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Distributor Insights into Industrial Automation Trends

Automation World

With more than 15 million products in its inventory, DigiKey has a level of insight into automation technology use few other companies have.

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Productivity: An essential ingredient for sustainable economic growth

Manufacturer's Monthly

Australia’s labour productivity fell 3.7 per cent due to increased hours worked and declining investment in resources / Image: Weld The Productivity Commission’s recently released Annual Productivity Bulletin 2024 shows that Australia’s labour productivity fell sharply in 2022-2023, as a record-breaking increase in hours worked failed to generate a corresponding increase in economic output.

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7 things I learned from Hexagon’s Tarik El Dsoki

Design World

Germany’s Hannover Messe can be a show of excesses, with too many halls to visit, too many new products to see, and never enough time — or walking stamina — to take it all in. But the show is full of little nuggets of information that help engineers and designers find solutions to do their… The post 7 things I learned from Hexagon’s Tarik El Dsoki appeared first on Design World.

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Emerson’s New Flexible Control Helps OEMs and Small Manufacturing Operations

Gary Mintchell

We often imagine the customers of the large process control systems suppliers we probably think of large corporations who can (and sometimes do) acquire large and complex control systems. A vast part of the market consists of small to mid-sized companies. Sometimes it’s a large corporation but the various plants are small. A few of those were customers of mine back in the day.

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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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Honeywell Raises the Alarm on New Industrial Cybersecurity Threat

Automation World

A new report from Honeywell explains how “silent residency” has become an increasing threat to industrial facilities.

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OpenAI is restarting its robotics research group

Robotics Business Review

OpenAI robotics research is resuming, applying generative AI to tasks such as manipulation. | Credit: OpenAI OpenAI LLC, which is best known for ChatGPT, is restarting its robotics research group. The San Francisco-based company has been a pioneer in generative artificial intelligence and is returning to robotics after a three-year break. This comes as no surprise, since The Robot Report has reported on several robotics companies working with ChatGPT and large language models (LLMs) over the pas

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ABB Launches Upgraded DCS ABB Ability System 800xA

Gary Mintchell

While on the smaller, more flexible Process Control theme, let’s take a look at ABB. That company brought a new editor who came from industry up to the Cleveland suburbs to learn all about their newly designed process control system, the 800xA. ABB says that as plants keep growing in complexity, the number of tags, and the diversity of field devices and instrumentation.

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Robot Investment Surges in U.S.

Automation World

The International Federation of Robotics reports strong robotics demand across all major segments of U.S. manufacturing in 2023.

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Soft N Dry announces expansion of products into Brazil

Canadian Manufacturing

(CNW Group/Soft N Dry Diapers Corp.) TORONTO , PUERTO VALLARTA and SÃO PAULO — Soft N Dry Diapers Corp. and its subsidiary Soft N Dry de México, announced that it has commenced sales and marketing operations in Brazil, which is both Latin America’s largest economy and a leading consumer-driven market for sustainable consumer packaged goods (CPG).

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Murrelektronik Modlink panel interface connectors from AutomationDirect

Design World

AutomationDirect has added new Murrelektronik Modlink panel interface connectors that provide various styles of interface inserts, frames, and optional protection covers that can be easily configured for a custom data and/or power panel interface connector. Modlink panel interface inserts are available in nine connection combinations that may include RJ45 Cat5e, female/male 15-pin D-sub HD15, female/female… The post Murrelektronik Modlink panel interface connectors from AutomationDirect ap

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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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Manufacturing Solutions Podcast

Gary Mintchell

Process Improvements: Benefits of Flexible and Customizable Manufacturing Solutions on the Shop Floor I recently participated in a podcast interview with SME relating to its Smart Manufacturing Experience coming up in Pittsburgh June 4-5. The podcast is called Advanced Manufacturing Now and can be found on popular podcast apps. It’s a pretty cool conversation.

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Scaling OEE to Digitize Lean Manufacturing

Automation World

Bayer Crop Science shares how it uses Siemens’ Opcenter Intelligence and Insights Hub software to digitally transform its operations around an OEE center point

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New data reveals a spike in women aged 35-44 leaving engineering roles

E&T

Based on new workforce data, Engineering UK is calling on organisations to review their recruitment and retention practices to ensure women aged 35-44 in engineering and technology roles remain in the profession.

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Gefran GQ and GRSH series solid state relays from AutomationDirect

Design World

AutomationDirect has added Gefran GQ and GRSH series solid-state relays that feature a wide range of contact ratings and input and output voltages. They are available in DIN rail or panel mounting styles and offer a variety of overload and thermal protection options. Gefran GQ series “hockey puck” style panel mount solid state relays, available… The post Gefran GQ and GRSH series solid state relays from AutomationDirect appeared first on Design World.

