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Reshoring and supply-chain security

Design World

Discrete automation with motion systems and complementary forms of warehousing technologies remain core to reshoring and making supply chains more robust in the years since COVID-19. We recently asked several industry experts about trends they’re seeing in this space. Here’s what they had to say. Meet the Experts Brian Burke | Product manager III •… The post Reshoring and supply-chain security appeared first on Design World.

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New Connectivity Tech Saves Control Cabinet Space

Automation World

Advances in power distribution technology enable one compact terminal block to feed up to 10 outputs with one input while shrinking the DIN rail space needed from 80 mm to 16 mm.

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Growing Into Mediocrity

Gary Mintchell

I devoted Tuesday this week to exploring Automate, the robot/vision/automation trade show produced by A3. Six miles of walking and many conversations later, a sense of the state of the industry and a few of the players visited me. One thing to note was where consolidation is and has taken place. The cobot revolution has matured with the small innovative companies acquired by large corporations.

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Used car market hits five year high as EVs reach record share

SMMT

UK used car market grows 6.5% to almost 2 million units in Q1 2024 – the fifth quarter of successive growth. Best start to a year since 2019 as second-hand market hits five year high. Zero emission car sales up 71.0% with highest ever market share at 2.1%. Download the used car sales report for Q1 2024 The UK’s used car market rose by 6.5% in the first quarter of 2024 with 1,967,923 units finding new owners – the strongest start to a year since pre-pandemic 2019, according to the latest figures

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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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Clippard Precision Fluid Control Products & Solutions

Design World

Clippard provides thousands of standard and special precision flow control products to design engineers and manufacturers around the world. Clippard’s expertise is not limited to providing over 7,000 standard products, but also offers a unique advantage by providing custom products and value-added assemblies for hundreds of applications. Electronic Pressure Regulators & Flow Controllers Electronic Valves:… The post Clippard Precision Fluid Control Products & Solutions appeared fir

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Redefining Manufacturing with Digital Transformation

Automation World

As industry confronts the challenges of efficiency, cybersecurity, workforce shortages and the integration of emerging technologies, adopting smart manufacturing practices is emerging as a critical component of success.

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A visit to Automate 2024 reveals the future might be now

The Fabricator

Metal fabricators won’t have to wait too long before they see the latest automation and robotic innovations on display at Automate 2024 in their own shops.

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Silicon Sensing accelerometer to equip in-orbit manufacturing demonstration satellite

Design World

Space Forge will launch ForgeStar-1, its in-orbit manufacturing demonstration satellite equipped with Silicon Sensing’s CAS291 accelerometer. This follows a program of testing and development in satellite vehicles. ForgeStar satellites will help produce advanced materials such as alloys, proteins, and semiconductors in ultra-vacuum and microgravity space conditions.

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Siemens and Microsoft Work to Standardize Digital Twin Definition Language

Automation World

Using the W3C Thing Description standard will ease the exchange of digital twin models and related data.

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Seoul National University wins MassRobotics Form & Function Challenge

Robotics Business Review

The Seoul National University team with its winning system. | Source: MassRobotics MassRobotics announced the winners of its second Form & Function University Robotics Challenge at the Robotics Summit & Expo last week. A panel of judges at the show picked Seoul National University as the first-place winner. Twelve teams from across the globe showcased their robotics and automation projects for the challenge and competed for cash prizes.

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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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Plastic Pail Earns Sustainable Stripes

Plastics Today

Milacron and partners perfect the injection molding of a precise layer of recycled content — mechanical or advanced processes — to sustainably boost the eco-footprint of 5-gal plastic pails.

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What is quasi-simultaneous laser welding?

Design World

By Emma Wood, Global Product Manager for Non-ultrasonic Technologies at Emerson Laser plastic welding continues to grow in popularity worldwide because it provides a unique range of capabilities and benefits: gentle and vibration-free joining, particle-free cleanliness and precision fluid paths, strong bonds with hermetic seals, exceptional aesthetic appearance, and the versatility to bond an extremely… The post What is quasi-simultaneous laser welding?

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As the Thames Barrier reaches 40, officials say it will need adaptations for rising sea levels

E&T

As the Thames Barrier hits its 40th anniversary, officials have said it will need upgrades in the future to cope with rising sea levels and extreme weather caused by climate change.

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Exotec to discuss 5 change management strategies for implementing warehouse automation

Robotics Business Review

In this free webinar, learn how to involve stakeholders in warehouse automation adoption. Source: Exotec To successfully deploy warehouse automation, an understanding of change management is as important as technical expertise. In this webinar, you can learn about strategies for bringing robots into your warehouse or distribution center. Systems integration expert Race Kangas will also discuss best practices for fostering open communication across diverse teams, reassuring workers about shifting

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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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A deep dive into a bleeding-edge automation strategy in metal fabrication

The Fabricator

Seven years ago, fire alarm equipment maker Space Age Electronics had virtually no automated equipment in the sheet metal department—just manual punches, brakes, and TIG welding cells. How times have changed.

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PTDA Foundation launches student and employee scholarships

Design World

The demand for skilled professionals in the power transmission and motion control (PT/MC) industry has never been more urgent. Committed to helping PT/MC employers nurture current and upcoming talent, the PTDA Foundation has launched two new scholarships to empower individuals who are passionate about pursuing PT/MC careers. “By providing financial support by way of scholarships, […] The post PTDA Foundation launches student and employee scholarships appeared first on Design World.

