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The Beginner’s Guide to Automation: Maintaining Your System

Control.com

It's important to keep your system up and running without regular intervention. While every system requires maintenance, never overlook the critical importance of tools and training for the operators.

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Device Management Must Change As Industry Changes

Automation World

With device management software, reliability teams gain real-time visibility into the health and configuration of plant devices, facilitating predictive maintenance.

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How do 224 G connectors support AI/ML training in hyperscale data centers?

Design World

224 Gigabits per second (Gbps) pulse-amplitude modulation 4-level (PAM 4) technology is foundational for the hyperscale data centers needed for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) training and implementation. This article begins by examining the multiple uses of 224 G connectivity in servers and storage devices. It then considers how multiple 224 G lanes […] The post How do 224 G connectors support AI/ML training in hyperscale data centers?

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SCADA Is Changing the Game

Gary Mintchell

Long-time acquaintance Travis Cox, Inductive Automation Chief Technology Evangelist, writes in Efficient Plant magazine (check it out—I had a very small part in that a long time ago and run by some friends) that SCADA is Changing the Game. An engineer at a Phoenix Contact event approached me about 20 years ago. “You!” he exclaimed. “It’s all your fault.

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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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Agility Robotics’ Digit humanoid lands first official job

Robotics Business Review

Agility Robotics continues to have a leg up in the humanoid race. The company today signed a multi-year deal with GXO Logistics Inc., the world’s largest pure-play contract logistics provider, to deploy its Digit humanoids in various logistics operations. The first official deployment of Digit is already up and running, generating real revenue for Agility Robotics , the inaugural RBR50 Robot of the Year winner.

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Why Pneumatics Remain an Automation Mainstay

Automation World

Greater intelligence, coupled with cost and sustainability advantages, keep pneumatic motion control a staple of modern automation.

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NTT DATA and Zebra Technologies Drive Global Private 5G Adoption

Gary Mintchell

Zebra Technologies has assembled an interesting group of technology companies. Far from its printer days, it promotes wireless infrastructure and worker empowerment often. Seemingly like most technologies, private 5G systems impact on manufacturing plants takes time to reach a critical mass. Relevant press releases come my way more often lately. This news includes NTT Data announcing a strategic partnership with Zebra Technologies to accelerate innovation in the 5G device ecosystem (the current

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GreenPower delivers electric bus produced in West Virginia mfg. facility and provides updates

Canadian Manufacturing

GreenPower delivered the first Type D BEAST zero-emission school bus manufactured at its West Virginia plant to the Kanawha County (WV) School District. SOUTH CHARLESTON — GreenPower Motor Company Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of all-electric, zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles serving the cargo and delivery market, shuttle and transit space and school bus sector, delivered the first Type D BEAST school bus manufactured at the Company’s South Charleston, West Virgini

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AI Capabilities Added to IFS Cloud

Automation World

The newest update to IFS Cloud includes an AI Copilot to help users understand operations data across a company’s supply chain as well industry-specific tooling for maintenance and regulatory compliance.

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ATEX Cabinet Coolers provide a rugged solution for hazardous locations

Design World

EXAIR’s Cabinet Cooler Systems provide a rugged, industrial-duty solution for cooling and purging electronic cabinets. These low-cost, CE-compliant Cabinet Cooler Systems can be installed in minutes and are available in sizes up to 5,600 Btu/hr. The company offers ATEX Cabinet Cooler Systems for use with purged and pressurized electrical control panels within ATEX-zoned areas.

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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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Pushing the limits of warehouse inventory management

Robotics Business Review

The Robot Report Podcast · Pushing the limits of warehouse inventory management In Episode 155 of The Robot Report Podcast , Steve Crowe and Mike Oitzman discuss the news of the week. On today’s episode, we catch up with Oana Jinga, co-founder, Chief Commercial and Product Officer for Dexory to learn all about the Dexory warehouse inventory management solution.

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Exam markers unable to detect AI answers in university papers

E&T

A new study has found that experienced exam markers were unable to detect AI generated papers in 94% of cases and gave them higher grades, on average, than real students.

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Challenges and Ethical Considerations of Implementing Generative AI in Manufacturing

Automation World

A system integrator’s recommendations on navigating the complex issues related to data privacy, ethical artificial intelligence use and workforce training when it comes to generative AI applications.

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Digital transformation and the workforce: a discussion with Deloitte

Design World

At the 2024 Digital Transformation Forum in Boston, Design World sat down with Deloitte’s Asi Klein, managing director of industrial products and construction, and Matthew Fox, senior manager, to discuss trends in workforce development. Here’s a video of the discussion and a Q&A article below. What are the major workforce trends you’re seeing in manufacturing?

