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Technical thinking: Use AI — but with care

Design World

By Mark Jones ChatGPT can write code. All who have written code likely thought it required human creativity. It can now be done by a computer. I’ve played with ChatGPT. I’m growing less impressed. ChatGPT is not creating code; it is copying code. It simply regurgitates what it finds on the internet. It turns out,… The post Technical thinking: Use AI — but with care appeared first on Design World.

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CMU crawling robots map and repair natural gas pipelines

Robotics Business Review

CMU pipe-repair robots crawl into natural gas pipelines and coat them. | Source: Carnegie Mellon University Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute are creating robots that can map and repair natural gas pipelines. The team is led by Howie Choset, the Kavčić-Moura professor of computer science at CMU, who plans to commercialize the robot later this year.

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Automotive manufacturing alive and well

Manufacturer's Monthly

Premcar began its life as Tickford, working closely with Ford to develop its high-performance cars. When Ford moved manufacturing offshore, you might think that was the end of Premcar – but you would be wrong. To this day Premcar remains a go-to partner for global car manufacturers – the company currently assembles the premium Nissan Navara Warrior and Nissan Patrol Warrior at its site in Epping.

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Tips for a Successful Industry 4.0 Transition

Automation World

To smoothly transition into Industry 4.0, manufacturers must assess their current state of digital maturity and put in place a long-term digital-transformation strategy that aligns overall strategy with people, process and technology.

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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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Revolutionizing industrial communication: The power of IO-Link

Design World

Franz Ferre, Product Specialist – Controllers In industrial automation, efficient communication between devices is paramount for seamless operation and data exchange. One technology that has gained significant attention in recent years is IO-Link. This standardized communication protocol has revolutionized the way field devices are installed, configured, and maintained, while also enabling the implementation of Industrial… The post Revolutionizing industrial communication: The power

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IIoT Systems Implementation up Year over Year, Set to Reach 75% Deployment Rate in 2023

Gary Mintchell

All God’s children are doing surveys. They want to know what you think. This report, “Building Industrial IoT Systems in 2024,” presents data from a survey by HiveMQ, an MQTT solution provider, and my friends at IIoT World. IIoT no longer generates the buzz it did in the mid-10s of the century. Regardless, the use cases still abound for the technology. 350 professionals were surveyed across Automotive Manufacturing, Power and Utilities, Renewable Energy, Transportation and Logistics, Smart Citi

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Demand for new trucks grows for second year running as more businesses go green

SMMT

UK’s new truck market grows for second consecutive year, up 13.5% to 46,227 units in 2023 – the best performance since 2019. Demand soars for rigid and articulated trucks, rising 14.7% and 12.2% respectively. Zero emission HGV registrations triple year on year, but at just 0.5% market share uptake must accelerate quickly to meet UK’s 2035 truck target.

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New IKO Cam Followers allow mounting freedom in tight spaces

Design World

IKO International is pleased to introduce its CFC…B Series of short stud-type cam followers. These new cam followers have a unique mounting structure that solves space limitations that often exist on the stud side of the assembly region, thereby satisfying mounting requirements without sacrificing performance. The CFC…B cam follower’s mounting structure consists of a hexagon… The post New IKO Cam Followers allow mounting freedom in tight spaces appeared first on Design World.

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Telit Cinterion and Alif Semiconductor Unveil the Vision AppKit: A Postage Stamp-Sized, Intelligent Connected Camera Platform

Gary Mintchell

I began working with vision applications in the 1980s and sold and installed a few in the 1990s before the technology went bananas and prices dropped precipitously. Companies have begun investing in vision systems again with new technologies now available. This new app kit from Telit Cinterion is interesting. Vision AppKit utilizes the Alif Semiconductor Ensemble® MCU family of industry-leading Edge ML MCUs and Telit Cinterion’s power-efficient LTE-M and low-power Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless te

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Agility Robotics’ Jonathan Hurst to discuss humanoids in Robotics Summit keynote

Robotics Business Review

Historically, humanoids have been relegated to robotics research labs. However, the tides are changing. There are several companies developing humanoids to perform useful work in the real world. And it all began with Agility Robotics’ Digit humanoid. Agility Robotics co-founder and chief robot officer Jonathan Hurst will keynote the Robotics Summit & Expo , which runs May 1-2 in Boston.

