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Test Equipment Producer Gains a New Level of Control with Manufacturing Software

MRPEasy

With over two decades of experience in designing and manufacturing control and test systems, TBG Solutions is a trusted provider of industrial engineering solutions. A recent implementation of cloud-based MRP software has comprehensively updated the company’s internal processes. Professionals of the trade TBG Solutions is an engineer-to-order test, measurement, and control systems producer that has […] The post Test Equipment Producer Gains a New Level of Control with Manufacturing Softwar

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Manufacturers find recruitment challenge easing slightly - Make UK’s Q3 HR Bulletin

Manufacturing Management

While the employment picture is on the whole looking a little healthier, manufacturers are still facing the long-term skills challenges which have held businesses back from growing to their full potential for the last few years, according to Make UK’s Q3 HR Bulletin.

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Fake chips have been around forever, so how can manufacturers fight them?

Robotics Automation News

There is a wide disparity between different organizations’ assessments of the revenue and job losses caused by counterfeit chips. In 2017, the US Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) pegged the losses at $170 billion. That same year, the Semiconductor Industry Association estimated that counterfeit chips cost the chip industry $7.5 billion annually.

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Why do metal fabricators and welders automate?

The Fabricator

Many are turning to automation because they simply can’t find people to hire. But the evolution toward automation is more nuanced. Technologies like cobots helps create a place where more people want to work.

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A Journey to Efficiency & Excellence in Manufacturing

Foundation Wellness, an orthotic and foot care product leader, transformed its manufacturing by implementing the Manufacturing Execution System FORCE MES FLEX from FORCAM ENISCO. Previously hindered by manual data collection, the company needed more efficiency and a proactive approach. Adopting an MES enhanced data visibility and enabled data-driven decision-making.

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Ready for 2024: Additive Manufacturing Strategies Gears up to Revolutionize 3D Printing Industry Again

MESA

Additive Manufacturing Strategies (AMS) has set the stage for another groundbreaking conference, slated for February 6-8, 2024. After a banner year that surpassed all expectations, the seventh installment is poised to redefine the landscape of the additive manufacturing industry with an unparalleled lineup of experts and speakers. Stellar Sponsorship and Keynote Speakers The sponsorship for this event showcases a cross-section of esteemed companies in the additive manufacturing (AM) ecosystem, u

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Mitsubishi launches economical PowerGate for commercial pumping and air-handling applications

Design World

Mitsubishi Electric Automation Inc.´s Standard Engineered Solution, PowerGate E, is designed specifically for customers with limited technical requirements and tight budgets. PowerGate E is specifically designed to offer a cost-effective alternative to Mitsubishi Electric´s feature-rich PowerGate H control. PowerGate E is configurable with a multitude of options that allow customers to tailor the unit to… The post Mitsubishi launches economical PowerGate for commercial pumping and air-hand

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Air pollution regulations not stringent enough to protect UK ecosystems

E&T

A new study finds that existing regulations could avoid 6,751 early deaths among adults in the UK by 2030 compared to if no regulations existed. That estimate nearly doubles to 13,269 avoided adult premature deaths if all possible technically feasible measures are employed to reduce air pollution immediately. But they don’t cover most of the pollution emitted by the UK’s agriculture sector, which has emissions predicted to rise in the coming years.

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High schools equip tomorrow’s fabrication, welding workforce

The Fabricator

Two schools in the Midwest, Hartford Union High School in Wisconsin and Cary-Grove High School in Illinois, are doing something about the shortage of skilled manufacturing workers.

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TRIO 24 V power supply provides plug-and-play solutions for the control cabinet

Design World

The TRIO Power 24 V power supply from Phoenix Contact features a space-saving design, easy handling, and smart diagnostic functions. Output currents range from 5 to 40 A. The line includes options with an integrated multichannel circuit breaker. The power supplies’ narrow overall width saves space, making it possible to mount them directly, side by side.… The post TRIO 24 V power supply provides plug-and-play solutions for the control cabinet appeared first on Design World.

