June, 2024

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Device Management Must Change As Industry Changes

Automation World

With device management software, reliability teams gain real-time visibility into the health and configuration of plant devices, facilitating predictive maintenance.

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Engineering training, human-centric design, and augmented reality

Design World

Both professional and vocational engineering training are evolving with to address skill gaps and workforce-readiness issues. By Lisa Eitel | Executive editor Advancing communication technologies, the COVID-19 pandemic, and new digital-transformation approaches have forever changed the way technical training in manufacturing and automation is conducted.

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New car market holds steady as fleets drive growth

SMMT

New car registrations up 1.7% in May in 22nd consecutive month of growth. Battery electric vehicle (BEV) market share rises to 17.6% in the month and 16.1% YTD. Retail BEV uptake declines less than overall private market as manufacturers subsidise ongoing transition. SEE CAR REGISTRATIONS BY BRAND DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE AND DATA TABLE The UK new car market marked its 22nd consecutive month of growth as registrations rose 1.7% in May, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manu

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Agility Robotics’ Digit humanoid lands first official job

Robotics Business Review

Agility Robotics continues to have a leg up in the humanoid race. The company today signed a multi-year deal with GXO Logistics Inc., the world’s largest pure-play contract logistics provider, to deploy its Digit humanoids in various logistics operations. The first official deployment of Digit is already up and running, generating real revenue for Agility Robotics , the inaugural RBR50 Robot of the Year winner.

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A Journey to Efficiency & Excellence in Manufacturing

Foundation Wellness, an orthotic and foot care product leader, transformed its manufacturing by implementing the Manufacturing Execution System FORCE MES FLEX from FORCAM ENISCO. Previously hindered by manual data collection, the company needed more efficiency and a proactive approach. Adopting an MES enhanced data visibility and enabled data-driven decision-making.

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GreenPower delivers electric bus produced in West Virginia mfg. facility and provides updates

Canadian Manufacturing

GreenPower delivered the first Type D BEAST zero-emission school bus manufactured at its West Virginia plant to the Kanawha County (WV) School District. SOUTH CHARLESTON — GreenPower Motor Company Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of all-electric, zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles serving the cargo and delivery market, shuttle and transit space and school bus sector, delivered the first Type D BEAST school bus manufactured at the Company’s South Charleston, West Virgini

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Battery-powered trains could cut CO2 while saving Britain’s railways £3.5bn

E&T

‘Bi-mode’ trains that operate on battery power when not using an electrified track could save Britain’s railways £3.5bn and 12 million tonnes of CO2 over a 35-year period, Siemens Mobility has said.

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Licensing Your New Software in the Modern Industrial Landscape

Control.com

As commercial and industrial software migrates to ‘cloud-based’ and ‘subscription’ models, what does it mean? How does it affect the usability and security of critical parts of control infrastructure?

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North West hosts auto industry leaders to drive EV manufacturing revolution

SMMT

Liverpool hosts SMMT Regional Forum as industry looks to boost British EV production capability on road to net zero. New analysis reveals importance of North West to UK Automotive, responsible for 20,000 jobs with £2.8 billion invested by global brands in region since 2021. Speakers from Bentley Motors, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Leyland Trucks and Stellantis will join hundreds of attendees from across the area.

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Pushing the limits of warehouse inventory management

Robotics Business Review

The Robot Report Podcast · Pushing the limits of warehouse inventory management In Episode 155 of The Robot Report Podcast , Steve Crowe and Mike Oitzman discuss the news of the week. On today’s episode, we catch up with Oana Jinga, co-founder, Chief Commercial and Product Officer for Dexory to learn all about the Dexory warehouse inventory management solution.

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Hepworth’s gearless maritime axial-motor drive — from ECM’s PrintStator CAD SaaS platform

Motion Control Tips

Windscreen wiping and wash-systems manufacturer B. Hepworth will commercialize premium-performance windshield wiper products incorporating printed circuit board innovation. Electric motor design and software company ECM PCB Stator Tech and B. Hepworth — the global leader in window wiping/wash systems — have announced the development of a next generation solution integrating PCB Stator electric motors.

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Provide Real Value in Your Applications with Data and Analytics

The complexity of financial data, the need for real-time insight, and the demand for user-friendly visualizations can seem daunting when it comes to analytics - but there is an easier way. With Logi Symphony, we aim to turn these challenges into opportunities. Our platform empowers you to seamlessly integrate advanced data analytics, generative AI, data visualization, and pixel-perfect reporting into your applications, transforming raw data into actionable insights.

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Exam markers unable to detect AI answers in university papers

E&T

A new study has found that experienced exam markers were unable to detect AI generated papers in 94% of cases and gave them higher grades, on average, than real students.

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Research Shows High Priority for AI Among Manufacturers

Automation World

Fluke Reliability survey indicates that more than 60% of manufacturers are planning to achieve initial AI goals in the next year.

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Universal Robots and MiR Open up Joint Robotics Headquarters in Denmark

Control.com

Teradyne Robotics has opened a 20,000 sq m headquarters in Odense, Denmark. The new facility will enable collaboration between Teradyne's two companies, Universal Robots and Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR).

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The decarbonisation goal: UK road transport’s journey to sustainability

SMMT

As an ever growing number of road transport companies look to improve their environmental performance while remaining profitable in a competitive market, demonstrating that commitment to customers – who have the same objective – is also becoming increasingly important. Nottingham-based logistics firm Mitchells of Mansfield, for example, as a member of Palletways UK has launched a customer-facing Carbon Co-op initiative.

