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Spanish manufacturing plant runs on 100% green power

Design World

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies’ newest production facility in Parets del Vallès, Spain (near Barcelona) is a fully carbon-neutral plant. The facility manufactures automotive components and replaces an existing plant at the same location. The company said it is boosting its production capacity by 15%. In all, more than 11 million euros have been invested in the… The post Spanish manufacturing plant runs on 100% green power appeared first on Design World.

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How Data Can Future-Proof Manufacturing Modernization

Automation World

From attracting and retaining a quality workforce to improving maintenance and reliability, establishing the three pillars of a strong data foundation can help ensure a manufacturer’s current and future success.

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Descent to Normalcy

Gary Mintchell

This is from my recent newsletter. You can sign up for delivery by clicking on the envelope icon in the right sidebar. Several colleagues have traveled close to my new location, and we’ve shared some good meals with great conversation. Inevitably they asked for my observations on the state of the automation market. Part of my answer, in short, would be to quote from a recent Seth Godin blog post, The Drift to Normal.

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Bumper March for new vans as fleet demand surpasses 50,000 units

SMMT

Britain’s new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market grows 11.1% to 52,916 units in best March performance for three years. Growth in uptake of all LCVs besides medium-sized vans, with the largest models up 16.1% as demand for smaller vans bounces back with a 44.8% rise. Electric van uptake reaches highest volume on record for a new plate month – but a national plan for van-suitable public chargepoints remains crucial to tackling fleet charging anxiety.

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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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Automation for North American EV battery production

Design World

By 2028, the 40-plus electric vehicle (EV) battery-manufacturing sites in the U.S. could annually output product capable of 1,037 GWh … tracking to increase by twentyfold from the size of the industry just a few years ago, according to the U.S. Dept. of Energy. One geographical corridor running from Michigan to Alabama currently dominates the industry,… The post Automation for North American EV battery production appeared first on Design World.

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Reality Capture in Manufacturing Workflows

Automation World

A look at 10 ways reality capture technology is used in manufacturing today to connect design and production, aid in reverse engineering, deliver hyper-accurate measurements and enable spatial analyses.

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World’s largest digital camera ready to uncover the universe’s secrets

E&T

After 20 years, researchers have finally completed work on the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) Camera – one of the most advanced tools yet to search for life outside of the Solar System.

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DigiKey hosts Great Board Giveaway, technical demos, and more at Embedded World 2024

Design World

DigiKey will bring its refreshed brand and Great Board Giveaway to Embedded World 2024, April 9-11 in Nuremberg, Germany. The company will host a wide variety of activities, giveaways, and resources during the show at booth 4A-633. Visit the DigiKey booth during the show for the Great Board Giveaway and receive a random draw development… The post DigiKey hosts Great Board Giveaway, technical demos, and more at Embedded World 2024 appeared first on Design World.

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System Integrators and Artificial Intelligence

Automation World

As new automation tehnologies have transformed manufacturing over the past several decades, system integrators have been key to helping industry adopt these technologies. To stay relevant, integrators must now add AI expertise.

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Fero Labs Redefines Trust in AI for Industrial Live Predictions

Gary Mintchell

Fero Labs has developed software to help certain types of process manufacturing plants improve quality output economically when given a random mix of feedstock. I wrote about the company last August— A Better Way to Control Process Quality. They sent a new press release, and I must admit that I understood almost nothing in it: Fero Labs , the only Profitable Sustainability Platform for industrial optimization, announced the release of their ground-breaking feature ‘ExplainIt for Live Predictions

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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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NPE's Origin Story: Promoting and Defending Plastics

Plastics Today

In 1946, the Society of the Plastics Industry (now the Plastics Industry Association) put on the first National Plastics Exposition in New York. “Nothing can stop plastics,” declared then SPI President Ronald Kinnear as he opened the show by cutting through a Vinylite film sealing the entrance.

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M12 connectors now offered in versions designed for surface mount technology

Design World

binder, a supplier of industrial circular connectors, offers products from several M12 series as surface-mount devices (SMDs). These are suitable for further processing in fully automated processes, such as for the particularly dense, double-sided assembly of PCBs. They are also used in automation technology devices, sensors, actuators, and robotics.

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Motors: Workhorses of Automation

Automation World

From motor selection and troubleshooting to energy management and standards, these factors should be major determinants in your industrial motor purchases and application decisions.

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Teradyne Robotics to bring the power of AI to robotics with NVIDIA

Gary Mintchell

More robotics news with the added bonus of more NVIDIA AI-chip news. Usually I have written about Universal Robots and MiR, but each has been acquired by Teradyne. Looks like a new marketing angle with Teradyne Robotics. This company has collaborated with NVIDIA to add AI-type compute to its robot line. Teradyne Robotics, which includes collaborative robot (cobot) company Universal Robots (UR) and autonomous mobile robot (AMR) company MiR , has announced a collaboration with NVIDIA to bring new

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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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NEURA and Omron Robotics partner to offer cognitive factory automation

Robotics Business Review

NEURA has developed cognitive robots in a variety of form factors. Source: NEURA Robotics Talk about combining robotics and artificial intelligence is all the rage, but some convergence is already maturing. NEURA Robotics GmbH and Omron Robotics and Safety Technologies Inc. today announced a strategic partnership to introduce “cognitive robotics” into manufacturing. “By pooling our sensor and AI technologies and expertise into an ultimate platform approach, we will significantl

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Streamlining automation with all-in-one control and visualization

Design World

When it comes to industrial automation applications, there has long been a degree of separation between “control” and “visualization” functions. Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and human-machine interfaces (HMIs) have evolved technologically over decades to perform distinct but closely related operational roles. A closer look reveals why this has been the case historically, and it can… The post Streamlining automation with all-in-one control and visualization appeared first on Design

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Organizing Data for Real-Time Manufacturing Insights

Automation World

The top considerations for manufacturers to establish an information platform that effectively collects and manages data for analysis and decision support systems.

