Manufacturing and Automation - Articles, Stories & Interviews

APM 4.0 will sustain Industry 4.0

Dan Miklovic, LNS Research via Plant Services: On the road to smarter manufacturing, do not confuse sophistication with maturity.

Power to the People: How Humans are Heading Back to the Factory Floor

In response to consumer demand and competitive pressures, product variation is on the rise. That variation changes the manufacturing calculus somewhat, as the required variation and corresponding complexity means that the ability to think critically and independently and adj

Cybersecurity in the Factory

Technology for Industrial Control Systems and SCADA are now available that allow for continuous monitoring of these critical systems. A baseline is created and any deviations can be alerted and acted upon.

Beyond Conveyors: Conveying a Quality Solution

Designing the optimal material handling systems requires a deep understanding of the product, process, and challenges inherent in the manufacturing process.

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Technology

While OCT is widely utilized in other industries, its use in 3D printing is a new concept. Axsun has added OCT imaging capabilities to the printhead of industrial 3D printers to enable real-time, high-resolution scanning of each layer as it is being deposited.

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State of 3D Printing 2017

Sculpteo’s 3rd annual report on 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing

Maker Cities: If You Can Imagine It, You Can Build It

Peter Hirshberg and Marcia Kadanoff for US News: Maker Cities are remaking America for the future.

The Role of Hybrid Manufacturing in 3D Printing

Michael Molitch-Hou for Engineering.com: Between the worlds of CNC machining and additive manufacturing (AM), there lies a bridge technology referred to as hybrid manufacturing

The future of additive manufacturing is all about design

Sarat Babu for The Engineer: If we’re going to unlock the full potential of 3D printing we’ll need to fundamentally rethink the design process, writes Sarat Babu, founder of Betatype.

Manufacturing and Automation - News Headlines

Mouser Electronics Partners with Macnica to Support Engineers in Japan from Prototype to Production

Mouser Electronics is partnering with Macnica to deliver the highest levels of service and support to Japanese electronic design engineers. With the distribution partnership, Mouser and Macnica are introducing a new co-branded website available for customers in Japan.

GoEngineer Partners with Desktop Metal to Offer Best-in-Class Metal 3D Printing Solutions

Accessible 3D printing system for metal additive manufacturing to complement plastic 3D printing

Global Motion Control Shipments Grow 13.6% to Begin 2017

Global shipments for motion control products increased by 13.6% to $858.4 million in 2016, according to new statistics released by the Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA), the industry's trade group.

Three New Companies Attain AIA Certified System Integrator Distinction

"These three companies have demonstrated their experience in vision system integration and can now use their certification as a third-party verification of critical qualifications to their end user customers,"

Technology Training Corporation (TTC) Announces 'Additive Manufacturing for Defense and Government' July 13-14, 2017

Missions, Capabilities, Opportunities

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Midwest Motion Products Inc - “GRA52” Right Angled Gearmotor System

Midwest Motion Products Inc - "GRA52" Right Angled Gearmotor System

Midwest Motion Products Inc., based in Howard Lake, Minnesota, is pleased to announce the release of the new "GRA52" Right Angled Gearmotor System. This new 1:1 Right Angled Gearbox allows for significantly increased versatility, and design whose geometry allows for the unit to be mounted in tight spaces. We employ our Standard Brushed or Brushless DC Motors and Planetary Gearheads to complete the new R/A Design. Features/Benefits: Cost effective design - as low as $250*, Very Versatile - Output Ratios ranging from 3.7:1 to 2076:1, Fully Reversible Design, Readily available - Samples can be built from Stock Material, High Volume capacity.

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Festo

Festo

Festo is a leading world-wide supplier of automation technology and the performance leader in industrial training and education programs. Our aim: maximized productivity and competitiveness for our customers.