2024

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How to Approach the Risks of IoT Technology

Automation World

NIST offers manufacturers an array of cybersecurity information related to Internet of Things technologies—from device selection and implementation guidance to outlines on what capabilities IoT devices should feature.

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New car market holds steady as fleets drive growth

SMMT

New car registrations up 1.7% in May in 22nd consecutive month of growth. Battery electric vehicle (BEV) market share rises to 17.6% in the month and 16.1% YTD. Retail BEV uptake declines less than overall private market as manufacturers subsidise ongoing transition. SEE CAR REGISTRATIONS BY BRAND DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE AND DATA TABLE The UK new car market marked its 22nd consecutive month of growth as registrations rose 1.7% in May, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manu

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OpenAI is restarting its robotics research group

Robotics Business Review

OpenAI robotics research is resuming, applying generative AI to tasks such as manipulation. | Credit: OpenAI OpenAI LLC, which is best known for ChatGPT, is restarting its robotics research group. The San Francisco-based company has been a pioneer in generative artificial intelligence and is returning to robotics after a three-year break. This comes as no surprise, since The Robot Report has reported on several robotics companies working with ChatGPT and large language models (LLMs) over the pas

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Onshore wind farms offset their carbon emissions within two years, new study finds

E&T

A new study, which finds that onshore wind farms are capable of offsetting the carbon emissions generated across their entire lifespan within two years, “underscores the environmental efficiency of onshore wind farms and their important role in the energy transition”.

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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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NIST Awards Over $1.2 Million to Small Businesses to Advance Cybersecurity, Biopharmaceuticals, Semiconductors and More

NIST Manufacturing

The awards will fund research and development of new products relating to cybersecurity, quantum computing, health care, semiconductor manufacturing and other critical areas.

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Soft N Dry announces expansion of products into Brazil

Canadian Manufacturing

(CNW Group/Soft N Dry Diapers Corp.) TORONTO , PUERTO VALLARTA and SÃO PAULO — Soft N Dry Diapers Corp. and its subsidiary Soft N Dry de México, announced that it has commenced sales and marketing operations in Brazil, which is both Latin America’s largest economy and a leading consumer-driven market for sustainable consumer packaged goods (CPG).

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Accelerate PLC Ladder Logic Learning with New Arduino Starter Kit

Control.com

Tackling a growing need for education in industrial automation, Arduino has launched a starter kit for PLC learning based on the new Opta, the PLC IDE, and hardware to integrate I/O devices.

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3 Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Revolutionize Machine Shops

Modern Machine Shop

Photo Credit: Getty Images Not a day goes by without seeing another article on artificial intelligence (AI). It has become the buzz phrase of the last year. The problem with AI is that it gives many the same fear that robotics had in the past. The human mind quickly goes to a place where this technology is going to destroy mankind. When robotics was introduced into the mainstream shop, people could not help but think robots were going to hurt them and take over the world.

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‘She agreed to work for £5 an hour’: the desperate plight of many Leicester garment workers

The Guardian Manufacturing

After Covid shone a spotlight on life in the city’s clothing industry, activists and unions gained access to factories. But abuses are still rife ‘When people are so vulnerable, they often don’t even know that they’re being exploited. It’s really difficult to see who is on your side.” Leicester community activist Tarek Islam is describing the position of many workers in the city’s garment factories.

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NetApp Awarded Frost & Sullivan’s 2024 Global Company of the Year Award for Addressing the Unmet Needs of the Hybrid Cloud Storage Management Industry with Its Revolutionary BlueXP Platform

Frost & Sullivan Manufacturing

San Antonio, TX — February 14, 2024 — Frost & Sullivan recently researched the global hybrid cloud storage management industry and, based on its findings, recognizes NetApp with the 2024 Global Company of the Year Award. NetApp provides a unified platform that offers seamless insights and automation, enhancing the management of storage and data services across diverse environments.

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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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Honeywell Raises the Alarm on New Industrial Cybersecurity Threat

Automation World

A new report from Honeywell explains how “silent residency” has become an increasing threat to industrial facilities.

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Used car market hits five year high as EVs reach record share

SMMT

UK used car market grows 6.5% to almost 2 million units in Q1 2024 – the fifth quarter of successive growth. Best start to a year since 2019 as second-hand market hits five year high. Zero emission car sales up 71.0% with highest ever market share at 2.1%. Download the used car sales report for Q1 2024 The UK’s used car market rose by 6.5% in the first quarter of 2024 with 1,967,923 units finding new owners – the strongest start to a year since pre-pandemic 2019, according to the latest figures

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How humanoid robots can help narrow gaps between automation and labor

Robotics Business Review

The robotics industry has seen major growth and maturity in the past decade. Technology advances such as vision systems and computing power, along with the rise of artificial intelligence, have helped the industry grow in many ways. Robots also are getting cheaper and more affordable. Robots are taking a greater role and improving automation in many ways, but are humanoid robots the next step?

