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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What is a PCB?

What is a PCB?

PCB stands for Printed Circuit Board.

A printed circuit board mechanically supports and electrically connects electronic components or electrical components using conductive tracks, pads and other features etched from one or more sheet layers of copper laminated onto and/or between sheet layers of a non-conductive substrate. Components are generally soldered onto the PCB to both electrically connect and mechanically fasten them to it.

Printed circuit boards (PCBs) are thin boards made from an insulating material, with a metal coated surface. Etches are made in the metal with acid to create pathways for electricity to travel among various components which are surface mounted on the board with solder. 

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Five Ways to Identify Hydraulics Malfunctions

Countless industries use hydraulic machinery in different settings. Automotive repair, the construction industry, the entertainment business, aerospace companies, and municipalities all rely on hydraulics to keep their businesses running on a day to day basis.  

Keeping your hydraulic machinery functioning means regularly auditing it. You want to make sure you identify any signs of trouble before problems become serious. Some new machinery has the ability to alert you through a maintenance system when there is a problem and the machine needs service. But of course, simply checking the machine on a regular maintenance schedule will ensure that the machinery is working properly.  

You should also train all of your employees to recognize the early signs of hydraulics malfunction

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The Technology Roadmap: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

Technology roadmaps are a great organizational tool for any company to map out technology developments and to determine how those developments are going to change the way a company operates.

What?

A technology roadmap is defined as a planning technique to create strategic long-term and flexible plans for technology developments, adjustments and technology initiatives over time.

Basically, a technology roadmap focuses on a company’s short-term and long-term technology goals. There are three main uses for a roadmap: to reach an agreement about a company’s technology needs, to provide a forecast for technology developments and to create a framework for planning and coordinating technological advancements.

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What is a Servo Motor?

A servo motor is a rotary actuator or linear actuator that allows for angular position, acceleration and velocity. It has capabilities that a regular motor doesn’t possess. Servo motors work with sensors for precise control of movement. The controller is the most sophisticated part of the servo motor, as it is designed for precision.

Servo motors are a combination of specific parts, which include a DC or AC motor, and are suitable for use in a closed-loop control system. Servo motor applications include robotics, automated manufacturing and computer numerical control (CNC) machining applications.

The two types of servo motors have different uses. AC Servo motors can handle higher current surges and tend to be used in industrial machinery.

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