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When plastics take a green turn

Design World

It can’t be easy being a plastics manufacturer these days, with a barrage of news reports about plastic particles being found on remote beaches or the seabed itself. But count on Rumford, R.I.-based igus Inc. to turn that story on its head, with some innovative ways that they’re using plastics to help the environment —… The post When plastics take a green turn appeared first on Design World.

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How to Approach the Risks of IoT Technology

Automation World

NIST offers manufacturers an array of cybersecurity information related to Internet of Things technologies—from device selection and implementation guidance to outlines on what capabilities IoT devices should feature.

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ISASecure Issues First Security Level 3 Certifications for ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Standards

Gary Mintchell

I haven’t had word from ISA for quite some time. And especially the cybersecurity certification program. This news concerns GE Power Conversion’s HPCi Controller achieving cybersecurity Security Level 3 certificates of conformance. Congratulations. The International Society of Automation (ISA) announced that its ISASecure cybersecurity certification program has issued the world’s first Security Level 3 (SL3) certificates of conformance.

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Female robotics founders discuss their journeys in the industry

Robotics Business Review

Left: Vivian Chu and Andrea Thomaz, the co-founders of Diligent Robotics; right: Kathleen Brandes and Ros Shinkle, the co-founders of Adagy Robotics. | Sources: Diligent Robotics, Adagy Robotics Almost half of all startups that began in 2021 were formed by women, according to human resources cloud software company Gusto. Within the robotics industry, however, it’s a different story.

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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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KUKA Robotics to showcase solutions for education and mixed reality at Automate 2024

Design World

Firmly committed to Industry 4.0 and the future of manufacturing, KUKA Robotics will highlight an innovative solution for educating the next generation of workers and its collaboration with three universities on cutting-edge Mixed Reality (MR) demonstrations at Automate 2024, May 6 – 9 at McCormick Place in Chicago. In booth 5679, visitors will see the… The post KUKA Robotics to showcase solutions for education and mixed reality at Automate 2024 appeared first on Design World.

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Digital Transformation Fails Without People

Automation World

The key to successful digitalization isn’t in the technology—it’s all about the people who will use it. A people-centered approach to digitalization can help process manufacturers maximize the benefits.

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How hackable are our passwords? Very. according to new IET research

E&T

New research from the IET reveals some worrying insights into the passwords we use for our internet-enabled devices, and some top tips about what we can do to make ourselves more secure.

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Update on digital twins and more for digital manufacturing

Design World

New digital approaches leveraging cloud simulations and other advanced analytics are helping manufacturers optimize production lines and end products. By Lisa Eitel | Executive editor At the forefront of digital transformation (DX) initiatives is digital manufacturing. Leveraging an integrated computer-based approaches for design, simulation, testing, and production, the use of digital manufacturing could double over… The post Update on digital twins and more for digital manufacturing

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Preparing for SCADA System Challenges

Automation World

Like any software, SCADA systems are not immune to problems. But with the right level of emergency assistance, training and planned system improvements, SCADA issues don’t have to result in serious production issues.

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Forcen closes funding to develop ‘superhuman’ robotic manipulation

Robotics Business Review

Forcen says its technology will help robotic manipulation advance as vision has. Source: Forcen Forcen last week said it has closed a funding round of CAD $8.35 million ($6.1 million U.S.). The Toronto-based company plans to use the investment to scale up production to support more customers and to continue developing its force/torque sensing technology and edge intelligence.

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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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The Beginner’s Guide to Automation: Making Sense of Prox Sensors

Control.com

Detecting objects is the first field-level task that must be considered before any feedback-based control can happen. Choosing from among the nearly unlimited proximity sensors can be challenging!

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Pressure regulator maximizes hydrogen=-powered vehicles fuel efficiency

Design World

Emerson has launched the TESCOMTM HV-7000 Series two-stage pressure-reducing regulator, which is designed to maximize fuel efficiency and improve reliability in hydrogen-powered vehicles. Easy to install, HV-7000 Series regulators provide stable pressure delivery, high reliability, and long service life for heavy-duty vehicles powered by fuel cells or hydrogen combustion engines.

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Omron and Neura Robotics Partner on Cognitive Robot Development

Automation World

The companies’ partnership will target deployment of robots that feature integrated AI and sensor technologies for use in the manufacturing industries.

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Connecticut students compete in Maritime Welding Competition

The Fabricator

More than 100 Connecticut and Rhode Island students got an up-close look at careers in manufacturing and defense at the recent Maritime Welding Competition and Career Exploration Event in Groton, Conn.

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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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Enhancing Automation With Carlo Gavazzi’s CA12 Capacitive Sensors

Control.com

The latest generation of capacitive sensors from Carlo Gavazzi, the CA12 series, provides various housing options and modes of operation, logic, and diagnostic functions with integrated IO-Link.

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More Stego enclosure heater options from AutomationDirect

Design World

AutomationDirect had added more Stego enclosure heaters to their Enclosure Thermal Management lineup. These new 120-240 VAC/VDC enclosure heaters include small, flat versions that distribute heat evenly within compact enclosures and are available with 8W or 10W heating capacities. Also added are compact loop heaters that feature a patented loop body design for increased natural… The post More Stego enclosure heater options from AutomationDirect appeared first on Design World.