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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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Re-Up to deploy Nala Robotics automated frier in its convenience stores

Robotics Business Review

Re-Up LLC is installing autonomous robotic chefs from Nala Robotics in a variety of its convenience store locations. The Wingman robots are autonomous fry stations that customers can easily add or configure to any restaurant or commercial food service operation, the company said. Right now, Re-Up has opened nine convenience stores and is in the process of opening more than 30 others.

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Can Internet of Things Technology Improve Safety?

Automation World

We connect with Devin Murray of Schmersal USA to learn how IoT technologies can be used with safety applications—from e-stops to safety controllers and sensors.

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Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network Celebrates First Anniversary

NIST Manufacturing

June 1, 2024 marks the one-year anniversary of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN), a two-year pilot program to kick-start

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Texas celebrates arrival of NORD production facility with ribbon-cutting and open house

Design World

NORD DRIVESYSTEMS recently celebrated the grand opening of their new, state-of-the-art production facility in McKinney, Texas. With established facilities in Corona, California, Charlotte, North Carolina, and the 291,700 ft2 U.S. corporate headquarters in Waunakee, Wisconsin, this new factory marks the global gear motor and control product manufacturer’s fourth U.S. production location.

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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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Realtime Robotics gets Series B funding from Mitsubishi Electric

Robotics Business Review

Realtime is working with Mitsubishi Electric to develop its motion planning software. Source: Realtime Robotics Manufacturing can benefit from increasingly intelligent robots as much as any other industry. Realtime Robotics today announced that it has secured a strategic investment from Mitsubishi Electric Corp., leading its recently opened Series B round.

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Mobile Robots Get More Autonomous with Visual SLAM

Automation World

ABB incorporates Visual SLAM tech with its AMR Studio software to set up and manage mobile robot fleets.

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Arduino’s New Alvik: Unleashing Creative Learning Opportunities

Control.com

Building on a robust history of microcontroller (and now PLC) design, Arduino has launched a new robot, introducing learners to coding and sensor interfacing with adaptable and expandable hardware.

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NORD’s heavy-duty, reliable drive systems tackle tough industrial applications

Design World

NORD’s industrial automation solutions include MAXXDRIVE industrial gear units, UNICASE parallel shaft gear units, UNICASE helical bevel gear units, IE3 – IE5+ high-efficiency electric motors, and NORDAC variable frequency drives. These solutions are engineered to work in unison for ultimate performance in demanding, heavy industrial environments. Industrial gear units from NORD DRIVESYSTEMS are used for… The post NORD’s heavy-duty, reliable drive systems tackle tough industrial appl

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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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Sonair decloaks to launch 3D ultrasonic safety sensor for AMRs

Robotics Business Review

The new Sonair 3D ultrasonic sensor is designed for obstacle detection for mobile robots. | Credit: Sonair Sonair AS officially launched today, coming out of stealth and unveiling its new 3D ultrasonic sensor for autonomous mobile robots and automated guided vehicles. The patented technology behind the device uses ultrasonic sensors rather than light or lasers for obstacle detection.

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Revolutionizing Education in South Australia: Strong Networks, Strong Learning

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

The South Australian Department for Education collaborates with Cisco Meraki to transform education statewide by implementing robust network solutions that enhance learning opportunities, especially in remote areas.

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Strawberry Season Is Here! Harvesting Robots Are at the Ready

Control.com

Denso, Certhon, and Dogtooth Technologies tackle the challenge of picking delicate produce with harvesting robots designed to improve efficiency and sustainability in agriculture.

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Specialty Doors goes for growth

Manufacturer's Monthly

Fire Rated Commercial Doors / Image: Specialty Doors Melbourne based door manufacturer Specialty Doors has expanded production capacity to meet growing demand. Having moved premises in mid 2023 the company invested in new machinery to effectively double production capacity. The new manufacturing plant is based in Dandenong South and produces close to a 1,000 doors per week.

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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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The inside scoop on food manufacturing with Chef Robotics

Robotics Business Review

The Robot Report Podcast · The inside scoop on food manufacturing with Chef Robotics In Episode 152 of The Robot Report Podcast, editors Steve Crowe and Mike Oitzman discuss the news of the week. Our featured guest on the show this week is Rajat Bhageria, founder and CEO of Chef Robotics. Bhageria takes us through the inception of the company and how he has broken down the various workflows in the commercial kitchen.

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New deal with Scottish farmers will see farmland used for solar installations

E&T

The National Farmers Union Scotland has signed a deal with a solar power and battery developer that will see a marginal amount of farmland being developed for solar installations.

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ABB, Rockwell Automation, and Others Launch Edge Interoperability Initiative for Automation Ecosystems

Control.com

ABB, Rockwell Automation, and other top industrial automation companies have come together to develop an open standard for interoperability between hardware and software in the industrial space.

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Hamilton Caster hires director of sales

The Fabricator

Hamilton CasterandMfg. Co., a manufacturer of heavy-duty industrial casters, wheels, carts, and in-plant trailers in Hamilton, Ohio, has appointed Andrew D. Stamp as director of sales and business development.

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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.