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North Sea oil and gas operators must keep on track with emission cuts, says industry regulator

E&T

As the sector transitions to net zero by 2050, UK North Sea oil and gas operators must focus on initiatives to cut emissions from their production activities, says North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA).

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SwRI releases CAD-based toolkit for robotics development

Robotics Business Review

A screenshot of the SwRI Workbench for Offline Robotics Development (SWORD) toolkit. Ease of use continues to be an ongoing challenge for robotics developers and users. And the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is looking to do its part with a new toolkit that aims to simplify programming robots. The SwRI Workbench for Offline Robotics Development (SWORD) embeds computer-aided design (CAD) into robotics motion planning, modeling and execution.

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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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Types of Order Picking – A Quick Guide to Greater Efficiency

MRPEasy

Order picking is a fundamental process in warehouse management, essential for ensuring timely and accurate customer order fulfillment. In this post, we explore various manual and automated picking methods to enhance efficiency and reduce costs, each tailored to different warehouse sizes and operational needs. What is order picking? Order picking is a warehouse management term […] The post Types of Order Picking – A Quick Guide to Greater Efficiency appeared first on Blog for Manufacturers

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PTDA Foundation launches student and employee scholarships

Design World

The demand for skilled professionals in the power transmission and motion control (PT/MC) industry has never been more urgent. Committed to helping PT/MC employers nurture current and upcoming talent, the PTDA Foundation has launched two new scholarships to empower individuals who are passionate about pursuing PT/MC careers. “By providing financial support by way of scholarships,… The post PTDA Foundation launches student and employee scholarships appeared first on Design World.

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Making the move from hard automation to robotic welding

The Fabricator

When water heater maker A.O. Smith wanted to upgrade to robotic welding, it analyzed its entire production line to make full use of the latest automation.

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Intrinsic uses NVIDIA foundation models to improve robotic grasping

Robotics Business Review

Intrinsic, a software and AI robotics company that spun out of Alphabet, now integrates with NVIDIA AI and Isaac platform technologies in hopes of advancing the state of autonomous robotic manipulation. Under the collaboration, NVIDIA and Intrinsic plan to bring state-of-the-art dexterity and modular AI capabilities for robotic arms, with a robust collection of foundation models and GPU-accelerated libraries to accelerate a greater number of new robotics tasks.

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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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Automate 2024 in Chicago: The Exciting First Days of the Show

Control.com

Chicago has been the hub of high-tech automation technology for the past several days. Check out some of the amazing new and innovative tech to discover the trends we can expect for 2024 and beyond.

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New Siemens software automatically identifies vulnerable production assets

Design World

• SINEC Security Guard: Intuitive cloud-based software-as-a-service to improve cybersecurity on the shop floor • Allows users to match vulnerabilities to their OT assets, prioritize them, and engage in mitigation measures • Integration with the cloud-native SIEM Microsoft Sentinel enabled • Available on the Siemens Xcelerator Marketplace in July, 2024 Production facilities are increasingly the… The post New Siemens software automatically identifies vulnerable production assets appeared fir

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3D CMM Scanning Added To Optical Shaft Measurement Machine

Metrology

SYLVAC recently unveiled the integration of the Renishaw SP25M tactile 3D scanning probe into its SYLVAC-SCAN S145 optical measurement machine. This upgrade enhances the machine's capabilities, providing a multi-sensor solution that detects features beyond optical reach. Specifically designed for measuring holes and slots in cylindrical components, the enhanced system is identified as the SYLVAC-SCAN S145 P.

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HEBI Robotics releases H-Series actuators

Robotics Business Review

HEBI’s H-Series Actuators are sealed to IP65. | Source: HEBI Robotics HEBI Robotics last week during the Robotics Summit & Expo expanded its offerings with its new H-Series platform of smart robotic actuators. The company says this new series of actuators provides higher versatility, precision, and torque, and can be used to create custom robots for challenging environments.

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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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INFRAM24: Measuring your IT strategy and capabilities to drive adoption and improve outcomes

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

Learn about the enhancements made to the HIMSS Infrastructure Adoption Model (INFRAM), which now incorporates IT strategy and measures the impact of infrastructure investments on clinical outcomes and operations.

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ABB expands modular large robot portfolio

Design World

ABB Robotics is continuing the expansion of its modular large robot portfolio with the introduction of the new IRB 7710 and IRB 7720. The new robots, combined with recently launched IRB 5710-IRB 5720 and IRB 6710-IRB 6740, offer a combined total of 46 different variants capable of handling payloads between 70 kg to 620 kg… The post ABB expands modular large robot portfolio appeared first on Design World.

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OnRobot Unveils Electric Grippers for Heavy-duty Cobot Applications

Control.com

OnRobot has launched two new electric grippers capable of handling high-payload applications and partnered with Ellison Technologies to power a CNC machine-tending solution.

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ESTAT introduces new linear electroadhesive brake for motion control

Robotics Business Review

The new linear brake solution uses electrical fields to hold the axis. | Credit: ESTAT ESTAT Actuation engineers and manufactures electronic brakes and clutches that use the physics of electric fields to deliver a braking or clutching interaction when powered on. The company spun out from Carnegie Mellon University in 2019 and introduced its first innovation with a rotary joint clutch/brake product, useful for robotics applications.

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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.