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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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RightHand Robotics partners with Staples to install robots in fulfillment centers

Robotics Automation News

RightHand Robotics, a provider of autonomous AI robotic picking solutions for order fulfillment, has agreed a multi-year partnership with Staples, one of America’s best-known suppliers of workspace products and solutions.

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Hot runner systems for zinc die casting?

Design World

Hot runners have been a common manufacturing tool in the plastic injection molding industry for more than 30 years. With this technology came improved efficiencies and benefits. Although hot runners have surfaced from time to time in zinc die casting over the last 20 years, metal casting processes proved to be much more challenging for… The post Hot runner systems for zinc die casting?

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When Your Boss Asks for an AI Strategy

Gary Mintchell

I use Hey for my email client. It is a new take on doing email from 37 Signals the developers of Basecamp. They’ve also released a new approach to calendars I’m trying. They also added a newsletter piece to the app that is not as obnoxious about collecting data like MailChimp or Constant Contact. It is called Hey World. I publish there occasionally and send a newsletter.

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The Integrated Warehouse: Unlock the future of warehouse management

Robotics Business Review

The integrated warehouse brings together tools and technologies to optimize item flow. | Credit: Adobe Stock As global supply chains and e-commerce rapidly evolve, the modern warehouse stands as the cornerstone of efficient operations. Warehouses are under more pressure than ever before to optimize their operations and meet the ever-increasing demands of their customers.

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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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Kuka says its augmented reality ‘makes new robots easier to start up’

Robotics Automation News

Kuka says its new Kuka.MixedReality software visualizes the environment of robot cells live on smartphones to “support fast, safe and intuitive robot start-up”. The mobile app displays tools and interference geometries to enable early detection of potential hazards so users can eliminate them before a robot starts work. Augmented Reality enables intuitive robot startup.

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AutomationDirect adds AchieVe WDW series wide finger wire duct for more options

Design World

AutomationDirect has added the new AchieVe WDW series wire duct that provides more options for easy wire management at great prices. This rugged, wide finger, rigid wall wire duct is made of self-extinguishing UL 94 V-0 rated flame-retardant PVC material. AchieVe wire duct features convenient upper and lower score lines to facilitate breaking off individual… The post AutomationDirect adds AchieVe WDW series wide finger wire duct for more options appeared first on Design World.

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Where do profits come from?

Gary Mintchell

Boeing is a company that has lost its way. I have no idea why the board has not sacked the CEO. The 737MAX program was a fiasco and continues to haunt the company. The 787 program ran way behind schedule costing the company billions. This is what happens when you ignore product and serving customers instead focusing solely on financial numbers. We are a business company not an engineering company, said one Boeing CEO.

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Top 5 robotics trends for 2024, according to the IFR

Robotics Business Review

Source: IFR The International Federation of Robotics, or IFR, today listed its picks for the top five global robotics trends of this year. The Frankfurt, Germany-based organization attributed growing demand for automation to technological innovations. The IFR noted that the stock of operational robots around the world attained a new record of about 3.9 million units in 2022.

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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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Universal Robots reports strong end to 2023

Robotics Automation News

Universal Robots, the Danish collaborative robot company, has reported Q4 revenue of $103 million, up 21 percent on Q4 2022. The quarter was the company’s largest revenue quarter to date. 2023 annual revenue was $304 million, down 7 percent on 2022.

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ROLEC’s diecast enclosures for industrial electronics

Design World

Industrial electronic enclosures manufacturer ROLEC now offers two premium ranges of diecast aluminum housings – aluDOOR and aluCASE. Both are ‘go anywhere’ enclosures that can be mounted on walls, bulkheads, machines, and desks to protect electronics in challenging indoor and outdoor industrial environments. Advanced aluDOOR (IP 66, IP 67, IP 68, IP 69K) hinged lid… The post ROLEC’s diecast enclosures for industrial electronics appeared first on Design World.

