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Weld Inspection: Is Automated Better?

Yaskawa webinar touts robotic assist techniques, but we have questions A webinar on Tuesday hosted by Yaskawa prompted our consideration of a persistent question: is a new, highly-advertised automated process more effective than its predecessor? In this case, Yaskawa was touting its automated welding inspection applications. Hosted by Jeff Noruk of Servo-Robot, the manufacturer of […]

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Machine Tool Days

Siemens event offers further insight on the hotly debated “remote diagnostics” trend Two weeks ago, we discussed the integration of “remote” applications permeating the plant and field maintenance industries. Centered around the release of Schneider Electric’s new platform, this item led to valuable discourse, both in our comments and e-mail inboxes, about the concerns and […]

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EGLE-Eye

America’s animal rep didn’t take kindly to a government drone in its airspace From the “too perfect” category this week: A Michigan bald eagle outfoxed a government drone and made clear who’s airspace the natural habitat belonged to. And, as The Verge’s Kim Lyons pointed out, the story is not short on irony in a […]

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Why Your Plant or Shop Should Consider Robotics

More companies are turning to automated processes—which could mean opportunity for your service shop or plant. Partially due to the disastrous economic, socially-distanced, cautious climate that is 2020—and partially due to the steady advancement of technology—robotics are permeating industry at a higher rate than ever. And since many of these processes involve servomotors, robotic arms […]

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GM Supplier of the Year Awards

SKF, Nidec, Bosch, FANUC, Schaeffler among 116 recipients General Motors recognized the “most innovative partners” of its supply chain during a virtual ceremony to celebrate the automotive giant’s annual Supplier of the Year awards on June 24. Recipients of the GM Supplier of the Year award included 116 suppliers from 15 countries, with 13 first-time […]

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Giant Steps

Volta EV charging stations set for grocery stores in the Mid-Atlantic Giant Food, the greater Washington D.C. regional grocery chain, has begun to install electric vehicle charging stations that are free to use for EV drivers at select locations across Washington, D.C, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware. Working with Volta, a manufacturer of electric vehicle charging […]

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Fanuc Adds 5-Axis

Company’s CNC workforce platform now includes training option for skills gap FANUC’s CNC machining workforce development solution now includes a new training option addresses the manufacturing skills gap and the need for more advanced machine tool operators. To “further develop the next-gen manufacturing workforce,” FANUC America, the Rochester Hills, Mich., based branch of the Japanese […]

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Organizational Healing

CWIEME, IMTS, others provide options, analysis for tough times In a time of division and uncertainty, it’s easy enough to invoke phrases like “we’re all in this together” or “we stand united”…but let’s take a look at which organizational bodies are actually taking action with regards to the industries employing Electrical Apparatus readers, such as […]

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P2S Acquires Notkin

Expands company’s engineering and commissioning presence into the Pacific Northwest P2S Inc. of Long Beach, California, a provider of professional engineering, commissioning, and construction management services, announced in a May 11 press release that it has acquired Notkin Mechanical Engineers, an award-winning mechanical design firm based in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1951, Notkin specializes in […]

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IT, Meet OT: Rockwell Adds Digi-Firm

Aim is to bring information technology and plant floor technology together Rockwell Automation, the towering Milwaukee establishment, completed an acquisition of Kalypso, LP, the company announced in a May 4 press release, as part of its emphasis on digitalization. Based in the U.S., Kalypso is a software delivery and consulting firm specializing in the digital […]

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