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Manufacturing the Best Products with AI

Automation World

Artificial intelligence does not necessarily replace people, but the better applications enable humans to perform even better. Two key areas for its application are in designing better parts and products and improving manufacturing processes.

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What you need to know about new motor efficiency standards

Design World

The U.S. and EU are implementing new minimum efficiency performance standards (MEPS) for electric motors—here’s the lowdown on the standards and how next-generation motor CAD can power compliance. Brian Casey CEO ECM PCB Stator Technology Global electronics manufacturers face an ever-present challenge. That is, how to make the motors in their electrically powered devices compliant […] The post What you need to know about new motor efficiency standards appeared first on Design World.

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Helping Manufacturers Get Ready For A Low Carbon Future

Manufacturer's Monthly

Ten Victorian manufacturers will be supported to take advantage of new opportunities in the low carbon economy. Minister for Industry and Innovation Ben Carroll today announced recipients of the latest round of the Low Carbon Manufacturing Grants Program, to help manufacturers capitalise on renewable energy opportunities. The grant recipients will share in a total of $412,000 in funding, with manufacturers receiving up to $50,000 of the Business Readiness stream to access business services, a

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Ignition Cloud Edition Now Available in Microsoft Azure Marketplace

Gary Mintchell

Pay-As-You-Go Solution Provides a Simpler Way to Leverage More Cloud Capabilities Inductive Automation recently moved its flagship Ignition software to the cloud. Now it’s available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace on a pay-as-you-go plan. Ignition Cloud Edition works together with the standard Ignition platform and Ignition Edge, creating a fully integrated and scalable system that connects people, processes, and programs for true digital transformation. “ Ignition Cloud Edition on Azure comb

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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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Virtual Robot Design and Commissioning

Automation World

Schunk and Ready Robotics announce partnership around use of Nvidia’s Omniverse platform to support specification, deployment and re-deployment of automated systems.

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Reinventing heuristics for design and risk management

Design World

By Jeff Morang | Director of Human Factors Engineering • BlackHӓgen Design Incorporating Human Factors Engineering and Usability Engineering (HFE/UE) processes during medical device development greatly increases the chances that devices will be safe and effective for intended users in the intended use environments and meet the expectations and requirements of regulatory authorities.

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AR and VR Potentials Look Exciting

Gary Mintchell

Would you be comfortable wearing a headset that includes a sort-of goggles and speakers for periods of time? They would be a combination of virtual reality where you are immersed in a projected simulation and can be switched to augmented reality where you can see the physical area around you with an overlay of digital information. The Apple Vision Pro unveiled at the June 2023 Worldwide Developer Conference ( reviewed here ) revealed Apple’s solutions to the many engineering and design challenge

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Automation Majors Invest in Robotics

Automation World

Mitsubishi Electric and Rockwell Automation make strategic investments in Clearpath Robotics and Ready Robotics, respectively.

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Problem-solving in space and life

Design World

United States Air Force colonel and NASA astronaut Eileen Collins is the first woman to pilot and command a space shuttle mission. She launched her illustrious career under a glass ceiling, navigating destiny with focus and determination. “I did not know what an engineer was when I was in high school,” said Collins. “Back in… The post Problem-solving in space and life appeared first on Design World.

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PP, engineering resin prices slip

Plastics News

North American polypropylene resin prices ticked down in August, following a slight decline in the price of polymer-grade propylene. Engineering resin buyers have also seen slightly lower prices in recent months.

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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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How Do You Get Things Done?

Gary Mintchell

I try to stay on the positive side of looking for ways to live a meaningful life. I picked up an idea from an interesting English writer—Oliver Burkeman who writes The Imperfectionist blog and wrote the influential book Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. Let’s say you go to a nice restaurant. They show you to a table. You and your guest are seated.

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Festo’s Focus on Reducing Automation Complexity

Automation World

Updates to Festo’s I/O and servo drives center on streamlining network IP addressing, providing multi-protocol support and easing device configuration and equipment commissioning.

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E-Learning for Industry 4.0: Preparing the Workforce for Advanced Manufacturing Automation

Robotics Automation News

In the wake of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, commonly referred to as Industry 4.0, the manufacturing landscape is undergoing a profound transformation.

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Airbus, easyJet, Rolls-Royce partner to promote hydrogen-powered flying

E&T

The HIA alliance aims to position Britain at the forefront of hydrogen-powered aviation, it said. Members include easyJet, Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Ørsted, GKN Aerospace and Bristol Airport. The goal of the partnership is to ensure that the UK puts in place the infrastructure, policy, regulatory and safety frameworks needed to be ready for when the first hydrogen-powered aircraft takes to the skies.

