2022

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Visibility & Resiliency: Letting Your Factory Work For You

Cisco Industrial Automation

I am consistently asked by our customers: How can manufacturers contain customer satisfaction without excessive overstock? How can manufacturers better predict the output of manufacturing? What is the impact of manpower, materials, and methods on OEE? Could there be a link between IT-OT infrastructure and manufacturing visibility and resiliency? Manufacturers are meeting these challenges by adopting a digital first model and many plan on accelerating their technology transformation to power real

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Small business automation – why palletizing should be a priority

Universal Robots

Palletizing is the epitome of the kind of physically demanding and repetitive work that increases the chance of workplace injury when done for hours on end.

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Australian manufacturers drive economic growth by making complex things the world needs

AU Manufacturing

Media Release by AMGC. The Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) has marked the closure of its $30 million Federal Government Commercialisation Fund with co-investment into a final six Australian manufacturers. In total, 61 Australian manufacturers have successfully received co-investment via the AMGC-managed program which aims to fast-track commercialisation and export of high-tech and high-in-demand products and services, spanning sub-sectors of; value add to resources, agriculture, fore

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A life-long love of engineering

Design World

Meghan Olds, Director of Operations, Powder Atomization, Oerlikon BS, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan MS, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Dayton Meghan Olds’ journey with engineering began in elementary school. Encouraging young students to explore their creativity, the school offered an accelerated program that included competitions focused on invention.

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The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business. That’s what drove the five companies in this e-book to change their approach to analytics. Download this e-book to learn about the unique problems each company faced and how they achieved huge returns beyond expectation by embedding analytics into applications.

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Robot Piece Picking Advances with Artificial Intelligence

Automation World

At PACK EXPO International, Siemens previewed its forthcoming AI-driven software for the development of pick-and-place robot systems that can grasp objects previously unknown to the system.

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How to Select a 3D Printer for your Plant

Automation World

Advances in additive manufacturing are moving the technology in the direction of making production-ready parts. But before investing in 3D printing, take some time to understand the different types of equipment and materials.

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How to get a free STEM education

Design World

Teschler on Topic. Leland Teschler • Executive Editor. lteschler@wtwhmedia.com. On Twitter @ DW_LeeTeschler. If you are a kid living in the UK and want an engineering degree, you can get a free one by attending the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology. James Dyson—probably best known for his invention of the bagless vacuum cleaner—set up the Institute in 2017.

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The Major Fields of Robotics in 2023

Robotics Automation News

Robotics is now gaining popularity more quickly than anything else. Robotics is a vast topic that examines how machines function in various businesses. Because robots are useful practically anywhere, they are gaining popularity. Robots are helpful in many fields, including medicine, engineering, space exploration, and residential care. Robotics’ design and programming, nevertheless, adapt to different […].

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Industrial Processes & Wireless Communications – Part II: Manufacturing Logistics

Cisco Manufacturing

The Internet is littered with articles about Industry 4.0. Adoption of digital industrial processes have accelerated since the German government led this initiative to maintain national industrial prowess. For example, with digital twins and modular flexible systems. One of the main features of Industry 4.0 is interoperability for mobile cyber-physical systems.

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Japan to invest on nuclear energy in major policy shift

E&T

Faced with fuel shortages and rising energy prices, the nation has taken the step to end an 11-year prohibition on the building of new nuclear reactors. . The new policy establishes that Japan must maximise the use of existing nuclear reactors by restarting as many of them as possible, prolonging the operating life of old reactors beyond their 60-year limit, and developing next-generation reactors to replace them.

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5 Ways New Manufacturing Companies Are Accelerating Innovation

Next-gen manufacturers are redesigning factories to enable agility at every stage of production. From more timely communication between engineers and technicians to technologies that empower real-time collaboration, they’re getting ahead by making iterations and improvements during a build, across the production line at scale. This level of flexibility means they can develop more quickly than their legacy counterparts.

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Company cars and EVs drive November market bounceback

SMMT

Britain’s new car market grows for fourth month running, up by 23.5% in November, at 142,889 units. Plug-ins account for more than one in four (27.7%) new registrations as battery electric vehicles (BEVs) take their largest monthly share of the new car market in 2022. SMMT calls for urgent government action to deliver charging infrastructure and support EV uptake to deliver UK’s ambitious net zero targets.

