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Top industrial connectivity and digital-transformation trends: Part 1 of 2

Design World

Discrete automation’s edge devices include actuators, sensors, and connectivity components such as gateways and motor-mounted controllers. Many of these components feature computational capabilities to minimize data bandwidth and latency issues associated with legacy versions of centralized control. Their installation at the furthest reaches of automated equipment means their processing power is situated to filter and… The post Top industrial connectivity and digital-transformation trends:

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Delivering Analytics to the Workforce

Automation World

The new Process Health component of Seeq Workbench applies analytics and machine learning to complex production, quality and optimization procedures in process manufacturing.

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UK new car market posts seventh straight month of growth

SMMT

Britain’s new car market rises 26.2% in February, in seventh consecutive month of growth. Battery electric deliveries rise 18.2%, with all plug-in cars taking almost a quarter market share. Plug-in uptake set to near half a million units in 2023, but Spring Budget measures needed to ensure a fair net zero transition for UK motorists. SEE CAR REGISTRATIONS BY BRAND DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE AND DATA TABLE UK new car registrations grew by 26.2% in February as 74,441 new cars joined Britain’s roads, a

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Achieving sharp bends in aluminum with the right tooling

The Fabricator

Fabricating aluminum brings with it a few challenges unique to bending and forming—getting sharp bends without cracking, reducing or eliminating galling, and preventing marking. Three press brake bending experts offer their assistance.

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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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Time saved on energy consumed

Design World

By Mark Jones On the second pull, there was a cloud of white smoke and the engine sputtered to life. My 20-year-old snowblower was ready to tackle the fresh snow. The 2-cycle fumes hitting my face come with twinges of guilty. I don’t need to use the snowblower. My trusty snow shovel offers a fumeless,… The post Time saved on energy consumed appeared first on Design World.

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Shallow Labor Pool Forces Industrial Technology Change

Automation World

To maintain uptime, ensure compliance, and maximize the use of skilled labor, more facilities than ever are centralizing production control and monitoring.

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GreenPower delivers electric EV Star Refrigerated Box Trucks

Canadian Manufacturing

Fraser Atkinson, CEO and Brendan Riley, President with the EV Star refrigerated box truck LOS ANGELES — GreenPower Motor Company Inc., announced the delivery of its first refrigerated box trucks to the University of California San Diego. “GreenPower has expanded its offering of purpose-built, all-electric commercial vehicles with the addition of the best-in-class, EV Star Refrigerated Box Truck,” said GreenPower Vice-President of Medium Duty & Commercial Vehicle Sales Claus Tritt

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Top industrial connectivity and digital-transformation trends: Part 2 of 2

Design World

In the first part of this series, we heard from industry experts about discrete automation’s edge devices; efforts to promote standards for increased system compatibilities and interoperabilities; and the rise of fog computing as well as industrial uses for wireless technologies such as 5G. In this follow-up piece, we detail the holistic approaches needed for… The post Top industrial connectivity and digital-transformation trends: Part 2 of 2 appeared first on Design World.

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Fluke Baseline Thermography Workflow Software

Automation World

Fluke's cloud-based thermal imaging workflow software—called Baseline—automates route execution and reporting to optimize asset maintenance.

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Kickstart: A record draw

Plastics News

At the space draw for NPE2024, set for May 6-10, 2024, in Orlando, Fla., more than 1,100 exhibitors snapped up 1.02 million square feet of space for 1,259 booths for the event from the Plastics Industry Association.

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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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Laser welding thick with dynamic beam shaping technology

The Fabricator

Dynamic beam laser (DBL) technology might be a harbinger in the industrial lasers arena. No longer static, the laser beam can be shaped, sequenced, and focused in multiple ways to suit an application’s and metal fabrication shop's needs.

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Endress+Hauser opens new regional logistics hub in Indiana

Design World

Endress+Hauser has announced the opening of a new 48,000 ft2 Indianapolis, Indiana-based regional logistics hub, marking a further milestone in the company’s project aimed to boost the fulfillment of customer orders and satisfaction on a local and global scale. “This new regional logistics hub will allow us to move products through a global network regardless… The post Endress+Hauser opens new regional logistics hub in Indiana appeared first on Design World.

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Breaking News in Flexible Packaging March 2023

Plastics Today

Collaboration to recycle LLDPE for food packaging, PepsiCo trial for paper-based multipack packaging, prize-winning tech for flexibles recycling, Constantia acquires Drukpol Flexo.

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Future of Agriculture: What Does Automated Vertical Farming Look Like?

Robotics Automation News

Today, automation is revolutionizing productivity and bringing other benefits across almost all industries. Agriculture is also shifting from manual labor towards a highly automated model where almost no workers are required on site.

