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    The smallest industrial embedded PC in the market!(07/07/2020)

    Editor of sister title EPDT, Mark Gradwell, talked to Joe Davies, Senior Product Specialist at UK-based manufacturer of industrial computers, Amplicon to learn more about their new Impact-P – which they describe as the smallest industrial embedded PC in the market!

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    IoT and energy saving(06/07/2020)

    Out of many approaches to IoT, energy saving is one topic where you get quick results in a short time period. If the amount of electricity goes down, your costs go down! Mitsubishi's Electric Industrial IoT Evangelist, Hajime Sugiyama, will talk about the approach and methods to install IoT for energy saving. (Video courtesy of Mitsubishi Electric, Japan).

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    Drones take to the skies as aerospace sector targets diversification(30/06/2020)

    A recent Protolabs Aerospace report shows more than half of people believe commercial drone deliveries will be commonplace by 2023, as governments and firms find new ways to guarantee services.

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    Mini factories in containers reduce mask shortages(22/06/2020)

    Protective masks have been in short supply. An innovative containerised production facility that enables businesses and healthcare organisations to produce their own masks to order could solve the problem. Developed in just six weeks by Mikron, with engineering support from Festo, the mini factory uses a scalable system that can produce 50-100 face masks per minute.

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    Pick-and-place robot cell is cost-efficient for small batch sizes(01/06/2020)

    Sensor manufacturer Lenord + Bauer has used a MELFA RV Series robot from Mitsubishi Electric to optimise its manufacturing production cycle for frequent product changeovers.

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    Robot helps horses sleep soundly(01/06/2020)

    Metsä Wood UK’s head office in Boston, Lincolnshire is just one of many sites across the globe which specialise in providing sustainable, premium-quality wood products for many industries including the construction and industrial sectors.

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    Kawasaki robots raise the roof in quality homebuilding(29/05/2020)

    Japanese manufacturer Kyushu Sekisui Heim claims to be one of the oldest established manufacturers of new homes using the ‘Unit Construction’ method in Japan, a process by which thousands of housing units of different designs and layouts are made using a modular system.

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    Automation branches out: 3 ways that robots are diversifying manufacturing(12/05/2020)

    In 1969, Victor Scheinman invented the Stanford arm, the first all-electric, six-axis articulated robot. Here Jonathan Wilkins, Director at EU Automation, discusses how robots have diversified in weird and wonderful ways since 1969.

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    Bringing the edge and cloud together(01/05/2020)

    Data is at the heart of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Smart Manufacturing. By setting up suitable platforms to collect and analyse data, it is possible to gain in-depth, unique insights into manufacturing processes that can lead to their optimisation.

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    I/O at 200 miles per hour(01/05/2020)

    It’s not controversial to suppose that Formula One (F1) is a sport of extremes. The drivers are the best, the cars are the fastest and the races the most intense. Another aspect that pushes boundaries is the data collection, handling and manipulation infrastructure that enables car condition monitoring, race timing and much more.

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    Feeding the digital brain(01/05/2020)

    Upgrading to digital measurement tools can be the first step on the road to factory management systems capable of learning and making suggestions for improvements. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are forming the ‘digital brain’ that has the capability to revolutionise the efficiency of today’s industrial plants.

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    In-line for an automation upgrade(30/03/2020)

    Smarter, flexible and more functional, Industry 4.0-enabled automation is more accessible than you think. Phil Nicholas, General Manager of Ewellix UK Sales, dispels some myths about factory digitalisation.

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    TRUMPF helps Designplan see punching in a new light(03/02/2020)

    Designplan Lighting Ltd, a designer and manufacturer of robust lighting solutions for demanding environments, has invested in a TRUMPF TruPunch 3000 to replace two older turret punch machines supplied by another machine provider.

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    Commissioning made easy(03/02/2020)

    Hermle AG is one of the market leading manufacturers of metalworking machines. Today over 27,000 Hermle machines have been successfully installed worldwide, in a wide range of industries, ranging from medical technology to classic tool and mold making to aerospace technology.

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    Driving automotive manufacturing towards a more certain future(03/02/2020)

    Ever since the first motor car took to the roads, the internal combustion engine has been a staple component in nearly every vehicle production line. With times now changing, manufacturers are finding themselves having to prepare for a greener, cleaner future without knowing what that future looks like or how many units to produce.

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