2024

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Beckhoff USA promotes Alec Abkemeier to software product manager

Design World

Alec Abkemeier is taking on a new challenge at Beckhoff USA as a software product manager focused on test and measurement technologies. With a background in measurement software and hardware, Abkemeier will grow Beckhoff’s test and measurement market share in rapidly evolving industries that require next-generation data acquisition and power monitoring capabilities.

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UK car production off to a fast start in January

SMMT

British car manufacturing output grows 21.0% in January, to 82,997 units. Export volumes up 11.6%, while production for UK market surges 64.5%. Electrified vehicle production continues to grow, up 4.5% to 29,590 units. UK car production got off to a fast start in January, according to the latest figures published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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CMU crawling robots map and repair natural gas pipelines

Robotics Business Review

CMU pipe-repair robots crawl into natural gas pipelines and coat them. | Source: Carnegie Mellon University Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute are creating robots that can map and repair natural gas pipelines. The team is led by Howie Choset, the Kavčić-Moura professor of computer science at CMU, who plans to commercialize the robot later this year.

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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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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Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today’s data-driven applications – not for your end users, your development team, or your business.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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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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Turn a Raspberry Pi Into a PLC Using OpenPLC

Control.com

Using a Raspberry Pi and the OpenPLC software platform, create a simple PLC that can be programmed in ladder diagrams with remote access and I/O monitoring dashboards.

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TSMC and Japanese partners plan to build second semiconductor manufacturing plant

Robotics Automation News

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Sony Semiconductor Solutions, Denso and Toyota have jointly announced further investment into Japan Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing, TSMC’s majority-owned manufacturing subsidiary in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. The four companies plan to build a second fab, which is scheduled to begin operation by the end of the 2027 calendar year.

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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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9 Warning Signs Your Manufacturing Company Needs MRP Software

MRPEasy

Affordable cloud-based MRP software is revolutionizing the manufacturing industry by enabling growing manufacturers to streamline their production processes, reduce costs, and increase overall productivity. But how do you know if your company is ready to embrace MRP software? Here are some unmistakable warning signs that indicate it’s time to make the move.

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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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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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Five-Axis Turnkey Machine Halves Medical Shop’s Cycle Times

Modern Machine Shop

The G550 was ARCH – Newtown’s first Grob machine, and first five-axis machine. It combined work previously requiring two turning operations and one milling operation, completing the job in half the time of the original process. The machine’s expanded capacity from its pallet system has also enabled the facility to use the G550 for other large parts, where it often cuts cycle times by as much as 50%.

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Used car market up as EV sales reach record levels

SMMT

UK used car transactions grow 5.1% in 2023, with 7,242,692 changing hands as improving new car market re-energises supply. Superminis and black paint most popular used car style choices, taking 32.1% and 21.4% of the market respectively. Battery electric car sales almost doubled, up by 90.9% to 118,973 – but at just 1.6% of the market, industry calls for VAT cut on new EVs so future supply can grow to meet second hand demand.

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Scythe robot lawnmowers adopting ‘Tesla charging standard’

Robotics Business Review

Colo.-based Scythe Robotics is adopting the North American Charging Standard (NACS) charge port for its M.52 robot lawnmower. The company said this move will integrate NACS capabilities into their all-electric, fully autonomous commercial mower as early as Q4 2024. NACS , also known as the “Tesla Charger” or SAE J3400, is becoming the standard in electric vehicle (EV) charging, according to Scythe.

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North American robot orders decline in 2023, A3 report finds

Automation Mag

A recent Association for Advancing Automation (A3) report finds that robot sales in North American declined by 30 percent in 2023 after record orders in the two previous years. Companies purchased 31,159 robots in 2023, compared to 44,196 ordered in 2022 and 39,708 in 2021. These 2023 orders were divided almost equally among automotive (15,723 robots sold) and non-automotive companies (15,436 robots sold).

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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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Bobcat: From welding shop to National Inventors Hall of Fame

The Fabricator

Josh Welton tells the story of the Keller brothers and their fascinating rise from running a small welding shop to making the world’s first skid-steer loader and growing the Bobcat brand.

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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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UK quits treaty that gave fossil fuel firms power to sue governments over climate policy

E&T

The UK is pulling out of a multi-country energy agreement that allowed fossil fuel firms to sue governments when their profits were negatively impacted by net zero policies.

