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Advanced Manufacturing Team, assemble!

The Fabricator

Metal fabricating companies need to prioritize the integration of advanced manufacturing technologies and automation into their operations.

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Tips for keeping manufacturing IT systems safe from cybercrime

The Fabricator

Cybersecurity expert Bryce Austin provides guidance to keep metal fabricating and manufacturing companies safe from the growing threat of cybercrime.

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Weidmüller USA breaks ground on new engineering and manufacturing facility

Design World

Weidmüller Inc., USA, a provider of Smart Industrial Connectivity products and solutions headquartered in Richmond, VA, today broke ground on a new engineering, production, and warehouse facility at its current Southlake location in Chesterfield County. The $16.4 million expansion will create more than 100 new jobs for the greater Richmond, Virginia area.

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Combine Software and Six Sigma to Avoid Unplanned Downtime

Automation World

Because unplanned downtime can still occur when using monitoring and preventative maintenance software, application of the DMAIC six sigma tool along with software insights can help better identify the true root cause of a problem and how to address it.

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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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Manufacturing Trends Noticed at Hannover

Gary Mintchell

My Website traffic dropped significantly during the week of Hannover Messe in April. As an independent thinker/writer, I cannot afford such a trip unless I can find a sponsor. There were none this year. I do enjoy Hannover. It’s an intense few days walking about 10 miles a day. I did view it from afar through press releases and other websites and correspondence.

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Deep Robotics unveils new four-legged robot

Robotics Automation News

Deep Robotics, a developer of quadrupedal robots for industrial applications, has launched the newest version of its dexterous intelligent robot dog, Lite3. The company says the new four-legged robot “combines advanced mobility and open modular structure” to serve education, research, and innovative entertainment purposes.

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The Advancement of PLCs

Automation World

Programmable logic controllers have come a long way in helping improve the functionality of the manufacturing industry.

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Boosting bottom-bending accuracy on the press brake with these tips

The Fabricator

When bottom bending on a press brake, the punch tip determines the radius and the die angle determines your bend angle. Sounds simple, yet the variables still abound for metal fabrication shops.

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Autonomous military AI tested ‘responsibly’ by Ministry of Defence

E&T

The Aukus alliance is a trilateral security pact between Australia, the UK and the US (Aukus) which includes cooperation on advanced cyber mechanisms, AI and quantum technologies among other technologies. Their latest work saw AI-enabled assets being used in a “collaborative swarm” to detect and track military targets in real time. Accelerating the development of these technologies will have a massive impact on military capability, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

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New compression latch from Southco offers visual indication of latch open status

Design World

Southco, a provider of engineered access solutions, has expanded its line of VISE ACTION Compression Latches with a new version that allows visual confirmation of latch open status. Southco’s E3 VISE ACTION Compression Latch with Visual Indicator features red, reflective indicator wings that can be easily viewed when the latch is open, allowing latch status… The post New compression latch from Southco offers visual indication of latch open status appeared first on Design World.

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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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Machine Vision: Pick and place with FLIR thermal imaging cameras

Robotics Automation News

Machine vision inspections using visual cameras can occasionally cause recognition problems if the product and background have too little color contrast. In such cases, thermal imaging cameras can be a practical solution – especially if the product has a different temperature than the transport medium.

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Covering all the pipe fabrication bases with automated welding technology

The Fabricator

Immediately upon launch, INfab brought automated rotary pipe welding to its fight to stay competitive in the large-pipe fabrication business.

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Swedish steel mill turns to hydrogen for full-scale production

E&T

Tucked away in a quaint town south of Stockholm lies one of Ovako’s nine production facilities. Its Hofors site has its roots traced back to the mid-16th century and today serves as the company’s hub, with production in steel and billet rolling mills, and in tube and ring mills. Now, the steel mill welcomes a new addition to its Hofors location as part of the company’s next steps in its decarbonisation journey: a hydrogen plant.

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Advantec’s computing platform improves healthcare, retail, and automation process efficiency

Design World

Advantech, a provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) hardware and automation technology, now offers the scalable Valor Mini Workstation that offers a seven-year minimum lifespan. The U.S.-developed and manufactured compact industrial PC provides continuity in complex processes by eliminating the need for frequent recertification, reintegration, and replacement common in typical commercial workstations.

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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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Shell Chemical fined $10M, restarting production

Plastics News

Shell had suspended polyethylene resin and ethylene monomer production in Monaca, Pa., on March 25 but said on May 24 that it is restarting.

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Georgia Tech partners with Stilfold to advance ‘industrial origami’ engineering program

Robotics Automation News

Georgia Tech’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering is partnering with Stockholm-based startup Stilfold to roll out a pioneering initiative that will teach students innovative new approaches to sustainable manufacturing, inspired by the Japanese art of origami.

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Drivers should be taxed per mile starting with EVs, think tank says

E&T

In its ‘The Future of Driving’ report, the centre-right think tank said that road transport in Britain generates too much congestion and air pollution and that drivers are paying more through taxation than is invested back in the road network. CPS argues that fuel duty and vehicle excise duty should be replaced with a per-mile charging system, with higher mileage allowances for those living in rural areas to ensure fairness.

