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Robots Tend to the Elderly in Japan
Advanced Manufacturing Now
April 4, 2018
 
Behind the Scenes: Two Honda Plants Revamped Manufacturing for New Accord
Behind the Scenes: Two Honda Plants Revamped Manufacturing for New Accord
Honda Motor Co. needed to revamp manufacturing at two factories to build the redesigned 2018 Accord. The company's Marysville, OH, factory had to change how it attaches the Accord's roof to accommodate a design change. Honda's Anna, OH, plant had to make changes to produce turbo-charged engines. Senior Editor Bill Koenig describes how the factories got ready for the revamped Accord.
New Verisurf® 2018 Software With Universal CMM Compatibility
New Verisurf® 2018 Software With Universal CMM Compatibility
Verisurf 2018 delivers true universal compatibility for all new and legacy CMMs without the need to update controllers or add additional software, plus you get quick programming shortcuts, added productivity features, increased CMM probing speeds and more, all through a familiar Windows® interface. Verisurf is the one source you need for complete Measurement Solutions. The power of Verisurf application modules, expertise, training, support and your choice of hardware delivers high quality application suites for:

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  •   Tool Building and Guided Assembly

Verisurf Software is built on an open CAD platform and supports all digital measuring devices and CAD file formats, ensuring enterprise compatibility, flexibility and reduced training costs.
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As Japan Ages, Robots Care for the Elderly
As Japan Ages, Robots Care for the Elderly
At Tokyo's Shin-tomi nursing home, 20 different robot models care for residents. "The Japanese government hopes it will be a model for harnessing the country’s robotics expertise to help cope with a swelling elderly population and dwindling workforce," Reuters reported. Such robots may be exported to other countries with rapidly aging populations. 
Continuous Improvement using Cyber-Physical Systems
Continuous Improvement using Cyber-Physical Systems
A recent industrial study indicates that 70% of business leaders in North America are revisiting both Continuous Improvement (CI) and Disruptive Technologies as strategic differentiators.A business-wide understanding of the OEE performance model will ensure that a CI Evolution plan stays on track to reduce waste, improve operating effectiveness, and increase business profitability.

Download this white paper to learn about successfully integrating cyber-physical solutions into your CI methodology.

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Siemens Increases US Digital Investment
Siemens Increases US Digital Investment
Siemens said it's expanding its investments in US-based digital capabilities "to co-create intelligent solutions with customers, creating 20 centers for digital customer applications in the industrial sector." Said Roland Busch, chief technology officer and member of the managing board of Siemens AG: “With the arrival of the Internet of Things [IoT] in industry and infrastructure, many organizations are still trying to understand how to incorporate digital strategies into their business models."
3D Printing Buyer’s Guide
3D Printing Buyer’s Guide
3D printing has become a powerful force in today’s manufacturing industry from prototyping to end-use production. Many businesses struggle to find the right additive manufacturing solutions that suit their needs and provide return on investment (ROI). Selecting the right platform to prevent manufacturing roadblocks is vital to optimizing your manufacturing line productivity.

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Boeing Struck by Cyber Attack
Boeing Struck by Cyber Attack
Boeing Co. said it was hit by a cyber attack that may be "the same WannaCry computer virus that struck thousands of computer systems in more than 70 countries around the world last year," according to The New York Times. Boeing  said the attack was limited and had not affected production lines. "Our cybersecurity operations center detected a limited intrusion of malware that affected a small number of systems," the aircraft maker said in a statement.
The Complete Analytics Package for Manufacturers
The Complete Analytics Package for Manufacturers
Start designing your own factory of the future and improve your productions efficiency, by downloading these two assets by Epicor. The complete Analytics package is filled with invaluable information about collecting data, optimizing performance and gaining a competitive edge on the market.

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EPA Rejects Obama-Era Fuel Efficiency Standards
EPA Rejects Obama-Era Fuel Efficiency Standards
The US Environmental Protection Agency rejected fuel economy standards set during the Obama administration for the 2022 through 2025 model years. The move puts the agency "on a collision  course" for a political and legal fight with the state of California, which can set its own fuel economy standards, Reuters reported. Automakers had urged the Trump administration to revise the rules.
Collaborative Manufacturing for the Next Generation
Collaborative Manufacturing for the Next Generation
With increased attention on digitalization, significant gains can be achieved by leveraging capabilities like Design for Manufacturing, Early Concept Planning, and more accurate and aligned Detailed Planning for production. How can you take these capabilities to the next level?

Join us on April 24th for a discussion of the trends driving the manufacturing community and how the complete “Digital Twin” of Product and Planning addresses these trends by shifting manufacturing earlier in the development cycle to generate faster, more accurate, and lower cost launches.

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3D Printing Continues Rapid Ascent, Targets New Markets
3D Printing Continues Rapid Ascent, Targets New Markets
Additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3D printing, "is causing nearly every industrial sector to rethink the way they might design and manufacture products," according to a report by Wohlers Associates. "New AM system manufacturers, material producers and software developers, as well as interesting business models, are entering the market."
Digitalization, Integration and Manufacturing Optimization
Digitalization, Integration and Manufacturing Optimization
Do you need to improve your manufacturing efficiency? Higher spindle utilization? Better planning and delivery times? Reduced manufacturing costs and higher quality? All at the same time? This webinar presentation will give participants practical examples about how the three Lean Production principles of Quality, Delivery and Cost can be managed simultaneously with automation software and equipment, plus easy, economical ways to get started on this path.

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Executive Describes 'Fast and Furious' Implementation of MES Software
Executive Describes 'Fast and Furious' Implementation of MES Software
It is possible to implement MES (manufacturing execution system) software that does away with paper documentation in less than six months, Andrzej Goryca, senior manufacturing systems manager at Virgin Orbit, said at the AeroDef Manufacturing conference in Long Beach, CA.
CAD part to Robot programming made simple, Additive with Robots
CAD part to Robot programming made simple, Additive with Robots
Robotics, once considered the disruptor in manufacturing are now becoming an indispensable tool in today's manufacturing industries due to their speed, accuracy, and their ability to work in hostile environments. Additive manufacturing (AM) is now disrupting the traditional way of manufacturing transforming everything from design to assembly. Imagine the “power couple” they can become when combined.

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Vision and Robotics: Happy Together
Vision and Robotics: Happy Together
The marriage between machine vision and robotics "is thriving as machine vision is expanding in capability and finding new applications," writes Contributing Editor Bruce Morey. The “perfect” marriage of the past involved guiding the robot. But new applications—like children from a good marriage—now include inspecting parts, reading bar or QR codes for traceability, and finding new ways to pack and unpack parts.
Optimize your company IIoT Time to Value with IT-OT Alignment in Manufacturing
Optimize your company IIoT Time to Value with IT-OT Alignment in Manufacturing
Digital transformation is a major disruptive force facing manufacturers today. The rise of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has forced industrial organizations to rethink the way they look at physical assets and operations.

Now, as IIoT adoption mounts, pressure to demonstrate quick ROI is intensifying. Maximizing time to value requires strategy and coordination – which means manufacturers, must align the divided worlds of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT).

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Quebec Invests Millions in Manufacturing Despite NAFTA Uncertainty
Quebec Invests Millions in Manufacturing Despite NAFTA Uncertainty
Negotiations about altering the North American Free Trade Agreement are causing uncertainty between the US, Canada and Mexico. But that hasn't prevented manufacturers in Quebec from investing millions, Bloomberg said. "With Canada’s federal government just beginning to focus on making businesses more competitive, provincially owned Investissement Quebec is more than a year into a push to spur investment in robotics and technology," according to the news service.
 
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