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How to Connect Sustainability and Automation

Automation World

In this episode, we connect with Michael Martinez of Schneider Electric to better understand the connections between the use of open industrial automation software and sustainability.

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The top ten “green” programming languages

Design World

Software with the fastest execution time isn’t necessarily the greenest. Leland Teschler • Executive Editor There once was an assumption among computer programmers that a faster program is also an energy efficient program. The idea transmuted over to software programming languages—surely a faster language was a greener one, the logic went. That all changed in… The post The top ten “green” programming languages appeared first on Design World.

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Emerson Exchange 2022

Gary Mintchell

The control and automation market I’ve been in since the late 90s has definitely become a software market. Yes, the main players that remain do still have their legacy controllers, instrumentation, sensors, and networking. The excitement that remains is mainly software and services. Domain expertise within the supplier community becomes increasingly important.

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Advice for Going Through Digital Transformation

Robotics Automation News

Digital transformation is something that all businesses need to go through. Essentially, this involves integrating digital technologies into the business operation to change the way in which the company operates. Although this can be challenging and disruptive, you will find that there are many benefits to doing this, and it could help to boost the […].

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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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Smart Manufacturing Can Unlock Human Efficiency

Automation World

Harnessing technology to go paperless and digitalize tasks unlocks human efficiency by synchronizing processes, machinery, and people to strike the perfect smart factory balance.

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When music crashes a laptop hard drive

Design World

Teschler on Topic Leland Teschler • Executive Editor lteschler@wtwhmedia.com On Twitter @ DW_LeeTeschler Back in the 1980s, I wrote an article about hard drives as the PC revolution brought them into the hostile environment of factories. They weren’t faring well. Most hard drives of the time were designed to sit in pristine mainframe computer rooms.… The post When music crashes a laptop hard drive appeared first on Design World.

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EVs energise new car market but chargepoint rollout must accelerate

SMMT

October new car registrations rise 26.4% in third month of growth, with hybrid and battery electric vehicles driving uplift. Despite bumper month, market on course for weakest year since 1982 but recovery expected to continue in 2023. Plug-ins account for 21.5% of new registrations but infrastructure rollout risks hampering government zero emission ambition.

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Multi-Tasking Machine Controllers

Automation World

High-end machine performance is often delivered via a controller that also communicates with other machines in real-time & provides live production data for use by higher level systems to support OEE frameworks.

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Linear robots now even more versatile

Design World

Bosch Rexroth has expanded its portfolio of linear robots for various applications in factory automation by adding new axis combinations and sizes. The much wider range of working areas and loads makes the Cartesian subsystems also suitable for applications like battery handling or intralogistics. The linear robots can be selected and sized quickly and easily […].

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Restaurant robots ‘can soon replace key jobs’, says report

Robotics Automation News

Capterra research finds that three-quarters of restaurants are now using automation As labor shortages and rising costs continue to cut into profit margins, restaurants are looking for ways to improve their business model – and automation is increasingly looking like a viable solution. From conversational AI drive-thrus to full-service fry cook robots, the possibilities are […].

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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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Hunter class frigate propeller prototypes to be made in Australia

Manufacturer's Monthly

Propellers for Australia’s elite submarine-hunting warships are a step closer to being made in Australia, delivering a critical local capability for future naval shipbuilding programs. BAE Systems Australia has awarded WA-based company VEEM a $1.76 million contract to manufacture two prototype propeller blades and a propeller hub for their Hunter class frigates under the guidance of OEM Kongsberg Maritime.

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Industrial Companies Move Toward Open Automation Tech

Automation World

ExxonMobil, Intel, and Wood PLC share their experiences with UniversalAutomation.org’s shared source runtime execution engine for interoperable, plug-and-produce automation.

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How to choose a safe and effective counterbalancing system

Design World

Strenuous movements that include heavy lifting, pushing, or straining account for most non-fatal workplace injuries across the United States. In fact, 84% of injuries resulting in time away from work are caused by overexertion, reactions (such as slips or falls), or hazardous contact with objects and equipment. What’s more: employees 45 to 55 are most… The post How to choose a safe and effective counterbalancing system appeared first on Design World.

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GreenPower’s all-electric Type-A bus hits US roads for first time

Canadian Manufacturing

GreenPower’s Nano BEAST Type A all-electric ADA compliant school bus. SOUTH CHARLESTON — GreenPower Motor Company Inc. has announced the deployment of the first purpose-built Type A, all-electric, zero-emission, ADA-compliant school bus in Clay County. The company says this marks its first deployment of the Type A in the United States. GreenPower also says the Nano BEAST will make its first school run on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. “Clay County Schools is excited to be the first school district

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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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Addman buys molder Harbec, adds plastics to its portfolio

Plastics News

New York-based injection molder and additive manufacturer Harbec Inc. has been acquired by Addman Engineering. Part of the attraction is Harbec's expertise in carbon-neutral manufacturing.

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The Connection Between Open Automation and Sustainability

Automation World

Schneider Electric’s Michael Martinez explains how open automation systems—like those supported by UniversalAutomation.org—enable and support sustainability, not just for production operations, but for the automation systems themselves.

