May, 2024

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Redefining Manufacturing with Digital Transformation

Automation World

As industry confronts the challenges of efficiency, cybersecurity, workforce shortages and the integration of emerging technologies, adopting smart manufacturing practices is emerging as a critical component of success.

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How will sensing become part of 6G cellular?

Design World

As many people around the world are still getting used to, benefiting from the improvements, and confronting the shortcomings of 5G cellular, standards organizations and industry cooperatives are busy preparing for 6G. This next generation communications network will add sensing to the communications capabilities. Called integrated sensing and communication (ISAC) or joint communications and sensing […] The post How will sensing become part of 6G cellular?

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OpenAI is restarting its robotics research group

Robotics Business Review

OpenAI robotics research is resuming, applying generative AI to tasks such as manipulation. | Credit: OpenAI OpenAI LLC, which is best known for ChatGPT, is restarting its robotics research group. The San Francisco-based company has been a pioneer in generative artificial intelligence and is returning to robotics after a three-year break. This comes as no surprise, since The Robot Report has reported on several robotics companies working with ChatGPT and large language models (LLMs) over the pas

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Used car market hits five year high as EVs reach record share

SMMT

UK used car market grows 6.5% to almost 2 million units in Q1 2024 – the fifth quarter of successive growth. Best start to a year since 2019 as second-hand market hits five year high. Zero emission car sales up 71.0% with highest ever market share at 2.1%. Download the used car sales report for Q1 2024 The UK’s used car market rose by 6.5% in the first quarter of 2024 with 1,967,923 units finding new owners – the strongest start to a year since pre-pandemic 2019, according to the latest figures

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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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Onshore wind farms offset their carbon emissions within two years, new study finds

E&T

A new study, which finds that onshore wind farms are capable of offsetting the carbon emissions generated across their entire lifespan within two years, “underscores the environmental efficiency of onshore wind farms and their important role in the energy transition”.

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NIST Awards Over $1.2 Million to Small Businesses to Advance Cybersecurity, Biopharmaceuticals, Semiconductors and More

NIST Manufacturing

The awards will fund research and development of new products relating to cybersecurity, quantum computing, health care, semiconductor manufacturing and other critical areas.

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Update on digital twins and more for digital manufacturing

Design World

New digital approaches leveraging cloud simulations and other advanced analytics are helping manufacturers optimize production lines and end products. By Lisa Eitel | Executive editor At the forefront of digital transformation (DX) initiatives is digital manufacturing. Leveraging an integrated computer-based approaches for design, simulation, testing, and production, the use of digital manufacturing could double over… The post Update on digital twins and more for digital manufacturing

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How humanoid robots can help narrow gaps between automation and labor

Robotics Business Review

The robotics industry has seen major growth and maturity in the past decade. Technology advances such as vision systems and computing power, along with the rise of artificial intelligence, have helped the industry grow in many ways. Robots also are getting cheaper and more affordable. Robots are taking a greater role and improving automation in many ways, but are humanoid robots the next step?

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Soft N Dry announces expansion of products into Brazil

Canadian Manufacturing

(CNW Group/Soft N Dry Diapers Corp.) TORONTO , PUERTO VALLARTA and SÃO PAULO — Soft N Dry Diapers Corp. and its subsidiary Soft N Dry de México, announced that it has commenced sales and marketing operations in Brazil, which is both Latin America’s largest economy and a leading consumer-driven market for sustainable consumer packaged goods (CPG).

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The amount of copper needed to build EVs is ‘impossible for mining companies to produce’

E&T

Copper cannot be mined quickly enough to keep up with current policies requiring the transition to electric vehicles, according to a University of Michigan study.

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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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Brits enjoy best ever EV choice with more than a hundred models now available

SMMT

British motorists benefit from more EV choice than ever with 102 models now available as zero emission. Some EVs on sale with max range of 450 miles, more than three times the average distance drivers travel in a week. Manufacturer investment and innovation must be matched by other stakeholders as industry calls for fair taxes for a fair transition.

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AI-Vision Software Resolves Complex Robot Tasks

Automation World

Micropsi Industries’ MirAI 2 artificial intelligence-driven software for robots addresses automation issues encountered with position, shape, color, lighting and background factors.

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How to Get Your Share of the $20 Billion Federal R&D Tax Credit

Plastics Today

The plastics industry is uniquely positioned to benefit from this federal program, but many businesses miss out simply because they aren't aware of the tax credit or how broadly it applies.

