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Physical Manufacturing, Outsourcing and the Digital Age of Crisis

While the global covid19 pandemic seems to be fading into the annals of history, the next crisis loomed large before the last one could begin to fade away into obscurity. What do these two most recent crises in the US demonstrate to the manufacturing world?

Smith College Team From Massachusetts Wins CoVent-19 Challenge to Design New Ventilator for Developing World

-“We came into this not knowing anything about ventilators,” SmithVent team lead says -Top 3 teams from over 200 submissions win on-demand 3D printing services from Stratasys

Impact of COVID-19 on the Process Manufacturing Industry; 2020

Read to know how the many process manufacturing businesses around the world impacted by COVID-19 can bounce back.

Simplifying AI Deployment for Quality Inspection

In the vision market, we’re really at that initial AI and machine learning phase. AI for inspection excels at locating, identifying, and classifying objects and segmenting scenes and defects, with less sensitivity to image variability or distortion.

How Does Electropolishing Surfaces Keep Food Safe?

Trouble often comes from the surfaces that warehouses, processing plants and other facilities use. Without the right surface material, bacteria can collect even with the right practices in place — raising the risk of food contamination.

The Rise of Smart Data in Manufacturing

A lot has been said about “digital transformations,” and with good reason. Companies that want to survive realistically in a world with global competition and pressures require a paradigm shift to move forward.

Determining Cost-Effective Error Recovery in Automation Plants

This article presents a research study that determined the optimal error recovery method from a cost standpoint. And, while this research study only considered cost in error recovery, it shows the potential value of error recovery planning in automation plants.

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Faulty Takata Airbags Make Headlines Again

The recalls made in late-2019 was due to defective NADI (Non-Azide Driver Inflators). These defective airbags have inflators that could explode, which the manufacturers have narrowed it down to a faulty seal.

Mini factories in containers help reduce mask shortages

The factory in a box could be located in front of a hospital, next to a shopping center, or near a school. The integrated air-conditioning system with air purification filters makes production possible even in places with high risk of viral contamination.

What Is a Load Bank and Why Do Manufacturers Need Them?

A load bank can be an important asset in a variety of industries. Load banks are stationary or portable tools that mimic the expected electrical load on a power source in a commercial or industrial setting.

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Motoring on: food and beverage production gains efficiency with Linear Motors

The food and beverage industry has not escaped the impacts of a global pandemic. Whether recovering or adapting production due to restrictions, dealing with supply chain disruptions, or managing short-term demand increases due to the phenomenon of panic-buying, the impacts for many are only beginning to be understood.

TECHNOMARK North America joins forces with SLINED Automation & Robotics

TECHNOMARK North America, a leader in industrial part marking and traceability, has joined forces with SLINED Automation & Robotics to provide manufacturing automation solutions to medical device manufacturers who must comply with FDA requirements for Unique Device Identification (UDI).

Inaugural Virtual Edition of LiveWorx Digital Transformation Event Draws Thousands

-Reimagined Online Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, LiveWorx 20 Brings Together More Than 25,000 -Keynotes Highlight Technologies Driving the "New Normal" and How Companies Can Embrace New Period Through Digital Transformation -Anchored with Keynotes from PTC President and CEO, Jim Heppelmann and Celebrity Guest, Kimberly Bryant, Founder and CEO of Black Girls CODE

NANOFABRICA TO DEMONSTRATE EFFECTIVENESS OF DIRECT RAPID SOFT TOOLING

Nanofabrica has devoted significant time and resource over the last few years perfecting the manufacture of DRST, and are confidently claiming that they are now securing a position for AM to be a true volume manufacturing technology.

Conducting Virtual FATs: Best Practices

Brand-new guidance addresses critical need during COVID-19 pandemic

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Omron Automation is an industrial automation partner that creates, sells and services fully integrated automation solutions that include robotics, sensing, motion, logic, safety, and more. Established in 1933 and currently headed by President Yoshihito Yamada, Omron's 36,000 employees help businesses solve problems with creativity in more than 110 countries. Learn more at omron247.com. Microscan Systems is now a valued part of the Omron family.