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ATEX Cabinet Coolers provide a rugged solution for hazardous locations

Design World

EXAIR’s Cabinet Cooler Systems provide a rugged, industrial-duty solution for cooling and purging electronic cabinets. These low-cost, CE-compliant Cabinet Cooler Systems can be installed in minutes and are available in sizes up to 5,600 Btu/hr. The company offers ATEX Cabinet Cooler Systems for use with purged and pressurized electrical control panels within ATEX-zoned areas.

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Manufacturing Faces a Tough Year, But 2025 Looks More Hopeful

Gary Mintchell

Predictions are difficult—especially about the future. I mostly discard all analyst predictions about the future of manufacturing markets. There are so many variables that cannot be foreseen. Supply chain, technologies, sudden bankruptcies. Of all I’ve seen, I like the modeling by Interact Analysis the best. The do extensive research. They sent me a recent report by Jack Loughney, senior data analyst, who maintains the Manufacturing Industry Output Tracker (MIO).

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Device Management Must Change As Industry Changes

Automation World

With device management software, reliability teams gain real-time visibility into the health and configuration of plant devices, facilitating predictive maintenance.

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Quality Tool & Die Enhances Performance With Advanced EDM and Milling Technologies

Mold Making Technology

Mitsubishi MV models eliminated the need to manually grind the outside of the part. Source: MC Machinery Systems Quality Tool & Die (QTD) has found its groove, in no small part, because of its strategic use of Mitsubishi wire and sinker EDMs and an OPS Ingersoll five-axis milling machine with an automated cell. The Meadville, PA, company was founded in 1976 and purchased by Managing Partner Brad McDowell and Vice President Chad Kearns in 2005.

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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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Digital transformation and the workforce: a discussion with Deloitte

Design World

At the 2024 Digital Transformation Forum in Boston, Design World sat down with Deloitte’s Asi Klein, managing director of industrial products and construction, and Matthew Fox, senior manager, to discuss trends in workforce development. Here’s a video of the discussion and a Q&A article below. What are the major workforce trends you’re seeing in manufacturing?

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Process Automation Device Information Model Working Group Introduces Extensions to Standard

Gary Mintchell

This news holds relevance for those hoping for “open” process control technology. The co-owners of Process Automation Device Information Model (PA-DIM), including FieldComm Group , ISA 100 WCI, NAMUR, ODVA , OPC Foundation , PROFIBUS and PROFINET International , VDMA, and ZVEI, today announced the release of the PA-DIM Version 1.1 specification. This release, a testament to collective efforts, includes expanded device type support for process analyzers and an enhanced basic hierarchy structure w

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Cisco Unveils Workflows in Cisco Networking Cloud for Secure Network Automation

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

Announcing Cisco Workflows, which effortlessly scales across millions of endpoints worldwide while ensuring unmatched security and seamless integration with hybrid cloud environments. Leveraging our cloud connect technology, our platform automates operations across public cloud and on-premises assets, offering unparalleled flexibility and efficiency.

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What you need to know about USB connectors and cables

Design World

In today’s rapidly evolving technological landscape, USB connectors and cables are everywhere, seamlessly connecting our devices and enabling the high-speed data transfer and power delivery that we rely on daily. Whether charging your smartphone, connecting peripherals to your laptop, or integrating complex systems in industrial applications, understanding the nuances of USB technology is crucial.

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FieldComm Group Joins PACTware Consortium

Gary Mintchell

This news could have been expected. FieldComm Group, which just finalized acquiring the technology and assets of FDT Group which in turn had a relationship with PACTware Consortium, has joined this latter consortium. Those of us who lived through the various fieldbus wars and resulting corporate posturing live now in the consolidation phase. This should make things better for the new crop of engineers.

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Why ERP Needs MES for Manufacturing Success

Automation World

Pairing ERP with an MES empowers manufacturing operations to achieve new capabilities and new benefits that are not otherwise possible.

