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5 Critical Challenges That Your Supply Chain May Face

The main essence of a supply chain is to deliver the right product to the right people at the right time. While it may sound simple, it is difficult to achieve.

Decoding Business Valuation: What Manufacturers Need to Know (Part 4)

In the final article of this series, we highlight the three business valuation approaches, as well as the level of value adjustments, and provide a final summary of what manufacturers need to know about business valuation.

Automatic Truck Loading for a Variety of Industries

With fewer docks required because each dock can handle higher volumes, the automatic unloading system processes up to 6,000 parcels per hour which means that the maximum capacity of the sorting machines can be utilized achieving optimal overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).

SME, Stratasys Announce Winners of FANUC-Inspired SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing Competition

SME created the Additive Manufacturing Competition to attract and introduce the younger generation to emerging technologies that manufacturers have adopted over the past few years.

The Business Case for Metal AM

The growing number of industrialisation questions are indicative of a growing maturity in the marketplace. AM machines are moving out of prototyping applications and research laboratories and into mainstream production manufacturing.

A Realist’s Prediction for the Future Factory

When determining the rate of adoption of new technologies, the Gartner hype cycle is a good point of reference. The hype cycle for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), however, shouldn’t be confused with general IoT, which applies to consumer IoT technology.

Industry 4.0 Strategy and Design for Additive Manufacturing

With all the buzz about these new design tools, there is still quite a bit of ground left to be covered in ensuring these next-generation designs are actually manufacturable. That is where we can really shine.

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STANLEY+Techstars Accelerator Announces Second-Annual Class

- 2019 Accelerator continues focus on additive manufacturing and expands to include sustainable packaging solutions. - Selected companies will relocate to Stanley Black & Decker's new Manufactory 4.0 Center in Hartford, CT for three months

U.S. Army Research Lab Selects 3D Systems to Develop World's Largest, Fastest Metal Powder 3D Printer

United States government invests $15 million towards the development of the next generation of metal 3D printing technology - advancing U.S. competitiveness and national security.

Stäubli Technology Days to Showcase the Latest Robotics and Connector Solutions

Open house event will present innovations for automotive manufacturers and packaging, pharmaceutical and food processing industries

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Russell Finex - Screening plastic pellets with vibratory round separators

Polymer and adhesive manufacturer Lucite International Ltd. installs circular ultrasonic separators in its new polymer bead production plant

Increasing the Productivity of Metal AM

nTopology's partnership with Betatype yields 28% reduction in build time for rocket nozzle part, proving intelligent design and complex functionality can go hand in hand with increased productivity with Metal AM

binder USA Introduces Series 813, M12 L-Coded Connector: A Male Cable Connector for DC Power Supply Applications

The Series 813 M12 L-coded connector is a panel-mount connector with single wires. (Standard wire length is 200 mm; other lengths are available upon request.) The screw locking mechanism meets the IEC 61076-2-111 standard.

Top Chinese Machine Vision Application Provider

Top Chinese Machine Vision Application Provider

Transport and positioning perfected: Flexible Transport System FTS from Rexroth

Whether in a vacuum, a clean room or in dusty and dirty environments, the linear motor-driven transfer system FTS always works with high precision.

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Zaber's X-LRQ-DE Series: High Precision Stages with Built-in Controllers and Linear Encoders

Zaber's X-LRQ-DE Series: High Precision Stages with Built-in Controllers and Linear Encoders

Zaber's X-LRQ-DE Series of linear stages have high stiffness, load, and lifetime capabilities in a compact size. The integrated linear encoder combined with stage calibration provides high accuracy positioning over the full travel of the device. At 36 mm high, these stages are excellent for applications where a low profile is required. The X-LRQ-DE's innovative design allows speeds up to 205 mm/s and loads up to 100 kg. Like all Zaber products, the X-LRQ-DE Series is designed for easy set-up and operation.

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Xometry

Xometry

Our instant quoting platform and nationwide network of machine shops is transforming American manufacturing. We make it easy for all customers - from startups to Fortune 500 companies - to access manufacturing on demand by providing the most efficient way to source high-quality parts.