Why Sustainable Manufacturing is the Right Move

How we can preserve and sustain the earth is at the forefront of many discussions in todays society. It is also the reason many manufacturing companies are taking the proper steps to help do their part and are making use of sustainable manufacturing practices. The US Department of Commerce defines sustainable manufacturing as “the creation of manufactured products that use processes that minimize negative environmental impacts, conserve energy and natural resources, are safe for employees, communities, and consumers and are economically sound.”

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Innovative Technologies Trending in the Manufacturing Industry

In today’s world, technology is always changing. As a result, there are many innovative technologies that have an impact on the manufacturing industry. Three of the innovative technologies currently trending in the manufacturing industry include nano manufacturing, sustainable manufacturing and additive manufacturing. Let’s look at a brief overview of what these are and what kind of role they play in manufacturing.

Nanomanufacturing

The term nanomanufacturing has emerged as the manufacturing industry adopts nanotechnology. Nanomanufacturing refers to the methods the manufacturing industry is using to make the advanced materials and devices enabled by nanotechnology. Nanomanufacturing is both the production of nanoscaled materials and the manufacturing of parts

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Eight Steps Towards Eliminating Obsolete Industrial Automation Equipment

Everyone knows how quickly technology evolves and innovates, rendering yesterday’s models passé, and sometimes even obsolete – what with all the enhancements and updates that come with the gadgets, devices or machines used today. 

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Automation of Auxiliary Processes is the Key to the Smart Factory

Market demand is continuously evolving, which is forcing companies to reorganize their existing production strategies. Based on traditional automation systems, plants have looked for ways to reduce downtime, organize a safe work environment using mobile automated guided vehicle (AGV) robots and collaborative robots, and take advantage of the potential of advanced analysis of data acquired within the implemented Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem.

For the best possible management of real-time manufacturing process, it is crucial to enhance the competence of the IoT ecosystem in the management of auxiliary processes and company resources. According to the concept of Industry 4.0 all production processes should be integrated, monitored and analyzed to achieve the best management based on the actual state of the factory. In this way, technology can inform people of the need for repairs and anticipate possible breakdowns, making downtime  less likely.

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Doing Machine Learning the Right Way

The work of MIT computer scientist Aleksander Madry is fueled by one core mission: “doing machine learning the right way.”

Madry’s research centers largely on making machine learning — a type of artificial intelligence — more accurate, efficient, and robust against errors. In his classroom and beyond, he also worries about questions of ethical computing, as we approach an age where artificial intelligence will have great impact on many sectors of society.

“I want society to truly embrace machine learning,” said Madry, a recently tenured professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. “To do that, we need to figure out how to train models that people can use safely, reliably, and in a way that they understand.”

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Manufacturers Realize Cybersecurity Risks, Taking Steps

Denial can be a very perilous state of being, and admitting there is a problem is the beginning of the journey to solve any issue facing anyone.

While that may sound like a psychology 101 class, in actuality that can be considered the mindset for those in the manufacturing automation sector these days. After years of denying they had any kind of attacks or any kind of security issue, users today are at least acknowledging what they are facing.

“When we meet with clients it is far more common to hear these days, ‘yeah, we had an incident.’ In most cases it is malware that got into the environment,” said John Cusimano, vice president of industrial cybersecurity at aeSolutions. “When we do a cyber risk assessment, one of the things we talk about is the likelihood of certain incidents occurring it is far more common today to hear people say ‘yeah, that happened here.’ They are not publicized events. At least they are aware they had an incident.”

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Transform Pneumatics Systems for Conservation, Efficiency and Safety

In the past, the idea of, “air is for breathing, water is for drinking, oil is for your automobile” was one shared by many designers when specifying components, designing systems and building machinery. The result was big, inefficient machines that consumed great amounts of commodities.

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Radwell Donates Masks to Hospitals and Medical Facilities

In support of medical personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic, Radwell International has donated  masks to various hospitals and medical facilities. These facilities were chosen based on connections to our employees.

Radwell offers industrial automation products and services to the manufacturing industry globally. The company has been, and will continue to be, fully operational during the pandemic to support essential manufacturers worldwide. 

The following is a list of hospitals and medical facilities that have received donated masks from Radwell International: 

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Collaborative Robots Help Manufacturers Address Worker Gaps, Improve Efficiency

Companies today use collaborative robots for manufacturing to address a wide number of challenges, including the growing labor shortage. The jobs often consist of fast-paced, repetitive tasks in environments that are far less comfortable than an office. So, attracting employees to manufacturing jobs can be difficult.

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Automation Approaches To Use When Market Growth Slows

Global markets are slowing economic growth, a challenge for automation industries in every region, and trade frictions and an unstable geopolitical environment also are affecting industries in some important areas. Where can automation enterprises find opportunities amid challenges?

At the end of October 2019, ARC Advisory Group released a list of the top 50 global and North American automation companies of 2018. At the same time, analysts pointed out that with slower growth in some global markets, automation companies still have opportunities to grow against the trend.

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