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Underwater Robot For Port Security

September 29, 2014 3:52 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Last week, at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, MIT researchers unveiled an oval-shaped submersible robot, a little smaller than a football, with a flattened panel on one side that it can slide along an underwater surface to perform...

European Space Agency Sets Date For Comet Landing

September 29, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Space Agency says it will attempt to land the first spacecraft on a comet on Nov....

Boeing To Bring Hundreds Of Jobs To Charleston

September 26, 2014 10:29 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Boeing is bringing hundreds of new jobs to South Carolina. The Post and Courier of...

Chrysler Redesigns Assembly Line

September 25, 2014 3:30 pm | by Chrysler Group, LLC | News | Comments

With sales of the Ram 1500 on a 52-month sales streak, Chrysler Group's Warren Truck...

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Grainger's Minooka DC LEEDing By Example

September 25, 2014 1:39 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Industrial Distribution | News | Comments

It should be no surprise that a $9+ billion company like Grainger has the ambition to think big. The company’s Minooka, IL branch--a one million square foot central stocking distribution center--has all the finishing touches of a top-of-the-line, premium efficiency...

Panasonic Manufactures Robot For Eldercare

September 24, 2014 10:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic Corp. said Wednesday that it has developed a nursing-care robot that helps the elderly walk or get out of bed. Osaka-based Panasonic said it plans to start the sale of the robots to hospitals and nursing-care facilities in... 

What Would Henry Ford Think?

September 17, 2014 11:25 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

I still vividly remember the grueling hours, or at least it felt that way at the time, in driver’s education classes.  The tests and the hours logged behind the wheel with instructors may have been an irritating barrier between myself and the glorious freedom of a license but I wouldn’t go back...

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Audi Receives First Autonomous Driving Permit In CA

September 16, 2014 11:29 am | by Audi USA News | News | Comments

Audi will be the first company to receive a newly established autonomous driving permit issued by California. A range of new regulations that govern the testing of automated driving on the state’s roads take effect today. Audi has conducted research over...

Top 10 From IMTS 2014

September 13, 2014 11:15 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

This year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2014) has shown optimistic numbers, and the Manufacturing.net staff was part of the thundering traffic cruising through McCormick Place in Chicago. There was more to see than any normal human could take in within the six-day show ...

U.S. Wants To Make Cars Talk To Each Other

August 19, 2014 10:01 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in ...         

Engineering Newswire: Robo-Shipbuilder Suit Gives Workers Superhuman Strength

August 11, 2014 11:57 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on engineering newswire, we’re exploring the ocean in a private submarine, translating vibrations into audio signals, and gaining superhuman strength ... with the help of a robotic exoskeleton ...        

The Internet Of Things, Robotic Manufacturing, And The End Of The World

August 5, 2014 4:26 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

While most minds go to jarring images from movies like I, Robot and Terminator (and rightfully so), the robotic apocalypse may not make its presence known in such a blockbuster-style war of intellect and brawn, but rather as a subtle emergence from an unexpected area: manufacturing. The term Internet of Things ...

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PHD Introduces Low Cost Lead Screw Electric Linear Solutions

July 24, 2014 11:14 am | by PHD | News | Comments

PHD, a manufacturer of industrial automation solutions, has announced a new, lower cost lead screw version of its series of PHD Plus™ line of electric cylinders and linear slides. In addition ...          

Report: Robot Usage To Increase In The Pharmaceutical Sector

June 6, 2014 10:06 am | by Jorge Izquierdo, vice president, Market Development, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies | News | Comments

By 2018, robots are projected to be used for 27 percent of new line installations for medical device primary packaging — compared to just 3 percent in 2013.                            

Price Vs. Cost: OEM And Supplier Knowledge-Sharing

June 3, 2014 10:25 am | by Joe Woods, Fluid Power Segment Manager, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions | Articles | Comments

We have all been on the receiving end of a sales pitch that put emphasis on the concept of “value” to us, the customer. Although we know that value is important, few can succinctly define it and fewer still can quantify it.          

Survey: Manufacturing Gains Offer Encouraging News For Automation Industry

May 28, 2014 3:32 pm | by The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) | News | Comments

According to the J.P. Morgan/CSIA System Integrator Survey, the automation industry is experiencing a “steady lift” entering the second quarter. The global survey of professionals in the automation and controls industry shows that food and beverage, chemical, and oil and gas—among the end markets served by CSIA members—are reporting increased activity.

