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Restoring trust in engineering culture

Design World

By now, Boeing’s recent engineering issues are familiar to most people. There were the two deadly crashes of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in 2018 and 2019 that killed more than 350 people. Plus, we’ve seen the recent incident of an aircraft door plug falling off in midair and allegations of structural defects in the 787… The post Restoring trust in engineering culture appeared first on Design World.

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Safety Requires a Greater Focus on Cybersecurity

Automation World

Cybersecurity should be viewed as a workplace safety issue, as increasingly connected automation systems can pose a personnel risk in the most extreme cyberattacks.

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Companies in Maturity

Gary Mintchell

My old friend Jim Pinto wrote a regular column for me at Automation World magazine. He was fond of predicting that Rockwell Automation had to be acquired because it had grown too large to grow at a respectable rate. He based that on two articles from the Harvard Business Review. He was partly right and partly not. Rockwell, along with all the other major industrial automation suppliers, have grown and matured.

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IEEE launches study group to explore and develop humanoid robot standards

Robotics Business Review

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang at GTC 2024 with images of many of the humanoids in development. The IEEE study group is evaluating humanoid robots and the need for standards. Credit: Eugene Demaitre As humanoid robots garner widespread public attention, such systems will also need to stand up to safety and performance standards. IEEE’s Robotics & Automation Society today announced the formation of a new study group that will look into the current humanoid landscape and then develop a roadmap

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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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What are low-profile screws?

Design World

Hiroki Goto, Engineering Manager — NBK America LLC Low-profile screws are designed with a lower head height than typical screws. These fasteners are designed with a minimal or flush head that sits close to the surface of the material being fastened for low visibility but secure fastening. Sometimes they’re also referred to as slim head,… The post What are low-profile screws?

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Unlock Smart Manufacturing’s True Potential with Dark Data

Automation World

How the ability to access and analyze the vast amounts of unused data in multi-vendor production environments will create even greater optimization opportunities.

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Detroit launching robotaxi pilot for people with mobility issues

Robotics Business Review

May Mobility is launching a robotaxi pilot program in Detroit for people with disabilities age 62 and older. The service will be available to select residents of Detroit starting from June 20, 2024 through 2026. May Mobility will deploy three robotaxis , including two wheelchair-accessible vehicles, to help participants achieve greater access to healthcare facilities, shopping centers, jobs, and social and recreational activities.

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Technical thinking: Bigger is better, but more dangerous, too

Design World

By Mark Jones The cause of the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse seems clear. The Dali, the cause of the bridge’s demise, sits grounded with parts of the bridge strewn across its bow. Drifting after losing power, the ship hit one of the bridge’s supports, bringing it down in an instant. Removal of the support… The post Technical thinking: Bigger is better, but more dangerous, too appeared first on Design World.

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Cobot Welding Options Expand for Manufacturers

Automation World

Hirebotics develops a smartphone app to control cobot welding and Cobot Systems’ Laser Welding Cell system becomes a UR+ partner.

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Survey Finds Manufacturers are Leading the Charge in AI Adoption

Gary Mintchell

61% Predicting to Achieve AI Goals in Just 11 months, Fluke Reliability Survey Finds Everyone is in the survey business these days. Fluke Reliability conducted this one and of course capitalized on the Artificial Intelligence (AI) meme. The focus was on our traditional understanding of AI in manufacturing, not on Generative AI that is capturing headlines but not use cases.

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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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Levita Magnetics to use RTI Connext for real-time data transfer with MARS surgical robot

Robotics Business Review

Levita is using Real-Time Innovations’ Connext with its robotics surgical system. Source: Levita Magnetics Real-Time Innovations today announced that Levita Magnetics has chosen RTI Connext to provide real-time connectivity for MARS, a surgical robotics platform that uses magnets. Levita said it designed the magnetic-assisted robotic surgery, or MARS, system to improve patient outcomes and clinical efficiency in high-volume abdominal surgeries.

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Linear slides for automated weeding system

Design World

FarmWise is an AgTech company that’s pushing the boundaries of automation in agriculture by harnessing the power of computer vision and artificial intelligence to revolutionize farming operations. Their flagship product, the Vulcan precision weeding implement, is designed to optimize weed control management on vegetable farms in California, which have been slow to automate due to… The post Linear slides for automated weeding system appeared first on Design World.

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SCADA Upgrade: Incremental or Full Scale?

Automation World

Each manufacturer has to do its own analysis and decide the right approach based on three factors: budget, downtime and risk.

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Hepworth’s gearless maritime axial-motor drive — from ECM’s PrintStator CAD SaaS platform

Motion Control Tips

Windscreen wiping and wash-systems manufacturer B. Hepworth will commercialize premium-performance windshield wiper products incorporating printed circuit board innovation. Electric motor design and software company ECM PCB Stator Tech and B. Hepworth — the global leader in window wiping/wash systems — have announced the development of a next generation solution integrating PCB Stator electric motors.