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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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Pennsylvania metal fabricator keeps automation in mind

The Fabricator

As it tries to do more with less, Raytec Fabricating combines its new panel bender with its punching/shearing machine to create an automated fabricating system in its New Holland, Pa.-based job shop.

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Top US diplomat for plastics treaty calls Ohio derailment a 'wake-up call'

Plastics News

The U.S. government's lead negotiator on the global plastics treaty told an industry conference about changes that could be coming from the agreement and outlined U.S. priorities.

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Audi Tests Circular Economy Potential of End-of-Life Vehicles

Plastics Today

In partnership with suppliers, recyclers, and researchers, the automaker is investigating ways to close the loop on materials such as plastic, steel, aluminum, and glass.

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‘Unprecedented’ rise in ocean plastics since 2005, study finds

E&T

A global dataset of ocean plastic pollution between 1979 and 2019 has been collated by Marcus Eriksen and colleagues from non-profit group The 5 Gyres Institute. Improved understanding of plastic accumulation in the oceans to date could provide a “critical baseline” to help address this form of pollution, the researchers said. Previous studies have focused primarily on northern-hemisphere oceans near the world’s most industrialised nations, while other studies have found increases in ocean plast

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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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A metal fabricator's guide to bringing powder coating in-house

The Fabricator

For metal fabricators considering adding powder coating capabilities, they need to understand what they are getting into. It’s not as easy as just adding equipment.

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Alpek closes Cooper River PET resin plant in South Carolina

Plastics News

Alpek will transfer Cooper River's PET resin production to its other sites, officials said, enabling annual cost reductions of around $20 million and improvements in capacity utilization.

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PET Bottles Have Smaller Environmental Impact than Glass and Aluminum Containers, Study Shows

Plastics Today

NAPCOR study shows PET plastic bottles create less solid waste, use less water during production, and generate fewer emissions than their aluminum and glass counterparts.

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Space junk treaty needed to keep Earth’s orbit usable, experts say

E&T

The number of smaller pieces of space debris currently in orbit is thought to number more than 100 million. Due to their colossal orbital speeds, even small pieces can pose a threat to satellites and spacecraft, several of which have been damaged or destroyed already. The number of satellites in orbit is expected to increase from around 9,000 today to over 60,000 by 2030.

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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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Missouri welder making name for herself and other women in welding

The Fabricator

DeIla Ray’s welding career has taken her from North Dakota to Missouri, from pipelines to welding labs, and from starting a small business to advocating for women in the manufacturing industry.

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Kickstart: Cars increase plastics use with EVs expected to open the door for even more

Plastics News

The American Chemistry Council has a new report out showing that, on average, from 2012 to 2021 the amount of plastics in the car increased by 16 percent 411 pounds.

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fruitcore unveils new ‘all-rounder’ industrial robotic arm

Robotics Automation News

fruitcore robotics has unveiled what it describes as a new “all-rounder” industrial robotic arm – the Digital Robot HORST1000, which has a payload of up to 8 kilograms. The robot also has a reach of 1,018 millimeters, and short cycle times.

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WhatsApp could refuse to comply with Online Safety Bill, company says

E&T

Will Cathcart, Meta’s head of WhatsApp, has described the bill as the most concerning piece of legislation currently being discussed in the Western world. The executive told reporters the company would refuse to comply if asked to weaken the privacy of encrypted messages, preferring to leave the UK than provide a less-secure service to users. “We’ve recently been blocked in Iran, for example.

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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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Metrology: Automation’s Unsung Hero

Metrology

As manufacturers lean more and more into automation, the only way to measure the success of their efforts is with … measurement. Investments in metrology, like other forms of automation, The post Metrology: Automation’s Unsung Hero appeared first on Metrology and Quality News - Online Magazine.

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Mold Builders Face Diverse Set of Challenges in 2023

Plastics Today

Workforce development remains the number-one issue for US mold makers, but its dominance is shrinking as other challenges come into view, according to a business report from the American Mold Builders Association.

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How to Best Manage Your Work with Time Tracking Software

Robotics Automation News

The global Covid-19 pandemic has given a massive boost to remote work, with a large number of companies choosing a fully-remote or hybrid mode of work. While this system is beneficial for employees, it is also quite easy for people working from home to get distracted and lose track of time during work hours.

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UK could save ‘billions’ with new data laws, government says

E&T

Science, innovation and technology secretary Michelle Donelan will introduce the data law proposal to the House of Commons today. The legislation intends to reform the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) with measures that would reduce costs and regulations for UK businesses while retaining the UK’s data adequacy agreement with the EU.

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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.