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Supporting women in energy and manufacturing

Manufacturer's Monthly

Employers and community members across Victoria are invited to have their say on how to boost women’s participation and advancement in manufacturing and energy industries. Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins today welcomed the release of a discussion paper that marks a crucial part of the Allan Labor Government’s response to the Inquiry into Economic Equity for Victorian Women.

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Acquisition To Bring Smart Sensing To Smart Manufacturing Globally

Metrology

Oxford Metrics, the smart sensing software company, servicing life sciences, entertainment and engineering markets, has announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Industrial Vision Systems (IVS), specialists in developing machine vision software and technology for high precision, automated quality control systems used across numerous industries.

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Talent Talk: Manufacturing’s Role in a Softening Jobs Market

Plastics Today

More than 450,000 workers are estimated to have been involved in strikes in 2023, a historically significant number.

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Mercedes-Benz Initiates Digital First Production

Automation World

Three Mercedes-Benz plants are part of this initiative that uses Nvidia digital twin technology, artificial intelligence, cloud updated software.

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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Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business.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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Bosch Rexroth: Sensors questions for LT experts

Design World

Answers Attributed to Brad Klippstein, Smart MechatroniX Product Manager, Bosch Rexroth Regarding Sensor Manufacturers Q: What are the challenges sensor manufacturers coming to you to solve? A: They would like better performance of their systems (i.e. better cycle times, improved scrap rates) and also to solve automation issues that have been unachievable until now.

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Two News Items Regarding CyberSecurity from Rockwell Automation

Gary Mintchell

Automation Fair was this week. I expected many news releases. I’ve already reported on the one published. I checked out the “show daily” email from my friend Keith at Endeavor Media whose team reported on the presentations a series of executives made to the attending media. Not so much news as it was a survey of the breadth of Rockwell’s offering. I think that was the theme—don’t think of Rockwell Automation from the point-of-view of controls and drives.

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Why IO-Link Use is Increasing

Automation World

IO-Link’s proven ability to simplify diverse equipment integrations and provide reliable diagnostics is leading manufacturers and OEMs to gravitate toward this I/O technology.

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SDP/SI passes recertification AS9100 and ISO 9001 quality management system audit

Design World

Stock Drive Products/Sterling Instrument (SDP/SI), a Designatronics, Inc. company, completed and passed its recertification AS9100:D and ISO 9001:2015 quality system audit. The audit, conducted by Intertek over a 5-day period, certifies SDP/SI’s quality management system conforms to AS and ISO standards. The in-depth AS and ISO recertification audit takes place every three years and is… The post SDP/SI passes recertification AS9100 and ISO 9001 quality management system audit appeared firs

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Keynotes from Automation Fair by Rockwell Automation

Gary Mintchell

I listened to the keynote speeches from Automation Fair this morning while working out. A different perspective from a darkened room at a narrow table with 5,000 (or more) of my closest friends. I’ve listened to maybe 1,000 of these over the past 25 years in media. There are just a few things I’m really listening for. What is the market buzz of the year?

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October new car market beats pre-pandemic levels but subdued EV growth hinders green goals

SMMT

October delivers 153,529 new car registrations, up 14.3% year-on-year and 7.2% above 2019. Battery electric vehicle (BEV) uptake records 42nd consecutive month of growth but struggles to increase market share, while chargepoint rollout improves in efforts to get ahead of need. New market outlook revised upwards to 1.886 million units with further growth anticipated in 2024, but BEV uptake expectations downgraded slightly.

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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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Schneider Electric and Aveva’s Combined Technology Approach

Automation World

Spotlighting users such as CPG manufacturer Henkel and water/wastewater processor AquaPolo, Aveva explains its cross-industry approach using an industry-specific partner ecosystem.

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November 2023: Rockwell Automation Celebrates 32nd Automation Fair

Design World

Today, industrial automation and digital transformation company Rockwell Automation, Inc. opens its annual event Automation Fair in Boston with members of its global PartnerNetwork. The event brings together more than 10,000 participants from around the world to Discover What’s Possible with the hottest innovations, the smartest experts, and the latest strategies.

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Rockwell Automation Makes Strategic Investment in Momenta Fund

Gary Mintchell

Investment in Momenta Industry 5.0 venture capital fund gives Rockwell early access to innovative technology that promotes resiliency, agility, and sustainability The first Automation Fair by Rockwell Automation that I attended was in 1997. The last one in 2022. I decided that a trip to Boston was just too expensive with no anticipated financial return on that investment.

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PTDA honours its 2023 award winners Sylvia Silveira and Alex Vitou

Automation Mag

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) honoured the recipients of the Wendy B. McDonald Woman of the Year Award and Robert K. Callahan Advancing Leaders Award Sylvia Silveira and Alex Vitou respectively at its industry summit. Silveira is from NTN Canada. During Sylvia Silveira’s 13-year tenure at the company, she has steadily climbed the ranks from HR manager to HR director to vice-president of HR and operations.

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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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Trio of Technologies Improve Industrial Maintenance

Automation World

How augmented reality, computerized maintenance management and enterprise asset management are increasingly being combined for more effective maintenance operations.

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AutomationDirect adds U.S. Motors’ ACCU-Torq motors to motor category

Design World

AutomationDirect has added ACCU-Torq motors from Nidec U.S. MOTORS to its motor category. These 3-phase motors are high-performance inverter duty motors that are a cost-effective solution for applications that require 100% torque down to zero speed. These motors offer premium efficiency and are available in 230/460 Vac 1800 rpm models in sizes from ¼ hp… The post AutomationDirect adds U.S.

