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Renishaw encoders: Superior readability even in the harshest environments

Design World

Renishaw offers a comprehensive range of non-contact encoders for position and motion control. These vary from open or enclosed optical, magnetic and laser encoders. Discover how our different types of encoder products can meet your industrial automation needs. Renishaw’s high-accuracy and high-quality encoders offer superior reliability, easy installation and are suitable for even the harshest environments.

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FAB 40: Navigating the transition of metal fabrication

The Fabricator

On the surface, most metal fabricating companies are producing parts and assemblies, just as they have for years. But underneath, some significant changes are afoot. The 2024 FAB 40 list exemplifies that.

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Putting AIMs to Work

Automation World

Automated inspection machines help manufacturers meet stringent regulatory standards.

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Generative AI for Project Estimation and Digital Engineering

Gary Mintchell

My last post concerned using new technologies for specification development. Extending use cases of technology into other realms of administrative work, this release from Galorath announces their new product, SEERai, an advanced chat-based generative artificial intelligence (AI) built specifically to assist digital engineers and engineering professionals plan and estimate projects.

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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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Engineering training, human-centric design, and augmented reality

Design World

Both professional and vocational engineering training are evolving with to address skill gaps and workforce-readiness issues. By Lisa Eitel | Executive editor Advancing communication technologies, the COVID-19 pandemic, and new digital-transformation approaches have forever changed the way technical training in manufacturing and automation is conducted.

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New car market holds steady as fleets drive growth

SMMT

New car registrations up 1.7% in May in 22nd consecutive month of growth. Battery electric vehicle (BEV) market share rises to 17.6% in the month and 16.1% YTD. Retail BEV uptake declines less than overall private market as manufacturers subsidise ongoing transition. SEE CAR REGISTRATIONS BY BRAND DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE AND DATA TABLE The UK new car market marked its 22nd consecutive month of growth as registrations rose 1.7% in May, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manu

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Battery-powered trains could cut CO2 while saving Britain’s railways £3.5bn

E&T

‘Bi-mode’ trains that operate on battery power when not using an electrified track could save Britain’s railways £3.5bn and 12 million tonnes of CO2 over a 35-year period, Siemens Mobility has said.

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An introduction to cam follower styles, construction, installation and selection

Design World

When you need to convert rotary motion to linear motion, cam followers offer precision, easy mounting, reliability, and maintenance advantages. Cam followers are among the most simple yet versatile motion control components available, with applications across a broad range of industries. Despite being an essential mechanism, cam followers are often a forgotten product.

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Chinese automaker to use UBTECH humanoid

Robotics Business Review

Ubtech says its humanoid robots can be used in industrial manufacturing, exhibition halls, warehousing and logistics, commercial office services, home services, and college and research institutions. | Source: Ubtech Technologies Dongfeng Liuzhou Motor, a subsidiary of Chinese automaker Dongfeng Motor Corporation, signed an agreement for UBTECH’s Walker S humanoid robot.

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The Automation Business: Building and Realizing Value

Automation World

Ultimation’s previous owner shares his insights on increasing the value of an automation-focused company and how to successfully exit the business.

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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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Universal Robots and MiR Open up Joint Robotics Headquarters in Denmark

Control.com

Teradyne Robotics has opened a 20,000 sq m headquarters in Odense, Denmark. The new facility will enable collaboration between Teradyne's two companies, Universal Robots and Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR).

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Softing Industrial’s edgeConnector integrates Allen-Bradley controllers into industrial edge applications

Design World

Softing announces the expansion of its Docker-based edgeConnector product family with the introduction of edgeConnector Allen-Bradley PLC, providing convenient access to data from ControlLogix and CompactLogix controllers. With the new Docker-based software module edgeConnector Allen-Bradley PLC, users can easily connect to their ControlLogix and CompactLogix controllers.

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Waymo expands Phoenix service area; Zoox starts testing in Austin and Miami

Robotics Business Review

Left, Waymo’s autonomous robotaxi, and right, Zoox’s purpose-built autonomous robotaxi. | Sources: Waymo, Zoox It has been an exciting week for the autonomous vehicle industry. Waymo LLC announced that it will be expanding its service area in Phoenix, and Zoox Inc. said it will begin testing in Austin and Miami. Both companies have spent the year so far gradually expanding operations.

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The Adoption of AI, Digital Twins and More

Automation World

Gray Solutions highlights the importance of artificial intelligence in different use cases.

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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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North West hosts auto industry leaders to drive EV manufacturing revolution

SMMT

Liverpool hosts SMMT Regional Forum as industry looks to boost British EV production capability on road to net zero. New analysis reveals importance of North West to UK Automotive, responsible for 20,000 jobs with £2.8 billion invested by global brands in region since 2021. Speakers from Bentley Motors, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Leyland Trucks and Stellantis will join hundreds of attendees from across the area.

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ABB launches next-generation Robotics control platform OmniCore

Design World

ABB Robotics has launched OmniCore, an intelligent automation platform that is faster, more precise, and more sustainable, to empower, enhance, and futureproof businesses. The OmniCore platform, the result of more than $170 million of investment in next-generation robotics, is a step change to a modular and futureproof control architecture that will enable the full integration… The post ABB launches next-generation Robotics control platform OmniCore appeared first on Design World.

