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Managing Employee Shortages with IIoT

Manufacturers are facing a troubling scenario: the need to maintain production levels in the midst of the largest workforce shakeup in our lifetime. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) provides a highly effective, flexible and cost-efficient solution.

AIoT and Edge Analytics: a Powerful Combination

Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom once said, “machine intelligence is the last invention that humanity will ever need to make”. AI decision making, with real time communication and data analytics, has the ability to transform the way manufacturers understand machines.

Progress in MicroLED Fabrication and Quality: Closing the Commercialization Gap

Establishing cost-effect fabrication processes for microLED displays has proven to be challenging, and manufacturers are still working to close the gap between promise and market reality.

Fulfillment Optimization is Not an Impossible Task

Part of optimizing any logistics operation is to make sure that you are not incurring additional and lasting costs on the path to speeding up your rate of fulfillment. The goal is to move more product through your system and out the door – but you also must watch expenses.

Empathetic Technology: What Makes Frontline Tech Tick

Managing frontline workforces presents a unique challenge to businesses; it’s a balancing act of safety, worker satisfaction, and productivity. Today’s technology needs to tick all of those boxes and do so in the simplest way possible.

Determining if a Digital Twin is right for your Manufacturing Operation

Q&A with Chris Nicholson, CEO of Pathmind. A digital twin is at once capable of simulating things that have never happened before, as well as mirroring a real, underlying physical reality and monitoring its performance.

Leverage the Edge - the Benefits of Processing Data at the Edge, Not the Cloud

The edge is an essential layer of the manufacturing technology stack. Machines on the factory floor collect vast amounts of raw data from various sources using numerous protocols, which all needs to be processed quickly to gain actionable insight.

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CNC Data Transfer Methods That a CNC User Must Know

While a CNC user might employ various methods for data transfer, they can either be classified based on the type of data being transferred or the method of data transfer employed.

How factories Can Build Capacity and Improve Manufacturing Processes with ML

Without making wholesale production changes, factories can improve process efficiency with machine learning (ML). ML can increase production capacity by up to 20% while lowering material consumption rates by 4%.

How to manage a complex network of new and legacy equipment

With rapid advancement in automated and connected technologies, managing both new and old equipment simultaneously can be a challenging balancing act.

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Pressurized Liquid Cone Nozzles Are Here

EXAIR's new FullStream™ and HollowStream™ Liquid Atomizing Spray Nozzles provide a full cone or hollow spray pattern for pressurized liquids in 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2 NPT sizes. These inexpensive and versatile nozzles offer the ideal solution for cooling, cleaning, rinsing and dust suppression applications. They produce droplets by spinning the liquid and breaking its surface tension through a precision orifice or by impacting the liquid on to a surface of the nozzle.

AMUG Opens Registration for the 2022 AMUG Conference in Chicago, Illinois

Online registration is available for the 2022 AMUG Conference, which will be held in Chicago, Illinois, April 3-7, 2022. The AMUG Conference is a users' event that is open to owners and operators of industrial additive manufacturing (AM) technologies used for professional purposes.

Optomec Delivers $1 Million Metal Additive System for Production Repair of Turbines

Long-standing multi-system customer expands capacity with latest machine improvements.

Desktop Metal Qualifies Nickel Alloy IN625 for High-Volume Additive Manufacturing With the Production System

Production System Binder Jetting Technology Enables Mass Production of Strong Parts That Withstand High Temperatures and Extreme Environments

Ultimaker Announces PVA Removal Station, Enabling Post-processing of Parts Four Times Faster

The PVA Removal Station enables 3D printer users to develop products faster by allowing quick and effective elimination of support material

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Dynatect Automated Machine Safety Roll-Up Doors

Dynatect Automated Machine Safety Roll-Up Doors

Need to increase safety? Are you using light curtains? Is space a concern? Dynatect's Gortite® VF Automated Machine Safety Door combines safety technology, speed, and a physical barrier to isolate hazardous operations. Use of a physical barrier with safety sensors can save up to 30 square feet of manufacturing space. Using the ANSI minimum safety distance formula, the Gortite® VF Door limits the depth penetration factor and average approach speed, allowing closer location of the safeguarding device. Unlike light curtains, which can't contain process hazards, an automated machine safety door can isolate common workplace debris. This physical barrier is designed to contain process driven hazards such as weld sparks, UV flash, and light debris. Thus, the operator can maintain closer proximity to the work area improving ergonomics and productivity.

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CIMON Inc.

CIMON Inc.

CIMON is a leading industrial automation company focused on process control and manufacturing. Since its foundation in 1999, CIMON has grown from emerging Asian markets into Europe and North America thanks to several award-winning product lineups, including the Xpanel HMI series, PLC and PLC-S series, Xpanel Hybrid, UltimateAccess SCADA software, and industrial PCs. CIMON has been working with manufacturers for over 20 years and has gained the trust of well-respected companies such as LG, Samsung, General Motors, Kia, Hankook, SK Chemicals, Posco, and Durex. Hardware and software are developed simultaneously at CIMON, allowing for optimal product supply and system design solutions that increase facility efficiency and response time in the market while reducing long-term costs. Some industries CIMON works with include the automotive industry, oil and gas industry, power plants, electronics, water and wastewater management, aerospace, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, food and beverage, chemical, packaging, paper and pulp, farming, and many others.