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British CV production dips in September

SMMT

UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing output dips -5.2% in September to 11,352 units. Production for domestic market rises 10.3% while exports decline -15.1%. Overall year-to-date volumes remain up by a significant 11.4% at 85,540 units. UK commercial vehicle (CV) production dipped in September, down -5.2% year on year, according to the latest figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 11,352 vans, buses, trucks, coaches and taxis rolled out of factory g

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Provide Real Value in Your Applications with Data and Analytics

The complexity of financial data, the need for real-time insight, and the demand for user-friendly visualizations can seem daunting when it comes to analytics - but there is an easier way. With Logi Symphony, we aim to turn these challenges into opportunities. Our platform empowers you to seamlessly integrate advanced data analytics, generative AI, data visualization, and pixel-perfect reporting into your applications, transforming raw data into actionable insights.

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Ontario manufacturer receives provincial support to build advanced manufacturing facility

Automation Mag

TNR Industrial Doors, a manufacturer of high-performance rubber, freezer and cooler doors, is investing $40 million investment to build a new advanced manufacturing facility. With this investment, the company – a subsidiary of German-owned Hörmann Group — will build a new 120,000-square-foot facility with advanced automation technology to increase production and reduce costs.

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Cruise removes robotaxis from San Francisco following accident

E&T

The company lost its licence to operate its robotaxis in the city after being accused of “ misrepresenting” the safety of the technology and withholding information from regulators. The safety of Cruise’s driverless taxis came into question earlier this month, following an accident in which one of its cars rolled over a woman who had been hit by a human driver and thrown into the road.

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NORD DRIVESYSTEMS offers sweet solutions for the bakery industry

Design World

The bakery industry includes many complex processes from mixing and kneading large quantities of dough, heating and cooling baked goods, and packaging and labeling the final product. NORD DRIVESYSTEMS supports the industry every step of the way with reliable drive systems engineered for high efficiency and smooth operation. Specialized configurations cater to all requirements of… The post NORD DRIVESYSTEMS offers sweet solutions for the bakery industry appeared first on Design World.

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Don’t Be Haunted By Non-Recyclable Candy Packaging

Plastics Today

Two new options help Americans responsibly dispose of the packaging for the $3.1 billion worth bite-sized, individually wrapped treats sold during Halloween.

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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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Uniting Manufacturing and Technology: Looking Back at SOUTHTEC 2023

Control.com

The SOUTHTEC show in Greenville, SC highlighted advancements in manufacturing technologies including design, CNC equipment, robotics, additive manufacturing, and quality services.

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Encouraging women into engineering careers could tackle UK’s skills shortage

E&T

One programme aimed at sparking the interest of girls in key stage 4 (14 to 16 years old) and sixth-formers has concluded for 2023 and has doubled the take-up – there were 465 participants – from the previous year. The UK Electronic Skills Foundation’s (UKESF’s) Girls into Electronics programme, in collaboration with Apple, was conducted at many of the UK’s leading universities and involved participation from over 100 schools.

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Toyota’s New Approach To Accelerate The Future Of Car Manufacturing

Metrology

Human-centred monozukuri evolution combines Toyota’s unique strengths with innovative technology and digital tools to transform car manufacturing and the future of cars The post Toyota’s New Approach To Accelerate The Future Of Car Manufacturing appeared first on Metrology and Quality News - Online Magazine.

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PlasCred Circular commissions Calgary pilot plant

Canadian Manufacturing

CALGARY – PlasCred Circular Innovations Inc., a Calgary-based company in the plastic waste management sector, has successfully commissioned its patent-pending Primus pilot plant. In an Oct. 24 news release, PlasCred officials said the Calgary facility – which was designed in collaboration with Grey Owl Engineering Ltd. – was successfully commissioned and brought online in May, and has been engineered for beta testing of PlasCred’s upcycling process, which converts up to 80 per cent of dirt

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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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Visualize Equipment Data in a SNAP! Banner’s New Asset Monitoring Gateway

Control.com

Banner Engineering has released a monitoring gateway for the SNAP sensor product line, visualizing data across sensor networks attached to the equipment and assets, not the products being created.

