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The 8 Wastes of Lean Manufacturing

MRPEasy

The lean manufacturing methodology chiefly revolves around minimizing production times and raising efficiency by eliminating waste. In this post, we go through the 8 principal wastes in lean manufacturing and see how manufacturing software can help to address them. What is waste in lean manufacturing? In the lean manufacturing methodology, waste is described as any […] The post The 8 Wastes of Lean Manufacturing appeared first on Blog for Manufacturers and Distributors.

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Guide Wheel Use in Linear Motion Applications

Automation World

One of the most common motion applications in automated machinery is linear motion due to its precision capabilities. Guide wheels are often critical to the dependability of such systems, especially in harsh environments.

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Low-profile, high value: thumbsticks balance toughness and sensitivity

Design World

By Antonin Deschamps, APEM As more industrial and commercial applications are requiring greater functionality, there is a need for low-profile input devices that enable users to achieve fine control, even in the harshest field environments. Many heavy-duty industrial and commercial applications, despite the large scope and scale of driven equipment, still need delicate operator-initiated control… The post Low-profile, high value: thumbsticks balance toughness and sensitivity appeared first

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9 Ways in Which Innovation is Changing ERP Technology

Robotics Automation News

The most appealing aspect of innovation is the thrilling possibilities that it brings. For many years, ERP software appeared to be stable, but cloud, mobile, and Big Data have upended the business.

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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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9 strategies for preventing part collisions on the press brake

The Fabricator

Parts can collide with nearly every surface of the press brake. Having a plan and using the right tools can help prevent those collisions and make life easier in the brake department.

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Testa Center Automates Pharmaceutical Innovation

Automation World

A collaborative project between Rockwell Automation and Cytiva combines biomanufacturing and automation to create a scalable platform for the pharmaceutical industry’s digital transformation.

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“Build your automation game plan” webinar airs on March 29!

Automation Mag

Join Manufacturing AUTOMATION for the FREE webinar “ Build your automation game plan: Tools to prioritize winning robot projects.” Sponsored by Universal Robots, the webinar airs live on March 29 from 2 pm ET. REGISTER NOW Automation technologies have progressed to the point where the majority of manufacturing businesses have multiple processes that are ready for robotic automation.

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British-based renewables produced more electricity than gas this winter

E&T

Renewably produced electricity this winter has displaced more than a third of the UK’s entire annual gas demand for power generation, according to the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU). Between October 1 and February 28, power generated by wind, hydro and solar reached 47TWh (terawatt hours), the research said. In contrast, generating the same amount of electricity using gas power stations would have required around 95TWh of gas – equal to 110 tankers of liquified natural gas (LNG), wh

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The Secret to Elevating Your HMI Designs to Elite Status

Automation World

Applying heuristic usability principles is a great strategy to evaluate the usability of your industrial interface graphical design without swapping existing graphical assets.

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Biden-Harris Administration Launches First CHIPS for America Funding Opportunity

NIST Manufacturing

As part of implementing the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act, Department of Commerce seeks applications to revitalize domestic semiconductor industry and bring supply chains back to the U.S.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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How Will AI Shape the Future of VOIP?

Robotics Automation News

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has already started transforming a wide range of industries, and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is no exception. As a technology that allows voice and data communication over the internet, VoIP has changed the way businesses and individuals communicate.

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Teel's Beadle named Plastics News 2022 CFO of the Year

Plastics News

Jim Beadle has been with the Baraboo, Wis.-based extruder and injection molder for five years. He previously held positions in finance at retailers Lands' End and Sears.

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BMW Implements Rapid Robotics Software

Automation World

Realtime Robotics’ RapidPlan software is initially being used by BMW in 3D computer tomography scanning to assure weld quality.

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117 zero-emission buses to take to English roads

E&T

The Department for Transport (DfT) said 117 of the zero-emission vehicles will be rolled out in Yorkshire, Norfolk and Hampshire. The buses will be manufactured in Northern Ireland by Wrightbus and operated by First Bus. FirstGroup, an operator of buses and rail in the United Kingdom, said its capital spending would increase to £120-125m in the full year 2024 as it plans to put in an additional £35m to expand the fleet and electrify the infrastructure.

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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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What are Harmonics in Milling?

Modern Machine Shop

Setting up a new milling operation has many considerations: tooling, toolholding and workholding selections; workpiece source selection (additive preform, casting, forging or wrought stock); tool path generation; tool life for hard-to-machine materials; and, of course, vibrations. Because the toolholder, spindle, machine and workpiece may be stiff but are never rigid, vibrations and chatter are important topics.

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SPE acquires media, events firm focused on 3D printing

Plastics News

SPE CEO Patrick Farrey says the deal makes sense because SPE and 3Dnatives are both in business to create and disseminate technical information for plastics professionals.

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Not All Cloud Software is SaaS

Automation World

Inductive Automation’s Ignition Cloud Edition shows how not all cloud-based software is software-as-a-service.

