Singularity University Brings the Future of Manufacturing to Boston

World experts in manufacturing innovation and emerging technologies join Singularity University and corporate partners Deloitte, General Electric and Caterpillar for an exclusive two-day forum

Festo Showcases Concept-Through-Commissioning Pneumatic Control Solutions for Life Science Projects at Interphex 2016

These new Festo solutions save time, lower cost, and reduce problems for engineering teams. Festo assigns a part number to every unique pneumatic control panel so that panels become standard easily reproduced products. (Festo Interphex Booth #3373)

46% of German companies use Industry 4.0 - survey

Almost one in two companies in the manufacturing sector (46%) use Industry 4.0 applications, while another 19 percent have specific plans to implement them, according to a recent Bitkom survey among 559 industrial companies with more than 100 employees. About 65 percent of the German industrial companies are already active in the Industry 4.0 sector. Around 23 percent of the companies asked have no concrete plans to use Industry 4.0 but will consider use for the future. Only 12 percent stated that this is not an issue currently. The study also showed that companies are still careful when it comes to investments: although 57 percent of the companies use or plan to use Industry 4.0, the budget for this is on average only 4 percent of the total revenue. Users and planners of Industry 4.0 primarily aim to optimise processes (69%) and to improve the capacity utilisation of their factories (57%). Half of the respondents expect a faster realisation of their customers’ individual wishes. 44 percent want to reduce their production costs with Industry 4.0 and 19 percent their personnel costs.   Cont'd...

New 24V Integrated Electric Actuators rated to 100N thrust

The SCN5 series actuators are compact yet powerful integrated mechatronic cylinders that feature a motor, encoder, drive and actuator in one integral package.

Mouser Electronics, Marvel and Grant Imahara Present New Empowering Innovation Together Series

New project introduces Mouser Innovation Lab, brings Super Hero technology to life

Microscan Announces Integrated Liquid Lens Autofocus for MicroHAWK Barcode Readers

Microscan announces that new fully-integrated liquid lens autofocus models of MicroHAWK® Barcode Readers, featuring truly-automatic and software-programmable autofocus, are now available for pre-order.

TraceParts publishes its annual report on the use of sensors and measurement systems in design projects

In 2015, industrial design professionals downloaded over 140,000 CAD models of sensors and measurement systems from the TraceParts platform.

The Questions Executives Should Ask About 3D Printing

Channing Flynn for Harvard Business Review:  Most hearing aids in the U.S. are now custom-made on 3D printers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first 3D-printed pills. Carmakers have started using 3D technology to produce parts. And last year saw the first demonstration of a digital printer producing multilayer, standards-based circuit boards. Imagine the changes afoot in the pharmaceutical, medical device, automotive, and consumer electronics industries. 3D printing is poised to redefine global manufacturing and distribution. It could upend supply chains, business models, customer relationships, and even entrepreneurship itself. It may do to physical goods what cloud computing is now doing to digital services; what the PC, internet, and smart mobility have done to personal computing; and what outsourcing did to software development and business processing — take mass distribution and innovation to the next level while realigning the very geography of work and trade.   Cont'd...

Princeton Infrared Introduces SWIR Linear Array with Lowest Read Noise Available at SPIE DCS 2016

PIRT1024L1-12.5-T Linear Array, ideal for spectroscopic applications, will be showcased in booth #952 at SPIE Defense & Commercial Symposium (DCS), April 19-21, 2016, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD.

OSI Laser Diode Announces 905 nm Pulsed Laser Diode with Integrated Micro Lens

New CVN 63-90ECL is hermetically sealed for field-deployed range finder apps

Vanrx Pharmasystems to showcase aseptic filling robotics and machine vision advancements at Interphex 2016

Vanrx is exhibiting in booth 3904 at the Javits Convention Center from April 26-28, 2016.

Manufacturing Automation Leaders Collaborate: Optimizing Industrial Production Through Analytics

The FIELD system will be a platform for the delivery of advanced analytics for FANUC CNCs, robots, peripheral devices, and sensors used in automation systems.

User-Specific PackML Implementation Training Offered in Chicago, May 23

The Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC) is offering a PackML Workshop in conjunction with Machine Technology Day, May 23 in Chicago. This half-day training focuses on distinct PackML implementation tasks for packaging end-users, integrators, and OEMs.

LASYS 2016 with global premières

International trade fair for laser material processing showcases new system solutions for manufacturing / Pioneering for the industry

Swagway Teardown: What Makes a Safe Hoverboard?

From Andrew Goldberg at Ifixit.org: The board is also smart enough to not drive around without you. Riders need both feet firmly planted on the board or it won’t be going anywhere. Just how does the board know you’re properly mounted? Each foot pad has two infrared sensors—one at the toe, one at the heel. Stepping down on the pad pushes a peg between emitter and receiver. Only when all four sensors are blocked are you ready to roll... ...Those sensor switches live on the backs of the two gyro boards—one for each wheel. These boards are largely responsible for the “smart” part of smartboard. Each board is home to an Invensense MPU6050 6-axis gyroscope+accelerometer, and a GigaDeviceGD32F130 ARM Cortex-M3 32-bit microcontroller (thanks, Ken!). The ARM chips are responsible for reading the infrared switches, controlling the sweet underglow headlights and top-mounted indicator LEDs, and collating and sending data from the MPU6050 to the main board (more on that later)... ( full article )  

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