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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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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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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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ABB Opens Updated Robotics Facility

Gary Mintchell

Robotics news seems to present itself all the time. I’m writing this from an independent coffee house in a small town in northern Illinois. The guy at the table behind me is quoting a robotic packaging system to a client. Weird. ABB held a big unveiling day at its Auburn Hills, MI facility that had recently been refitted and upgraded. I attended virtually—just could not work out the logistics to make it physically.

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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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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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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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Zebra Technologies Empowers Connected Workers 

Gary Mintchell

Still more catching up on news from the recent MODEX trade show in Atlanta. Zebra Technologies has grown from a specialty printer company that I used for a couple of projects in the 90s to an interesting automation solutions company. It has introduced extensions to its wide range of mobile compute and connectivity devices. This news details a number of new products designed to enable quality work from your front-line workers.

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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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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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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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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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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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Kollmorgen expands AKD2G versatility with launch of synchronized communication protocols

Design World

Kollmorgen, a provider of motion control systems, announces the latest update to its AKD2G servo drive. With the introduction of these new features, Kollmorgen has broadened its offerings to additionally support PROFINET IRT and Ethernet/IP with CIP Sync alongside CANopen*, EtherCAT*, and FSoE time-synchronized communication protocols. Each protocol is rigorously tested with several motion controllers… The post Kollmorgen expands AKD2G versatility with launch of synchronized communication

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Automation Can Boost Job Satisfaction

Automation World

Despite concern about robotics and artificial intelligence causing mass layoffs, workers tend to warm up to advanced automation when it’s a clear help, rather than a hindrance. Proper preparation about automation helps workers more easily see the benefits.

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Robots in Space? Remote Surgery and Extraterrestrial Habitation

Control.com

An advanced robotic assistant has successfully demonstrated its surgical capabilities aboard the International Space Station. Researchers are also working to create robots that maintain human habitats in space.

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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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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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Festo’s new palletizing gantry lifts up to 440 lb

Design World

Festo introduced a heavy-duty Cartesian gantry for palletizing with a lift capacity of up to 440 lb, Z-axis stroke lengths exceeding 8 ft, and a speed of up to 5 ft/s. With free online design tools, off-the-shelf servo drives, motors, and other components, and quick assembly kits, this Festo palletizing solution shortens project time and… The post Festo’s new palletizing gantry lifts up to 440 lb appeared first on Design World.

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Seeq Adds Generative AI Capabilities

Automation World

The new Seeq AI Assistant adds artificial intelligence capabilities, accelerating operational excellence across the industrial enterprise.

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Turck Releases Next-generation Flow Sensors with Alphanumeric Display

Control.com

Turck has released its next-generation FS+ compact flow sensor series with IO-Link. The new sensors are equipped with an alphanumeric display to clearly show the flow and temperature of liquids.

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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 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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PTDA to host 2024 Canadian conference

Design World

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) will convene for the PTDA 2024 Canadian Conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada on June 4–6. Delegates in the power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry, representing PTDA distributor and manufacturer companies, will broaden cross-channel networks, expand connections, and deepen business relationships.

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Schneider Electric Adds Cobots

Automation World

At Modex 2024, the company showcased this new cobot line with demonstrations of its Lexium RL 3 and RL 18 models as well as information about the forthcoming RL 5 and RL 7 models.

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Accenture invests in humanoid maker Sanctuary AI

Robotics Business Review

Sanctuary’s Phoenix humanoid is being developed to support a variety of tasks. | Credit: Sanctuary AI In its Technology Vision 2024 report , Accenture said 95% of the executives it surveyed agreed that “making technology more human will massively expand the opportunities of every industry.” Well, today Accenture put its money where its mouth is.

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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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Sonar Systems Manufacturer Cuts Material Planning Time by 90% with MRP Software

MRPEasy

Marine navigation device manufacturer FarSounder turned to MRP software to help with the complexities of inventory management and procurement. “Using our previous system, it took me a day to understand what parts we needed to order and when. With MRPeasy, it takes less than an hour,” says Matt Zimmerman, Founder and CEO. Improving upon sonar […] The post Sonar Systems Manufacturer Cuts Material Planning Time by 90% with MRP Software appeared first on Blog for Manufacturers and Distributors

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Vision Research launches high-speed camera, expanding testing capabilities in demanding airborne applications

Design World

Vision Research, a manufacturer of digital high-speed imaging systems, announces the release of its Phantom Miro C321 Air high-speed camera for airborne testing applications. This 2-megapixel camera leverages the rugged and field-proven design of the Phantom Miro C321 vehicle crash test camera to meet manned and unmanned airborne testing requirements.

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Airskin Demonstrates Application on KUKA Robot at Modex 2024

Automation World

KUKA showcased how its industrial robots, such as the Agilus, Quantec and Cybertech, can be outfitted with Airskin’s safety skin to allow the robots to operate collaboratively.

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Mecademic says Absolute Calibration services improve robot accuracy

Robotics Business Review

Mecademic Absolute Calibration is intended to improve performance, mitigate risk, and shorten robot deployment times. | Source: Mecademic Mecademic, a developer of compact, high-precision industrial robots, this week announced Mecademic Absolute Calibration, or MAC. It is a service that the company said can enhance its robots’ accuracy “out of the box.” The Montreal, Canada-based company claimed that MAC demonstrates its ability to deliver robots that meet critical precision an

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5 Ways New Manufacturing Companies Are Accelerating Innovation

Next-gen manufacturers are redesigning factories to enable agility at every stage of production. From more timely communication between engineers and technicians to technologies that empower real-time collaboration, they’re getting ahead by making iterations and improvements during a build, across the production line at scale. This level of flexibility means they can develop more quickly than their legacy counterparts.

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Collaborating for the greener future of transportation in Victoria: Hyzon Australia and ICN Victoria

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Industry Capability Network Amidst global efforts to combat climate change, the Victorian Government has outlined ambitious goals to reduce emissions and transition to a low-carbon economy. The state’s Climate Change Act of 2017 establishes targets aimed at achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, with milestones along the way to track progress and ensure accountability.

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Tech Toolbox: Machine design for packaging

Design World

Packaging machinery uses cutting-edge automation, and it’s no wonder. Facilities that parcel products need to deliver high throughput, but modern consumers demand smart packaging in the form of no-fuss containers that protect everything from M&Ms to patio furniture. What’s more, there’s a continuous drive to customize packages and let consumer-facing companies wrap products for bulk… The post Tech Toolbox: Machine design for packaging appeared first on Design World.

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Calculate and Apply OEE

Automation World

Knowing the overall equipment effectiveness formula is just the first step; calculating it for a real-world manufacturing line and applying it to improve production is what gives it value.

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Medtronic to explore the future of robotic surgery at Robotics Summit

Robotics Business Review

We can only guess what surgery may look like in 50 or 100 years, but one thing will always be true: The patient and surgeon will always be at the center, according to Medtronic. And the same is true for surgeons and the technology they use. Surgical robotics isn’t about the bits or bytes; it’s about how the tools help best meet each patient’s needs to deliver the best possible outcome.

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Monetizing Analytics Features

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago, they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Turning analytics into a source of revenue means integrating advanced features in unique, hard-to-steal ways. Download this white paper to discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your analytics.