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The amount of copper needed to build EVs is ‘impossible for mining companies to produce’

E&T

Copper cannot be mined quickly enough to keep up with current policies requiring the transition to electric vehicles, according to a University of Michigan study.

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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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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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Why employee-owned companies make sense in manufacturing

The Fabricator

Robinson Inc., De Pere, Wis., hopes to find out what Sentry Equipment, Oconomowoc, Wis., already knows: Employee ownership is a competitive advantage for some metal fabrication businesses.

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Hemp Snowboard Wins in Its Category at JEC Composites Innovation Awards

Plastics Today

The awards ceremony in Paris this week recognized the efforts of Germany’s silbaerg in applying natural hemp fibers and reducing waste in snowboard production.

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Doosan Group to Reveal Green, Autonomous Technology at CES 2024

Control.com

Doosan Group will be unveiling its latest innovations at CES 2024. The company will showcase its green-centric, future-thinking technology from Doosan Robotics, Bobcat, Enerbility, and HyAxiom.

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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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The Importance of Ad Verification in Digital Marketing

Robotics Automation News

When it comes to the success of any business, there’s no denying the importance of marketing. No matter the business type or industry, some form of marketing will always be required to keep the business growing. However, marketing is becoming more challenging in this competitive digital age.

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‘We’re facing a critical shortage’: why UK’s green revolution urgently needs skilled workers

The Guardian Manufacturing

The country’s net zero transition may not be short of funds. But it desperately requires many more skilled engineers, electricians and workers than it has In recent years, Britain has been busy setting up the scaffolding of the country’s future low-carbon economy. But beyond the Westminster pledges and white papers lies a very practical challenge: where are the workers who will bring the government’s green agenda to life?

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Hepworth’s gearless maritime axial-motor drive — from ECM’s PrintStator CAD SaaS platform

Motion Control Tips

Windscreen wiping and wash-systems manufacturer B. Hepworth will commercialize premium-performance windshield wiper products incorporating printed circuit board innovation. Electric motor design and software company ECM PCB Stator Tech and B. Hepworth — the global leader in window wiping/wash systems — have announced the development of a next generation solution integrating PCB Stator electric motors.

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Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network Celebrates First Anniversary

NIST Manufacturing

June 1, 2024 marks the one-year anniversary of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Supply Chain Optimization and Intelligence Network (SCOIN), a two-year pilot program to kick-start

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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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Best first quarter for CV production since 2008 despite March drop

SMMT

British CV production records best Q1 since 2008, rising by 27.4% to 32,626 units. Export volumes grow 57.9% in first three months, while manufacturing for the UK declines -13.1%. Growth in January and February followed by -19.2% March decline to 7,943 units. UK commercial vehicle (CV) output rose by 27.4% in the first quarter of 2024, the best Q1 performance since 2008, according to figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 1 32,626 vans, trucks, taxis, b

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Mercedes-Benz testing Apollo humanoid

Robotics Business Review

Apollo moving a tote at the Mercedes factory. | Credit: Apptronik Apptronik today announced that leading automotive brand Mercedes-Benz is testing its Apollo humanoid robot. As part of the agreement, Apptronik and Mercedes-Benz will collaborate on identifying applications for Apollo in automotive settings. Mercedes-Benz is exploring how well Apollo can bring parts to the production line for workers to assemble, while simultaneously inspecting the components.

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Battery-powered trains could cut CO2 while saving Britain’s railways £3.5bn

E&T

‘Bi-mode’ trains that operate on battery power when not using an electrified track could save Britain’s railways £3.5bn and 12 million tonnes of CO2 over a 35-year period, Siemens Mobility has said.

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Report: Downturn continues in Canadian manufacturing sector in May

Automation Mag

The seasonally adjusted S&P Global Canada Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) recorded 49.3 in May, compared to 49.4 in April. This extended the current downturn in manufacturing operating conditions to 13 months. Output and new orders both continued to fall and at faster rates, whilst firms cut their buying activity given sufficient stock at their plants.

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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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A visit to Automate 2024 reveals the future might be now

The Fabricator

Metal fabricators won’t have to wait too long before they see the latest automation and robotic innovations on display at Automate 2024 in their own shops.

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How to Get Your Share of the $20 Billion Federal R&D Tax Credit

Plastics Today

The plastics industry is uniquely positioned to benefit from this federal program, but many businesses miss out simply because they aren't aware of the tax credit or how broadly it applies.

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Universal Robots and MiR Open up Joint Robotics Headquarters in Denmark

Control.com

Teradyne Robotics has opened a 20,000 sq m headquarters in Odense, Denmark. The new facility will enable collaboration between Teradyne's two companies, Universal Robots and Mobile Industrial Robots (MiR).

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Schneider, Intel and Red Hat join forces on open automation

Drives & Controls

Schneider Electric has collaborated with Intel and the open-source software developer Red Hat to release a Distributed Control Node (DCN) software framework that, they say, will help to drive open automation.

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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.