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Design, Manufacturing, and Automation

December 19, 2013 2:21 pm | by Design & Manufacturing Midwest | Events

Gather the focused and in-depth information you and your business need on the latest technologies and trends in packaging as well as the implementable solutions to your top design, manufacturing & automation challenges.

Automotive Insights 3: 3D Printing Your Next Car

December 16, 2013 10:59 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net & Tia Nowack, IMPO Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

GM is designing cars with 3D printing, Ford is scanning each car for paint imperfections the size of a grain of salt, and everyone is making more models on the same line.                        

A Factory From The Future

December 12, 2013 9:26 am | by 60 Minutes Australia | Videos | Comments

Reporter Ray Martin takes you on a tour of the Redeye 3D printing factory in Minneapolis - where the world's first 3D printed car was born.                               

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Before You Automate, Contemplate

December 11, 2013 9:19 am | by Todd Brun, Senior Validation Engineer, E-Technologies Group | Articles | Comments

Success as a system integrator depends upon being conversant in current automation topics and using available technology to deliver them to clients.                             

Ford's Virtual Plant Mapping Technology

December 10, 2013 12:33 pm | by Ford Motor Company | Videos | Comments

Ford Motor Company is piloting new software from Siemens that facilitates virtual navigation within its assembly plants, helping the company improve global collaboration and better share best practices.              

Inside BMW's USA Production Facility

December 5, 2013 9:02 am | by NDTV | Videos | Comments

It was BMW's first full manufacturing plant outside Germany, and today is the sole location that makes the X3, X5 and X6. Its scope was recently expanded to offer a larger capacity to take on future SUV models coming from BMW.       

Robot Colleague Boosts The Bottom Line

November 21, 2013 1:51 pm | by Universal Robots | Videos | Comments

For Stantræk, automation means growth. The company is now able to expand production with no significant increases in payroll. From 2008 to 2013, revenue almost doubled while the number of employees only increased from 21 to 28. Much of the added work load is now handled by Universal Robots.

ABB Unveils New Industrial Robots

November 18, 2013 8:04 am | by ABB Robotics | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The new IRB 6700 is available in payloads from 150 to 300 kg, and reaches from 2.6 to 3.2 meters, and is designed for spot welding, material handling and machine tending.

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November/December 2013: Visual Analysis

November 15, 2013 1:23 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue, we tour a corn milling facility in Missouri, discuss new maintenance technologies, highlight some products from the National Safety Council's Congress & Expo, and talk to experts about hand safety in the manufacturing industry.  

New Signet Optical Dissolved Oxygen Sensor

November 12, 2013 8:08 am | by GF Piping Systems | Product Releases | Comments

 GF Piping Systems has introduced the Signet 2610-41 Optical Dissolved Oxygen Sensor featuring expanded communication protocol capabilities.

Parallelable 3-Phase UPS

November 12, 2013 8:06 am | by Staco Energy Products Company | Product Releases | Comments

Staco Energy Products Company introduces the FirstLine® PL – a parallelable three-phase Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) for 10-40kVA applications.  These units boast efficiencies of up to 94% for lower energy costs and reduced carbon footprint, while delivering maximum availability and flexibility.

Bulk Bag Discharging System

November 12, 2013 7:59 am | by Material Transfer | Product Releases | Comments

Material Master Bulk Bag Discharging System features a fork lift loaded bulk bag lifting frame with adjustable height receiving frame. Unit features the exclusive heavy-duty Flo-Master™ bulk bag massaging system with open pipe frames which promote positive material flow.

New Industrial Grinders and Sanders

November 12, 2013 7:38 am | by Ingersoll Rand | Product Releases | Comments

Ingersoll Rand, a producer of air compressors, tools, fluid management and material handling equipment, has released a new line of M2 Series grinders and sanders to complete heavy duty cutting, polishing and cleaning applications in less time.

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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.

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.         

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.

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