold Inc.

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Delta optimizes energy efficiency in GW-scale data centers for AI training at NVIDIA GTC

Design World

Delta, a provider of IoT-based smart green solutions, offered an in-depth presentation at NVIDIA GTC, a global AI conference, to highlight its new developments in power solutions from grid to chip to optimize energy efficiency in gigawatt-grade data centers for AI training. This includes Delta’s on-site displays of ORV3 racks, the 33 kW power shelf,… The post Delta optimizes energy efficiency in GW-scale data centers for AI training at NVIDIA GTC appeared first on Design World.

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Van market delivers best February performance since 1998

SMMT

New light commercial vehicle (LCV) registrations grow 2.2% to 17,934 units in the best performance for the month for 26 years. Large vans remain most popular as demand rises by 1.4% to 12,300 units, while medium and small-sized van demand declines by -5.9% and -20.5% respectively. Battery electric van uptake at 4.7% market share as volumes fall by 12.3%.

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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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Cutting Edge: AI-powered landscaping with Electric Sheep

Robotics Business Review

The Robot Report Podcast · Cutting Edge: AI-Powered Landscaping with Electric Sheep Nag Murty, CEO and cofounder of Electric Sheep , and Michael Laskey, CTO of Electric Sheep join the show this week to discuss how Electric Sheep is disrupting the commercial landscaping industry with autonomous mobile robots and a unique business model. The company is leveraging AI to enable autonomous mowers to cut the grass while simplifying the deployment process in the field.

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Transforming the Factory Floor: The Impact of AI and Robotics in Manufacturing

Robotics Automation News

In the vast and complex world of manufacturing, the advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics marks a significant turning point. This revolutionary technology duo is not just enhancing efficiency and productivity; it’s redefining the very essence of manufacturing processes.

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Testing rules require car makers to ditch touchscreen for physical buttons for top rating

E&T

From 2026, the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) will introduce new testing rules that will require vehicles to have physical controls for basic functions like turn signals and windscreen wipers to earn a full five-star safety rating.

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A metal fabricating veteran talks about the bends of his career path

The Fabricator

David Donnell’s path to owning a machine tool distributorship included a stint in commercial construction in Houston and an extended stint working for an angle roll manufacturer in Italy.

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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.