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Internal Coolant Live Tools Address More Productive Deep-Hole Drilling

Mold Making Technology

Source | Platinum Tooling Technologies Inc. Platinum Tooling Technologies Inc. , the exclusive importer of Heimatec live tools and angle heads, announces its expansion of internal coolant tools for popular machine tools models. Coolant-thru technology is often the answer for faster, more productive cutting on many applications, especially when drilling deep holes where chips and excess heat buildup.

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Material handling automation moves forward at MODEX

The Fabricator

Automated guided vehicles, autonomous mobile robots, and even mobile manipulation robots took center stage at MODEX. The technology hints at what the future fab shop could look like.

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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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New Signal Towers Feature Enhanced Functionality in a Modern Package

Control.com

Werma has added a modern touch to old technology with the launch of its new LED signal towers. The latest towers are suitable for use in a wide range of applications that require signal technology.

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Part 1: The increased viability of sustainability

Design World

Sustainability and manufacturing need not be mutually exclusive. As detailed in this three-part series, industry is putting unprecedented effort into ESG initiatives. By Lisa Eitel | Executive editor In recent years, businesses with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives have put increased emphasis on sustainability. Especially in manufacturing and automated operations, metrics abound to allow… The post Part 1: The increased viability of sustainability appeared first

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Formant launches analytics feature to optimize fleet performance

Robotics Business Review

The interface of the Analytics feature, designed to help optimize robot fleet performance. | Source: Formant Formant Inc. today announced the launch of its Formant Analytics feature. The tool aims to help robotics users optimize fleet performance, make data-informed business decisions, and easily prove their return on investment, or ROI. Formant said it created the feature in response to the growing demand for data-driven insights in robotics.

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EU awards €720m to seven renewable hydrogen projects that will begin production in five years

E&T

The EU has awarded nearly €720m to seven renewable hydrogen projects with a combined electrolysis capacity of 1.5GW in the European Hydrogen Bank’s first subsidy auction.

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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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Right Under the E-Nose: The Emergence of Biomimetic Olfactory Chips

Control.com

New research into sensors that mimic the olfactory system of humans and animals may lead to new possibilities across applications, including advanced robotics and safer chemical handling and threat detection in process control.

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Part 2: The increased viability of sustainability

Design World

In Part 1 of this series, we learned how sustainability programs are supported by efficient technologies. Here, we learn how industry is working to reduce carbon emissions. By Lisa Eitel | Executive editor Last year saw 50% more increase in global renewable-electricity capacity than years past — reaching approximately 507 gigawatts, according to the International… The post Part 2: The increased viability of sustainability appeared first on Design World.

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Marine Drone Manufacturer Navigates Business Complexities with MRP Software

MRPEasy

Norwegian sea-drone systems developer and manufacturer Maritime Robotics got its procurement and inventory under control with the help of MRP software. “The software gives us a clear overview of our operation,” says Tor Erik Naebb, Head of Assembly and Integration. “We can find the necessary piece of information in seconds now.” A hi-tech company with […] The post Marine Drone Manufacturer Navigates Business Complexities with MRP Software appeared first on Blog for Manufacturers and Distri

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Plastics News in April: Death, Dissolution, and Discounts

Plastics Today

April showers of bad news rained down on readers, but there were also sustainable solutions, plastic positive fact checks, and great expectations of global importance.

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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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First ever NSW manufactured livestock vaccine has been developed

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Alernon77/stock.adobe.com The NSW Government pilot project to fast-track an mRNA vaccine for border disease virus (BDV) has been successfully manufactured for the first time in New South Wales. The cutting-edge emergency animal disease vaccine is a part of the NSW Government’s investment in the biosecurity of NSW. Minister for Agriculture, Regional and Western NSW, Tara Moriarty said the capability to produce vaccines against emergency animal diseases is critical.

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Part 3: The increased viability of sustainability

Design World

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, we learned how certain design approaches and technologies enable sustainable operations and carbon-emissions reductions. Here, we learn how industry is working to reduce other waste and quantify the effects of their efforts. By Lisa Eitel | Executive editor MEET THE EXPERTS Anant Bhat | Director — Industrial… The post Part 3: The increased viability of sustainability appeared first on Design World.

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Researchers find way to convert methane emissions from landfill into sustainable jet fuel

E&T

New research shows how a chemical process using non-thermal plasma could contribute to a circular economy by converting methane emissions from landfill into sustainable jet fuel.

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CCTY to showcase bearing solutions at the Robotics Summit & Expo

Robotics Business Review

CCTY Bearing will discuss how its technologies can help humanoid robots at the Robotics Summit & Expo. Source: CCTY To help robot developers make humanoid robots that emulate the mobility and flexibility of human limbs, CCTY designs and manufactures bespoke parts tailored to the unique requirements of each project. At the Robotics Summit & Expo this week, the global motion-control supplier will highlight how its state-of-the-art bearings can enable robots to move articulating joints with

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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.