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McDonald’s Canada testing RNG in its supply chain fleet

Canadian Manufacturing

Caption: (from left to right) Mike Leclair, vice-president of major projects and liquified natural gas (FortisBC), Rod Halladay, Regional vice-president of Western Canada (McDonald’s Canada) and Sarah Smith, director of low-carbon transportation and LNG business growth (FortisBC). (CNW Group/FortisBC Energy Inc.). SURREY — Martin-Brower of Canada Co.

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‘Smart’ Bandage Monitors and Accelerates Wound Healing

Plastics Today

The wireless device incorporates electronics and an engineered hydrogel to monitor the healing process as well as speed up tissue closure and reduce infection via electrical stimulation.

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2023 metal fabrication forecast: Reshoring gets real for manufacturers

The Fabricator

Although talk of a 2023 recession pervades mass media, metal fabricators don’t expect a significant slowdown. The data supports their view. Much of that has come from real evidence of reshoring and nearshoring across the manufacturing sector.

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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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ExxonMobil starts production at Baytown chemical recycling plant

Plastics News

The company's new facility is designed to recycle 80 million pounds of used plastics each year, a higher capacity than ExxonMobil said would be available when it first announced the project.

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Self-Service Analytics Aid Continuous Improvement

Automation World

Case study examples from DSM Dyneema and Hunstman Corp. illustrate how providing everyone with simple-to-use analytics tools can dramatically improve production and business operations.

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Reduce Your Turbulence With An Agile Supply Chain

Cisco Industrial Automation

Authored By Han Law. Uncertain global environments around trade and other geo-political events have made agile supply chains the difference between a firm’s success, survival, or failure. However, traditional risk management practices have not been very effective. This is because of poor visibility, high data latency, and the unstructured nature of data present in many of today’s distributed supply chain networks.

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2022 LEAP Awards winners are unveiled!

Design World

Winning entries in the 2022 LEAP (Leadership in Engineering Achievement Program) Awards were announced by WTWH Media today in 14 categories: Additive Manufacturing Advanced Materials Connectivity Embedded Computing Fastener Technology Hydraulics Industrial Automation Mechanical Motion Control Pneumatics Power Electronics Software Switches & Sensors, and Test & Measurement.

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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.

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How Artificial Intelligence is Shaping the Future of eCommerce

Robotics Automation News

Artificial intelligence is a technology that many people still liken to something from a futuristic movie from days gone by. While to the uninitiated, the words artificial intelligence may conjure up images of humanoid robots, the reality is that AI is already all around and widely adopted throughout society. Almost everyone has some kind of […].

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Industrial Processes & Wireless Communications – Part I: Robots and AGV

Cisco Manufacturing

Industrial Processes & Wireless Communications . The Internet is littered with articles about Industry 4.0. Adoption of digital industrial processes have accelerated since the German government led this initiative to maintain national industrial prowess. For example, with digital twins and modular flexible systems. One of the main features of Industry 4.0 is interoperability for mobile cyber-physical systems.

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Inventory Planning – A Quick Guide

MRPEasy

Inventory represents the very foundation of any manufacturing or distribution operation. Keeping the raw materials, WIP, and finished goods inventories at optimal levels is crucial for short- and long-term business success. What is Inventory Planning? Inventory planning is a set of practices designed to help businesses keep optimal stock levels at any given time.

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Production down in September as UK Auto seeks stability to sustain record £7.9bn EV exports

SMMT

UK car production down -6.0% in September with 63,125 vehicles rolling off factory lines. Battery electric vehicle output up 16.6% to 8,856 units, rounding off record first nine months. Electrified models make up record 37.4% of all UK car exports in September at 18,299 units. New analysis reveals EV exports up 110.4% since 2017, with value rising six-fold to £7.9bn.

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A Low-Risk, Incremental Approach to Smart Manufacturing for Small & Medium Manufacturers

This guidebook discusses how small/medium manufacturers have implemented Smart Manufacturing initiatives and realized benefits such as increased productivity as well as higher levels of coordination and speed within the enterprise and supply chain.