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Brexit agreement ‘good news’ for UK membership of Horizon Europe

E&T

The debate over the UK's long-delayed request to join the EU’s flagship research programme, post-Brexit, has seemingly been solved by a new UK-EU agreement. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said work on associating the UK to the EU’s Horizon Europe research programme will start “immediately” once the wider deal between Brussels and London over the Northern Ireland protocol is implemented.

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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.

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4 Steps to a Cobot Culture: How Thyssenkrupp Bilstein Has Answered Staffing Shortages With Economical Automation

Modern Machine Shop

Thyssenkrupp Bilstein has run out of presidents. At the company’s manufacturing site in Hamilton, Ohio, automation projects make use of collaborative robots, or cobots, that the team identifies by naming them after presidents of the United States. The first cobot installed here was Washington. The first automation attempt failed (more on that below), and while subsequent attempts succeeded, the early wins came slowly.

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Martel Foods announces automation of sandwich lidding line with robotics from Grote

Canadian Manufacturing

Martel foods automates its sandwich lidding line. (Credit: Martel Foods) Martel Foods is a family-owned manufacturer of ready-to-eat products based in Terrebonne, Quebec, Canada. It’s a division of The Martel Group, a ready-to-eat specialist and supply wholesaler. The manufacturer employs more than 100 workers in its 50,000-square-foot factory. Martel uses equipment and technology to produce a wide range of perishable products in packages that preserve freshness from seven days to a month.

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Why Use Guide Wheels in Linear Motion Systems?

Automation World

Brian Burke of Bishop-Wisecarver explains why guide wheels are often used as a component of linear motion systems in automated machinery and why they're considered critical to the dependability of such systems, especially in harsh environments.

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Soft Robot Moves Across Any Surface Through Nature-Inspired Engineering

Plastics Today

By replicating the gripping of geckos and locomotion of inchworms, researchers have developed a tiny, soft robot that could, one day, assist surgeons from inside the patient’s body.

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5 Ways New Manufacturing Companies Are Accelerating Innovation

Next-gen manufacturers are redesigning factories to enable agility at every stage of production. From more timely communication between engineers and technicians to technologies that empower real-time collaboration, they’re getting ahead by making iterations and improvements during a build, across the production line at scale. This level of flexibility means they can develop more quickly than their legacy counterparts.

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Bacteria used to extract rare earth elements from wastewater

E&T

REEs are a group of 17 chemically similar metals which got their name because they typically occur at low concentrations (between 0.5 and 67 parts per million) within the Earth’s crust. Indispensable in modern technology – featuring in light-emitting diodes, mobile phones, electric motors, wind turbines, hard disks, cameras, magnets and low-energy lightbulbs, for example – the demand for REEs has increased steadily over the past few decades, and is predicted to rise further by 2030.

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Teel Plastics named 2022 Plastics News Processor of the Year

Plastics News

Teel Plastics stood out as a leader in all of the Processor of the Year criteria, including industry and public service, customer relations, employee relations, financial performance and technological innovation.

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Everything about taxes on real estate purchase in Seville

Robotics Automation News

Thousands of wealthy foreign investors acquire housing in Europe. Most of them choose Spain as the most profitable and interesting destination. In this country, the real estate market has become truly international because Germans, Englishmen and residents of other European countries buy homes here.

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Tire Wear a Major Source of Microplastics, Say Researchers

Plastics Today

Imperial College London experts warn that even though EVs remove the problem of fuel emissions, society will continue to grapple with particulate matter caused by tire wear.

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Monetizing Analytics Features

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago, they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Turning analytics into a source of revenue means integrating advanced features in unique, hard-to-steal ways. Download this white paper to discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your analytics.

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Smart grinding and finishing in the metal fabrication shop

The Fabricator

Inefficient grinding and finishing can damper a metal fab shop’s true productive potential. The right technique, environment, and tools can help.

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Kickstart: Tesla, people and plastics

Plastics News

Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla wants to hire plastics workers and has referred to a new "plastics" plant, but beyond that details are hard to find.

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A Closer Look at Cardano (ADA): The Promising, the Perplexing, and Everything in Between

Robotics Automation News

Cardano, also known as ADA, is a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts and DApps (decentralized applications). Cardano was created to provide a more secure and scalable platform for blockchain transactions. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at Cardano, examining both the promise and the challenges it faces.

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Victoria calls for training providers on new digital jobs for manufacturing program

AU Manufacturing

The Victorian government has is urging Victorian training providers to deliver a new “Digital Jobs for Manufacturing” course. Expressions of Interest (EOIs) may be submitted to deliver a 12-week training course in different program streams such as additive manufacturing , computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing, or robotic process automation (RPA).

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A Low-Risk, Incremental Approach to Smart Manufacturing for Small & Medium Manufacturers

This guidebook discusses how small/medium manufacturers have implemented Smart Manufacturing initiatives and realized benefits such as increased productivity as well as higher levels of coordination and speed within the enterprise and supply chain.