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5G reliability enters the automated warehouse

Design World

The flexibility of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), which use a wireless navigation system to guide them around a facility, is the reason these self-sufficient machines are so popular in warehouse environments. However, 50 AMRs on the floor will overload the traditional WiFi network. That leads to network latency and interrupts communication between AMRs and the… The post 5G reliability enters the automated warehouse appeared first on Design World.

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Safety Considerations for Live Measurements

Automation World

Maintenance of production equipment often requires taking live voltage and current measurements. That’s why it’s critical to be aware of the core safety practices designed to keep you safe.

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Moving shop in metal fabrication

The Fabricator

Columnist Caleb Chamberlain backward casts his eye, to quote Robert Burns, and delves into the challenges of moving shop, laying bare the best-laid plans of mice and men.

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Join Me At This Manufacturing Software Conference

Gary Mintchell

I have begun working with a software company called Quickbase. Several companies have introduced me to low-code applications. Quickbase takes it to another level. Built in, not added on due to acquisition. I’m on a panel discussion with two engineers who actually use the software. Their stories of how they use the software and the benefits of an easy way to add to the application when users ask for help are to the point.

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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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Position-sensing switch for enhanced automotive safety

Design World

Melexis has introduced the MLX92442 Induxis switch, which offers a contactless and magnet-free monolithic design to directly detect conductive targets, facilitating small module designs with reduced component count for various applications such as high voltage interlocks, charging flaps, seatbelts, hood/trunk, gear tooth sensing, or brake-by-wire systems.

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Robotic Automation and Industry’s Changing Future

Automation World

From the use of robots to handle repetitive and hazardous tasks to alignment with corporate sustainability goals, robotics are proving to be the answer to industry’s labor shortage and skills gaps.

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Yokogawa Updates OpreX Process Automation Family

Gary Mintchell

Yokogawa has sent a couple of process automation announcements recently. It’s been quiet on my radar for a few years. Nice to see some investment in product development. The first is the release of OpreX Robot Management Core, an application in the Asset Management and Integrity family. The second concerns strengthened industrial network support in CENTUM in the Control and Safety System family of solutions.

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Smart M12 capacitive proximity sensors with IO-Link communications

Design World

Carlo Gavazzi is excited to introduce three new series of M12 Capacitive Sensors with IO-Link Communications. Based on our 4th generation TRIPLESHIELDTM sensors, these CA12 Series Sensors represent the ideal solution for industrial automation equipment in applications where sensing performance must be continuously and accurately monitored and logged.

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Addressing the Plant Floor Security Challenge

Automation World

Technologically speaking, IT and OT domains have largely converged. Culturally speaking, there is still a bit of work to do, which leaves industrial operations open to significant cyber risks.

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NSW Fee-Free TAFE initiative removing financial barriers

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Mediteraneo/stock.adobe.com The Fee-Free TAFE initiative by the Australian Federal Government and the NSW State Government is reported to be exceeding targets and removing financial barriers. By removing barriers, it is reported that more people in NSW are able to learn new skills in areas where the economy most needs employment. Minister for skills and training, Brendan O’Connor said, “Fee-Free TAFE has transformed the lives of students from diverse backgrounds right across NSW, at the s

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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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Supercommunicators

Gary Mintchell

I remember, barely, being a freshman engineering student. My mindset reflected many (most? all?) of my colleagues—“I don’t need no stinkin’ English and speech classes!” Math and science. What else is there? Then I got a job. Turns out that communication skills are essential for career success. Want to be an effective engineer? The ability to listen, talk, and write will serve you better than how quickly you can solve differential equations.

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SIBERprotect delivers automatic cyber response solution for industrial OT systems

Design World

Following years of technical development and operational implementation design, Siemens introduces SIBERprotect for protection of critical infrastructure and OT systems at various industrial concerns, including power plants, water treatment facilities, all types of discrete manufacturing enterprises, military depots, data centers, and control stations.

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NIST’s New and Improved Cybersecurity Framework

Automation World

NIST's ongoing efforts to enhance CSF resources and foster community feedback show its commitment to continually improving cybersecurity practices.

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China accounted for two-thirds of coal-burning power capacity in 2023, new report finds

E&T

With China’s surge in coal power, and low retirement rates in the rest of the world, global coal capacity grew in 2023, potentially affecting climate change targets.

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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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Aras Follow Up With CTO Rob McAveney

Gary Mintchell

Rob McAveney, Aras CTO, had a follow up conversation with me to flesh out some of the ideas from the recent customer conference. Perhaps the concept of an industrial metaverse is fizzling along with the Apple Vision Pro hype, but McAveney’s view is that it is all about data. Yes, without massive amounts of data, what will the visualization tools visualize?

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Siemens Xcelerator: New software automatically identifies vulnerable production assets

Design World

SINEC Security Guard: Intuitive cloud-based software-as-a-service to improve cybersecurity on the shop floor Allows users to match vulnerabilities to their OT assets, prioritize them, and engage in mitigation measures Integration with the cloud-native SIEM Microsoft Sentinel enabled Available on the Siemens Xcelerator Marketplace from July 2024 Production facilities are increasingly the target of cyberattacks.