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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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Smelt spout robots can improve safety, productivity in North American pulp and paper mills

Robotics Business Review

North American paper mills are starting to use robotics for smelt spout cleaning. Source: Valmet Recovery boilers represent a significant capital expenditure in the pulp and paper industry. While a well-maintained boiler can last for decades, routine care of this system can present challenges. Maintenance duties are often messy and risky for the operator, and many tasks are time-consuming and require full or partial boiler shutdown.

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UN’s autonomous vehicle regulations advancing at a high speed

E&T

Fully autonomous cars are still years away, but the UN is working on internationally-agreed rules that will see “globally harmonised regulation on automated driving systems ready for mid-2026”.

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Why Walled Gardens Are Rarely a Good Fit for Industry

Automation World

Though “walled garden” technologies offer seamless interoperability within their ecosystem, the realities of industrial automation require open standards, modular solutions and vendor diversification to mitigate operational risks and higher costs.

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Series of surface area light guides unveiled by Bivar

Design World

Bivar, a manufacturer of LED and light pipe solutions has announced its new surface area light guides. These guides combine advanced light pipe technology, lensing, and control techniques to uniformly illuminate surface areas in a space-saving design. Bivar’s high reliability PLCC surface mount LEDs onboard ensure vibrant color output, attractive appearance, and long-lasting performance.

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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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Licensing Your New Software in the Modern Industrial Landscape

Control.com

As commercial and industrial software migrates to ‘cloud-based’ and ‘subscription’ models, what does it mean? How does it affect the usability and security of critical parts of control infrastructure?

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300-mile automated cargo conveyor belt to link Tokyo and Osaka

E&T

The Japanese government has launched plans for a Autoflow-Road conveyor belt system between Tokyo and Osaka that could carry the same amount of freight as 25,000 truck drivers every day.

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Low-Code: Why It’s No Longer Just an IT Tool

Automation World

Automation World spoke with Ray Kok, CEO at Mendix, a Siemens business that provides a low-code platform for app development to learn how manufacturers are using low-code apps to modernize legacy systems and add new capabilities.

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Actuonix Motion Devices releases new T16-R series linear track servo

Design World

Actuonix Motion Devices recently launched its new T16-R series linear track servo, a variant of its T16 track actuator line and the most powerful linear track servo the company offers. Designed for applications where side load is essential and mounting space is limited, the T16-R provides a versatile and efficient solution for engineers and designers. […] The post Actuonix Motion Devices releases new T16-R series linear track servo appeared first on Design World.

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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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Autonomous vehicle legislation withdrawn from California senate

Robotics Business Review

Several autonomous vehicle companies are based in California, including Cruise and Waymo. | Source: Waymo California Sen. Dave Cortese last week withdrew Senate Bill (SB) 915 from consideration. SB 915 would have allowed local municipalities to restrict and tax autonomous vehicle (AV) companies, similar to how taxicab companies are regulated in the state.

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Plane pollution is putting 52 million Europeans at risk of serious health conditions

E&T

A new study by Transport & Environment finds that high concentrations of tiny particles released when aviation jet fuel is burnt pose a serious health risk to 52 million people living around Europe's busiest airports.

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Aveva Updates HMI/SCADA Capabilities and Pricing

Automation World

The new InTouch Unlimited package allows for unlimited tag counts, analytics from the edge to the cloud and includes a process historian.

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EXAIR and BETE announce strategic merger

Design World

EXAIR, a provider of engineered compressed air solutions and static elimination, and BETE, an engineered spray nozzle and spraying systems manufacturer, announced a definitive merger agreement under which EXAIR has acquired BETE. This landmark combination promises to do what both companies have been doing for decades: create something that has never existed before – and… The post EXAIR and BETE announce strategic merger appeared first on Design World.

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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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Baumer Launches Ultrasonic Sensor for Mobile Machinery in Harsh Conditions

Control.com

Baumer has designed an ultrasonic sensor that can withstand extreme outdoor conditions, making it suitable for use on mobile machinery in the agricultural and construction industries.

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Rhino horns injected with trackable radioactive material to deter smugglers

E&T

The Rhisotope Project, a South African-based conservation initiative, is harnessing nuclear technology by inserting radioisotopes into live rhino horns. These detectable horn markers can then easily be picked up by existing nuclear security infrastructure at border posts across the world.

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Insights into Industrial Automation with IIoT-Powered Process Control

Automation World

How Industrial Internet of Things devices and supercharged connectivity are driving manufacturing.

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Formic brings in $27.4M to expand its global fleet, increase support network

Robotics Business Review

Formic Stack address labor shortages with automated palletizing, while Formic Pack automates placement of prepacked goods into containers. | Source: Formic Technologies Formic Technologies Inc. today announced that it raised another $27.4 million in Series A funding. This builds on the company’s January 2022 funding round , bringing the company’s total Series A funding to $52 million.

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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.