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Advantech, Red Hat team up to deliver digital transformation and to drive innovation

Design World

Advantech, a supplier of industrial Internet of Things (IoT) hardware and automation technology, announces a collaboration with Red Hat, a provider of open-source solutions, that will enable equipment manufacturers, systems integrators, and enterprise IT teams to drive continuous innovation and accelerate digital transformation. The collaboration brings together the benefits of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and… The post Advantech, Red Hat team up to deliver digital transformation and to drive

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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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Let Go! Leverage Your Mindset, Elevate Yourself as a Leader, Drive Organizational Purpose

Mold Making Technology

AMBA conferences always offer valuable conversations, new connections and life lessons. Photo Credit: Creative Technology Corp. I always need time to download and digest after attending an American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) Conference. I return to work energized by the conversations, new connections and session lessons. But more than that, I usually come back home with a life lesson.

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A Helpful Guide to CNC Machining

Robotics Automation News

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines are computer-programmed automated tools used in manufacturing to monitor and control movements and machine operations. Many manufacturing companies, including automotive, aerospace, and prototyping, use these machines to enhance their products and processes.

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Photonic chips could lower energy consumption from data centres

E&T

Data centres can consume up to 50 times more energy per square foot of floor space than a typical office building and account for roughly 2 per cent of all electricity use in the US. In recent years, the number of data centres has risen rapidly due to soaring demand from the likes of Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and Google. Now, a new, ultra-energy-efficient method to compensate for temperature variations that degrade photonic chips has been developed.

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Motion Plus launches new Motus1 linear actuator family

Design World

Motion Plus, a marketplace for motion and control solutions, is excited to announce the release of the Motus1 (M1) industrial positioning actuator. This new addition brings a belt- and screw-driven industrial linear positioner for superior performance to Motion Plus’s already broad portfolio of in-stock, high-quality automation components. The M1 actuator delivers reliable motion control for… The post Motion Plus launches new Motus1 linear actuator family appeared first on Design Wor

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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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Purging Compounds Reduce Blow Molding and Extrusion Scrap & Downtime 50%

Plastics Today

Beyond injection molding: New purging formulations from Chem-Trend help blow molding and extrusion processors cut scrap and downtime, speed cleanings, and improve part quality.

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4 Key Benefits of Using Videos for Product Presentations

Robotics Automation News

Product presentations are an essential component of any successful marketing campaign, requiring significant investments of time and resources to showcase products in the best possible light. Indeed, the success or failure of a product presentation can make or break a customer’s interest in a product, determining whether they ultimately make a purchase.

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Termite mounds could serve as inspiration for greener buildings

E&T

Two researchers at Lund University and Nottingham Trent University have studied mounds of Macrotermes michaelseni termites from Namibia, to find out what architects can learn from them in order to design more energy-efficient buildings. This species of termite forms colonies of more than a million individuals, building large mounds to house them. At the heart of the mounds lie the symbiotic fungus gardens, farmed by the termites for food.

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Beckhoff celebrating 20 years of EtherCAT

Design World

Beckhoff Automation is proudly commemorating the 20th anniversary of EtherCAT, the groundbreaking industrial Ethernet system that transformed the world of industrial networking. Since its introduction at Hannover Messe in 2003, EtherCAT has emerged as the leader in speed, flexibility and openness, solidifying its position in the global market through its reliability and continuous technical advancements.… The post Beckhoff celebrating 20 years of EtherCAT appeared first on Design World.

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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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To the Cloud and Beyond?A Comprehensive Model for Enhanced NetOps and User Experience

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

Cloud computing has become wildly popular among IT organizations for a number of reasons, including its ability to enhance efficiency, security, agility, and cost-effectiveness.

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Techman launches new collaborative robot with ‘longest reach’

Robotics Automation News

Techman Robot has launched a new robot, giving the first opportunity to see the TM AI Cobot TM25S at the Automate Show. The company says its “revolutionary” 25 kg payload collaborative robot joins TM Robot’s already impressive lineup and the TM AI Cobot S Series.

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Book review: ‘The Battle of the Beams’ by Tom Whipple

E&T

As I was reading this book, a succession of seemingly far-fetched associations and recollections were projected - or perhaps should I say ‘beamed’ - onto my mind. I was reminded first of Times Radio, which has recently replaced BBC Radio 4 as my favourite station. Tom Whipple, the author of ‘The Battle of the Beams’ (Bantam Press, £20, ISBN 9781787634138), who also happens to be the science editor at The Times newspaper, is a regular commentator on science and technology for its radio counterpar

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MELSOFT MaiLab software enables companies to easily analyze factory data  

Design World

Mitsubishi Electric Automation announces its MELSOFT MaiLab software that uses the company´s Maisart intelligent technology to enable companies to easily analyze and diagnose factory data. Through analysis of past manufacturing data, the software makes sophisticated data decisions, akin to skilled workers, requiring less investment of time and expertise in a company´s workforce.

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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.