Infineon invests S$105 million in Smart Factory

Calvin Hui for Channel News Asia:  German semiconductor Infineon Technologies will invest S$105 million over the next five years into building a Smart Factory at its Singapore manufacturing facility. This is part of Infineon’s push to implement what it calls a Smart Enterprise Programme, encompassing horizontal, vertical and digital integration. For instance, it has introduced robots like automated guided vehicles, to facilitate the transportation of chips across different parts of the facility. Senior engineer Foo Say Wee, said: “For the lots delivery, it used to be carried out manually by the operator who has to search the lots and carry the lot and hand it to the equipment. But today, employing automation, the lot will be automatically delivered to the operator and after that we have robotic vehicles that automatically come over and transport the lots to the equipment." The company manufactures chips used in things like cars and electronic identification such as passports.   Cont'd...

ABB AbilityTM Smart Sensor for motors ready to provide health checks for motors

Based on smart sensing technology, the pioneering technology solution paves the way for condition monitoring for millions of low voltage (LV) motors. It will be available as of April in Europe, and in the US soon after.

Stratasys Showcases Seminal 3D Printed Artwork from World-Renowned Designers at the Centre Pompidou

"Printing the World | Imprimer le Monde," curated by Marie-Ange Brayer, can be seen in Gallery 4 at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, from March 15th - June 19th 2017 Stratasys 3D printed collections to feature as part of the exhibition include 'Vespers' by Neri Oxman, 'BC - AD' by Dov Ganchrow and Ami Drach, and 'Descendants' by Daniel Widrig

GoEngineer and Concept Laser Enter Partnership to Expand Their Combined Reach in 3D Metal Printing

Concept Laser will support GoEngineer in their expansion into metal additive manufacturing

Adam Savage Tours Austin, Texas Fab Labs and Makerspaces as Part of Chevron-Sponsored Tour

Adam Savage to visit SXSW, Travis High School and The Thinkery in Austin to celebrate the impact of making with digital fabrication tools such as laser cutting and 3D Printing

SCHUNK - SHS Manual Tool Change System

The new SCHUNK SHS manual tool change system is perfect for flexible production with a large range of products, where reliable, manual tool changing is required.

Grocery 4.0: Ocado reshapes retail with robotics and automation

Jon Excell for The Engineer:  Online grocer Ocado is establishing a reputation as a major technology player. Jon Excell reports If prompted to name a UK company at the cutting edge of robotics and automation, few of us would cite one of the country’s best-known grocery retailers. But, as The Engineer learned on a recent visit to one of its key facilities, online supermarket Ocado is establishing a reputation as a major technology player: harnessing and developing machine-learning systems, Internet of Things concepts and robotic hardware to a degree that leaves many traditional engineering businesses in the shade.   Full Article:

Physik Instrumente acquires ACS Motion Control

Physik Instrumente (PI), a long-established provider of specialist motion control and nanopositioning systems, has announced the recent acquisition of ACS Motion Control, an Israeli developer and manufacturer of high-end controllers and drives for multi-axis systems.

Researchers fire 3-D printed ammo out of a 3-D printed grenade launcher

Mr. Seung kook “Sunny” Burns and Mr. James Zunino for US Army Blog:   Researchers at the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) successfully fired the first grenade created with a 3-D printer from a grenade launcher that was produced the same way. This demonstration shows that additive manufacturing (commonly known as 3-D printing) has a potential future in weapon prototype development, which could allow engineers to provide munitions to Soldiers more quickly. The printed grenade launcher, named RAMBO (Rapid Additively Manufactured Ballistics Ordnance), was the culmination of six months of collaborative effort by the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), the U.S. Army Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Program and America Makes, the national accelerator for additive manufacturing and 3-D printing. RAMBO is a tangible testament to the utility and maturation of additive manufacturing.     Cont'd...

Industrial Fiber Patch Placement preforming machine & software - market launch at JEC World 2017

At JEC World Composites Show 2017 in Paris, Cevotec presents the first industrial solution for the automated production of complex carbon composites in high volumes

CIMdata to Host Free Webinar on How to apply IoT, Industry 4.0, and Predictive Analytics in the Manufacturing Domain

Educational webinar will offer a road map on how disruptive technologies can fit into an enterprise application architecture.

Aerodef 2017 - SME Recognizes Leaders in Composites Manufacturing at AeroDef 2017

Dimitrije Milovich and Radius Engineering receive industry awards for their longtime contributions

Montefiore Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Oren Tepper to Present Keynote at Rising Media's Inside 3D Printing Conference in New York City on March 14, 2017

Dr. Tepper Will Address Use of 3D Printing and Virtual Surgical Planning in Recent Surgery to Separate Conjoined Twins at Rising Media's Inside 3D Printing New York

The optimist's guide to the robot apocalypse

Sarah Kessler for Quartz:  Machines, you may have heard, are coming for all the jobs. Robots flip burgers and work warehouses. Artificial intelligence handles insurance claims and basic bookkeeping, manages investment portfolios, does legal research, and performs basic HR tasks. Human labor doesn’t stand a chance against them—after the “automation apocalypse,” only those with spectacular abilities and the owners of the robots will thrive. Or at least, that’s one plausible and completely valid theory. But before you start campaigning for a universal basic income and set up a bunker, you might want to also familiarize yourself with the competing theory: In the long run, we’re going to be just fine.  We’ve been here before.   Cont'd...

How Linear Actuators and Motion Systems Are Used in Modern 3D Printing Industry

Succinctly, each of the motion systems of 3D printers discussed has their advantages over the other, and in many cases, a combination is required to design the interaction of mechanical components in the printing space.

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Sierra Introduces One Complete Industrial Flow Energy Solution

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