How to maintain automation machine tools

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By Joseph Zulick, MRO Electric 

Properly maintaining automation machine tools and machine parts – such as Control Techniques Unidrives (main picture) – is the only way to avoid issues from a performance and durability perspective.

Whether it’s an attachment, cleaning or routine check-up, keeping machinery tools up-to-date is imperative.

Monstrous losses could very well occur from a business and production standpoint if maintenance is not prioritized.

This is something no one wants to run into.  Continue reading How to maintain automation machine tools


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Omron to showcase Forpheus in company’s first appearance at CES

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Omron will exhibit at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show for the first time.

Omron specialises in developing technologies in the categories of sensing, control, robotics and artificial intelligence, many examples of which will be on display at CES.

Much of Omron’s innovation will be present in the form of Forpheus, which the company claims is the world’s first AI-equipped robot table tennis tutor. (See video below.) Continue reading Omron to showcase Forpheus in company’s first appearance at CES


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More than half of warehouse businesses to upgrade mobile equipment

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More than half of warehousing and supply chain businesses are planning to upgrade their mobile devices, according to a new survey.

This is one of the findings of a new research study, Taking Advantage of Apps and App Modernization in Warehousing, released by Ivanti.

Based on research conducted by VDC Research, the study addresses the evolution of mobility in warehousing and outlines evolving requirements shaping the future of mobile applications within the supply chain.  Continue reading More than half of warehouse businesses to upgrade mobile equipment


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Harrison Manufacturing increases throughput with Rethink Robotics’ Sawyer

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Harrison Manufacturing, a custom plastics injection molding manufacturer specializing in molded plastics and light assembly, recently installed Rethink Robotics’ Sawyer robot at its Jackson, Mississippi facility and says it saw “immediate tangible benefits”.

Harrison bosses say they were able to integrate Sawyer into their process “within hours”.

The company says it is reducing labor costs and increasing throughput by using Sawyer in ergonomically challenging tasks. (See video below.) Continue reading Harrison Manufacturing increases throughput with Rethink Robotics’ Sawyer


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Progress in sensors present a ‘huge opportunity’ to advance automotive market, says Osram Opto Semiconductors

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More reliable sensor technology will increase the speed to market for semi-autonomous vehicles, and provide a more comfortable and safe journey for drivers, says Osram Opto Semiconductors

Today’s automotive market is a showcase of some of the most important next-generation technologies, as vehicle manufacturers are among the first to adopt the latest technology developments, including the use of visible and invisible light for state of the art sensor technology, to create the ultimate driving and passenger experience.

Therefore, the work from leading companies like Osram Opto Semiconductors plays an important role to realise real-life applications for sensors in safety, security and comfort.  Continue reading Progress in sensors present a ‘huge opportunity’ to advance automotive market, says Osram Opto Semiconductors


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Zenplace employs telepresence robots to show customers round real estate properties

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Zenplace, the service that enables landlords and property owners to quickly rent and manage their rental property online, now shows properties to tenants through robots with smart guided property showings.

Zenplace bosses say the robot has helped accelerate the rate at which they have been able to accommodate customers. (See video below.)

Rahul Mewawalla, CEO of Zenplace and former head of US’ technology program in Silicon Valley with the White House, says: “We set out to change the property management and rental experience by providing property owners and tenants a faster and easier way to rent and lease.  Continue reading Zenplace employs telepresence robots to show customers round real estate properties


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Kepware launches new version of its industrial connectivity platform

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Kepware has launched the new version of its industrial connectivity platform.

KepServerEX version 6.4 includes new data collection capabilities, improved data access, and seamless integration with both traditional and industrial internet of things systems, enabling users to easily manage and monitor their plant floor.

Kepware says the new MQTT client driver is a key component of the KepServerEX version 6.4 release.  Continue reading Kepware launches new version of its industrial connectivity platform


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Maxim introduces isolated controller area network transceivers with ‘robust communications for industrial systems’

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Maxim Integrated has launched new isolated controller area network transceivers which the company claims ensures “robust communications for industrial systems”. 