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Uncrewed RAF aircraft to begin UK trials

E&T

The UK’s air and space force is on its way to incorporating autonomous aircrafts into its fleet. Protector is a new uncrewed aircraft capable of carrying out global surveillance and strike operations. It has a wingspan of 79ft and can operate at heights up to 40,000ft. It also has an endurance of more than 30 hours. The first of this new line of aircraft will begin a series of tests at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire this week, with a view to joining the fleet in late 2024.

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Siemens and CEA Collaborate on Research to Expand Applications of Digital Twin With AI for Industry

Metrology

Siemens Digital Industries Software and CEA-List, a technological research institute focused on smart digital systems research, recently announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on research to further extend and enhance digital twin capabilities with artificial intelligence. The post Siemens and CEA Collaborate on Research to Expand Applications of Digital Twin With AI for Industry appeared first on Metrology and Quality News - Online Magazine.

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Motor sensor is low-cost rival to magnetic and optical encoders

Drives & Controls

The Japanese semiconductor specialist Renesas has developed an inductive motor position sensing technology to rival the costly magnetic and optical encoders commonly used in motor control applications. The company claims that its high-speed inductive position sensor (IPS) technology is accurate, robust, reliable and cost-effective.

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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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The Art of Maintaining and Repairing Hydraulic Cylinders

Control.com

Hydraulic cylinders and actuators can quickly move heavy objects and provide strong clamping forces. But when they break down, the effects can be catastrophic and the repairs costly and timely.

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South Africa granted $1bn World Bank loan to upgrade its energy grid

E&T

The bank wants to support Africa’s sixth most populated nation and help it reduce its energy emissions. South Africa’s energy grid has been increasingly struggling, with the country’s coal-fired power stations routinely breaking down and leaving citizens without power for up to 10 hours a day. To address this situation, the World Bank said it will provide a $1bn ( £830m) development policy loan (DPL) to South Africa.

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PT WORK Force supports employers in motion control and power transmission industries with resources

Automation Mag

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) recently shared in a press statement that generous contributions made by companies and individuals to the PTDA Foundation 2023 Fund Drive, the charitable arm of the association, further empower power transmission/motion control employers in their recruitment and retention efforts through the PT WORK Force initiative.

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How digital transformation can help your company become more flexible and consistent

Control Engineering

Your manufacturing company suffers inconsistencies, time crunches, and other setbacks from outdated systems. You ask yourself, how do I automate a manual process? If you are curious how digital transformation might be right for your business, this article is for you. What is digital transformation and how can it help my company? Digital transformation refers to the leveraging of digital technologies to transform and innovate business processes.

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Deliver Mission Critical Insights in Real Time with Data & Analytics

In the fast-moving manufacturing sector, delivering mission-critical data insights to empower your end users or customers can be a challenge. Traditional BI tools can be cumbersome and difficult to integrate - but it doesn't have to be this way. Logi Symphony offers a powerful and user-friendly solution, allowing you to seamlessly embed self-service analytics, generative AI, data visualization, and pixel-perfect reporting directly into your applications.

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Create Your Own IIoT Tech Stack Project | Part 5: Database Setup

Control.com

Now that our IIoT project has verified the transmission of an MQTT data payload packet, this next article will explore the setup of an InfluxDB database to store the incoming sensor data.

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AI risks societal dangers without regulation, Sunak warns ahead of tech summit

E&T

For the first time, the government has published a report on the capabilities and risks that AI poses to the UK’s society and economy. The report draws on various sources – including intelligence assessments – to evaluate the current state of “frontier AI” capabilities and how these might improve in the future, as well as the risks they present, including societal harms, misuse and loss of control.

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What to know about the St. Lawrence Seaway strike

Canadian Manufacturing

MONTREAL – The St. Lawrence Seaway has shut down as hundreds of workers walked off the job Sunday. Here are answers to a few key questions about what’s going on: What is the St. Lawrence Seaway? The St. Lawrence Seaway is a marine shipping route that links the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes through a system of 15 locks between Lake Erie and Montreal.

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Grinder’s dual-trigger activation, permanent side handle contribute to user safety

The Fabricator

The M18 FUEL 4½-in./5-in. dual-trigger braking grinder from Milwaukee Tool features a trigger on the braking grinder’s main barrel and a secondary trigger on the side handle, requiring two hands to stay on the tool for operation.

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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.