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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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Germany’s robotics centers establish RIG, the Robotics Institute Germany

Robotics Business Review

From left: Prof. Angela Schoellig from TUM, Federal Research Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger, and Prof. Tamim Asfour from KIT at the presentation of the RIG in Berlin. Also present: ARMAR-7 robot from KIT. | Source: BMBF/Hans-Joachim Rickel Germany’s leading robotics centers are coming together to establish the Robotics Institute Germany, or RIG.

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Report: Downturn continues in Canadian manufacturing sector in May

Automation Mag

The seasonally adjusted S&P Global Canada Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) recorded 49.3 in May, compared to 49.4 in April. This extended the current downturn in manufacturing operating conditions to 13 months. Output and new orders both continued to fall and at faster rates, whilst firms cut their buying activity given sufficient stock at their plants.

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UN’s autonomous vehicle regulations advancing at a high speed

E&T

Fully autonomous cars are still years away, but the UN is working on internationally-agreed rules that will see “globally harmonised regulation on automated driving systems ready for mid-2026”.

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Cobot Welding Options Expand for Manufacturers

Automation World

Hirebotics develops a smartphone app to control cobot welding and Cobot Systems’ Laser Welding Cell system becomes a UR+ partner.

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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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New Modbus-Enabled Closed-Loop Stepper Motor From Autonics

Control.com

The accuracy and reliability of the AiC-MT series of stepper motor systems have been expanded with the addition of Ethernet-based Modbus TCP communications and software for parameter adjustment.

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Walmart Canada introduces a hydrogen fuel cell electric semi-truck

Canadian Manufacturing

Walmart Canada introduces a hydrogen fuel cell electric semi-truck (CNW Group/Wal-Mart Canada Corp.) MISSISSAUGA — Walmart Canada’s new hydrogen fuel cell-powered electric semi-truck is now on the roads in Mississauga, Ontario as the retailer continues its journey towards a 100% alternatively-powered fleet. Walmart Canada says they are the first major retailer in Canada to introduce a hydrogen fuel cell electric semi-truck to its fleet.

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GrayMatter raises $45M Series B to ease robot programming for manufacturers

Robotics Business Review

GrayMatter automated manually intensive tasks at Lawrence Brothers. Source: GrayMatter Robotics Like businesses in other industries, U.S. manufacturers face widening labor shortfalls and need automation to help fill those gaps. GrayMatter Robotics today announced that it has raised $45 million in Series B funding. The Carson, Calif.-based company said it plans to use the investment to expand to meet customer demand. “We founded GrayMatter to enhance productivity while prioritizing workforc

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World Oceans Day: Superhero, Scientists Battle the Plastic Plague

Plastics Today

Water-filtration company Multipore sends Dewey, the Clean Water Superhero, on a mission to save the planet from plastic pollution in the oceans, but a far-less-cute plastic-eating fungus might be more effective in the real world.

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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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300-mile automated cargo conveyor belt to link Tokyo and Osaka

E&T

The Japanese government has launched plans for a Autoflow-Road conveyor belt system between Tokyo and Osaka that could carry the same amount of freight as 25,000 truck drivers every day.

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SCADA Upgrade: Incremental or Full Scale?

Automation World

Each manufacturer has to do its own analysis and decide the right approach based on three factors: budget, downtime and risk.

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Baumer Launches Ultrasonic Sensor for Mobile Machinery in Harsh Conditions

Control.com

Baumer has designed an ultrasonic sensor that can withstand extreme outdoor conditions, making it suitable for use on mobile machinery in the agricultural and construction industries.

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3D Scanning Spray Streamlines Scanning Process By Eliminating Reference Points

Metrology

The Reflecon TopoTrack 2 in 1 Scanning Spray was developed to significantly minimise the process time of a 3D scan. The process time is not only reduced by eliminating the need to stick on and remove reference points, but also because users can guide the scanner over the object much faster. The post 3D Scanning Spray Streamlines Scanning Process By Eliminating Reference Points appeared first on Metrology and Quality News - Online Magazine.

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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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IEEE launches study group to explore and develop humanoid robot standards

Robotics Business Review

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang at GTC 2024 with images of many of the humanoids in development. The IEEE study group is evaluating humanoid robots and the need for standards. Credit: Eugene Demaitre As humanoid robots garner widespread public attention, such systems will also need to stand up to safety and performance standards. IEEE’s Robotics & Automation Society today announced the formation of a new study group that will look into the current humanoid landscape and then develop a roadmap

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Quality Tool & Die Enhances Performance With Advanced EDM and Milling Technologies

Mold Making Technology

Mitsubishi MV models eliminated the need to manually grind the outside of the part. Source: MC Machinery Systems Quality Tool & Die (QTD) has found its groove, in no small part, because of its strategic use of Mitsubishi wire and sinker EDMs and an OPS Ingersoll five-axis milling machine with an automated cell. The Meadville, PA, company was founded in 1976 and purchased by Managing Partner Brad McDowell and Vice President Chad Kearns in 2005.

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Plane pollution is putting 52 million Europeans at risk of serious health conditions

E&T

A new study by Transport & Environment finds that high concentrations of tiny particles released when aviation jet fuel is burnt pose a serious health risk to 52 million people living around Europe's busiest airports.

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Putting AIMs to Work

Automation World

Automated inspection machines help manufacturers meet stringent regulatory standards.

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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.