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Research Shows Growth of Digital Transformation in Manufacturing

Automation World

Manufacturing executives note difficulties measuring digital transformation ROI, along with a lack of alignment and inefficient use of data are the top challenges preventing them from more rapidly progressing.

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Top 11 Supply Chain KPIs – Guide for 2024

MRPEasy

Understanding and monitoring supply chain dynamics is essential for maintaining efficient inventory and production operations. In this guide, we outline the top 11 supply chain KPIs to help you focus on critical areas of your supply chain performance. What are supply chain KPIs? Supply chain KPIs are key performance indicators relevant to the logistics of […] The post Top 11 Supply Chain KPIs – Guide for 2024 appeared first on Blog for Manufacturers and Distributors.

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Industrial DevOps Platform Said to Boost Manufacturing Efficiency, Minimize Disruption 

Gary Mintchell

This company intrigues me. Copia Automation. Its co-founder and CEO’s credentials include heading IT at Uber. They have taken the IT technology of DevOps and ported it to industrial use. HighByte performed a similar adaptation of DataOps to Industrial DataOps in 2016. Maybe the time is ripe for better programming paradigms for industrial control? We’ll see.

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Technical thinking: Reflections on Flint

Design World

By Mark Jones “Save water. Shower tomorrow” is the message on a billboard I just passed. It stood out from the others along I-75 near Flint, Mich., a mix of personal injury lawyers, fast food, and cannabis shops. As it happened, I was listening to a podcast on water. Seemed fitting. Flint is synonymous with… The post Technical thinking: Reflections on Flint appeared first on Design World.

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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 to Assess HMI Hardware Buying Decisions

Automation World

From navigating different hardware options and worker training issues to integration and future trends, seven industry experts offer their advice on how to approach your HMI hardware purchase process.

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Child Labor Law Compliance in the Manufacturing Industry

NIST

For the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, protecting children in the workplace is our top priority. The Division is responsible for enforcing foundational labor standards, including the child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in the private sector and in federal, state, and local governments.

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PHD launches comprehensive catalog of Pneumatic Thruster & Rodless Linear Slides

Design World

PHD, an innovator in industrial automation solutions, announces the release of its latest catalog, featuring the complete line of PHD Pneumatic Thruster & Rodless Linear Slides. This comprehensive catalog offers a wide variety of guided linear slide styles, sizes, travels, and options designed to meet the diverse needs of the automation industry.

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Automated Energy Efficiency

Automation World

With downtime and OEE programs largely automated, manufacturers are turning their attention to energy efficiency as the next benchmark for optimization.

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RoboGrocery from MIT CSAIL is a soft robot to pack groceries, pick recyclables

Robotics Business Review

The RoboGrocery system combines vision, algorithms, and soft grippers to prioritize items to pack. Source: MIT CSAIL As a child, I often accompanied my mother to the grocery store. As she pulled out her card to pay, I heard the same phrase like clockwork: “Go bag the groceries.” It was not my favorite task. Now imagine a world where robots could delicately pack your groceries, and items like bread and eggs are never crushed beneath heavier items.

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Independence Day

Gary Mintchell

Every year I suggest that all Americans take some time to read a few things to refresh our memories about the founding of our country. It’s probably not a bad practice for all of you who do not live here just for the ideals. Read The Declaration of Independence The Preamble to the Constitution Actually the entire Constitution If not all, at least the first 10 amendments—the Bill of Rights Bonus points—read The Federalist Papers These documents are full of compromises—something that has made it l

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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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Hirschmann Industrial HiVision network management software

Design World

As your industrial network becomes larger and more complex, the importance of efficient network mapping and supervision increases. Industrial HiVision from Hirschmann safely and automatically identifies network devices and helps you configure and monitor them – including SNMP-enabled devices from multiple vendors. Plus, Industrial HiVision streamlines device commissioning and replacement in the field with Zero… The post Hirschmann Industrial HiVision network management software appeared fi

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New internet speed world record set using standard commercially-available optical fibre

E&T

An international research team led by the Photonic Network Laboratory of Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) has set a new world record for data transmission speed of 402 terabits per second using commercially-available optical fibre.

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Germany’s robotics centers establish RIG, the Robotics Institute Germany

Robotics Business Review

From left: Prof. Angela Schoellig from TUM, Federal Research Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger, and Prof. Tamim Asfour from KIT at the presentation of the RIG in Berlin. Also present: ARMAR-7 robot from KIT. | Source: BMBF/Hans-Joachim Rickel Germany’s leading robotics centers are coming together to establish the Robotics Institute Germany, or RIG.

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Pure Reason?

Gary Mintchell

My “spare time” after thinking about industrial technology and applications involves thinking about how we grow and become mature human beings. As humans, we like to believe that we are ruled by reason, but the truth is that our imagination and senses affect us much more than we realize. Descartes corrupted Western thought with his maxim, “Cogito, ergo sum” (I think, therefore, I am).

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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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Why touch points matter to automotive design

Design World

Whether consciously or subconsciously touch points form the foundation for customers to perceive and make decisions regarding the products they choose. Touch points drive the quality of customer experiences and serve as the basis for the resulting relationship, this is why it is so important to understand the impact touch points can have on Automotive… The post Why touch points matter to automotive design appeared first on Design World.

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Mandatory speed limiters come into force in the EU and Northern Ireland

E&T

All new vehicles sold in Europe – including Northern Ireland but not Great Britain – will be required from now on to have intelligent speed assistance technology installed.