Automating Purchasing, Production & Customer Service on Three Continent

April 21, 2014 9:57 am | Videos | Comments

IDT uses Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP software, implemented by Edgewater Fullscope, to support new products and market expansion, as well as address traceability requirements. IDT processes over 25,000 products per day and has over 86,000 customers around the world.

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How To Lower Your Integration Time And Costs

April 9, 2014 10:22 am | by Greg Hood, Product Manager, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

Improving responsiveness to line stoppages can result in significant increases in machinery uptime. If, for instance, your customer is running 1,200 SKUs per month, and you help improve their cycle time by an average of two minutes per SKU, they’re now gaining 2,400 minutes — or 40 hours — of recovered downtime per month.

Toyota To Replace Robots With… Humans?

April 7, 2014 5:20 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

No one should expect that their next Corolla will be handmade — not by any means — because the company is using human labor as a means to figure out ways to improve automated production lines.                  

Is It Time To Go On-Machine?

February 19, 2014 11:36 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The automotive industry is known for being “guinea pigs,” in the kindest sense of the word. For at least 15 years, these companies have been pursuing an idea that is just now making its way to other industries — it’s the idea of stashing automation and safety controllers on the machine itself, rather than in a centrally-located cabinet. Is it time for other industries to follow suit?

ABB: 4Q Earnings Down Due To Power Systems

January 22, 2014 3:58 pm | by ABB | News | Comments

ABB said its fourth-quarter 2013 results were adversely impacted mainly by charges for storm-related project delays and some operational issues in the Power Systems (PS) division. Additional restructuring-related charges were taken in response to the division’s soft order intake in 2013. The company also booked non-operational charges related to certain Group legacy issues.

National Robotics League: Impacting Manufacturing And Nationa Defense

January 17, 2014 2:39 pm | by Manufacturing Revival Radio | Podcasts | Comments

On today’s show, we speak with two individuals who have their hands all over one our favorite topics. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Steven Tamasi and Maureen Carruthers and gaining an inside view of the National Robotics League (NRL).

Marlin Steel: Why I Automate

January 15, 2014 11:23 am | by Robotic Industries Association | Videos | Comments

Watch and listen to Marlin Steel CEO/Owner Drew Greenblatt as he discusses how automation allowed him to transform his business.                                             

GM Applying More Patented Technologies To Cars And Trucks

January 10, 2014 4:45 pm | by General Motors | News | Comments

According to The Patent Board, GM received 1,672 U.S. patents in 2013 applied to global product engineering, powertrain engineering, manufacturing, research and development and OnStar organizations. That’s 176 more than second place Toyota and more than twice as many as Ford. 

VW: 123,000 New Jobs Created Since 2007

December 27, 2013 9:42 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Volkswagen Group announced today that it has grown by about 248,000 employees, representing a rise of 76 percent, since 2007. 123,000 of those are new jobs created around the world, and 125,000 are from employees of companies acquired during that period and integrated into the larger group. At the end of 2013, the company has about 573,000 employees, the highest number in its history.

Manufacturing’s Renaissance Depends On Skilled Workers

December 23, 2013 12:17 pm | by Philip Odette, President, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Articles | Comments

Global shifts in costs, processes and consumer purchasing habits put the U.S. in a position to revitalize its manufacturing sector and enhance businesses and industry at home.  The only thing missing is enough skilled workers to maintain the momentum.

Japanese Robot Chats With Astronaut On Space Station

December 20, 2013 7:20 am | by Emily Wang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Footage released by the robot's developers on Friday showed Kirobo performing its first mission on the station, talking in Japanese with astronaut Koichi Wakata as part of an experiment testing Kirobo's autonomous conversation functions. Wakata says he's glad to meet Kirobo, and asks the robotic companion how it feels about being in a zero-gravity environment.

Mercedes-Benz Opening Logistics Center In Ala.

December 18, 2013 8:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercedes-Benz is opening a new section at its plant in Tuscaloosa County. The German automaker is cutting the ribbon on a $70 million logistics center at its automotive factory in Vance on Wednesday afternoon. Gov. Robert Bentley is among the officials planning to attend the event.

Automotive Insights 3: 3D Printing Your Next Car

December 16, 2013 10:14 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Videos | Comments

Today, we’re bringing you details on some of the newest and most advanced technologies that are making automotive production more exciting than ever. Each of the Big 3 automakers have invested heavily in their plants over the last few years, bringing more automation on to the plant floor.

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