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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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What Happened to Microfinance, or Is It Time to Reevaluate Your Processes?

Gary Mintchell

I bought into the microfinance system almost 20 years ago. An avid reader at the time of Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits blog, I joined his group lending $25 to people around the world to support their nascent businesses. We used Kiva. For many years, repayments came in regularly, and I would re-loan the money. I don’t know when I first noticed that the loans were not going to people but to organizations.

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How PoE Injectors Enable Industrial Plug-and-Play

Automation World

Power over Ethernet LAN switches have accelerated the rapid transition to Ethernet-based industrial control systems. But what do you do when your existing Ethernet switch is not PoE-enabled but the device you want to add to the network is?

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Crypto trading is ever-changing

Robotics Automation News

Finding the perfect automated crypto trading platform is a game-changer for traders, often with the assistance of platforms like oiltraderai.com. Automated trading has become so popular due to its capability to execute trades faster and better than humans. Let’s explore what sets the best automated crypto trading platforms apart.

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3D Systems Partners with Clarkson College to Establish 3D Printing Center of Excellence

Plastics Today

The partnership enables Clarkson College to manufacture FDA-cleared, 3D-printed, patient-specific devices onsite and make them accessible to healthcare facilities across the region.

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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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UK falls behind on green hydrogen race, trade bodies warn

E&T

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) and Hydrogen UK urged the government to “regain the momentum” in the low-carbon hydrogen industry after being overtaken by leading economies. The two organisations have published the International Hydrogen Progress Index, a report that measures how attractive national markets are for hydrogen generation and infrastructure.

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Emerson Connects Toyota’s Hydrogen Plant

Automation World

To avoid complexity, Emerson created a process orchestration layer to connect power meters, an electrolyzer, fuel cell, hydrogen refueler, solar and battery inverter system, and instrumentation.

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ABB’s makes collaborative robots capable of heavier payloads, longer reach

Robotics Automation News

ABB has launched two new variants of its GoFa collaborative robot. The GoFa 10 and GoFa 12 open new possibilities for companies to leverage cobot automation for enhanced efficiency.

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The importance of cybersecurity in the rail industry

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

The railway industry is increasingly embracing new systems and technologies to enhance operational efficiency, safety, and connectivity.

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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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Draft UN treaty has 'absence of options,' plastics industry says

Plastics News

The United Nations released the first draft of the global plastics treaty, setting up "intense" negotiations at the next formal round of talks in November.

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How Process Sensors Provide More Intelligence

Automation World

Manufacturers put process sensors to work for proactive maintenance and inventory monitoring applications.

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ABI launches new delta robot equipped with direct drives

Robotics Automation News

Dutch company ABI has launched the newest innovation in its series of ABIFlexx delta robots: the ABIFlexx equipped with direct drives. The company says this new version is “extremely fast, very accurate, quiet and maintenance free”, adding that these characteristics make the ABlflexx direct drive robot “the ideal solution” for many different applications.

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VIDEO: CAD/CAM with the Moldmaker in Mind

Mold Making Technology

Moldmaking is important to Cimatron because it is the number-one focus of the team and its integrated CAD/CAM system. And it is celebrating 40 years! The company says its CAD/CAM was created with the moldmaker in mind. Here, Ralph Picklo, Director of Sales for Cimatron at CAMBRIO , shares what it means when CAD/CAM is created with the mold builder in mind compared to other CAD/CAM users.

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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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Toyota’s hydrogen-powered Hilux pick-up truck to be manufactured in the UK

E&T

The Japanese carmaker unveiled a prototype vehicle at its Burnaston car plant in Derby, where it has been developed in a joint project with consortium partners, supported by taxpayer funding. The vehicle’s new powertrain uses core elements from the Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric saloon, which has been produced in limited quantities commercially over the last decade.

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Does Microwaving Plastics Make Microplastics? Maybe Not

Plastics Today

New research claims to show that microwaving plastic containers releases billions of microplastic and nano-plastic particles. But how do we know they are, in fact, plastic particles?

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Benefits of All-Season Tires: Are They Really Valuable?

Robotics Automation News

Do the benefits of all-season tires make them more trustworthy? They may be used in any condition instead of a specialized one. Figure them out now! Introduction After choosing your car, you may suddenly realize that the tire can be the next step.

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What reviewing scholarships taught me about future manufacturing professionals

The Fabricator

The WELDER editor Rafael Guerrero shares his experience reviewing Nuts, BoltsandThingamajigs (NBT) scholarship applications and what the process says about future manufacturing professionals.

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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.