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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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Striving for Sustainability: Meet Pelin

Cisco Smart Manufacturing

Pelin Salem is a Radio Regulatory Technical Leader at Cisco who spearheaded an initiative that reduced testing time, improved energy efficiency, and reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In our interview, she describes how collaboration is vital when developing new climate solutions.

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Leadscrews in medical equipment

Design World

Leadscrews are essential to surgical robotics, patient-monitoring systems, diagnostic imaging devices, and rehabilitation equipment. Leadscrews are those spiral shafts that (upon application of torque) convert rotational motion into linear motion — axially advancing and receding a mating nut to deliver accurate positioning. They’re well suited to medical equipment as they come in a variety of […] The post Leadscrews in medical equipment appeared first on Design World.

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First Australian workers depart for Pearl Harbor AUKUS training

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: auremar/stock.adobe.com Skilled submarine workers from ASC are the first to depart for AUKUS submarine sustainment training at Pearl Harbor in the US. It is a step towards Australian workers acquiring the knowledge that will be essential to build and sustain our future nuclear-powered submarines. The 30 skilled ASC workers are the first to be deployed to the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard to undertake training in the maintenance of US Virginia-class nuclear-powered submarines.

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RoboBusiness 2024 registration now open

Robotics Business Review

Registration for RoboBusiness 2024 is now open. RoboBusiness, which takes place October 16-17 in Santa Clara, Calif., is the premier event for commercial robotics developers. Attendees will gain the latest insights from experts in robotics and AI on cutting-edge research, industry trends, and innovative applications. They can also learn about investments and topics related to running a robotics business.

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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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The Benefits of In-House Toolmaking

Modern Machine Shop

Many manufacturing processes require tooling, though most manufacturers outsource production of this tooling. In-house tooling production require an investment in machine tools and people to run them, but as a manufacturer of rubber belting products has discovered, this investment can save time and money not only for itself, but for its sister facilities as well.

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GM awards Smalley for 12th consecutive year for high-quality retaining rings and wave springs

Design World

Smalley is thrilled to announce it has been awarded General Motors’ 2023 Supplier Quality Excellence Award. This honorable award is granted to GM suppliers who meet or exceed strict quality performance criteria and have given cross-functional support to the entire GM organization throughout the 2023 calendar year. This marks the 12th year consecutively that Smalley… The post GM awards Smalley for 12th consecutive year for high-quality retaining rings and wave springs appeared first on Desi

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China-owned British Steel said to have requested £600m of taxpayer support

The Guardian Manufacturing

Company is looking for help from next government to upgrade to less polluting technology Chinese-owned British Steel has reportedly submitted a request for a package of taxpayer support worth £600m as it looks for assistance from the next government to upgrade to less polluting technology. Government officials are due to review plans that set out the costs of switching from blast furnaces to electric arc furnaces at the company’s steelworks in Scunthorpe , Lincolnshire, the Sunday Times reported

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Smelt spout robots can improve safety, productivity in North American pulp and paper mills

Robotics Business Review

North American paper mills are starting to use robotics for smelt spout cleaning. Source: Valmet Recovery boilers represent a significant capital expenditure in the pulp and paper industry. While a well-maintained boiler can last for decades, routine care of this system can present challenges. Maintenance duties are often messy and risky for the operator, and many tasks are time-consuming and require full or partial boiler shutdown.

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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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Austral Australia to construct more guardian-class patrol boats

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Austal Australia has received an order for an additional two Guardian-class Patrol Boats. Image: Austal Australia The Australian Government has ordered two additional Guardian-class Patrol Boats from Austal Australia, valued at approximately $39 million. The 39.5-metre, steel-hull patrol boats are to be constructed at Henderson in Western Australia and are scheduled for delivery in 2026.

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USB to serial adapters with FTDI chip integration

Design World

StarTech.com has announced the availability of a new line of USB to Serial Adapters. These adapters use the customizable FTDI chip to add RS-232 capabilities to USB-enabled computers, allowing connectivity with Data Communication Equipment (DCE) peripherals such as digital signage, industrial equipment, and point-of-sale devices. The driverless installation ensures universal compatibility with Windows 7 and above, […] The post USB to serial adapters with FTDI chip integration appeared firs

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Wearable CNC machine offers glimpse into future of the trades

The Fabricator

British engineering student Jasper Mallinson has designed and built a wearable CNC machine that offers a glimpse into the future of the trades.