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Skyports and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to explore middle-mile drone logistics

Robotics Automation News

Skyports Drone Services, a specialist in drone logistics, surveys, and monitoring, has agreed a strategic partnership with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) to explore the feasibility of middle-mile drone logistics in the New York and New Jersey region.

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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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GreenPower Motor announces delivery of 10 EV Star Cab and Chassis to a global retailer in Canada

Canadian Manufacturing

GreenPower’s EV Star Cab and Chassis SOUTH CHARLESTON — GreenPower Motor Company Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of purpose-built, all-electric, zero-emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles serving the cargo and delivery market, shuttle and transit space and school bus sector, announced that the company delivered 10 EV Star Cab and Chassis at the end of the quarter ended December 31, 2023. “GreenPower delivered 10 EV Star Cab and Chassis to the Canadian unit of a global retailer

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MRPeasy 10 – The Past, Present, and Future of the Modern MRP Pioneer

MRPEasy

MRPeasy is celebrating a significant milestone – the 10th anniversary of the company’s founding. Here’s how that came to be and what ten years actually means in the ERP market. Filling a gap in the market MRPeasy was created by a team of experienced software developers after they were hired to train SME manufacturing businesses […] The post MRPeasy 10 – The Past, Present, and Future of the Modern MRP Pioneer appeared first on Blog for Manufacturers and Distributors.

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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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BASF CEO to Present Keynote at NPE2024

Plastics Today

Michael Heinz will address challenges facing the plastics industry, the importance of collaboration along the value chain, and the future of sustainability,

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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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UK reaches million EV milestone as new car market grows

SMMT

Britain’s millionth EV registered during January while overall new car market grows 8.2%. Private retail demand down as fleets drive all growth in the month. 2024 market outlook holds at 1.97m units, with BEVs accounting for more than one in five, up from one in six. SEE CAR REGISTRATIONS BY BRAND DOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE AND DATA TABLE Britain’s millionth battery electric car (BEV) reached the road in January 2024, while the new car market grew 8.2% for the month, according to the latest figures

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Nala Robotics incorporates generative AI into restaurant robot recipes

Robotics Business Review

Nala provides automation for food bowls and other meals. Source: Nala Robotics Since the public debut of generative artificial intelligence and large language models in late 2022, robotics developers have been working to take advantage of the latest AI capabilities. Nala Robotics Inc. said that ChatGPT enables its autonomous chefs to prepare almost any recipe.

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Omega Seiki Mobility (OSM) to deploy 500 EV Three-Wheelers with Kissan Mobility (OnEv) for last-mile delivery

Dinesh Mishra

Omega Seiki Mobility and Kissan Mobility (OnEv) deal is worth INR 20 Crores and the companies to deploy all 500 vehicles by June 2024 New Delhi, 16 th Jan. 2024: Omega Seiki Mobility (OSM) and Kissan Mobility Pvt. Ltd., a zero-emission logistics provider, have today announced a strategic partnership to deploy Electric Three Wheeler Cargo Vehicles for last-mile delivery across India.

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Encouraging adoption of smart manufacturing technologies

The Fabricator

Implementing smart manufacturing is a slow process that can create confusion and distrust among employees. Here’s how to encourage acceptance among staff.

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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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What is a Servo, and How do Servo Motors Work?

Control.com

Servo motors are common in all kinds of motion control applications for various industries, but what are these devices, and what makes them different from standard AC or DC motors?

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Sewers set to heat nearly 2,000 English homes

E&T

The UK government has announced the recipients of four grants for green heating projects, including one aiming to keep Bolton homes and businesses warm with waste heat from the local sewer.

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RightHand Robotics partners with Staples to install robots in fulfillment centers

Robotics Automation News

RightHand Robotics, a provider of autonomous AI robotic picking solutions for order fulfillment, has agreed a multi-year partnership with Staples, one of America’s best-known suppliers of workspace products and solutions.

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Natcast Names Deirdre Hanford as Chief Executive Officer

NIST Manufacturing

Natcast, the expected operator of the CHIPS for America National Semiconductor Technology Center ( NSTC ) once established, today announced that industry veteran Deirdre Hanford will serve as the organization’s first chief executive officer.

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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.