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A Stronger and Simpler Ignition Edge

Gary Mintchell

One of my 2023 themes has built on paraphrasing Paul Simon’s At the Zoo , “They say it’s all happening at the Edge.” During my brief career as an IT Influencer, I was the “edge” guy. Just as I recently asked about the future of embedded control, I’m also curious about developments at the edge and its implications for data—as in “digital transformation.

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Five minutes with… Maxime Dupuy, Michelin Connected Fleet UK Sales Director

SMMT

How does Michelin Connected Fleet plan to grow its business in the HGV sector? Today’s vehicles are as connected as they’ve ever been, generating hundreds of thousands of data points every journey. Listening to our customers, we understand that there is increasing demand to help them control costs, increase productivity and manage compliance issues with their HGV fleets to unlock their full potential towards a more sustainable mobility.

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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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Why Do Digital Transformation Efforts Fail?

Automation World

The reason could be in how it’s implemented. Adopting the sprint implementation strategy from software developers may be the remedy.

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COMSOL releases version 6.2 of COMSOL Multiphysics

Design World

COMSOL has announced the release of COMSOL Multiphysics version 6.2, adding data-driven surrogate model functionality for efficient standalone simulation apps and multiphysics-based digital twins. It also features high-performance multiphysics solvers for the analysis of electric motors, up to 40% faster turbulent CFD simulations, and an order of magnitude faster impulse response calculations for room and… The post COMSOL releases version 6.2 of COMSOL Multiphysics appeared first on Design

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London to use waste heat from data centres to warm nearby buildings

E&T

Waste heat from data centres will be pumped into a new district heat network in London that is designed to warm nearby buildings. The government’s Green Heat Network Fund (GHNF) has awarded £36m to the project that will see a heat network being built in a new development area around Old Oak Common Station and deliver more than 9,000 homes and 250,000m 2 of commercial development.

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NGen opens up funding opportunities for new AI for Manufacturing projects

Automation Mag

Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen) has announced $19 million in Global Innovation Cluster funding for 12 new AI for manufacturing projects valued at a total of $55 million. NGen’s AI for Manufacturing Challenge was designed to build advanced manufacturing capacity and enhance the commercialization of artificial intelligence and machine learning innovations across manufacturing sectors in Canada.

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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.

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Decoding the Future Manufacturing Workforce

Automation World

A look at how emerging roles and autonomous teams will change the structure of industrial work.

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Chris Bursack, ISC Companies, honored with PTDA Warren Pike Award

Design World

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) has named Chris Bursack the 32nd recipient of its Warren Pike Award for lifetime achievement in the power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) industry. He received the accolade during the PTDA 2023 Industry Summit on October 20 in Amelia Island, Florida. Established in 1984, the Warren Pike Award honors individuals who… The post Chris Bursack, ISC Companies, honored with PTDA Warren Pike Award appeared first on Design World.

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What Are the Most Common Staff Scheduling Problems?

Robotics Automation News

For managers, scheduling is a perpetual jigsaw puzzle with constantly moving pieces. Employee needs, operational demands, budgets, and regulations make shift planning an organizational nightmare. However, certain recurring issues tend to cause the biggest headaches. Here are the top 10 most common staff scheduling problems plaguing managers, and how to tackle them.

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UK signs major deal with the US to develop nuclear fusion technology

E&T

The UK has signed a deal with the US to further research into advanced fusion energy as part of efforts to tackle the climate crisis. In a joint statement, the UK’s Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) and the US Department of Energy said that fusion could provide “a low-carbon, safe, sustainable and reliable energy supply” with the potential to bolster global efforts to achieve net zero carbon emissions.

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How Legacy Tools Are Failing Inventive Manufacturing Engineers

Bringing new and improved products to market takes more than just good ideas. It requires agile, iterative production, and real-time collaboration. Most manufacturers recognize the risk of not adapting, but they’re hampered by technologies like MES that haven’t kept up with the pace of hardware innovation. As new manufacturers enter the market with technologically progressive ways of building at scale, existing manufacturers must adapt to stay relevant.

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The Value of Built-in OEM Technologies

Automation World

Syntegon, a packaging machinery OEM, explains why users should take a serious look at the software technologies provided by the machine manufacturer rather than always looking to third-party suppliers.

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“There’s a Sensor for That” – Revolutionizing Manufacturing Through Sensing Technologies

Metrology

Sensors, once a relatively unheralded component of manufacturing, have now become the unsung heroes that drive the industry forward. These small, smart devices are capable of measuring a vast array of parameters, from temperature and pressure to humidity, motion, and beyond. The post “There’s a Sensor for That” – Revolutionizing Manufacturing Through Sensing Technologies appeared first on Metrology and Quality News - Online Magazine.

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American Bureau of Shipping issues ‘first ever’ autonomous vessel classification for Saildrone

Robotics Automation News

Saildrone, a specialist in ocean data collection using autonomous vehicles, has received what it says is “the first-ever classification for an autonomous, uncrewed surface vehicle” (USV) from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The Saildrone Voyager, the mid-class vehicle in Saildrone’s rapidly expanding fleet, is the first-ever commercial USV to receive classification.

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20GW of green energy projects fast-tracked for grid connection

E&T

The new energy infrastructure will start with 19 battery projects amounting to around 10GW that will be given the option of connecting to the grid about four years earlier than they otherwise would have done. A further 10GW will be unlocked in the Midlands, South West of England and South Wales, which includes a raft of low-carbon technology projects, bringing forward some ‘shovel ready’ schemes by up to five years.

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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.