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Clayton & McKervey offers tips for business survival during COVID-19, including utilization of "rolling 13-week cash flow analysis"

The realities presented by the COVID-19 health crisis have businesses focused on survival. The most important step to take after ensuring the safety of the team is to protect the company’s cash position to the degree that’s possible.

How Are Mechatronics and Industrial Automation Different?

Mechatronics and industrial automation are two fields that overlap to some extent. But they have their differences, too. Here's a definition of each, plus how they benefit the manufacturing sector.

Why 100% Accurate Technical Translation Is a Must for Manufacturers

Manufacturers routinely export around the world and with it, the product’s technical documentation. However, while products and the means of operating them are universally comprehensible, exactly how one should operate them isn’t assured.

Should You Partner With a Fulfillment Service?

If you’re in manufacturing, or if you oversee any part of a consumer goods or e-commerce supply chain, you know how many moving pieces there are in fulfillment.

Investing in Industry 4.0? Successful Digitization Requires Discipline

The essential thing to remember is that humans will remain central to success, regardless of the level of technology deployment and there is not a silver bullet. So, what is the answer for best leveraging technology innovation?

How Machine Health Bridges Knowledge Gaps Between Automation and Aging Workforces

Promises of improved productivity, speed, and quality have industry leaders rushing to integrate automation, cloud computing, the Industrial Internet of Things, and other emerging technologies into workflows and supply chains.

A Sustainability Process That Drives Business Value

Iota has developed a framework called the Sustainability Process Blueprint that allows businesses to easily monitor, measure, and curate data pertaining to their sustainability performance.

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LK HORIZONTAL-ARM CMM INSPECTS NEXT-GENERATION AUTOMOTIVE FIXTURES

RapidFit modular gaging and holding fixtures with 3D printed locators provide major benefits in vehicle manufacture.

The Journey Towards Autonomous Manufacturing

Within the industrial world, leaders are defining their journey to autonomous manufacturing. Manufacturers are focusing on digitization strategies that will help to drive efficiency across their plants.

The long(er) way to networked smart lifts

The analysis of the operating conditions improves maintenance and allows more precise predictions to be made on usage behaviour, wear and tear, and malfunctions using “big data” approaches – the availability of lift systems is thus optimized.

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ABB TO MAKE DIGITAL SERVICES AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE TO HELP CUSTOMERS MAINTAIN PRODUCTION

In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, ABB's Robotics & Discrete Automation business will offer key software services free of charge. This way, ABB is working to help customers and partners keep production lines going and to enable businesses to continue to function while many are working from home.

WHEN FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION

The manufacture of Intelligence, Surveillance, & Reconnaissance (ISR) optics requires a rigorous analysis of the capabilities and methods of an optical component design/manufacturing partner. Not all design/manufacturing partners are the same, and it is important that integrators elect to work in a collaborative way with companies that have the expertise, pedigree and capabilities to scale up production of components in an accurate and repeatable way.

New technologies aim to make 3D cameras easier to use

A 3D camera should be as easy to use as one found on a smartphone. That is the guiding principle for a Purdue University professor with more than two decades of experience in the 3D imaging field, who has developed new technologies aimed at making 3D cameras easier to use.

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maxon motor's - The ultra-fast brushless DC motor
maxon motor’s - The ultra-fast brushless DC motor

maxon motor's - The ultra-fast brushless DC motor

maxon motor launches new high-speed motors that are configurable online. The new ECX brushless motors are quiet and feature very high efficiency. The ECX motors are available with diameters of 8, 16 and 19 mm achieving speeds of up to 120,000 rpm. They run very smoothly and are highly efficient. With maxon motor's online configurator, it is easy to put together a customized DC motor to include gearhead, encoder and controller. The customized motors are ready to ship in 11 days!

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Pilz Automation Safety, L.P.

Pilz is a leading, innovative automation technology company offering automation solutions integrating safety management. As experts in automation safety, Pilz offers innovative products and services in the areas of safe sensor technology, control technology, drive technology, operator and visualization systems, consulting, engineering and training. As a solution supplier, Pilz services encompass the entire machine lifecycle, including risk assessment, safety concept, safety design, and more.