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Enhanced SINAMICS Control Unit

November 8, 2013 4:34 pm | by Siemens Industry, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

 Siemens Industry, Inc. announced the availability of the new Sinamics CU250S-2 control unit for use with its popular Sinamics G120 variable speed drives. 

New Sizes For PHQ Gear Unit Line

November 8, 2013 4:28 pm | by STOBER Drives, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

STOBER Drives, Inc. has added two additional sizes to its Servo-Fit™ PHQ gear unit line.  The new sizes are smaller, adding a more diverse range of case sizes.

iPad Drive Programming Application

November 8, 2013 4:08 pm | by Schneider Electric | Product Releases | Comments

Schneider Electric announced the new Altivar 212 mobile programming application and drive to iPad converter cable, which allow users to perform all Altivar™ 212  and S-Flex™ drives  programming through Apple iPads.

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Premium Efficiency Metric Motors

November 8, 2013 4:00 pm | by Lafert North America | Product Releases | Comments

 Lafert North America has its Super Premium Efficiency Metric Motors (IE4) - Permanent Magnet design in stock.

New Line Of Pressure Calibration Products

November 8, 2013 8:08 am | by Fluke Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corporation is broadening its suite of precision pressure calibration products with the addition of 14 new 700G Series Pressure Gauges, and the 719Pro and 721 Dual Range Pressure Calibrators.

Non-Contact Laser Tachometers

November 8, 2013 7:44 am | by Paul N. Gardner Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Model PT-110 Non-Contact Laser Tachometer is a simple to use, ergonomic, rugged test instrument that operates with optical laser technology.

Hand-Operated Laser Cutting

November 7, 2013 1:54 pm | by TWI Ltd | Videos | Comments

This video shows how experts at TWI have adopted automated laser cutting technology for hand operation. The main application is in the area of decommissioning where the flexibility to choose where and how to cut the components can lead to significant advantages when it comes to packing.

Inside One Of The Only RIM Facilities In The U.S.

November 6, 2013 9:39 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

Originally used for producing automotive components, RIM is a low-pressure, low-temperature process that uses urethane thermoset resins. The process has been refined over the years, but has remained primarily unchanged.         

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DMW Introduces INTELLILUBE Lubrication System

November 4, 2013 9:10 am | by Dearborn Mid-West Company | Product Releases | Comments

Dearborn Mid-West Company (DMW), a global material handling supplier, has officially introduced its INTELLILUBE® single-point lubrication brand and accessory product line to the automotive and manufacturing industries.

Kardex Remstar Releases New Software Kiosk Function

November 1, 2013 5:00 pm | by Kardex Remstar | Product Releases | Comments

The new kiosk function available with Power Pick Global software simplifies the picking process to help automotive parts departments improve productivity, save floor space and increase accuracy. 

Walter Unveils New Xtra-tec Point Drill Inserts

November 1, 2013 9:08 am | by Walter Tools | Product Releases | Comments

 Walter has unveiled a series of new inserts to its Walter Xtra·tec® Point Drill lineup which provide drilling solutions for the heat exchanger industry.

HVAC/R Machine Retrofit Solution

October 30, 2013 9:49 am | by Schneider Electric | Product Releases | Comments

Schneider Electric, announced the new HVAC/R Machine Retrofit solution, Condenser Fan Pak, designed to improve both new and existing  air conditioning and refrigeration equipment used in the food and beverage, educational, government, hospital, industrial and retail sectors.

Advances In Air Rinsing And Static Removal

October 30, 2013 9:04 am | by Paxton Products | Product Releases | Comments

The more energy efficient static elimination aids bottling, canning, thermoforming, and other manufacturing and packaging processes.   

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For Memorable & Sparkling Moments

October 22, 2013 9:40 am | by BEUMER Group | Articles | Comments

In order to transport palletized beverage cartons to the central warehouses and distribution centers of the customers, the German market leader for sparkling wine, Rotkäppchen-Mumm Sektkellereien GmbH, Freyburg (Unstrut), decided to equip two of its production locations with the BEUMER stretch hood M high-capacity packaging systems.