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Gathering warehouse inventory data — plus an update from ElectroCraft

Robotics Business Review

The Robot Report Podcast · Gathering warehouse inventory data – plus a look at Electrocraft motion solutions In Episode 153 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 Sankalp Arora, co-founder and CEO of Gather.ai. We catch up with Sankalp to learn how his company ‘s drone inventory management product is evolving.

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Lack of skilled electricians to meet net zero targets, warns trade association

E&T

The Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) is calling on the next government to prioritise investment in the electrical skills necessary to achieve the UK’s net zero goals.

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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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World Oceans Day: Superhero, Scientists Battle the Plastic Plague

Plastics Today

Water-filtration company Multipore sends Dewey, the Clean Water Superhero, on a mission to save the planet from plastic pollution in the oceans, but a far-less-cute plastic-eating fungus might be more effective in the real world.

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Bison debuts new RAM reverse air movement blower motor

Design World

Bison announces the issuance of a patent for its revolutionary RAM Reverse Air Movement Blower Motor. This cutting-edge invention, spearheaded by Senior Director of Technology, David Finkenbinder, overcomes the performance shortcomings of traditional thru-flow air blower motors through its novel design. RAM technology is poised to transform various air moving applications, catering to industries that… The post Bison debuts new RAM reverse air movement blower motor appeared first on Design

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Asensus Surgical agrees to merger with KARL STORZ

Robotics Business Review

The Intelligent Surgical Unit applies AI and machine vision to robot-assisted procedures. Source: Asensus Surgical Asensus Surgical Inc., which has been developing “intra-operative augmented intelligence technology for operating rooms,” today announced that it has entered a definitive merger agreement with KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America Inc.

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Taking a lean approach in the welding department

The Fabricator

Experts reveal that starting a continuous improvement campaign in the welding department isn't as hard as a metal fabrication shop might think. Jason Becker from Underground Metal Works and Brian Engelhardt from MERRILL Technologies (No. 13 on the 2024 FAB 40), weigh in.

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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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Report: Downturn continues in Canadian manufacturing sector in May

Automation Mag

The seasonally adjusted S&P Global Canada Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) recorded 49.3 in May, compared to 49.4 in April. This extended the current downturn in manufacturing operating conditions to 13 months. Output and new orders both continued to fall and at faster rates, whilst firms cut their buying activity given sufficient stock at their plants.

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Mitsubishi supports The Jared Box Project for young patients experiencing a hospital stay

Design World

Mitsubishi Electric Automation’s employees and executive leadership team are assembling 100 Jared boxes, delivered to a local medical center to provide young patients entertainment while they navigate their hospital experience. Mitsubishi Electric Automation is proud to support community organizations through its VISION Committee (Volunteers, Involved, Serving, Identifying, and Organizing Needs).

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ETRI develops omnidirectional tactile sensors for robot hands

Robotics Business Review

ETRI’s robotic hand with omnidirectional tactile sensors. | Source: ETRI Researchers from the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) are developing tactile sensors that detect pressure regardless of the direction it’s applied. ETRI is introducing a tactile sensor that fits into a robotic finger with stiffness and a shape similar to a human finger.

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Securely Connect Everything Everywhere with a Unified SASE Platform

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

We rely on connections with everyone and everything. But secure networking can be challenging in a distributed world of people, places, and things across premises to the cloud, which can ultimately impact the user experience. Learn what Cisco is doing to help customers securely connect everything everywhere through the latest enhancements to our SASE solution.

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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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Dynamic Manufacturing India May-June 2024

Dinesh Mishra

“Meshmix Media collaborated with Laghu Udyog Bharti – Karnataka Chapter to cover the manufacturing ecosystem of Belagavi, exploring the spirit of business owners and how the city is thriving in exports, job creation, and contributing to the bigger mission of ‘Make in India’ and ‘AATMA Nirbhar Bharat’ Mr. Dinesh Mishra, Senior VP , Strategy Meshmix Media, visited Belagavi and interviewed business leaders from diverse industries, highlighting edited excerpts from the

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Touchless angle sensors – CAN SAE J1939 Interface

Design World

Novotechnik, U.S. now adds the CAN J1939 interface to the RFC4800 Series of touchless angle sensors measuring angular position up to 360°, turn direction, turns, speed, and operational status. The RFC 4800 can provide one or two output channels. It can take the place of an optical encoder but with longer life and robustness. The… The post Touchless angle sensors – CAN SAE J1939 Interface appeared first on Design World.

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Joby acquires Xwing autonomy division to bolster autonomous aircraft

Robotics Business Review

Joby Aviation says it hopes to eventually use Xwing technology for fully autonomous operations. | Source: Joby Aviation Joby Aviation Inc. this week announced that it is acquiring the autonomy division of Xwing Inc. The acquisition will cover all of Xwing’s existing automation and autonomy technology activities and was paid for with Joby shares.

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‘Greed’: John Deere rolls out hundreds of US layoffs and sends work to Mexico

The Guardian Manufacturing

Agricultural equipment company plans to move production out of the country in move condemned by workers US workers at John Deere plants have accused the company of acting on “greed” as America’s most famous agricultural equipment company plans to shift more production to Mexico. The company – famous for its green tractors and leaping deer logo – has announced layoffs of several hundred workers over the last several months with more layoffs planned for later this year.

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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.