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piCOBOT Electric breaks the barriers of cobot arm movement

Design World

Fully electric, slim design, and absence of air-tubing and cabling. The new piCOBOT Electric heads towards another success for Piab’s piCOBOT program. “This is the most versatile and energy-efficient electric pump unit on the market for cobot applications”, said Madeleine Sheikh, Global Product Manager at Piab Group. It is a fact that the piCOBOT program… The post piCOBOT Electric breaks the barriers of cobot arm movement appeared first on Design World.

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Automate Report 5: Robots

Gary Mintchell

This report from Automate 2024 consolidates robotic-oriented news from Doosan Robotics, Kossow Robots, InOrbit CoPilot, and Hirebotics. Collaborative Robots, or Cobots, are now just about everywhere. The software for these is innovative, often no-code, and easy-to-use. There is consolidation of the market. It will be interesting to see what next year brings.

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Revolutionizing Visual Quality Control With Advanced Augmented Reality and AI

Metrology

CDMVision, a trendsetter in Augmented Realtiy and Artificial Intelligence technologies, has announced the launch of SuPAR AI, a state-of-the-art augmented reality visual inspection software designed for widespread use across many different industries. SuPAR AI is set to transform traditional visual quality control processes with its innovative AI-driven modules and AR technology.

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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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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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Food Packaging: A Flexible Future and the Shelf-Ready Revolution

Design World

For this first release in the WTWH Packaging and Processing series, we asked food manufacturers to reflect on their experiences with flexible and shelf-ready packaging, two closely related formats that have found traction in the food industry. In this report, you will hear from food industry professionals about what their greatest challenges are with flexible… The post Food Packaging: A Flexible Future and the Shelf-Ready Revolution appeared first on Design World.

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DeepHow Introduces Smart AI Quizzing for Skilled Workforce Training

Gary Mintchell

Some people feel that Generative AI on its own will be detrimental to human civilization—or indeed even existence. I think, as always, it is the human use of it just as every other technology for the past several thousand years that matters. For instance, look at the latest episode of the old “tech bro” culture from Silicon Valley—Sam Altman and OpenAI.

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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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DigiKey Sponsors EW Project Challenge 2024 by ElectronicWings

Design World

DigiKey, a leading global commerce distributor offering the largest selection of technical components and automation products in stock for immediate shipment, is thrilled to be the key sponsor of the EW Project Challenge 2024 by ElectronicWings, a global design contest that aims to develop technology solutions to solve problems and improve the future.

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Honeywell and Weatherford Partner to Deliver an Emissions Management Solution

Gary Mintchell

Emissions management relates to many things. Ecology, cleaning the environment, climate change. In an industrial context, I think it is the essence of Lean—reduction of waste. That is a business value as well as other values. Honeywell has added many products and services over the past few years. This one is interesting. Honeywell and Weatherford on May 9 announced a partnership to deliver a comprehensive emissions management solution for the energy industry.

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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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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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Bringing Modern SCADA Visualization to Industry

Automation World

Integrating new equipment often requires developing new SCADA screens, which can slow operations significantly. CSE Icon’s Ignition for Upstream Accelerator addresses this by streamlining the integration process.

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Self-aligning panel connectors support up to 3 A

Design World

Hirose has expanded its miniature connector offering to include a version with blind mating ability. Constructed with self-aligning elements, the HR34P Series panel mount connector guides itself into the correct mating position. Commonly used for rack-to-panel connectivity in base stations, industrial machinery, medical equipment, and more, the blind mating connector is designed for applications where the electrical […] The post Self-aligning panel connectors support up to 3 A appeared fir

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To make household robots widely available, it’s about actuators, not AI

Robotics Business Review

Everyone wants universal household robots. For widespread adoption, they are going to have to have a price point that allows monthly financing or lease payments that are roughly similar to a car, suggesting that manufacturers will need to retail units in the neighborhood of $40,000 to get widescale uptake. Most humanoid robots in development are initially intended for industrial settings such as warehouses, but a few are being marketed as being more affordable.

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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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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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Micropsi Industries’ MirAI 2 AI for Robots

Automation World

A key aspect of the MirAI 2 technology that sets it apart from traditional robot vision systems is its ability to operate without relying on CAD data. Instead, it uses data captured by the camera from the actual operating environment.

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What are the (almost) nine IEEE single-pair Ethernet standards?

Design World

Eight existing IEEE single-pair Ethernet (SPE) standards exist, with a ninth expected to be announced next year. Current standards include 802.3bw (100BASE-T1), two types of 802.3bp (1000BASE-T1), 802.3ch (10BASE-T1) optimized for automated environments, three versions of 802.3cg (10BASE-T1S, 10BASE-T1L, and 10BASE-T1M), and the 802.3da single-pair multidrop segments enhancement standard that was approved in 2023.