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Agility Robotics’ Digit wins inaugural Robot of the Year award

Robotics Business Review

2023 was the year that humanoid robots took big strides onto the public stage, and Agility Robotics pulled ahead in that race with Digit, which is our first-ever RBR50 Robot of the Year. At ProMAT last year, Digit stole the show by demonstrating its ability to pick up totes from a shelf, walk over to a conveyor, and place the totes onto the conveyor.

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£200m carbon capture project in North Wales could remove 235,000 tonnes of CO2 annually

E&T

‘Energy from waste’ operator Enfinium is bidding for a UK government grant to create a new carbon capture and storage plant at its Parc Adfer facility in Wales, with the aim of accelerating efforts towards net zero.

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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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Australia signs a record foreign military export deal

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Justin Nicholas/ Australian Government Defence Australia has signed a deal to produce and export 123 Boxer Heavy Weapon Carrier vehicles, with over 100 earmarked for the German Army, marking Australia’s biggest foreign military export to Germany. The signing of a production contract between the Australian Government and Rheinmetall Defence Australia has been completed.

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METCASE’s 19-in. rack cases just got cooler

Design World

METCASE’s versatile COMBIMET 19-in. rack cases can now be specified with custom ventilation for greater heat dissipation. Other modifications are also available on request. COMBIMET 19-in. is METCASE’s biggest, most advanced and most cost-effective range of rack cases – making it popular for applications including networking and communications equipment, industrial computers, sound and studio systems,… The post METCASE’s 19-in. rack cases just got cooler appeared first on Design World.

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Techniques for Stakers in Cryptocurrency Mining

Robotics Automation News

Cryptocurrency staking is a fundamental mechanism in blockchain networks where participants actively support the network’s operations by locking up a certain amount of cryptocurrency as collateral. This innovative approach has evolved as an alternative to traditional mining methods, providing a more energy-efficient and sustainable means of securing blockchain networks.

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Google launches ‘Find My Device’ with privacy protections against stalking

E&T

Google has finally unveiled its Find My Device service, which uses a crowdsourced network to discover the location of devices and Bluetooth trackers that may not have internet connection.

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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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Future Made In Australia Act to be built on Aussie r&d

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Gorodenkoff/stock.adobe.com The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) has welcomed the vision for innovation and prosperity recently outlined by Anthony Albanese’s Future Made In Australia Act. ATSE has long called for ambitious action to take advantage of the opportunities ahead of Australia in energy, manufacturing, advanced technologies and more.

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Micro drives bring dynamics into handling

Design World

Small dc micro drives bring dynamics into handling applications, such as swiveling-rotary modules Miniature drives and microdrives are used in virtually all areas of automation technology and have a correspondingly wide variety of applications. These range from medical technology and laboratory automation as well as general machine construction and intralogistics through to aerospace applications.

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Sanctuary AI enters strategic relationship with Magna to build embodied AI robots

Robotics Business Review

The Phoenix humanoid robot is being developed to enable embodied AI and support general-purpose applications. | Credit: Sanctuary AI Humanoid robot developer Sanctuary Cognitive Systems Corp., or Sanctuary AI, is entering a new strategic partnership with automotive components supplier Magna International Inc. Through this expanded partnership, Sanctuary plans to equip Magna’s manufacturing facilities with general-purpose AI robots.

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Cruise resumes its robotaxi operation, but this time with a driver behind the wheel

E&T

Following incidents in San Francisco at the end of 2023, Cruise will resume testing its self-driving taxi fleet in Phoenix, Arizona, but with a human driver in control.

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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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AML3D’s metal 3D printer operational at US Navy manufacturing centre

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: AML3D Limited AML3D Limited announced its ARCEMY ‘X-Edition 6700’ Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) metal 3D printing system has been successfully commissioned and is now operational at the US Navy’s Additive Manufacturing Centre of Excellence (AM Co) in Danville, Virginia. “We are extremely pleased to have a fully operational ARCEMY ‘X’, our largest industrial metal 3D printing system, at the US Navy’s Danville Center of Excellence,” said AM

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Dorner to showcase innovative automation technologies at Automate 2024

Design World

Dorner and its partner company montratec are set to unveil its latest innovations in assembly technology in booth 1224 at Automate 2024, May 6-9, at McCormick Place in Chicago. With a focus on enhancing efficiency and reliability in production environments, both Dorner and montratec will present a lineup of demo conveyors designed to meet the… The post Dorner to showcase innovative automation technologies at Automate 2024 appeared first on Design World.

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Metal fabrication in Big Tech’s backyard

The Fabricator

How does Inland Metal Technologies, a custom metal fabricator, succeed in one of the most expensive places to do business in the country? It takes on work competitors won’t and has built systems to ramp up capacity quickly.

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NPE Visitors Get Sneak Peak at PEK

Plastics Today

Polyplastics’ new polyetherketone (PEK) resin reportedly is more heat-resistant than PEEK, making it a prime candidate for metal replacement in harsh environments.

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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.