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.

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.

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.

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.

Lessons from World War II on Manufacturing and the COVID-19 Pandemic

A look at manufacturing and the COVID-19 pandemic shows the comparison to WWII is an apt one. From victory gardens to discussions of shared sacrifice to ramping up production of critical supplies, the parallels between the health crisis and WWII are hard to ignore.

Mitigating Supply Chain Risk through Bold Leadership, Transparency and Procurement

For example, in many organizations, different business units buy similar products from multiple suppliers instead of buying everything from one supplier and benefiting from economies of scale. Procurement can see that, but the rest of the organization can't.

In the Vacuum Workshop

In the semiconductor industry, cleanliness and precision are absolutely critical. Swiss vacuum specialist VAT therefore partnered up with maxon to develop a drive system for wafer processing.

50 Ways to Impact Your Business with AI

Sometimes the most difficult thing about AI is simply knowing where to start. Identifying potentially impactful use cases is one of the most cited roadblocks for organizations seeking to leverage AI in their business.

New Laser Welding Process Monitoring Systems Ensure Data Traceability

Ensuring seamless laser weld quality control and manufacturing traceability, the monitors catch weld errors as they occur in real time, instead of reacting to defects downstream. This ultimately increases yield, improves quality, saves labor, and increases savings.

Improving Manufacturing Operations in Response to the Pandemic

Companies will need to quickly find ways to sustain their business, mitigate all supply chain risks, and be more flexible to the new environment. These requirements will drive a need for greater visibility and control over operations.

COVID-19 Accelerates Digitalization in Manufacturing But Data Silos Must Go!

When the manufacturing industry emerges out of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will see the rapid trend of digitalization. However, to achieve maximum success - this will only happen if manufacturers finally deal with the challenge of data silos!

Case Study - Reducing Automation System Risk with Simulation and Emulation

Increasing global competition and an awareness of the need to pivot away from on-site commissioning to safer and more cost-effective virtual methods are the main drivers behind a growing interest in industrial analytical simulation.

INTERNATIONAL MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY SHOW CANCELLED FOR FIRST TIME SINCE WWII

IMTS to continue to offer digital experiences to foster connections, networking and technical learning opportunities.

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Unitronics: Motion Control, We Make it Easy

Unitronics: Motion Control, We Make it Easy

Unitronics' new line of AC Servo Drives & Motors changes the traditional approach to motion control. They are simple to set up and painless to program. Unitronics Servos simplify implementation of motion applications while minimizing complexity and reducing development time. Some of the easy-to-use features in this new line include implementing motion control easily with ready-made motion code, embedded diagnostic tools, and automatic communication setup.