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Former Emerson Process Leader Publishes Book

Gary Mintchell

John Berra, former chairman of Emerson Process and the leader who assembled that group, once told me in an interview that he wished someone would write a book about the early days and development of automated process control. If he wad hinting for me, I was the wrong person. More likely it would have been my colleague Walt Boyes. But instead, John has written a book that will be out March 5— Turning the Giant: Disrupting Your Business with Persistent Innovation.

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Monumental raises $25M for bricklaying robots

Robotics Business Review

Monumental’s bricklaying robots completed their first 15-m facade for an office and warehouse building in 2023. | Source: Monumental Monumental, a construction robotics startup, this week announced that it has raised $25 million in funding. The company said its goal is to solve the labor, cost, and sustainability problems currently afflicting the global construction industry.

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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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ZenRobotics launches new waste recycling robots

Robotics Automation News

ZenRobotics, a specialist in robotic recycling, has launched ZenRobotics 4.0, its fourth generation of waste sorting robots. The company says the latest robots have new features and upgraded Artificial Intelligence to optimise and improve the efficiency of waste sorting operations.

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AutomationDirect now carries new FATH T-Slotted Rail Components

Design World

AutomationDirect has added a wide assortment of black-colored FATH T-slotted hardware components to match their SureFrame black anodized T-slotted rails. These components include cube connectors (2D and 3D) and angle connectors; joining plates including straight flat plates, square flat plates, rectangular flat plates, Tee flat plates, cross flat plates, L-shaped flat plates, and T-shaped flat… The post AutomationDirect now carries new FATH T-Slotted Rail Components appeared first on Desig

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Quantum Computing and AI Explained

Gary Mintchell

Quantum Computing has been making some headlines and the tech world is fluttering about AI. Dario Gil, SVP of Research at IBM provides a cogent explanation of these technologies. Perhaps the best I’ve heard. It’s on Guy Kawasaki’s podcast. Well worth a listen. The post Quantum Computing and AI Explained appeared first on The Manufacturing Connection.

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North American robot orders decline in 2023, A3 report finds

Automation Mag

A recent Association for Advancing Automation (A3) report finds that robot sales in North American declined by 30 percent in 2023 after record orders in the two previous years. Companies purchased 31,159 robots in 2023, compared to 44,196 ordered in 2022 and 39,708 in 2021. These 2023 orders were divided almost equally among automotive (15,723 robots sold) and non-automotive companies (15,436 robots sold).

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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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2023 North America robot orders down 30 percent from record high in 2022

Robotics Automation News

After record orders in both 2021 and 2022, robot sales in North American declined by 30 percent in 2023, according to the latest report from the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). Companies purchased 31,159 robots in 2023, compared to 44,196 ordered in 2022 and 39,708 in 2021.

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NORD exhibits rugged, reliable solutions at GEAPS Exchange

Design World

NORD’s modular product line includes industrial gear units with output torques up to 2,495,900 lb-in., electric motors with explosion protection, and an innovative, compact screw conveyor package. NORD’s reliable drive solutions The 2024 GEAPS Exchange will be open February 24 – 28 in Kansas City and is the best place to see the latest innovative… The post NORD exhibits rugged, reliable solutions at GEAPS Exchange appeared first on Design World.

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Industry Collaboration Roundup: Control Companies Working Together for Success

Control.com

Major automation players, including Beijer Electronics, Phoenix Contact, Mitsubishi Electric, and others, have announced collab and partnership projects to ensure the industry's successful future.

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Mold Builder Uses Metal 3D Printing to Bridge Medical Product Development to Production

Mold Making Technology

To quickly deliver production representative parts for a medical OEM to complete biocompatibility and functional testing, Westminster Tool used Mantle's Trueshape metal 3D printing technology to produce a prototype tool that provided the team with insights they could apply to the production tool build, saving time. Source (All Images) | Westminster Tool Since July 2022, Class 101 injection mold manufacturer Westminster Tool has pushed the limits of its Mantle Beta metal additive manufacturin

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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.