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Ronovo Surgical closes Series B round for Carina modular platform

Robotics Business Review

The Carina surgical robot platform. | Source: Ronovo Surgical Ronovo Surgical this week announced that it has closed a Series B funding round worth $44 million to commercialize its Carina Platform in the Chinese market and prepare for international expansion. The Shanghai-based company has developed technologies for soft-tissue procedures. Shanghai-based Ronovo aims to use the funds to accelerate the commercialization of the proprietary Carina platform.

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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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How to control product quality with IO-link

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: IFM Explore how ifm efector’s IO-Link enables quality control in manufacturing by blending digital automation capabilities with new and existing systems. The need for automation extends across all industries and organisational levels, with technology becoming integral to the industrial world’s path to better efficiency, safety, and sustainability.

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USB to serial adapters with FTDI chip integration

Design World

StarTech.com has announced the availability of a new line of USB to Serial Adapters. These adapters use the customizable FTDI chip to add RS-232 capabilities to USB-enabled computers, allowing connectivity with Data Communication Equipment (DCE) peripherals such as digital signage, industrial equipment, and point-of-sale devices. The driverless installation ensures universal compatibility with Windows 7 and above, […] The post USB to serial adapters with FTDI chip integration appeared firs

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BT Group rolls out energy-saving ‘cell sleep’ technology to over 19,500 EE mobile sites

E&T

BT Group has implemented energy-saving ‘cell sleep’ technology across its EE mobile sites nationwide, with anticipated energy savings of up to 4.5 million KWh per year across EE’s estate.

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Make Purchase-to-Pay more productive with SEEBURGER Apps based on SAP Fiori

Seeburger

SAP Fiori enables device independence and thus sets the scene for „Enterprise Mobility". SEEBURGER Apps use the SAP Fiori framework to innovate in the invoice receipt process. Mobile solutions promise process improvements, efficiency increases and cost reductions. [.

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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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$3.5 million in new Government grants for WA innovators

Manufacturer's Monthly

Image: Africa Studio/stock.adobe.com A northern suburbs business using seaweed to manufacture an alternative to plastic is one of 49 local innovators to share in a record $3.56 millions of grants from the WA Government. Innovation and Digital Economy minister, Stephen Dawson, said the funding is from the Government’s popular Innovation Booster Grant (IBG) and the new Commercialisation Bridge Grant (CBG) programs. “We have an amazing and talented cohort of local innovators who are doi

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The Robotics Australia Group is building a sustainable robotics industry in Australia

Robotics Business Review

The group’s board, as of November 2023, from left to right, back row: Dr. Sue Keay (chair), Brenton Cunningham, Christian Ruberg, Tim Bradley, Dr. Nathan Kirchner; front row: Dr. John Vial, Tamanna Monem, Kathie van Vugt, Nicci Rossouw, Angus Robinson. Source: Robotics Australia Group The robotics industry in Australia stands at the precipice of a transformative era, driven by a shared vision of sustainability and innovation.

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Rail helps increase workstation crane capacities

The Fabricator

Engineered Material Handling (EMH) has introduced aluminum V-Track rail for AL-System workstation cranes. For 1,000-lb. installations, the maximum span length increases to 31 ft.

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Robotic Integration Boosts Automated Milling, AM and Part Fabrication

Mold Making Technology

Bystronic Mobile Bending Robot Cell. Source (All Images) | Kuka Robotics Corp. Kuka Robotics is demonstrating a variety of automated solutions from several of its system partners that can streamline part processing and boost overall production output. These systems, all featuring Kuka robots, include the CyberDrawers machine feeding unit from Waybo; entry-level machine and process automation from Mairotec GmbH; automated milling from Robotics Solutions Inc.; and metal additive manufacturing from

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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.