Tag Archives: automation

Reaching the Summit

Student manufacturing summit breaks attendance record at IMTS ’18 The Smartforce Student Summit at the recent International Manufacturing Technology Show, held in Chicago Sept. 10-16, attracted a record number of attendees, according to the Association for Manufacturing Technology. “The growth that we’ve seen in registrations at the Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS 2018 is a […]

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College Training For the Factory of the Future

National Science Foundation’s simulations using automation, IoT Three American universities, all of whom have excellent credibility in the fields of engineering and technology, are organizing a platform to prepare students for the factories of the future. Researchers from Purdue University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Indiana University—supported altogether by a $2.5 million grant from the […]

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Cobots Emerge

Fear not…for they come in peace Since the debut of its Emerging Technology Center in 2004, IMTS has built a reputation as a show that aims to bring people and automation closer together. The 2018 edition of the International Manufacturing Technology Show (September 10-15 in Chicago) will attempt to do this in a more literal […]

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Festovus

Automation company Festo expands Automation company Festo announced a major expansion to its Mason, Ohio facility Wednesday. Factory and process automation solutions provider Festo US announced plans Monday to invest some $90 million to expand its regional service and manufacturing center in Mason—a Cincinnati suburb and industrial hub—by 350,000 square feet, tripling the capacity of production, […]

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SmartPort 2018

Industries collide to discuss ‘Manufacturing 4.0’ A panel of leaders from manufacturing companies including Honeywell, Mars Wrigley Confectionary U.S., Kawasaki Motors and Magna International discussed the future of manufacturing April 4 at the KC SmartPort’s 2018 Annual Industry Briefing. The panel addressed a crowd of more than 550 logistics, real estate and economic development professionals […]

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The Fix Is In

On-site repair has always been important, but times are changing On-site repair has always been integral to plant and shop maintenance and business. However, in changing times, who does what—and how they do it—are changing as well. While traditional repairmen still make “house calls”, equipment end users in many industrial sectors are cutting back on […]

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Bits & Pieces

Nuggets mined from all corners of the industry Emerson gives up on Rockwell. It’s a bit surprising when a couple of Midwest folks can’t get along, isn’t it? Especially when there’s $29 billion on the table. St. Louis-based industrial-automation systems maker Emerson Electric said Tuesday it abandoned its bid for Milwaukee’s Rockwell Automation after several rejections, and […]

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Robotics Record

First half of 2017 is benchmark year for automation A ‘Robopocalypse’ is happening by the numbers…even if it may be an overblown theory in real life. The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) announced the results of its research on robotics and automation trends, sales, and growth Thursday, showing record tallies in the areas of robotics, […]

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ABB Wins Iraq Order

Substation to connect new power plant near Basra to national grid ABB announced Wednesday it has won an order to supply and install a substation at the 3,000 megawatt Rumaila power plant, located in the Basra region of southern Iraq. The completed power plant will be operated by Shamara Holding Group (SHG), one of Iraq’s […]

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Motion Scoops Numatic

Acquisition adds more automation experience Motion Industries, Inc., of Birmingham, Ala., announced today the acquisition of Numatic Engineering, the Los Angeles-based robotics company. Execution of the transaction will occur on August 1st, according to a Motion press release sent to EA Thursday. Founded in 1955, Numatic Engineering has sixty years of experience selling and supporting […]

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