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Research Shows High Priority for AI Among Manufacturers

Automation World

Fluke Reliability survey indicates that more than 60% of manufacturers are planning to achieve initial AI goals in the next year.

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Looking at OSHA as a partner, not an adversary

The Fabricator

Metal fabricators that work with OSHA, instead of trying to avoid the agency, might end up with better and safer manufacturing processes.

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Optimizing manufacturing production through HMI/controller integration

Design World

In modern manufacturing, the adoption of digital transformation and automation has generated heightened demand for the smooth integration of HMI software and controllers. Susan Burtch Lead Commercial Portfolio Manager, Visualization Software Rockwell Automation Manufacturers are continuously aiming to streamline operations, boost efficiency, lower production costs, and optimize resource use and capacity.

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Orbbec Cameras Integrated with NVIDIA Isaac Robotics Platform        

Gary Mintchell

One place where technology and integration and partners advances lies in the vision and robotics area. This news concerns Orbbec 3D vision systems integrating with NVIDIA Isaac Perceptor robotics platforms. In brief: Gemini 330 cameras with built-in depth processing deliver high-precision Depth+RGB vision for NVIDIA Isaac Perceptor AI-based perception workflow for autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) in indoor and outdoor environments.

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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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How Open Systems Enable Practical IIoT Data Use

Automation World

Weidmuller demonstrates how the open architecture of its control systems and the built-in intelligence of its edge devices enable straightforward applications of operations data—remote and on site.

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GrayMatter raises $45M Series B to ease robot programming for manufacturers

Robotics Business Review

GrayMatter automated manually intensive tasks at Lawrence Brothers. Source: GrayMatter Robotics Like businesses in other industries, U.S. manufacturers face widening labor shortfalls and need automation to help fill those gaps. GrayMatter Robotics today announced that it has raised $45 million in Series B funding. The Carson, Calif.-based company said it plans to use the investment to expand to meet customer demand. “We founded GrayMatter to enhance productivity while prioritizing workforc

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Orca Semiconductor Exits Stealth with Customized Analog Solutions

Gary Mintchell

Market niches that open when incumbent companies grow large and mature leaving opportunities for startups hold interest for me. I’ve been watching for this situation for the past few years as the automation market matures with consolidating companies and slow market growth. Marketing people for a company just exiting stealth contacted me. I just had an enjoyable conversation with CEO Andrew Baker about the opportunity the founders saw in the analog semiconductor market.

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Robotic High-Force Torque Driving

Automation World

A look at the Universal Robots-Estic high-torque screwdriving platform.

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Neya Systems, AUVSI to develop cybersecurity certification program for UGVs

Robotics Business Review

Neya offers autonomy, mission planning, and open architecture for uncrewed ground vehicles. | Source: Neya Systems Neya Systems yesterday announced that it is partnering with the Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International, or AUVSI. The partners said they plan to develop a cybersecurity and supply chain framework and certification program for uncrewed ground vehicles (UGVs).

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Hog today, hero tomorrow?

Design World

Before each dinner, I ask my son to consider everything that went into preparing his meal. We start with Mom or Dad cooking, which leads to working hard to provide healthy food, and so we give thanks for everyone and everything that makes working and living well possible. Then we acknowledge the grocery stores, farmers,… The post Hog today, hero tomorrow?

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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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The decarbonisation goal: UK road transport’s journey to sustainability

SMMT

As an ever growing number of road transport companies look to improve their environmental performance while remaining profitable in a competitive market, demonstrating that commitment to customers – who have the same objective – is also becoming increasingly important. Nottingham-based logistics firm Mitchells of Mansfield, for example, as a member of Palletways UK has launched a customer-facing Carbon Co-op initiative.

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Wago and Radiflow Partner on Industrial Security

Automation World

The companies’ partnership aims to strengthen resilience against potential cyber threats and make industrial networks as secure as possible.

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NASA spinoff Seatrec offers a new power source for underwater robots

Robotics Business Review

Seatrec’s infiniTE float is a subsurface ocean profiling platform that uses new power-generation technology. | Source: Seatrec Around 80% of the ocean floor remains uncharted today, and for good reason. The deep sea is an unforgiving environment. Between intense pressure, zero visibility, and extremely cold temperatures, individuals and organizations looking to shed some light on the area have massive challenges to overcome.

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Research shows value of plastics over grease

Design World

Many bearing points are protected against environmental influences and wear by so-called loss lubrication, where grease is pressed out from inside the machine and enters the environment. This is said to result in 27 million tons of lubricating grease released worldwide every year. More environmentally friendly oils and greases are an option, but these can […] The post Research shows value of plastics over grease appeared first on Design World.

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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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Tutorial: Analog Signals with Phoenix Contact’s PLCnext Platform

Control.com

Learn how to connect analog inputs, either voltage or current, to the Phoenix Contact’s IIoT PLC platform and design simple data processing programs with the PLCnext Engineer IDE.

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Wago and Radiflow Partner on Industrial Security

Automation World

The companies’ partnership aims to strengthen resilience against potential cyber threats and make industrial networks as secure as possible.

