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Improve Inspection Accuracy with Automated Vision Systems

Automation World

Automating your quality control efforts using vision-based inspection systems, especially in heavily regulated industries, can dramatically improve your operations and reduce the chance of recalls.

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What Are LiDAR Sensors?

Automation World

Sick USA's Aaron Rothmeyer explains LiDAR sensors, how they differ from other sensors commonly used in the manufacturing industries and how they can be applied in quality control operations.

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Survey—Work Is Harder and Less Meaningful

Gary Mintchell

I’ve been working some with a software company called Quickbase (disclaimer: they sometimes pay me for posts without dictating content and also for appearing on webinars and podcasts). They produce a number of products and software solutions in a no-code/low-code environment for customers. I picked up a phrase from them called “Gray Work”—the time lost when searching for data and information.

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2024 LEAP Awards now open for nominations

Design World

The LEAP Awards (Leadership in Engineering Achievement Program) celebrates the most innovative and forward-thinking products serving the design engineering space. This dynamic competition honors the most innovative engineered products/components across several of our flagship brands: Design World, Fluid Power World, EE World, and Engineering.com. Submissions for the 2024 LEAP Awards program are being accepted starting today,… The post 2024 LEAP Awards now open for nominations appeared firs

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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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Best first quarter for CV production since 2008 despite March drop

SMMT

British CV production records best Q1 since 2008, rising by 27.4% to 32,626 units. Export volumes grow 57.9% in first three months, while manufacturing for the UK declines -13.1%. Growth in January and February followed by -19.2% March decline to 7,943 units. UK commercial vehicle (CV) output rose by 27.4% in the first quarter of 2024, the best Q1 performance since 2008, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 1 32,626 vans, trucks, taxis, b

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The Quest to Identify and Automate Manufacturing Processes

Automation World

A look at the specific challenges manufacturers face in identifying processes suitable for automation and how they can align their automation initiatives with broader business strategies.

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PTDA hosts Industry Immersion Conference

Design World

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) held the first Industry Immersion Conference in Hollywood Florida on February 29. This one-day intensive program — developed and led by power transmission/motion control (PT/MC) practitioners — aimed to advance the professional perspectives, experience, and confidence employees and emerging leaders need to cultivate successful relationships within the industry.

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Sanctuary AI’s latest Phoenix humanoid can learn tasks in 24 hours

Robotics Business Review

Sanctuary’s seventh-generation Phoenix includes both hardware and software improvements. | Source: Sanctuary AI Sanctuary AI today unveiled the seventh generation of its Phoenix humanoid robot. The Vancouver-based company said its upgraded robot is bringing it closer to the creation of the world’s first “human-like intelligence in general-purpose robots.” This announcement comes less than 12 months after the company launched its sixth-generation robot, and less than 16 mo

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Biocare Boosts Production and Quality with 7-Axis Robot

Automation World

Using Kassow Robots’ 7-axis cobots, pesticide manufacturer Biocare increases production by a factor of four while also improving quality.

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Software Streamlines Pharmaceutical Development

Gary Mintchell

Emerson continues on the software development path. In brief: DeltaV Workflow Management delivers scalable recipe authoring and execution technologies for life sciences companies. Global automation technology and software leader Emerson on April 16, 2024 introduced DeltaV Workflow Management, a next-generation software designed for life sciences companies in early-stage development.

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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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Southco securing EV charging and grid battery storage infrastructure

Design World

Battery storage systems and electric vehicle charging units are rapidly being woven into the infrastructure of today’s world. EV charging stations are being installed in many locations, including parking lots and garages, and renewable wind and solar power systems are driving the growth of industrial-sized grid battery storage systems to capture excess energy and make… The post Southco securing EV charging and grid battery storage infrastructure appeared first on Design World.

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HowToRobot merges with Gain & Co., brings in investment

Robotics Business Review

HowToRobot is combining its marketplace with Gain & Co.’s expert advice. Credit: Adobe Stock HowToRobot.com ApS, a provider of a global automation market platform, and Gain & Co., a robotics and automation advisor, announced a merger last week. The newly formed company has also received an investment from Sagitta Ventures, which will be taking a seat on its board.

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Biocare Boosts Production and Quality with 7-Axis Robot

Automation World

Using Kassow Robots’ 7-axis cobots, pesticide manufacturer Biocare increases production by a factor of four while also improving quality.

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The challenges threatening successful deployment of 5G non-terrestrial networks

E&T

Non-terrestrial networks (NTNs) are able to significantly extend coverage by moving from a terrestrial infrastructure to hybrid space. However, Keysight Technologies highlights the challenges that can threaten the successful deployment of these networks.

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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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Schneider Electric highlights software, automation, electrification and Hannover Messe

Design World

Hannover Messe is taking place in Hannover, Germany, from April 22 to 26. At the event, Schneider Electric is presenting its vision for automation and showcasing its latest innovations, including industrial software, artificial intelligence (AI), and digital twin technology. These solutions will be demonstrated through the lens of a digital and sustainable life science campus.… The post Schneider Electric highlights software, automation, electrification and Hannover Messe appeared first on

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igus to show affordable automation at Hannover Messe, Robotics Summit

Robotics Business Review

New offerings include the igusGO AI-driven app and more low-cost automation. Source: igus At its annual press conference last week, igus GmbH previewed numerous new products in advance of the Hannover Messe trade show. The Cologne, Germany-based company announced 247 new products, including lubrication-free drives using motion plastics and new robots for educational, service, and industrial applications. “We’re offering a mobile manipulator for small companies,” said Alexander

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Revolutionizing the Supply Chain with Generative AI

Automation World

How generative AI is being used to boost efficiency and resilience in supply chains and manufacturing.