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Sony developing microsurgery assistance robot

Robotics Business Review

Sony is looking to compete in the surgical robotics market with its own microsurgery assistance robot. The Tokyo-based company recently announced it developed a microsurgery assistance robot that is capable of automatic surgical instrument exchange and precision control. Sony, an electronic technologies company, developed the robot to assist in microsurgical procedures.

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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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Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network Celebrates First Anniversary

NIST Manufacturing

June 1, 2024 marks the one-year anniversary of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN), a two-year pilot program to kick-start

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New data reveals a spike in women aged 35-44 leaving engineering roles

E&T

Based on new workforce data, Engineering UK is calling on organisations to review their recruitment and retention practices to ensure women aged 35-44 in engineering and technology roles remain in the profession.

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Why employee-owned companies make sense in manufacturing

The Fabricator

Robinson Inc., De Pere, Wis., hopes to find out what Sentry Equipment, Oconomowoc, Wis., already knows: Employee ownership is a competitive advantage for some metal fabrication businesses.

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X Marks the SaaS

Automation World

Siemens continues to expand its cloud-based digital thread software-as-a-service for manufacturers of all sizes with new product additions and Microsoft Azure availability.

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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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Strawberry Season Is Here! Harvesting Robots Are at the Ready

Control.com

Denso, Certhon, and Dogtooth Technologies tackle the challenge of picking delicate produce with harvesting robots designed to improve efficiency and sustainability in agriculture.

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AiM Medical Robotics starting 1st human clinical study for MRI-compatible surgical robot

Robotics Business Review

A recent cadaver trial showcased AiM’s robot in a fully direct MRI-guided procedure for bilateral deep brain stimulation lead placement. | Source: AiM Medical Robotics AiM Medical Robotics is taking the next steps to validate its robot for deep brain stimulation in Parkinson’s patients. The company is partnering with the Surgical Navigation and Robotics (SNR) Lab at Harvard and has entered into a clinical research agreement with the Clinical Trial Office at Brigham and Women’s

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Revolutionizing Education in South Australia: Strong Networks, Strong Learning

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

The South Australian Department for Education collaborates with Cisco Meraki to transform education statewide by implementing robust network solutions that enhance learning opportunities, especially in remote areas.

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BT delays plan to switch off copper landlines by over a year

E&T

BT has delayed its plan to switch customers from physical, copper-based landlines to internet-based services due to concerns about the way it could impact vulnerable customers.

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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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A visit to Automate 2024 reveals the future might be now

The Fabricator

Metal fabricators won’t have to wait too long before they see the latest automation and robotic innovations on display at Automate 2024 in their own shops.

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Honeywell Raises the Alarm on New Industrial Cybersecurity Threat

Automation World

A new report from Honeywell explains how “silent residency” has become an increasing threat to industrial facilities.

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Arduino’s New Alvik: Unleashing Creative Learning Opportunities

Control.com

Building on a robust history of microcontroller (and now PLC) design, Arduino has launched a new robot, introducing learners to coding and sensor interfacing with adaptable and expandable hardware.

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Unitree Robotics unveils G1 humanoid for $16k

Robotics Business Review

Unitree Robotics unveiled its latest generation G1 humanoid robot at ICRA 2024. The original Unitree H1 humanoid was first introduced in 2023 and made famous in a number of videos demonstrating its balancing and walking capabilities. The Unitree H1 was a popular demo during the CES 2024 , where the Unitree booth was slammed throughout the show. In April, Unitree brought the H1 to NVIDIA GTC and walked the robot through the crowded aisles.

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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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The Wide World of Plastics at NPE2024

Plastics Today

The largest plastics trade show in the Americas came roaring back after a six-year gap. The industry’s resilience and innovative spirit, as well as its pain points, were on vivid display.

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ESA plans commercial space shuttle service to low Earth orbit by 2030

E&T

The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected two firms to develop a commercial service capable of transporting cargo to and from the International Space Station (ISS) in low Earth orbit by 2030.

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Building a successful welding program from the ground up

The Fabricator

Welding instructor Brent Tuttle has earned recognition and praise for finding ways to get students in the La Mirada, Calif., community interested in welding.

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Robot Investment Surges in U.S.

Automation World

The International Federation of Robotics reports strong robotics demand across all major segments of U.S. manufacturing in 2023.

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How Embedded Analytics Gets You to Market Faster with a SAAS Offering

Start-ups & SMBs launching products quickly must bundle dashboards, reports, & self-service analytics into apps. Customers expect rapid value from your product (time-to-value), data security, and access to advanced capabilities. Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) tools can provide valuable data analysis capabilities, but they have a barrier to entry that can stop small and midsize businesses from capitalizing on them.