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Wayve launches PRISM-1 4D reconstruction model for autonomous driving

Robotics Business Review

A scene reconstructed by Wayve’s PRISM-1 technology. | Source: Wayve Wayve, a developer of embodied artificial intelligence, launched PRISM-1, a 4D reconstruction model that it said can enhance the testing and training of its autonomous driving technology. The London-based company first showed the technology in December 2023 through its Ghost Gym neural simulator.

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Construction has commenced on the first Hunter Class Frigate

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Walter_D/stock.adobe.com The Albanese Government has announced a significant step in delivering Navy’s enhanced lethality surface combatant fleet with construction commencing on the first Hunter Class Frigate. This milestone was marked by the deputy prime minister and the premier of South Australia cutting the first piece of steel to be used on the first ship of the class.

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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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How One Machine Shop Adopted (and Defined) a Four-Day Work Week

Modern Machine Shop

The “business of machining” includes a broad set of topics that, in an industry facing tectonic generational and economic shifts, will demand more attention in the coming years. Succession planning, HR, marketing, mergers and acquisitions, investment strategies — as production automation helps to level the playing field and shop leadership transitions from Baby Boomers and Gen X to Millennials and Gen Z, strong business acumen in these fields will provide a greater and greater

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Tighter Control With the Unitronics UMI-B7 Variable Frequency Drive Series

Control.com

The new UMI-B7 series of VFDs from Unitronics has an added Ethernet connection and tighter closed-loop control for more precise speed, torque, and position.

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Korechi Innovations Pik’r-1500 robot retrieves golf balls at the U.S. Open

Robotics Business Review

The Pik’r ball-picking robot at the 2024 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. Source: Korechi Innovations While the 124th U.S. Open is all about human talent, skill, and composure under competitive pressure, robots are finding their place. As golfers practice their drives on the newly converted Cradle 9-hole course at Pinehurst Resort, the new Pick’r robot from Korechi Innovations Inc. is safely and efficiently retrieving balls.

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API and the University of Alberta break ground on pharmaceutical mfg. facility

Canadian Manufacturing

(Credit: GlobeNewswire) EDMONTON — Construction is set to begin on a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in the Edmonton Research Park that will provide Canadians with a supply of drugs. A result of a collaboration between Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation (API) and the University of Alberta’s Li Ka Shing Applied Virology Institute , the Critical Medicines Production Centre (CMPC) is the cornerstone of the $200 million Canadian Critical Drug Initiative (CCDI) — a strategy devised in the wake o

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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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Coldplay Finds New Grooves in Plastic Waste

Plastics Today

The band's new album will be available in various versions, including an EcoRecord made from nine recycled PET bottles and a Notebook Edition comprising river plastics collected by The Ocean Cleanup in Guatemala.

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Banner Engineering Adds Two New Series to Radar Sensor Offerings

Control.com

The K50R and Q90 R series of radar sensors bring versatility and cost-effectiveness to object detection across applications. Both series are designed to be superior alternatives to ultrasonic sensors.

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GM invests another $850M into Cruise as it expands manual operations

Robotics Business Review

Cruise has resumed some operations in three cities. | Source: Cruise Despite a bumpy 2023, Cruise LLC isn’t nearing the end of the road yet. General Motors, its parent company, said last week that it would invest an additional $850 million into the autonomous vehicle developer. To date, GM has invested more than $8 billion into Cruise and hasn’t yet seen much of a return.

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Ont. and First Nations announce partnership to support economic and resource development

Canadian Manufacturing

GREENSTONE — On Jun. 18, the Government of Ontario signed Letters of Confirmation that will support renewed partnerships with Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek, Aroland First Nation, Ginoogaming First Nation and Long Lake #58 First Nation to unlock economic and resource development opportunities in northern Ontario, including future critical minerals projects. “As we rebuild Ontario’s economy, our government is developing meaningful partnerships with First Nations across Ontario that crea

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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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Industry 4.0 and cybersecurity – How to protect your investment

NIST

Digital transformations are notoriously difficult for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs). SMMs need to meet production goals, recruit and retain talent, and reduce risks in their supply chains all while trying to adapt to an evolving technological landscape. Fortunately, Industry 4.0 is gaining momentum to address these challenges by providing pathways to efficiencies, innovation and growth.

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Fluid Control, Plastics, and Flexibility: Festo Expands Manifold Catalog

Control.com

Diffusion bonding is a process used extensively in medical and lab manufacturing. Festo is expanding its micro-fluidic distribution portfolio by providing customized, efficient, space-saving designs.

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Vecna Robotics raises more than $100M, hires COO to expand warehouse automation

Robotics Business Review

WALTHAM, Mass. — Although investment in robotics dipped in the past year, suppliers with proven products and business models have been finding funding. Vecna Robotics today announced the close of its Series C round at $100 million, with $40 million in new funding including equity and debt. The financing nearly doubles the company valuation since its Series B round.

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How to Successfully Reshore Tooling

Mold Making Technology

Pyramid Molding Group has implemented a unique strategy to ensure successful reshoring efforts with Sloan Valve Co. Source | Pyramid Molding Group Reshoring has become a prominent buzzword in the world of manufacturing, but it's more than just a trendy term; it’s a real phenomenon. The process of bringing production back to domestic shores is happening, and its implications are profound.

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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.