Bosch sets new standards in bar packaging New technologies for high performance, quality and productivity

• Innovative linear motor technology for improved flexibility and speed • Industry 4.0 solutions support operators and increase efficiency • Single-source solution, from bar production to secondary packaging

Automate 2017 - A3 Announces Finalists in Automate Launch Pad Startup Competition

Emerging Companies with Range of Offerings from Platform-as-a-Service to Actuators to 3D Vision Technology

Ford is trying 3D printing for car parts

Aaron Smith for CNN:  Ford (F) figures they will be lighter than their metal counterparts, and therefore more fuel efficient. The company will start with spoilers, those streamlined decorations fastened to car exteriors to make them look faster. For now, the company is testing parts for its Ford Performance race car division, but 3D-printed parts could be used for mass-market cars and trucks in the future. Ford released photos of 3D-printed parts, like the plastic molding for car interiors. The company hinted that it might one day be able to 3D-print more complicated parts, like intake manifolds. Cont'd...

MCMA Launches Motion Control Certification for Professionals

The certification program is designed to help individuals working with motion control, motors, and automation technologies obtain the core knowledge required to work in today's competitive job market.

New EIT Digital Activity will open the world of 'predictive maintenance' to small and medium-sized enterprises

A cost-effective maintenance solution, based on the collection and analysis of real-time data from machines is being launched by EIT Digital, in the framework of the Digital Industry Action Line. Market launch is scheduled by the end of this year.

Assa Abloy Implements Industry 4.0 Solution Powered by Magic xpi Integration Platform

Magic xpi combines data from diverse IT systems to fuel the digital manufacturing process for faster, more efficient production

Novotechnik U.S. introduces the Vert-X 31E Series

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.

Dorner Launches Next Generation 2200 Series Precision Move Conveyors

When applications call for precise movement of product, then Dorner's newly redesigned 2200 Series Precision Move Conveyor is the answer.

ST Robotics Offers New Super-Fast Robot Arm

ST Robotics recently released a high-speed version of its five-axis vertically articulated R17 robot arm at the low price of $18,600.

Japan worker shortage has only one winner so far: robots

Leo Lewis for Financial Times:  Earlier this week, Japanese TV audiences glimpsed a potentially revolutionary contraption from the Matsue College of Technology that rapidly separates closed shijimi clamshells into those with a live mollusc inside and those without. Cut to footage of a human sorter, expertly performing the same function at a rate of just 90 kgs of shijimi per day and whose job this machine seems destined to replace. In other parts of the world, the juxtaposition could seem cruel or politically charged; in Japan, it is almost celebratory.  The great conundrum for investors — and increasing preoccupation of sellside analysts attempting to talk clients out of underweight Japan positions — is whether the equity market provides a neat play on Japan’s deepening worker shortage and the promised surge in wages that has to date been all gong and no dinner.   Cont'd...

Oerlikon announces groundbreaking for advanced materials manufacturing facility in Michigan, USA

Oerlikon expects the demand for advanced materials to increase in the coming years. The facility will produce materials such as titanium alloys, which are in high demand for the additive manufacturing market, and diverse high-end thermal spray powders.

Microscan Launches MicroHAWK® UHD Imagers to Decode Small and Difficult-to-Read Printed and DPM Symbols

New MicroHAWK UHD barcode readers and smart cameras can decode symbols with an x-dimension almost invisible to the naked eye.

A 10K tiny house 3D-printed in 24 hours

Lacy Cooke for Inhabitat:  Building a house typically takes months, exacerbating the housing crisis so many people face worldwide. Apis Cor, a San Francisco-based company that specializes in 3D-printing, decided to tackle that crisis with a groundbreaking mobile 3D-printer that can print an entire 400-square-foot tiny home in just 24 hours. What’s more, doing so costs just over $10,000 – a steal compared to most modern homes. On their website, Apis Cor says the construction industry may be sluggish now, but they will persevere in disrupting that industry “until everyone is able to afford a place to live.” Their revolutionary mobile 3D-printer is small enough to be transported, so assembly and transportation costs can be slashed. Although their mobile printer only needs a day to print a home from a concrete mixture, the company says their buildings will last up to 175 years. Not only is their process speedy, but environmentally friendly and affordable too.   Cont'd...

Achieve Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) Using Hygienic Conveyors

So how do you measure the productivity of your manufacturing equipment? How do you gain insight to improve your processes? The answer is Overall Equipment Effectiveness, or OEE.

Engineers and Students From Across the World Compete to Build a Brighter Future

Engineering Innovation Award: $20,000 Grand Prize

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