Industry 4.0: When humans and robots go hand in hand

Kristie Thong for Eco-Business:  Amid concerns that the rise of industrial robots may soon render humans obsolete, Swiss automation giant ABB’s latest innovation may help shine a new light on what the future will look like when humans and robots can work together as partners.   Full Article:

Manufacturing Leaders Partner to Discuss Impact of Industrial Internet of Things

The panel, the first of the NAM's new Leading Edge series, was hosted at GE's Advanced Manufacturing and Software Technology Center in Detroit, Mich. Leading Edge is a new, yearlong series of events convening manufacturing executives from companies of all sizes together with business luminaries, thought leaders and experts.

MCMA Technical Conference set for October 11-13, 2016 in New Orleans

More than 30 technical sessions will be presented in three distinct tracks on motors and related technologies, motion control and drives technologies, and network communication technologies.

LSIS offers glimpse into smart factory

Lee Min-hyung for Korea Times:  LSIS, the nation's top electric equipment maker, aims to apply integrated automation systems into all of its manufacturing facilities as a core strategy to slash operating costs and dominate the nation's energy efficiency market. The so-called "smart factory" initiative comes amid growing popularity for efficient management systems in the age of the Internet of Things (IoT). Global equipment manufacturers are jumping on the "smart" bandwagon for management efficiency, but only a few companies here have achieved significant feats on the area. LSIS's manufacturing facility, however, offers a glimpse of what automated factory is all about, ranging from assembling parts to packaging. In particular, the company's G production line is equipped with fully-automated production system operated by its programmable logic controller (PLC). The PLC is interconnected with the manufacturing execution system (MES), serving as a network hub to manage every level of manufacturing processes within the factory.   Cont'd...

Novotechnik - Basic and Programmable Touchless angle Sensors

Novotechnik U.S. introduces the Vert-X 31E Series of rotary angle sensors. The sensors are touchless magnetic angle sensors with a permanent magnet that can be secured to an application's rotating shaft, so that there is no direct mechanical linkage between the shaft and the measuring system, and therefore no wear.

Schneider Packaging Equipment Unveils State-of-the-Art Training Lab for Customers

Lab to feature hands-on training without slowing or stopping production lines

U.S. manufacturing isn't dead; factories are running at close to a record pace

Rex Nutting for MarketWatch:  U.S. manufacturing sector doesn’t get any respect. Ask a random sample of people on the street and you’re likely to hear that America doesn’t make anything anymore, that China, Mexico and Vietnam took all of our factories, and that the only jobs left in America are flipping burgers and cleaning hotel rooms. “Throughout history, at the center of any thriving country has been a thriving manufacturing sector,” says presidential candidate Donald Trump. “But under decades of failed leadership, the United States has gone from being the globe’s manufacturing powerhouse — the envy of the world — through a rapid deindustrialization.”   Cont'd.. .

SME Recognizes 2016 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineers

Young professionals' accomplishments highlight manufacturing industry opportunity

OMRON Introduces Displacement Sensor for Micron-Level Moving Measurement; Highly Accurate and Trimming Over 50% of Measuring Time (*1)

Numina Group to Demonstrate Order Fulfillment Automation Technologies at MODEX 2016 Booth 4427

At MODEX, Numina Group's latest order fulfillment and material handling technologies will be showcased in Booth #4427, including voice directed Pick, Pack, and Ship Automation featuring camera based inspection, carton dimensioning, pack sheet print-fold-insert, and print and apply labeling managed by Real-time Distribution Software, RDS™, Numina's WES-WCS.

Greycork Challenges Ikea With A Flat-pack Living Room In A Box

From Dezeen:   Rhode Island furniture company Greycork has created a collection of quick-assembly, flat-pack pieces that are intended "to be a better alternative to Ikea"... ...Each piece is shipped for free in a thin, flat box and is designed to be assembled by the customer in under four minutes... ...The company's first line, the Brooks Collection, featured a folding dining table, coffee table and bench – all made of wood and priced from $500 to $950... ( full story ) ( Greycork site )

Fonon Unveils Update to Laser Cutting Technology for Glass

Patented approach to cutting and scoring glass on a molecular level increases the material's edge impact strength by up to 5x.

Unique Hybrid Cnc Tool Solution Uses Beckhoff Controls To Integrate Additive Manufacturing With Standard CNC Machining

Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies has developed a unique CNC-based hybrid tool control solution that enables virtually any CNC machine or robotic platform to deploy both metal-cutting and metal-adding heads in the spindle and conveniently change between them.

Optomec 3D Printing Systems Used in Mass Production of Consumer Electronics

LITE-ON deploys Aerosol Jet Printing Process for handheld devices of top-tier brands

LAM 2016: Exploring the Multi-Faceted World of Additive Manufacturing

LIA's 8th annual Laser Additive Manufacturing (LAM®) Workshop welcomed over 170 attendees - over half of whom were new to the event - from 14 countries. They gathered in Orlando, FL on March 2-3 to discuss the latest developments in 3D printing, cladding and other revolutionary additive manufacturing (AM) methods.

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Sierra Introduces One Complete Industrial Flow Energy Solution

Sierra Introduces One Complete Industrial Flow Energy Solution

Sierra Instruments announces the launch of its new flow energy solution for managing and optimizing flow measurement for industrial facilities of all sizes. It features Sierra's QuadraTherm 640i/780i thermal flow meters, their InnovaMass 240i/241i vortex flow meters, and their new InnovaSonic 207i ultrasonic flow meter. Designed, built, and calibrated in the USA by Sierra, the Big-3TM share the same revolutionary Raptor firmware and many of the same software apps. They are a complete flow energy solution for flows like compressed air, natural gas, steam, and hot and chilled water. Together, they set a new standard in ease-of-purchase, performance, accuracy, reliability, and ease of use.