September 2020 Guest Opinion: Keeping the Lights on for a "Lights Out" Future

Supply chain visibility and diversification have become top priorities for manufacturers, retailers and logistic providers. Today, they are faced with challenges they never expected, but - luckily - they are using new technologies to solve them.

PMI® at 56.0% August 2020 Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®

New Orders and Production Growing; Employment Contracting; Supplier Deliveries Slowing at Faster Rate; Backlog Growing; Raw Materials Inventories Contracting; Customers' Inventories Too Low; Prices Increasing; Exports and Imports Growing

When and How Should I Select a Braking Resistor?

When designing a motor control system, it is not always clear if a braking resistor is required and, if it is, how to proceed in selecting a braking resistor. This post is intended to simplify that process so it is clear when and how to select a braking resistor.

Packaging the future

Automating packaging processes can improve productivity, quality and safety on site. Unsurprisingly then, it has become a crucial investment for packaging facilities. But, where do you start?

High Precision Linear Motor Stages for Industrial Automation

Precision industrial motion systems are used in test, assembly or laser micro-machining of high precision and high value components and in electronics, optics, and photonics manufacturing, to name a few.

70% of Change Projects fail… Don't be part of the 70%.

Most organizations are in a constant state of change as they respond to increasing customer demands, technological advancements and the fast-moving business environment of today. This means that systems and strategies must continuously evolve to remain competitive.

Reshoring America's Manufacturing Through Smart Manufacturing

Reshoring holds great potential for companies to gain increased flexibility and responsiveness when facing supply chain disruption. During COVID-19, we saw companies forced to fly to China to pick up specific parts.

How Machine Tool Feedback Can Reveal or Hide Axis Errors

Solutions for avoiding thermally induced dimensional deviations of workpieces have become more crucial than ever for the machine tool building industry. Thermal drift is primarily caused by feed axes on the basis of recirculating ball screws.

Mistakes are sent packing - Autonomous Machine Vision improves accuracy while reducing costs

Packaging and labels contain key information on food products and drugs. A minor mistake on either could have serious repercussions that impact a product's safety, regulatory compliance and consumers' satisfaction.

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.

Procurement Technology - What it Can and Cannot Replace in a Manufacturer's Journey Towards Supply Chain Resilience and Agility

This article reviews the key elements in supplier management for manufacturers and how Source-to-Pay procurement technology can support the journey towards supply chain resilience and agility in times of crisis.

Omron Helps Life Sciences Company Upgrade Prototype with Cutting-edge Technology and Cut Costs by 30% With Solution Using NX-I/O

Omron gave preference to EtherCAT over DeviceNet because the latter is a slower CAN-based protocol designed for sensors and it uses screw-type connections that can be difficult to install and maintain.

Understanding the Common Vulnerability Scoring System

The common vulnerability scoring system (CVSS) provides manufacturers a way to assess the principal characteristics of a vulnerability and produce a numerical score reflecting its severity.

Camera Specs - Not the Frontier in the Era of AI - Autonomous Machine Vision (AMV) Offers a New Approach to Visual QA

Machine vision engineers are pushing the frontiers of camera specifications to offer solutions with incredible resolution. Yonatan Hyatt explains why Autonomous Machine Vision (AMV) is pushing the boundaries of artificial intelligence, not camera specifications.

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Arcos - Robotized system for grinding and cutting with discs

Arcos - Robotized system for grinding and cutting with discs

Robotized system for grinding and cutting with discs and the precision cutting with plasma technology of aeronautic parts. This Robotized system is produced for the finishing of aeronautic parts. This machine utilizes the grinding and cutting with a Ø1000mm disc. It is also allowing the precision cutting with plasma technology.