What is a CNC Machine?

CNC stands for Computer Numeric Control. A CNC is an automated manufacturing technique that allows for fast, efficient and repetitive cutting, boring, drilling, machining and fabricating of material by computer-controlled devices. A CNC machine consists of a mini or micro computer that acts as a controller of the machine. All cutting processes are carried out by a range of complex machining tools that are directed by instructions fed into the computer.

Once a particular part has been designed and instructions for machining it have been written, a CNC machine is programmed with those instructions. Raw material is fed into the machine, the setup is completed and the computer does everything else: rotating the part, cutting off various layers, drilling holes to desired depths, even changing cutting bits automatically. Identical parts can be machined over and over, with little or no variance.

The basis of each CNC project is a 2D or 3D CAD drawing which is translated into computer code for the CNC machine to execute.

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A Day in the Life: Lewis Wright (Bilingual Inside Sales-Radwell UK)

Hello, my name is Lewis and I am a Bilingual Inside Sales Representative at Radwell International.

I work as part of the European team and we are responsible for the Spanish, French and Italian markets. I am mainly responsible for Spanish customers. However, as a bilingual person I have customers from all around the world.
My work duties include responding to customer enquiries via phone, email and other forms of communication. Moreover, it’s my responsibility to inform them about price, availability and delivery of our products. If we do not have them available, I speak with our external sources to find what customers’ needs and negotiate the best price possible and if a customer would like to purchase said item, I process their orders. Sometimes there are language barriers therefore I also help with this such as accounts, returns and much more to ensure great customer satisfaction.

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A Day in the Life: Agnieszka Solarz (Bilingual Inside Sales Representative-United Kingdom)

My name is Agnieszka Solarz. I am a Bilingual Sales Representative at Radwell International.

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Improving Cybersecurity in Robotic Automation

Cybersecurity poses a serious threat to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) enabled devices and robotic automation equipment. Attackers who gain access to industrial networks have a number of devastating options available to them, from changing production data to causing harmful production errors.

Cybersecurity in the robotics field is still immature, but manufacturers are starting to realize the vulnerability that connected robots and automation equipment creates in their operations. For those seeking to beef up their cybersecurity and protect their business, there are a number of options available to them.

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What's Ahead for Manufacturing AI

A new generation of point artificial intelligence solutions will prove themselves in the near future. They’ll build new trust, urgency and understanding of what ‘AI’ actually is and just how much it can deliver. Voice-driven solutions will lead the charge. And we’ll see pick-and-place robots in smart warehouses delivering a major competitive edge, as companies advance their use of Robotic Process Automation.

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What Is An Encoder?

An Encoder is a device, circuit, transducer, software program, or algorithm that converts information from one format or code to another, for the purpose of determining position, speed, or direction.

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A Day in the Life: Matthew Bowers (European Business Development Manager)

My name is Matthew Bowers and I am a European Business Development Manager here at Radwell UK.

My primary role is to manage the growth in terms of sales for three of our biggest European Markets: France, Spain and Italy. This is not something I do on my own. I have a team of 4 linguists who work with me on a day to day basis to achieve what needs to be done.

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What is a Gedevelop Camera?

What is a Gedevelop Camera?

A Gedevelop Camera is an air-cooled camera that is designed to withstand heat, smoke, moisture and strong magnetic fields that exist in a fiberizer area. It is used primarily in the manufacturing of insulation. Multiple Gedevelop cameras are connected to a GFM system, which acts as the key component to Glass Flow and Meter measuring.

The Gedevelop camera looks at the glass stream and reads information for stream diameter and stream velocity. The information the camera reads is then sent to the central unit. Based on a set parameter, the glass flow is then calculated. The glass stream is also checked to see if it is at the correct level and if it isn’t, the system adjusts.

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Is the Pulp and Paper Industry Ready for Machine Learning?

Few industries have seen more transformation over the past decade than that of the pulp and paper industry. Gone forever is the ability of the business to rely heavily on staples such as newsprint and glossy magazine paper. Use of electronic devices and media have reduced considerably even the need for paper in the office environment.

Add to this the constant external pressures from government and other organizations pushing for stricter environmental standards. To compete, the paper and pulp industry must embrace efficiency producing new technologies that can save time and money.

While some see machine learning and related technologies as a threat to companies and jobs, these developments will help ensure the long-term survival of both.

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Upcycling v. Downcycling v. Asset Recovery: What Are They and Why Are They Important?

Recycling has been around for centuries. The first known use of recycled paper dates to 9th century Japan, when the Japanese government ordered that all paper waste be re-pulped and reused to make new paper. Recycling became popular in the United States during World War II, when tens of thousands of tons of material was recycled to create tanks, guns, ammunition and other war supplies. According to the EPA, from 2005 to 2015, there was a 53.3 million ton increase in recyclable materials recovered from the U.S. municipal solid waste stream.

Recycling is a broad word for a complicated process. Under recycling there are three subcategories: upcycling, downcycling and asset recovery. Read on to learn the differences between these kinds of recycling and how they are transforming industries.

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