2023

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5 Ways Robotics Can Improve Manufacturing Output

Robotics Automation News

The introduction of robotics in the manufacturing sector has been advancing quickly over the past few decades, with a resulting increase in production outputs and reducing associated costs. Automation is proving to be a powerful tool for manufacturers at all levels; it eliminates labor costs and provides large increases in scalability of product output.

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Robot Setup Gets Automated

Automation World

OnRobot’s D:Ploy hardware and software is now available to automate the process of integrating robots into palletizing, CNC machine tending, packaging, and pick-and-place applications.

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Perfecting the job shop schedule in metal manufacturing

The Fabricator

A job shop’s production schedule is never perfect, but that doesn’t mean metal fabricators can’t improved upon it.

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Virtual twins as a service can help manufacturers thrive

Control Engineering

Global management consulting firms agree that digital twins add substantial business value to a company’s performance – value that, once achieved, turbo-charges business indicators for customers, investors and other stakeholders. Unlike single-purpose digital twins created from data locked in one application, virtual twins draw on a pool of consolidated data to deliver consistent insights from concept to testing, sourcing, purchasing, manufacturing, supply chain management, service after the sal

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Manufacturing Sustainability Surge: Your Guide to Data-Driven Energy Optimization & Decarbonization

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.

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Hydrogen manufacturing getting underway

Manufacturer's Monthly

Energys Australia is leading the way in hydrogen fuel cell generators with some of the first rolling off the production line in Victoria to some major clients and to support regions particularly vulnerable to power outages. Energys has proudly unveiled the first of five cutting-edge Hydrogen Fuel Cell Generators being manufactured for Telstra as part of an alternative energy backup pilot program.

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How Digital Twins Could Protect Manufacturers From Cyberattacks

NIST Manufacturing

Detailed virtual copies of physical objects are opening doors for better products across automotive, health care, aerospace and other industries.

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How robotics-as-a-service can help manufacturers with operations challenges

Control Engineering

Robotics insights The consumer packaging industry faces significant challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain disruptions, and a worker shortage, leading to a need for increased automation. Robotics-as-a-service (RaaS) offers a cost-effective solution for companies to implement automation, with lower upfront costs and faster ROI compared to traditional manufacturing methods.

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Basics of the digital transformation (DX)

Design World

A digital transformation (DX or less commonly DT) is the application of software, programmable hardware, and operational technologies (OTs) to fundamentally transfigure a company’s operations and end products for the better. DX programs can be undertaken by industrial organizations, machine builders, or a vast array of other businesses; the involved OTs typically include machine-monitoring systems,… The post Basics of the digital transformation (DX) appeared first on Design World.

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BattleBots challenges Musk and Zuckerberg to bot-on-bot fight

E&T

Las Vegas-based BattleBots - one of the best-known event organisers in the fast-growing sport of robot fighting, with a hit US television series - has invited Tesla founder Elon Musk and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to face off in a ferocious robot-on-robot fighting competition for the title of the most powerful tech CEO in the world. The invitation follows the reported cancellation of a cage fight between the two tech giants after Musk’s mother, Maye, shared her opposition to the match onli

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UK car production up again as inward investment surges

SMMT

UK car manufacturing output up 31.6% in October with 91,521 units rolling out of factories. Production for home and overseas markets up 23.9% and 33.4% respectively. Year-to-date volumes up 16.7% driven by exports with some eight in 10 cars shipped aboard. Inward investment flooding into sector as latest light vehicle production outlook revised up towards 1 million units this year.

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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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Building a Temperature Controller Simulator Using OpenPLC and an Arduino

Control.com

Variable control allows external conditions, like temperature, to be monitored so the controller can activate devices to heat or cool the system as needed. Simulate a temp controller with low-cost components!

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Analytics Identify Energy Efficiency Issues

Automation World

Data analytics software can be applied to a variety of production operations. Identifying energy efficiency losses is one example of how the software can deliver fast results.

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MIT scientists find new way to help robots handle fluids

Robotics Automation News

Researchers create new simulation tool for robots to manipulate complex fluids in a step towards helping robots more effortlessly assist with daily tasks that deal with liquids Imagine you’re enjoying a picnic by a riverbank on a windy day. (Why you chose to do this on a windy day was your own poor decision).

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‘Brexit has lost us 25% of sales’: British bike storage firm buckles under red tape

The Guardian Manufacturing

Cycloc says ‘Kafkaesque’ rules have cost it £100,000 in latest tale of how EU exit is harming small firms A British bicycle entrepreneur says Brexit has buckled his business and left him with a £100,000 hole in revenues, accusing the government of failing to do enough to mitigate its impact on British small exporters. Cycloc, which has made a name for its distinctive indoor bicycle storage and accessories and includes Stella McCartney, Jonathan Ross and cycling star Mark Cavendish among its cust

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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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Steel price relief could come before Memorial Day

The Fabricator

According to industry experts and data from surveys, everything is pointing to an inflection point for steel prices as mills start to show signs of softening demand for products.