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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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THINK Surgical, Zimmer Biomet developing custom surgical robot

Robotics Business Review

(Left) The THINK Surgical TMINI Miniature Robotic System, and (right) Zimmer Biomet’s ROSA Robotics systems. | Source: THINK Surgical, Zimmer Biomet Zimmer Biomet today announced it signed a limited distribution agreement with THINK Surgical. The companies will now develop an exclusive offering integrating Zimmer Biomet technology into a custom TMINI Miniature Robotic System from Think Surgical.

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AGILOX North America opens new headquarters in Georgia, announces the arrival of a new CEO

Design World

AGILOX North America, a maker of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for material handling automation, is excited to announce the opening of its new North American headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia. The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on June 12, 2024, marking a significant milestone in the company’s expansion and dedication to meeting the needs of its customers.… The post AGILOX North America opens new headquarters in Georgia, announces the arrival of a new CEO appeared first on Design W

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Sub-Zero Shares its Digital Transformation Insights

Automation World

The nearly 80-year-old manufacturing company is redesigning its manufacturing processes with Snowflake’s AI Data Cloud playing a key role.

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New Modbus-Enabled Closed-Loop Stepper Motor From Autonics

Control.com

The accuracy and reliability of the AiC-MT series of stepper motor systems have been expanded with the addition of Ethernet-based Modbus TCP communications and software for parameter adjustment.

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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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igus acquires Atronia, invests in smart plastics sensors for Industry 4.0

Robotics Business Review

igus has acquired Atronia, its partner for the iSense EC.W sensor. Source: igus The combination of sensing with motion plastics, which eliminate the need for lubricants, promises easier-to-maintain machinery for Industry 4.0. igus, a global leader in motion plastics and moving cable management systems, last week acquired the majority stake in Atronia Tailored Sensing.

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Softing Industrial expands edgeConnector with ARM 32-bit compatibility

Design World

Softing Industrial announces the integration of ARM 32-bit compatibility into its edgeConnector products, meeting the increasing demand for edge applications using ARM processors. ARM 32-bit compatibility expands the application range of edgeConnector, allowing Softing Industrial to meet the growing demand for compact edge devices powered by ARM processors.

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Flexxbotics Integrates Hexagon Inspection Equipment

Automation World

This integration of robot and in-line inspection capabilities reportedly enable continuous, unattended robot operations.

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Brompton’s new folding bike features wheel rims made from 100% post-consumer aluminium scrap

E&T

On its mission to manufacture a completely net zero bike by 2050, London-based folding bike company Brompton has partnered with Hydro, a German aluminium and renewable energy company, to create an aluminium wheel rim made with 100% recycled, post-consumer aluminium scrap.

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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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Industrial robot shipments exceed 500,000 units in 2023

Robotics Business Review

The industrial robot market is expected to grow by ~3.7% per year between 2024 and 2028. | Source: Interact Analysis Overall global industrial robot shipment volumes exceeded 500,000 units in 2023, Interact Analysis reports. The global market research firm says the industry is starting to bounce back from a 2023 low point. Industrial robot shipments are similar to levels seen in 2022, although the average price of industrial robots decreased last year.

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LogiDrive by NORD provides a complete drive solution

Design World

LogiDrive complete drive solutions from NORD DRIVESYSTEMS reduce planning and commissioning efforts through cost-effective, standardized designs engineered to industry standards and application requirements. These solutions are aligned with the intralogistics and material handling of the Post & Parcel, Airport, and warehouse logistics industries.

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Technical Language Processing Community of Interest 2024 Meeting

NIST Manufacturing

Join Us for the 2024 TLP COI Meeting and Workshop The Technical Language Processing Community of Interest (TLP COI) in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cordially invites you to participate in the upcoming

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Yara officially opens Europe’s largest green hydrogen plant in Norway

E&T

Norwegian chemical company Yara International has introduced the largest green hydrogen and green ammonia production facility in Europe at Herøya Industrial Park, Norway.

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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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Field robotics with Stratom Inc and inside standards at ASTM

Robotics Business Review

The Robot Report Podcast · Gathering warehouse inventory data – plus a look at Electrocraft motion solutions In Episode 154 of The Robot Report Podcast, editors Steve Crowe and Mike Oitzman discuss the news of the week. Stratom President and CEO Mark Gordon joins us today on the podcast. Stratom is a military contractor that makes robots for various divisions of the US armed forces.

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Regal Rexnord unveils next generation of Perceptiv

Design World

Regal Rexnord Corporation has launched the next-generation Perceptiv Intelligent Reliability and Maintenance Solution for condition monitoring and predictive maintenance in industrial manufacturing. This next evolution of the Perceptiv ecosystem offers customers a unified platform to meet the growing reliability needs industrial manufacturers face today.

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Understanding Structured Light Scanning Measurements

Modern Machine Shop

Structured light scanning is used to create a 3D rendering of a physical object. The structured light scanner contains a projector which projects a light pattern onto the test object and one or more cameras which capture the distorted pattern created by the object’s surface (two cameras are typical). The images captured by the cameras are analyzed to identify the object’s shape.

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Labour Manifesto: party plans energy, rail and infrastructure shake-up

E&T

The Labour Party has finally unveiled its manifesto for the next general election, making pledges to introduce measures designed to improve the UK’s energy and transport infrastructure while bolstering industry.

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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.