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Integrating PLCs and Camera Systems to Automate Quality Checks

Automation World

Successful PLC programming involves the implementation of image comparison algorithms, pattern recognition techniques and barcode or QR-code readers to enhance the accuracy of inspections.

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What is a Safety PLC?

Control.com

This article investigates the basic qualities that make up a safety PLC, what distinguishes a safety PLC from a standard model, and the reasons for which a safety PLC may be critical.

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Tips for Mastering Stainless Steel Machining

Modern Machine Shop

Photo Credit: Way of the Mill LLC Reader Question: Our shop has grown from primarily aluminum machining to now working in a diverse range of materials. Some we’ve figured out quickly, but stainless steel seems to be the most difficult for us to master. Can you offer some advice on managing tool wear in stainless? Miller’s Answer: Your struggles are understandable.

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Beckhoff USA promotes Alec Abkemeier to software product manager

Design World

Alec Abkemeier is taking on a new challenge at Beckhoff USA as a software product manager focused on test and measurement technologies. With a background in measurement software and hardware, Abkemeier will grow Beckhoff’s test and measurement market share in rapidly evolving industries that require next-generation data acquisition and power monitoring capabilities.

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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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Strategic Investments Made In Manufacturing Analytics and IoT

Gary Mintchell

You can have IoT for data acquisition, but without solid analytics the data becomes a worthless expenditure. Here, a company providing remote connectivity and workplace digitalization has announced strategic investments in smart factory solutions. TeamViewer , a leading global provider of remote connectivity and workplace digitalization sol utions, today announced strategic investments in two pioneering companies for smart factory solutions: Sight Machine and Cybus.

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Nala Robotics incorporates generative AI into restaurant robot recipes

Robotics Business Review

Nala provides automation for food bowls and other meals. Source: Nala Robotics Since the public debut of generative artificial intelligence and large language models in late 2022, robotics developers have been working to take advantage of the latest AI capabilities. Nala Robotics Inc. said that ChatGPT enables its autonomous chefs to prepare almost any recipe.

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Hyson’s new turning machine provides faster, more diverse manufacturing solutions

Design World

Hyson, a Barnes Group Inc. business, maker of nitrogen gas systems for metal forming operations, announces the upgrade of its Brecksville, Ohio, facility with two new machine tools to provide faster and more diverse gas spring solutions. These new machines are state-of-the-art CNC mill/turns that efficiently produce precision high-quality metal components.

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Fluke Reliability Predictions 2024: AI to Lead the Way in Combating Manufacturing Challenges

Gary Mintchell

Here is the last of the prediction articles I picked up in December but had too much news to pack in. Usually November and December are void of news. These thoughts are from Aaron Merkin, CTO, Fluke Reliability & Ankush Malhotra, President, Fluke Reliability. The promise of AI to bridge the skilled labor gap Traditional AI – This is artificial intelligence in its traditional form, learned data that powers predictive insights.

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Agtech startup Small Robot Company shutting down

Robotics Business Review

Small Robot Company (SRC) is shutting down as it failed to get the funding needed to reach its next phase. The company has entered liquidation after an extended battle for survival. Despite having a signed term sheet, the awaited investment failed to materialize before the company’s financial runway ran out. “We were the victims of the valley of death,” SRC told The Robot Repor t. “We just don’t have the funding ecosystem for hardware (or indeed any tech!

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Understanding RMS and True RMS for Meters and Mechanical Measurements

Control.com

Electrical and mechanical measurements are often labeled with "RMS" and "True RMS." Aside from the simple math definitions we learned in electronics class, why is this distinction actually important?

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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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New Performance Advisor helps strengthen parts with less material

Design World

Markforged has introduced Performance Advisor, a software tool designed as a fast and easy way to get stronger parts, particularly when use cases are unknown. The first step to manufacturing strong parts with Markforged printers is to use Eiger to configure print settings, which can influence the strength (performance) of a part. For example, it […] The post New Performance Advisor helps strengthen parts with less material appeared first on Design World.

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Industrial robot market expected to grow to $26 billion by 2033

Robotics Automation News

The industrial robot market size is anticipated to surpass $5,282.40 million in 2023 and is likely to attain a valuation of $25,828.99 million by 2033. The industrial market share is projected to rise at a CAGR of 17.20 percent from 2023 to 2033.

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GITAI dual-armed robot arrives at the ISS, to conduct multiple operations

Robotics Business Review

GITAI’s S2 dual-armed robot system will conduct various tasks at the International Space Station. | Source: GITAI GITAI USA Inc.’s latest robotic system, S2, this week launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket headed for the International Space Station. It is part of a mission to resupply the ISS and to test innovations including a surgical robot and a metal 3D printer.

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Bobcat: From welding shop to National Inventors Hall of Fame

The Fabricator

Josh Welton tells the story of the Keller brothers and their fascinating rise from running a small welding shop to making the world’s first skid-steer loader and growing the Bobcat brand.

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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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Beckhoff introduces CX5600 embedded PCs with powerful AMD Ryzen processors

Design World

The new CX5600 Embedded PC series expands Beckhoff’s workhorse machine control line with powerful AMD Ryzen processors, additional interfaces, and operating system options. Retaining the same form factor as previous generations, these DIN rail-mounted embedded PCs provide the flexibility to support an even greater range of applications that require PLC, HMI, motion control, and much… The post Beckhoff introduces CX5600 embedded PCs with powerful AMD Ryzen processors appeared first on Desig

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Virtual Incision’s miniaturized surgical robot en route to International Space Station

Robotics Automation News

Virtual Incision, the developer of the MIRA Surgical System, says that spaceMIRA is currently in transit to the International Space Station. The device is aboard a Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo spacecraft carried by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

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SpaceX selected to launch the privately-funded Starlab space station

E&T

SpaceX has been selected to launch the Starlab space station to low-Earth orbit (LEO) before 2030 – a commercial venture from a joint partnership between Airbus and Voyager Space.