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New Cumbria Robotics Cluster to focus on nuclear decommissioning, field robotics

Robotics Business Review

The Cumbria Robotics Cluster had its official launch at the HRAICE event. Source: Industrial Solutions Hub Among the ingredients for a successful regional robotics cluster are an industry focus and institutional support. The Cumbria Robotics Cluster yesterday marked its official launch in the U.K. It builds on nuclear decommissioning efforts and plans to work with other organizations to build recognition of the county in northwestern England as a globally recognized center of excellence for fiel

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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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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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A BOM-Centered Digital Thread

Automation World

Definitions of the digital thread tend to vary, but Siemens’ bills of material approach gets to the core of data usage from engineering design through to the supply chain.

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Choosing the correct type of bearing for your application: A selection guide

Design World

Emerson Bearing, a Boston, MA-based bearing company catering to niche markets nationwide and the sister company of Action Bearing which serves the New England market, supports the unique needs of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and Maintenance, Repair, and Operations (MRO) markets across the nation with essential resources – such as their latest eBook.

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Volvo launches VNL Autonomous truck equipped with Aurora software

Robotics Business Review

The Volvo VNL truck includes features for safety, integration, and commercial scale. | Source: Volvo Autonomous Solutions Volvo Autonomous Solutions this week unveiled its first-ever production-ready autonomous truck. The company debuted the vehicle at the ACT Expo in Las Vegas. The VNS Autonomous truck brings together Volvo’s commercial vehicle expertise with autonomous driving technology from Aurora Innovation Inc., it said.

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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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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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With Powerful Networks Comes Great Cybersecurity Responsibility

Automation World

Regulatory frameworks and the Cyber Resilience Act aim to address cybersecurity deficiencies in industrial networking products with digital elements.

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High precision dual-axis elevator-rotary stages from OES

Design World

Optimal Engineering Systems, Inc. (OES) has introduced the ATR-V-60-60 Series (-01 thru -04) of dual-axis elevator-rotary stages. These compact, elevator-rotary stages feature a high stability elevator stage with 120 x 80 mm table and 60 mm +/- 2 mm of vertical travel and a load capacity of 5.0 kg. A 60 mm diameter rotary stage […] The post High precision dual-axis elevator-rotary stages from OES appeared first on Design World.

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OSRF releases ROS 2 Jazzy Jalisco

Robotics Business Review

The Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF) yesterday released ROS 2 Jazzy Jalisco. The 10th version of ROS 2 is a long-term support (LTS) release that will be supported until May 2029. Jazzy Jalisco offers a host of new features and enables connectivity between existing ROS code and the Intrinsic platform. Intrinsic, a spinout of the X moonshot division of Alphabet in mid-2021, acquired the Open Source Robotics Corporation in late 2022.

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CGC to build $210M manufacturing plant in Alta.’s Wheatland County

Canadian Manufacturing

WHEATLAND COUNTY — USG Corporation’s Canadian division, CGC Inc., has announced the construction of its new $210 million manufacturing plant in Wheatland County, Alberta to deliver wallboard to residential and commercial customers across Western Canada. The 220,000-square-foot facility, situated on 214 acres of land northwest of Carseland, Alta., will create more than 200 jobs during the construction phase and more than 100 permanent, full-time manufacturing jobs once plant construction is

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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.

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The Impact of Virtual Reality on the Video Game Industry

Robotics Automation News

The video game industry has been a hotbed of innovation since its inception, continuously evolving with advancements in technology. One of the most transformative technologies in recent years is virtual reality (VR).

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Productivity1000 and Productivity2000 relay & TTL modules from AutomationDirect

Design World

AutomationDirect has added new discrete and relay I/O expansion modules to the Productivity PLC family. For the Productivity1000 PLC series, a 4-channel, high-current relay output module is now available. This module provides up to 7A/point for both DC and AC control circuits and features four Form C (normally open/normally closed) contacts. For the Productivity2000 PLC… The post Productivity1000 and Productivity2000 relay & TTL modules from AutomationDirect appeared first on Design W

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Stratom develops airworthy material handling system for USSOCOM

Robotics Business Review

Stratom creates unmanned ground systems that move material in both controlled settings and expeditionary environments. | Source: Stratom Stratom Inc. today announced that it is developing a “unique, small-form-factor material handling system.” It said its latest robot will be able to lift, load, unload, and transport palletized 463L tactical cargo across various operating environments and terrains.

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Why IT Leaders Are Evolving the Network into a High-Performance Digital Engine

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

The new 2024 Global Networking Trends Report is a compelling look at networking readiness among global IT organizations. We heard from 2,050 IT professionals in 13 countries about their investment strategies and the advanced architectures and capabilities they believe will prove transformational within the next two years.

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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.