The MAX14878/79/80 increases uptime with ±54V fault protection and industry-leading ±15kV ESD, claims Maxim.

Maxim says designers can ensure robust communication and improve uptime for industrial systems with the MAX14878, MAX14879, and MAX14880 2.75kV and 5kV family of isolated CAN transceivers.  Continue reading Maxim introduces isolated controller area network transceivers with ‘robust communications for industrial systems’


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Kollmorgen equips S700 servo controllers with single-cable connection technology

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Kollmorgen has equipped its S700 servo controllers with single-cable connection technology.

The company says the combination is “designed for sophisticated tasks” and now also includes slender single-cable connection technology.

Kollmorgen says the S700 combines multi-functionality with “maximum levels of freedom”, from programming to wiring. (See main picture.) Continue reading Kollmorgen equips S700 servo controllers with single-cable connection technology


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Chinese solar cell company Longi considers establishing facility in India

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Chinese solar power generation equipment company Longi is reportedly planning to establish a manufacturing facility in India. 

If it does go ahead with the plan, Longi will become the first Chinese solar cell manufacturer to set up a factory in India.

According to a report in LiveMint.com, which quotes people close to the company, “Longi is planning to set up a manufacturing facility here. It will be a first for them here”.  Continue reading Chinese solar cell company Longi considers establishing facility in India


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HP opens first advanced manufacturing centre in Singapore

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Hewlett-Packard has opened its first smart manufacturing centre in the tiny city-state of Singapore. 

The Smart Manufacturing Applications and Research Centre, or Smarc, is the first such facility HP has opened anywhere in the world, according to the Business Times of Singapore.

The 6,000 square foot facility – dubbed the “Asia-Pacific Japan campus” – is said to accommodate a team of engineers who oversee more than 50 manufacturing supply lines globally.  Continue reading HP opens first advanced manufacturing centre in Singapore


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Shaw Industries to invest $184 million in its Alabama manufacturing plant

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Shaw Industries says it will invest $184 million in its Andalusia, Alabama facility, which creates fiber used in the manufacturing of carpet.

Shaw says the project will include construction of new and expanded building assets, and installation of substantial amounts of new manufacturing equipment.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey welcome the decision, saying: “Shaw’s significant new investment in its Andalusia manufacturing facility is a welcome development that positions the plant for the future and demonstrates the company’s confidence in its large Alabama workforce.  Continue reading Shaw Industries to invest $184 million in its Alabama manufacturing plant


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Alchemy IoT launches with $4 million funding to integrate AI into IIoT without need for coding

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A new company called Alchemy IoT says it has $4 million seed funding to “simplify the industrial internet of thing using artificial intelligence”.

The company says it addresses the high costs and complexities of AI-based IoT for small- to mid-sized industrial customers with “no-code” cloud-based application, which enables its customers to be up “and running in 48 hours”.

Alchemy IoT describes itself as “a provider of IoT asset intelligence for industrial applications”.  Continue reading Alchemy IoT launches with $4 million funding to integrate AI into IIoT without need for coding


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Apple awards $390 million from its advanced manufacturing fund to Finisar for its optical components

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Apple has awarded $390 million from its $1 billion advanced manufacturing fund to a US company called Finisar. 

The computing devices giant says the award is part of its long-term aim to support innovation and job creation by American manufacturers.

The award will enable Finisar to exponentially increase its R&D spending and high-volume production of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs).  Continue reading Apple awards $390 million from its advanced manufacturing fund to Finisar for its optical components


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Bend it like Comeco: Nord helps Swedish company to improve rebar bending process

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Looking for ways to improve their machines’ usability and to economize on manufacturing costs, the Swedish company Comeco decided to launch a new line of rebar benders with electric drives instead of hydraulics.

Nord DriveSystems supported the company from the early planning phase through to production, configuring an AC vector drive with an integrated programmable logic controller that controls all machine functions.

The current solution is simpler, more robust, and easier to maintain, says Comeco. In addition to substantial savings for procured parts, the assembly time was halved.  Continue reading Bend it like Comeco: Nord helps Swedish company to improve rebar bending process


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