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GreenPower reveals new EV truck at NAFA

Canadian Manufacturing

GreenPower unveiled its new zero-emission EV Star Utility Truck at the NAFA 2024 Institute & Expo today in San Antonio, Texas. Upfitted by GP Truck Body on the GreenPower proprietary EV Star Cab & Chassis LOS ANGELES — GreenPower Motor Company Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of purpose-built, zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles, launched a new utility vehicle designed for commercial fleets who need to move goods, materials, supplies and equipment reliably, safely and

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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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Fight power outages and disruptions with an uninterrupted and universal power solution

Design World

Dig into the specs and story of an innovative DC power solution that works with every AC input for DC powered components. Sponsored by Altech Every industry faces challenges with consistent power supply. When facilities lose power unexpectedly, a variety of problems can ensue. Altech, a leader in automation and control components, addresses these issues… The post Fight power outages and disruptions with an uninterrupted and universal power solution appeared first on Design World.

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Outrider obtains 11th U.S. patent for yard automation

Robotics Business Review

Outrider has obtained more patents to automate movement of semi-trailers. Source: Outrider Between the automated warehouse and self-driving long-haul vehicles, there is the opportunity to add robotics to yard management. Outrider Technologies Inc. today announced that it has received its latest patent, which covers the task of determining where a trailer is in respect to a self-driving tractor.

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Scientists to test undersea cable earthquake detection technique in Pacific Ocean

E&T

Scientists from the UK’s National Physical Laboratory and New Zealand’s Measurement Standards Laboratory are set to carry out earthquake sensing tests in the Pacific Ocean using existing undersea optical fibre cables.

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Victoria University receives $1.5m to boost student industry skills

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Victoria University The Victorian state government has announced a $1.5 million investment for Victoria University’s (VU) Sunshine campus as part of the TAFE Technology Fund. The money will be used to provide cutting-edge machines to support the establishment of the Western Melbourne Precinct for Advanced Manufacturing Training. In the announcement delivered by minister for skills and training, the Hon Brendon O’Connor, he stated technology is vital to support skills training for advanced

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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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Piab USA announces new office location in Canton, MA

Design World

Piab USA, a maker of industrial automation solutions, announces the relocation of its headquarters to a new, state-of-the-art office facility in Canton, Massachusetts. This move is part of Piab’s strategic initiative to accommodate rapid growth and expand its capabilities in providing innovative automation technologies. The new office, located at 100 Energy Drive, will serve as… The post Piab USA announces new office location in Canton, MA appeared first on Design World.

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Rockwell Automation partners with Microsoft on three projects

Robotics Business Review

Rockwell works with partners to streamline automated manufacturing. Source: Business Wire Rockwell Automation yesterday announced that it is working with Microsoft “to enable intelligent factories by simplifying complexity and helping empower customers to achieve sustainability goals and operational excellence.” The companies said their innovations will be on display this week at Hannover Messe.

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NIST Develops New Testing System for Carbon Capture in Fight Against Global Warming

NIST Manufacturing

The agency plans to release an early-stage reference material that companies can use to test equipment for direct air capture.

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Combilift telemetry solution to improve forklift maintenance and sustainability

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Combilift Why is it important to know the temperature of a forklift’s electric motor? This kind of valuable information can prevent failures, reduce maintenance costs, and improve the longevity of a machine. It’s also just one way in which Combilift’s new telemetry solution – Combi Connect – brings value to a business. To illustrate how Combi Connect can benefit users, Combilift’s Mechanical Software Development Technician, Antonio Patacho, provides an example of temperature monitoring on

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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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WAGO introduces IEEE 1547-2018 compliant controller

Design World

The new Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Controller from WAGO is a library function block with a control algorithm for voltage, frequency, and reactive power control. To ensure a reliable power system, the DER connection to the grid requires communication between the energy source and the operator. Standards like IEEE 1547-2018 have been implemented to provide… The post WAGO introduces IEEE 1547-2018 compliant controller appeared first on Design World.

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Ubiros Gentle grippers go all electric for reliability, flexibility

Robotics Business Review

The Gentle Duo Mini soft grippers are suitable for food handling. Source: Ubiros Reliable and delicate robotic grasping has long been a challenge, but Ubiros Inc. said it can solve the problem without the bulky pneumatics or complex coding of previous approaches. The company ’s electrically driven and modular grippers are easier to deploy and use than other soft grippers, according to Onder Ondemir, president of Ubiros.

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Setting IP Address and Networking Parameters on a PowerFlex VFD

Control.com

Parameters control the operation and command sources for VFDs. The PowerFlex series from Rockwell Automation is no exception. Learn how to adjust the parameters for networking and IP configuration.

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Green Energy Park secures $30m to build 10.8GW hydrogen production plant in Brazil

E&T

Having secured $30m Series-A funding, Green Energy Park (GEP) is a step closer to building its large-scale renewable hydrogen production and export terminal facilities.

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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.