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Selection Committee Announces Leaders to Operate the CHIPS for America National Semiconductor Technology Center

NIST Manufacturing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, an independent selection committee announced the incoming board of trustees that is expected to oversee a nonprofit entity that will operate the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC).

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Fourier Intelligence launches production version of GR-1 humanoid robot

Robotics Business Review

Fourier Intelligence has been manufacturing exoskeletons and rehabilitation devices since 2017. The Singapore-based company launched its first generation of humanoid robots this year, designated the GR-1. The humanoid platform includes 40 degrees of freedom distributed throughout its body, which measures 1.65 m (5 ft., 5 in.) in height and weighs 55 kg (121.2 lb.).

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Armbrust American Acquires ‘Game-Changing’ Reusable Face Mask from Breathe99

Plastics Today

The manufacturer of US-made PPE has acquired the assets of Breathe99, which developed the elastomer-based face mask that can be washed and reused hundreds of times.

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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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2023 LEAP Awards winners are announced!

Design World

Winning entries in the 2023 LEAP (Leadership in Engineering Achievement Program) Awards were announced by WTWH Media today in 11 categories: Advanced Materials Connectivity Embedded Computing Fluid Power Industrial Automation Mechanical Motion Control Power Electronics Software Switches & Sensors, and Test & Measurement. These brands cross four of the company’s design engineering brands: Design World, Fluid… The post 2023 LEAP Awards winners are announced!

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China has stopped funding Hinkley Point C amid political tensions, report claims

E&T

The state-owned China General Nuclear Power Corp (CGN) has stopped making payments to fund nuclear plant Hinkley Point C amid high tensions between the UK and China, a Bloomberg report has claimed.

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October new car market beats pre-pandemic levels but subdued EV growth hinders green goals

SMMT

October delivers 153,529 new car registrations, up 14.3% year-on-year and 7.2% above 2019. Battery electric vehicle (BEV) uptake records 42nd consecutive month of growth but struggles to increase market share, while chargepoint rollout improves in efforts to get ahead of need. New market outlook revised upwards to 1.886 million units with further growth anticipated in 2024, but BEV uptake expectations downgraded slightly.

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GreenPower delivers electric EV Star Refrigerated Box Trucks

Canadian Manufacturing

Fraser Atkinson, CEO and Brendan Riley, President with the EV Star refrigerated box truck LOS ANGELES — GreenPower Motor Company Inc., announced the delivery of its first refrigerated box trucks to the University of California San Diego. “GreenPower has expanded its offering of purpose-built, all-electric commercial vehicles with the addition of the best-in-class, EV Star Refrigerated Box Truck,” said GreenPower Vice-President of Medium Duty & Commercial Vehicle Sales Claus Tritt

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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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Has Industry’s Digital Transformation Reached an Inflection Point?

Automation World

ARC Advisory Group research indicates that only 11% of industrial companies are currently driving business results from digitalization, but nearly 50% are in the process of digitally transforming.

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Deep Robotics unveils new four-legged robot

Robotics Automation News

Deep Robotics, a developer of quadrupedal robots for industrial applications, has launched the newest version of its dexterous intelligent robot dog, Lite3. The company says the new four-legged robot “combines advanced mobility and open modular structure” to serve education, research, and innovative entertainment purposes.

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Injection molder, mold maker Otto Engineering upgrades space, equipment

Plastics News

A new 25,000-square-foot facility will be equipped with seven new presses to manufacture control products, communication accessories for astronauts, first responders, military personnel and others.

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Achieving sharp bends in aluminum with the right tooling

The Fabricator

Fabricating aluminum brings with it a few challenges unique to bending and forming—getting sharp bends without cracking, reducing or eliminating galling, and preventing marking. Three press brake bending experts offer their assistance.

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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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How to track the protests posing a risk to your company’s assets with Feedly AI

Canadian Metalworking Magazine

Market Intelligence Keep up with protests, riots, and strikes across the Web Tracking the ever-changing nature of protests can be a daunting task. Today, we are excited to release two new Feedly AI models: Protests and Violent Protests. They help security analysts track riots, strikes, and rallies that pose a risk to a company’s assets and employees.

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Meet the RBR50 Robotics Innovation Awards Winners

Robotics Business Review

The RBR50 celebrates worldwide robotics innovation and the forward-thinking organizations behind them. The post Meet the RBR50 Robotics Innovation Awards Winners appeared first on Robotics Business Review.

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The Resurgence of 'Shop Class' in American High Schools

Modern Machine Shop

Edgar was a pain in the neck. Or maybe we should say, it was difficult for some of the teachers at Edgar’s high school to appreciate his distinct learning style. Edgar was disruptive. He had a smart mouth and tried to talk his way out of everything, including his poor grades in core classes. A student operates a drill press at Brandywine High School.

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Top industrial connectivity and digital-transformation trends: Part 1 of 2

Design World

Discrete automation’s edge devices include actuators, sensors, and connectivity components such as gateways and motor-mounted controllers. Many of these components feature computational capabilities to minimize data bandwidth and latency issues associated with legacy versions of centralized control. Their installation at the furthest reaches of automated equipment means their processing power is situated to filter and… The post Top industrial connectivity and digital-transformation trends:

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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?