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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.

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.

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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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.

2020 State of Manufacturing Report Finds Severe Levels of COVID-19 Disruption, Clear Industry Commitment to Digital Transformation

Hundreds of senior decision makers in healthcare, robotics, and other industries report damaging COVID-19 impact, focus on digital transformation, and emphasis on building supply chain resilience through agility

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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."

Industrial Internet Consortium Chairs Share Plans for Future Industry Guidance

Member and end-user experts collaborate on range of industry IIoT requirements

As COVID-19 highlights vulnerabilities in global supply chains and resilience takes priority, report calculates ongoing cost of shocks and prospects for production to shift

● Industries experience month-long disruptions every 3.7 years on average ● Companies can expect supply chain disruptions to erase 40 percent of a year's profits over the course of a decade on average-and extreme events take an even bigger toll ● Up to a quarter of global trade flows could move to different countries over the next five years if companies restructure their supplier networks and governments take action. But moving supply chains is not the only way to build resilience.

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