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GreenPower’s all-electric Type-A bus hits US roads for first time

Canadian Manufacturing

GreenPower’s Nano BEAST Type A all-electric ADA compliant school bus. SOUTH CHARLESTON — GreenPower Motor Company Inc. has announced the deployment of the first purpose-built Type A, all-electric, zero-emission, ADA-compliant school bus in Clay County. The company says this marks its first deployment of the Type A in the United States. GreenPower also says the Nano BEAST will make its first school run on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. “Clay County Schools is excited to be the first school district

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Aussies want more manufacturing in Australia, research reveals

AU Manufacturing

Sponsored Content by Australian Made. A 2022 study by Roy Morgan has shown that 90% of Australians think we should be undertaking more manufacturing in Australia. The study was held in conjunction with the second annual Australian Made Week in June 2022 , a campaign that encouraged shoppers to buy genuine Australian Made products, and highlighted the importance of supporting Australian businesses following the effects of the pandemic. 1,000 Australians were surveyed on their thoughts on Australi

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Aluminum Etc.: Explaining series numbers that differentiate aluminum alloys, Part I

The Fabricator

In an effort to help fabricators and welders, Gina Cutts breaks down the series numbers that differentiate aluminum alloys from one another and how to better understand this identification system.

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Report calls Alliance to End Plastic Waste ‘greenwashing,' a ‘paltry' effort

Plastics News

A major industry effort to try to tackle plastic pollution in the developing world, the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, faces charges of greenwashing and limited success. But AEPW says the work will take time.

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Best Practices to Boost Marketing Efficiency while Decreasing Cost Per Sale

Speaker: Kristin Hess - Senior Product Marketing Manager, Drift; Will Lyon - Head of Vertical Marketing, 6sense

The past three years have forced nearly every industry to rethink their prospect and customer engagement strategy. But while we’ve all been thrust into digital transformation, we haven’t all made the transition efficiently. Now that we know digital selling is the new norm, how can we ensure our website is doing as much of the leg work as possible for us - even in the midst of economic challenges?

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Automation Use Expected to Surge with Reshoring and Legislative Support

Automation World

Multiple reports indicate the most companies—across multiple industries—plan to expand their use of automation and robotics. The resulting effects on the automation industry are likely to increase even further with passage of the CHIPS and Science Act.

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AM Forward for American Supply Chain Resiliency: Neal Orringer, President of ASTRO America

Additive Manufacturing

Available in your favorite app: On this episode the AM Voices podcast, Adam J. Penna had a follow-up chat with Neal Orringer, President of ASTRO America, after hearing him speak on a panel at ASME’s AM Industry Summit back in June 2022. President Biden launched the ‘AM Forward’ initiative in May 2022. “One of the best ways to lower the cost of the goods and services that families rely on is to make more things in America, with more secure, resilient supply chains.” – White House fact

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Design World’s user community recognizes ‘Leadership in Engineering’ winners for 2022

Design World

Design World’s yearlong event recognizes engineering companies, teams and individuals for innovation and engineering excellence. The Design World Network has announced the winners of the 2022 Leadership in Engineering program. Leadership in Engineering is an industry recognition program which acknowledges corporate engineering leadership across several disciplines.

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How is Robotics Shaping Up to Impact the Car Manufacturing Industry?

Robotics Automation News

The world of car manufacturing has experienced significant changes over the years. Robotics and automation are slowly fine-tuning industries to the point where they can streamline operations, increasing production efficiency, and this is naturally, going to improve bottom lines all across the industry. When it comes to car manufacturing, there are a number of exciting […].

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Innovations in Manufacturing: How to Become Your New Tech's Master

Speaker: Gary Mintchell, Founder of The Manufacturing Connection

In a world where new technology keeps popping up out of nowhere, it's easy to think that this new tech can solve any and all your manufacturing challenges. This is a dangerous assumption because thoughtless reliance on technology can become a liability. Yes, tech does makes work easier and faster, but we've learned in recent decades that projects can still fail if the new technology being used doesn't bring manufacturing, business, and go-to-market strategies together.