Manufacturing and Automation - Articles, Stories & Interviews

Mistakes are sent packing - Autonomous Machine Vision improves accuracy while reducing costs

Packaging and labels contain key information on food products and drugs. A minor mistake on either could have serious repercussions that impact a product’s safety, regulatory compliance and consumers’ satisfaction.

Increasing Productivity by Reducing Tool Change time with Multicouplings

Many manufacturing processes have interchangeable tooling in their machines. Many of those tools require pneumatic, hydraulic, chemical or electrical connections to operate. Instead of connecting those individual connections one at a time, they can be connected at the same t

Why Standard Surge Protection is Insufficient

On average, businesses suffer 14 hours of downtime every year. Businesses cannot always determine why this downtime occurs, but they can do more to proactively mitigate the negative impacts, particularly in terms of power quality.

USDA Investing in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, the government is taking steps toward protecting public health. On May 27, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a $281 million investment in improving water and wastewater infrastructure.

Manufacturers Embrace Price Alignment Technology

When corporate objectives include rapidly and repeatedly adjusting prices at the most granular level, automation must be designed to alleviate the pain by using simple rules to derive prices.

Smart Manufacturing Control

This article discusses new technology features within the CNC, the HMI (Human Machine Interface) and making the process easier to manage, as well as how that relates to the machine motion control and specifically for multi-axis applications.

The Real World Quality Journey

Quality 4.0 blends technology with traditional methods of quality, in order to help manufacturers achieve operational excellence. It leverages technology to collect data enterprise-wide to provide visibility into the complete product lifecycle and manage workflows.

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48 hours to digitalise - How one production plant went remote in just two days

Digitalising a production facility typically takes years of development, but one Sandvik tube site brought remote manufacturing to its stay-at-home workers in just two days.

MICRO MOLDING FOR MICRO-ELECTRONICS

Perhaps like no other, the field of microelectronics exemplifies the drive towards miniaturization, the obvious reduction in size of everyday household appliances and cell phones showing the extent to which products containing electronic components have been reduced in size.

A Journey Toward Autonomous Operations

Applying advanced intelligence and cognitive technologies likewise enables organisations to respond dynamically to changes in demand and customise product, ensure high product quality, and optimise production processes in real time.

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2020 Processing and Engineering Scholarships Awarded

PMMI awards students three scholarships totaling $15,000 for processing, mechanical and electrical engineering.

ProMach Strengthens Liquid Filling Solutions Capabilities with Acquisition of Fogg Filler

Deal expands ProMach's wide-ranging filling solutions portfolio and further enhances capabilities for single-source turnkey packaging lines worldwide

Omron releases new GigE Vision line scan cameras with Power over Ethernet functionality

Industry-leading automation solutions provider Omron Automation Americas broadens its vision portfolio with compact GigE Vision line scan cameras featuring Power over Ethernet (PoE) and Precision Time Protocol technology.

Nexa3D Unveils Its Expanded Ultra-Fast Polymers for Manufacturing Aerospace and Medical Products at Virtual ASME AM Industry Summit

Fresh off acquiring NXT Factory, Nexa3D will demonstrate the combined power of its entire high-speed polymer portfolio including xMED, xCLEAN and xCE-Black at ASME AM Industry Summit, August 11 and 12

Elementum 3D White Paper Provides Insight on Retaining Recyclability and Quality with Uniquely Blended Feedstock

Elementum 3D, a developer and supplier of groundbreaking metal additive manufacturing (AM) materials, has published a white paper, "Powder Recycling in Laser Powder Bed Fusion: Improving Processing, Maintaining Quality."

Manufacturing and Automation - Featured Product

Parvalux Conveyor Belt Motors

Parvalux Conveyor Belt Motors

British-made Parvalux geared motors are used in a huge range of industrial applications in almost 80 countries. We manufacture conveyor belt motors, automatic shutter motors, packaging motors and much more. When you need reliable operation, you can trust Parvalux to safely power your application.

Manufacturing and Automation - Featured Company

PI USA (Physik Instrumente)

PI USA (Physik Instrumente)

PI is a privately held company that designs and manufactures world-class precision motion and automation systems including air bearings, hexapods and piezo drives at locations in North America, Europe, and Asia. The company was founded 5 decades ago and today employs more than 1300 people worldwide. PI's customers are leaders in high-tech industries and research institutes in fields such as photonics, life-sciences, semiconductors and aerospace.