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Top 10 robotics stories of June 2024

Robotics Business Review

We’re halfway through 2024, and for the past six months, the robotics industry has continued to progress rapidly. From novel deployments and humanoid robotics developments to emerging partnerships, there was no shortage of news to cover in June 2024. Here are the top 10 most popular stories on The Robot Report last month. Subscribe to The Robot Report Newsletter or listen to The Robot Report Podcast to stay updated on the robotics stories you need to know about. 10.

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Research—PLM and Digital Thread Address Key Sustainability Challenges

Gary Mintchell

“Spotlight on the Future” Report Highlights How PLM and Digital Thread Solutions Address Key Challenges with Sustainability Data Accuracy, Availability, and Analysis Aras Research Finds That Three Out of Four Companies Feel Pressured by Regulation, Customers, Investors, and Employees to Become More Sustainable Most news invading my email client these days involves companies sending out some questionnaires and compiling a report.

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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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Belden Horizon Console

Design World

Belden Horizon Console provides a simple, seamless, secure, and reliable way to connect to operational systems. The platform’s edge orchestration capabilities allow users to deploy and manage edge applications across one or many devices at the same time, locally or remotely. Secure Remote Access (SRA) technology helps ensure secure cellular or wired connections.

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Bioplastics: New Developments Expand Use of PLA; Study Confirms No Microplastics Left Behind

Plastics Today

Researchers make inroads in replacing petroleum-based low-density polyethylene with polylactic acid (PLA) film. Meanwhile, a meta-study claims that, under the right conditions, PLA will fully degrade into biomass, CO2, and water.

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Sanctuary AI obtains Canadian funding for general-purpose humanoid development

Robotics Business Review

While Phoenix is capable of working autonomously, Sanctuary AI has been teaching it new behaviors. | Credit: Sanctuary AI Sanctuary Cognitive Systems Corp., or Sanctuary AI, said it is on a mission “to create the world’s first human-like intelligence in general-purpose robots.” Today, the Vancouver, B.C.-based company announced that it has obtained investment bringing its total funding to $140 million to date.

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Siemens and BASF Collaborate on Driving Circular Economy

Gary Mintchell

Many new notes have come my way touting material innovations developing non-petroleum-based plastics. These biodegradable plastics hold great promise for reducing our waste problems globally. This news comes in the manufacturing component area from Siemens. Siemens circuit breaker is the first electrical safety product to use plastic components where fossil raw materials have been replaced by biomethane derived from recycled biowaste.

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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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Weintek USA launches new versatile HMI

Design World

Weintek USA announced a new, UL Listed, sunlight-readable 7-in. human machine interface (HMI). The cMT3072XHT(L) has an adjustable brightness screen capable of 1200 cd/m2 with 1024 x 600 resolution and a wide viewing angle of 85° in any direction. Enhanced components allow the cMT3072XHTL to handle temperatures anywhere from -4 to 131° Fahrenheit. Ready for… The post Weintek USA launches new versatile HMI appeared first on Design World.

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New car market hits ‘million motors’ milestone at half year

SMMT

New car market grows 1.1% in June to reach 179,263 units – and breaks million motors mark at the half year point for first time since 2019. Battery electric cars record highest monthly market share since December 2023, but uptake in year to date remains stable at 16.6%. Industry calls on next government to back consumers as fewer than one in five new battery electric cars go to private buyers.

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University of Bristol researchers advance tactile gripping

Robotics Business Review

The researchers created a robotic hand with tactile sensors in its four fingertips. It can rotate objects in any direction or orientation. | Credit: University of Bristol Researchers at the University of Bristol last week said they have made a breakthrough in the development of dexterous robotic hands. The research team, led by Nathan Lepora, professor of robotics and artificial intelligence, explored the limits of inexpensive tactile sensors in grasping and manipulation tasks.

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Electro-Pneumatic Circuit Creation and Simulation Using FluidSIM

Control.com

Learn how to use Festo’s FluidSIM software to design and simulate electro-pneumatic systems, featuring a reciprocating actuator example using solenoid valves and limit sensors.

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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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Toshiba AS3 AC drives from AutomationDirect

Design World

AutomationDirect has added Toshiba AS3 AC drives. Toshiba is a trusted name in power electronics with a proven track record in the industry. Their products are built with high-quality construction and offer long-lasting durability. Toshiba drives are a prominent VFD brand and the AS3 series adjustable speed drives are packed with features that, on competing… The post Toshiba AS3 AC drives from AutomationDirect appeared first on Design World.

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Metalworking Activity Trends Down Again in June

Modern Machine Shop

Metalworking activity contracted at a faster rate in June. June closed at 44.3, down 1.2 points relative to May , marking a 2024 low. Most contracting components picked up the contraction pace in June, with each of new orders, production and backlog down at least 2 points. Exports also contracted faster in June, a trend last observed at about the same time two years ago (2022).

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Solomon to integrate NVIDIA’s Isaac platform into its products

Robotics Business Review

At COMPUTEX 2024, Solomon VP of Research & Development Xuan-Loc Nguyen introduces the META-aivi AR + AI vision system for SOP validation to NVIDIA guests Madison Huang and Lori Huang. | Source: Solomon Solomon Technology Corp. yesterday said it will integrate its product offerings with the NVIDIA Isaac robotics platform. The companies announced the collaboration at COMPUTEX 2024 in Taipei, Taiwan. “We are thrilled to integrate the NVIDIA Isaac platform into our products,” stated

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New locally manufactured concussion diagnosis device heads to the U.S

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: AMGC Australian MedTech manufacturer Headsafe has commercialised a portable brain injury assessment device to provide faster diagnosis of potential concussions called Nurochek. Backed by co-investment from the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC), the home-grown technology is FDA cleared and is now available in the United States. As a result of the project, Headsafe has established local manufacturing capabilities, doubled its R&D expenditure, and will generate substantial ex

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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.