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Canadian Robotics Council raises $100,000

Robotics Business Review

The Canadian Robotics Council (CRC) in December 2023 entered into a $100,000 funding partnership with Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen) — Canada’s Global Innovation Cluster for Advanced Manufacturing. The CRC said this funding will play a vital role in helping it grow Canada’s robotics ecosystem and build visibility for Canadian robotics capabilities, both at home and abroad.

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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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FAULHABER: Those who adapt the fastest win

Design World

In industry and logistics, robots generally handle monotonous tasks that they can repeat almost endlessly with steady precision. A new tool changer now turns the specialist for large series into a flexible all-rounder, with which even small series and individual pieces can be produced economically. The innovative TKX changer series from the IPR specialists features… The post FAULHABER: Those who adapt the fastest win appeared first on Design World.

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Skyline Robotics raises $9.8 million funding to automate window cleaning

Robotics Automation News

Skyline Robotics, developers of Ozmo, “the world’s first robotic-armed window cleaning robot”, has raised $9.8 million Pre-Series A-2 funding (including the conversion of SAFE Notes) round led by Standard Skyline with additional contributions from Durst Ventures, the venture capital investment arm of the Durst Organization, and HNW individuals. To date, Skyline Robotics has raised $19.

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Apple warns UK could ‘secretly veto’ privacy tools

E&T

Apple has criticised UK proposals that would give the government power to veto tech companies’ new security features ahead of their release.

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Editorial Advisory Board 2023-2026: Corey Alton Fox, Accede Mold & Tool

Mold Making Technology

Corey Alton Fox, operations manager for Accede Mold & Tool, is one of MMT 's new editorial advisory board (EAB) members. Photo Credit: Accede Mold & Tool Meet Corey Alton Fox. Corey is a seasoned professional and third-generation leader in the moldmaking industry. Currently serving as the operations manager at Accede Mold & Tool , an independent and privately-owned injection mold builder in Rochester, New York, Corey brings a wealth of expertise to the editorial advisory board (E

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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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Tech Toolbox: Machine Design for Food Automation

Design World

Motion system designs run millions of automated food-manufacturing designs worldwide — including those in employed in grain milling, pasta making, and baking; fish and poultry processing; beer, wine, and spirit production; slaughtering and meatpacking; fruit, vegetable, and baby-food packaging, canning, jarring, and freezing; candy making; dairy and cheese making; and oils and fat extraction and… The post Tech Toolbox: Machine Design for Food Automation appeared first on Design World.

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US-based sports nutrition retailer installing 48 Brightpick Autopicker robots

Robotics Automation News

Brightpick, a provider of warehouse automation solutions for order fulfillment, says that The Feed, a US-based sports nutrition and gear ecommerce retailer, has begun installation of 48 Brightpick Autopicker robots that will go live at their warehouse at the end of March 2024.

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New from Emerson: Pilot Operated Relief Valve for Dangerous Chemicals

Control.com

Emerson releases a new pilot-operated relief valve with a redundant pilot system, for easy maintenance and increased safety in dangerous ammonia and liquid propane systems.

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Engineering Materials for Sustainability Is All-Hands-on-Deck Mission

Plastics Today

An NSF-funded think tank gathered dozens of researchers, industry leaders, policymakers, and investors to brainstorm novel ways of making materials more sustainable.

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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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EXAIR’s Gen4 Ion Air Guns are CE compliant and UL certified

Design World

EXAIR’s Gen4 Ion Air Gun removes static electricity, contaminants, and dust from parts before labeling, assembly, packaging, painting, or finishing. This engineered product has undergone independent laboratory tests to certify it meets the rigorous safety, health, and environmental standards of the USA, European Union, and Canada that are required to attain the CE and UL… The post EXAIR’s Gen4 Ion Air Guns are CE compliant and UL certified appeared first on Design World.

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Ivan Power announced as NRF CEO

Manufacturer's Monthly

Ivan Power has been appointed as the chief executive officer (CEO) of the National Reconstruction Fund Corporation (NRFC). Power has over 25 years’ experience in global investment and holds considerable experience working with early-stage companies and social ventures. He spent over 20 years at Macquarie Group in Sydney and London and is also a board member of Generation Australia and former board member of Lifesavers with Pride and The Westmead Institute for medical research.

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Mentorship Matters: A Fresh Perspective from a Young Female Newcomer to a Mature Male-Dominated Industry

Mold Making Technology

Photo Credit, all images: Accede Mold and Tool In the dynamic realm of moldmaking and engineering, breaking barriers is not just a choice; it's a necessity. Jane Huot, a 23-year-old mold designer and project manager, celebrated her one-year anniversary with Accede Mold & Tool this past summer. Recently, Jane celebrated another milestone in her journey: her first business trip.

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ABB Robotics and Mettler Toledo join forces to accelerate adoption of flexible lab automation

Robotics Automation News

ABB Robotics and Mettler Toledo, a supplier of precision instruments and services, have signed an agreement to offer an innovative solution that seamlessly integrates ABB robots with LabX, Mettler Toledo’s laboratory instrument management software.

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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.