Robots Are Not The Enemy

September 18, 2013 8:02 am | by Robert Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation | Blogs | Comments

It has become a popular meme that “robots are destroying our jobs.” How else do we explain today’s persistent high unemployment? But this notion that technology, automation and productivity lead to fewer jobs and higher unemployment is simply wrong. First, there is no logical relationship between job growth and productivity. 

The Gray Shift Part 2: Using Ergonomy To Retain Valuable Older Workers

September 18, 2013 8:01 am | by Earl Hagman, PhD, MSEE, MBA, President, Ergotech Incorporated | Articles | Comments

To address coming workforce demographic changes, employers must create a corporate culture that promotes both safety and wellness. Healthy workers and a safe workspace reduce costs and increase productivity, so these efforts will be repaid fully.

The Gray Shift Part 1: An Aging Workforce Creates New Workplace Injury Issues

September 17, 2013 8:01 am | by Earl Hagman, PhD, MSEE, MBA, President, Ergotech Incorporated | Articles | Comments

The median age of the labor force is anticipated to increase rapidly, with one-third of the U.S. labor force turning 55 by 2015. This may have far-reaching implications on the number and type of work-related injuries experienced. Most companies are not prepared for these changing demographics.

The Future Of Control Automation Has Arrived

September 11, 2013 8:01 am | by Eric Klein, Director of Sales, Lenze Americas | Articles | Comments

Automated and robotic machines for manufacturing operations can pose design challenges. The expansion of automation into broader applications has spurred demand for smarter, more efficient drives, controls and software tools. Staying ahead of the technological curve requires leveraging state of the art tools.

Cheetah Robot Hits The Ground Running

August 29, 2013 8:04 am | by ReutersVideo | Videos | Comments

'Cheetah Cub' is a robot being developed by scientists in Switzerland, to one day assist in search and rescue missions. The machine does not yet have a head, but otherwise looks and runs like a cat, to go into places inaccessible or too dangerous for humans. Reuters' Jim Drury has more.

Optimizing Machines Using Programmable Drives

August 28, 2013 8:02 am | by Kollmorgen | Articles | Comments

Programmable drives are becoming more sophisticated and capable, enabling controls engineers to drastically reduce project costs. On a new design, some integrators and OEMs reach for an elaborate multi-axis PLC system to solve a relatively simple application. This happens as designers work under compressed schedules, and choosing a familiar solution seems like the right thing to do.

Free Industrial Manufacturer Symposium

August 23, 2013 2:55 pm | by Finishing Brands | Events

This FREE symposium, held on Sept. 18, 2013 from 8:30am-2:30pm, will include presentations from industry experts and live product demonstrations. The agenda will include market trends, automating your system with robotics, and live product demonstrations.

Ford's New 3D Dirt Detection Technology

August 23, 2013 12:18 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Videos | Comments

Ford Automotive has unveiled what it says is an industry-first detection technology that uses high-resolution cameras to detect and eliminate dirt particles on a freshly-laid coat of paint. The company’s F-Series trucks are the latest vehicles to benefit from the technology, which Ford claims can detect particles smaller than a grain of salt.

Cable Management Systems Do the Robot

August 12, 2013 3:35 pm | Articles | Comments

Cable management is a crucial part of any robotic system, but the truth is that the methods used to attach and guide cables has not changed much in the past 50-plus years. In fact, it is often overlooked altogether. While managing cables and hoses may seem simple, most experts agree one of the biggest oversights designers make is underestimating cable management issues.

Pneumatic Conveying Systems Health & Safety: Exploring ROI, Part 2

July 26, 2013 8:02 am | by Doan Pendleton, VP of VAC-U-MAX | Articles | Comments

In the manufacturing arena, four out of five materials handling injuries affect the back and require a median of ten days for workers to recuperate. A strain can have indirect costs in excess of $33K and requires an additional $672K in sales to recoup those costs. Anytime organizations can eliminate the possibility of back injuries, injury costs should be taken into consideration when determining ROI.

This Is Automation, In 1955

July 25, 2013 8:04 am | Videos | Comments

Here's an interesting look at automated manufacturing in 1955. Automation in 1955 helped companies meet the "challenge of the day," meeting competition and rising costs by moving step-by-step toward continuous automatic production. This film from General Electric shows the history of automation in the U.S. and how far it had progressed at the time.

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