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Object Detection With a Lower Investment: Balluff’s New BGL Fork Sensor

Control.com

The new BGL fork sensor series by Balluff eases the entry into automated object detection. The cost-effective sensors are easy to install and configure for assembly line and work cell automation.

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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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Agility Robotics partners with leading WMS provider, cuts staff

Robotics Business Review

Agility Arc is a cloud-based platform for managing fleets of humanoids. Source: Agility Robotics Agility Robotics made a couple of strategic moves this week as it continues to commercialize its Digit humanoid. Let’s start with the good news. Agility is partnering with Manhattan Associates, a global leader in supply chain and omnichannel commerce.

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Hyson announces expanded Toolmind product line

Design World

Hyson, a business of Barnes Group Inc., and a maker of nitrogen gas systems for metal forming operations, announces the expansion of its Toolmind Secure Remote Monitoring System product line — empowering customers with more capabilities to enhance stamping operation control and efficiency. Hyson’s zero-scrap policy ensures that every production cycle counts and Toolmind plays… The post Hyson announces expanded Toolmind product line appeared first on Design World.

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Connect the Physical and Digital Worlds with a Digital Thread

Automation World

How manufacturers are building seamless connections between critical data, systems and workflows to drive better decision making and automation.

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Diraq reach milestone in quantum computer operating temperatures

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Anna Kucera/UNSW Quantum computing engineers from UNSW Sydney and Diraq have reached a key milestone by unlocking the potential of quantum computers to operate at warmer temperatures. In a study published in Nature, the engineers demonstrated the capability of their spin-based quantum processors to operate at temperatures 20 times warmer than previously demonstrated, while maintaining stability and high accuracy.

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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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ABB Robotics teams with innovative tech start-up to deliver sustainable and affordable housing

Robotics Automation News

ABB Robotics is collaborating with UK-based tech start-up Automated Architecture, or AUAR, to advance the use of robotic micro-factories to build affordable, sustainable low energy timber homes.

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How are zinc oxide (sunscreen) WBG nanomaterials used in sensors?

Design World

Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a common ingredient in sunscreen lotions. Less well-known is the fact that it’s also a wide band gap (WBG) semiconductor (3.4 eV). As a nanomaterial, ZnO is being used to develop a wide variety of sensor technologies. Sensor applications for ZnO include health monitoring, chemical sensing, biomedical, and environmental sensors. Some […] The post How are zinc oxide (sunscreen) WBG nanomaterials used in sensors?

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Robots Enable Cosmetic Packaging Innovation

Automation World

The Albéa Group uses 70 KUKA robots in its Matamoros, Mexico, plant to flexibly produce 50 million products a month.

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Manufacturing’s massive side of material handling

The Fabricator

Albion, Mich.-based Conceptual Innovations helps move the big and heavy. It started with engineers asking a good question at the right time: We’ve got metal fabrication capacity; now, what can we make?

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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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Airspeed joins Hunter Class Frigate Program

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Kamchai/stock.adobe.com South Australian company Airspeed has been awarded a contract to manufacture and supply Replenishment At Sea ( RAS ) Stump Masts for the first batch of three Hunter class frigates. The RAS Stump Masts allow for the transfer of fuel, munitions and stores from one ship to another while at sea. Airspeed is currently supplying RAS Stump Masts for the first batch of three Type 26 frigates, which BAE Systems is building for the Royal Navy in the United Kingdom.

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Caddi Drawer generates searchable 2D drawings, saving design time and procurement costs

Design World

When it comes to designing parts, it’s best not to reinvent the wheel. Imagine, as an engineer, spending hours, days, or even months designing a part, only to find out later that it already exists. Unfortunately, it’s all too common, especially in machine building and manufacturing facilities that have been operating for decades. The problem… The post Caddi Drawer generates searchable 2D drawings, saving design time and procurement costs appeared first on Design World.

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Past Data Unveils the Requirement for Businesses to Take Cyber Security Action Now

Robotics Automation News

The necessity of cybersecurity in digital business has never been greater. As we look further into the plethora of data gathered over the years, a clear story emerges: enterprises must take quick steps to strengthen their cybersecurity procedures. The scope of cyber threats is growing, and the repercussions of inactivity are becoming more serious.

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Metal fabricators earn FMA/CNA Awards for safety achievements

The Fabricator

The Fabricators and Manufacturers Association (FMA) and longstanding sponsor CNA are proud to announce the winners of the 2024 Safety Awards, which honor metal fabricators with outstanding achievements in safety in 2023.

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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.