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Digital torque wrench measures both torque and angle of rotation

Design World

With the OPEXplus digital torque wrench, Bosch Rexroth has added an economical new product to its existing range of tightening solutions. The OPEXplus digital torque wrench can measure both the torque and the angle of rotation. It covers a range of torques from 3 to 800 Nm, and it transfers the tightening results to any… The post Digital torque wrench measures both torque and angle of rotation appeared first on Design World.

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Tracing metal tube breakage to the smallest of problems

The Fabricator

Discovering how tubing was consistently breaking for one well-run tube bending manufacturing operation was not easy until the team took the cover off a certain part and found a tear that was easily fixed.

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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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Kickstart: 'Spooked' customers want local suppliers

Plastics News

While companies have talked about the benefits of having production closer to home for some time, the COVID-19 pandemic, global shipping congestion and federal dollars for U.S. manufacturing of computer chips and electric vehicle parts pushed reshoring from the "maybe" column to "yes.

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Apptronik and NASA Roll Out Humanoid Robot

Automation World

Apptronik and NASA ready Apollo, a humanoid mobile robot that can manipulate the environment.

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dataFEED OPC Suite Extended offers additional security for data integration with OPC UA Reverse Connect

Design World

With the integration of OPC UA Reverse Connect into its dataFEED OPC Suite Extended V5.22, Softing enables secure communication between OPC UA components in OT and IT that are separated by firewalls or DMZs. dataFEED OPC Suite Extended is an all-in-one solution for OPC communication and cloud connectivity, providing access to controllers and IoT devices… The post dataFEED OPC Suite Extended offers additional security for data integration with OPC UA Reverse Connect appeared first on Design

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6 River Systems unveils new features for its robotic systems for warehouses

Robotics Automation News

6 River Systems (6RS), part of e-commerce platform company Shopify, has unveiled new features for its robotic fulfillment solution that enhances productivity and flexibility for warehouse operators. Integrated with 6RS’ SaaS-based Fulfillment Execution System and autonomous mobile robot (AMR), Chuck, these new features position the company as the most configurable warehouse automation solution provider on […].

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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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California tells plastic bag makers to prove recyclability

Plastics News

California's attorney general on Nov. 2 told seven plastic bag makers to prove their products are recyclable in the state or face potentially millions of dollars in fines.

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Robotic Item Picker Takes Aim at E-comm, Electronics, and Pharma Segments

Automation World

Debuting in November and previewed at PACK EXPO International, the ABB Robotic Item Picker is designed to pick smaller items that are variable in size, shape, and substrate.

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Michael Cinquemani of Master Power Transmission honored with PTDA Warren Pike Award

Design World

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) has named Michael Cinquemani the 31st 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 2022 Industry Summit on October 28 in Nashville. Established in 1984, the Warren Pike Award honors individuals who have demonstrated… The post Michael Cinquemani of Master Power Transmission honored with PTDA Warren Pike Award appeared first

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Funding to advance WA hydrogen electrolyser manufacturing

Manufacturer's Monthly

ITM Power has announced that the Western Australia Government is investing $225,000 to understand the feasibility of manufacturing renewable hydrogen electrolysers within the state. Electrolyser manufacturing is a key initiative in implementing the Western Australian Renewable Hydrogen Strategy. The investment follows a WA Government process that invited a shortlist of electrolyser manufacturers to submit an outline for a business case for electrolyser assembly and manufacture.

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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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Brexit red tape puts brakes on UK innovation and EU sales

The Guardian Manufacturing

Many new products now need multiple safety test facilities for home and abroad, say entrepreneurs British inventions are being brought to market overseas because new Brexit safety certification rules mean they can’t be sold in the UK. Trade bodies and entrepreneurs have blamed the government’s decision to stop accepting the European Union’s CE mark and instead create a new UK Conformity Assessed (UKCA) mark showing that a product is safe.

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PACK EXPO 2022 Automation Trends

Automation World

Exhibits by Beckhoff, Schneider Electric, Stratus Technologies, and Festo highlight growing trends around automation use in the CPG industries.

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What’s the difference between a wave spring and a coil spring?

Design World

Custom or standard, Smalley takes great pride in its unparalleled dedication to delivering quality wave spring solutions for a variety of industries. Both wave springs and traditional coil springs fall under the category of compression springs. While the primary function of a compression spring is to provide axial load, wave springs have a few key differences and advantages when compared to coil springs.

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TeamViewer and Hyundai partner to accelerate digital innovation in automotive smart factory

Robotics Automation News

TeamViewer, a provider of remote connectivity and workplace digitalisation solutions, is partnering with mobility solutions provider Hyundai Motor to digitalise business operations and manufacturing processes for Hyundai Motor Group Innovation Center in Singapore (HMGICS). TeamViewer and Hyundai Motor Company will cooperate to maximise digitalisation benefits in HMGICS’ smart factory using TeamViewer’s Augmented Reality (AR) platform, […].

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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.