Discrete Manufacturing
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Discrete Manufacturing May 1, 2019

ERP questions and considerations for process manufacturers

Process manufacturers face many challenges when choosing enterprise resource planning (ERP) software due to many challenges with codes and standards and constant maintenance.

By Ultra Consultants
The April PMI, produced by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) fell 2.5 percentage points in April to 52.8%. Courtesy: Bob Vavra, CFE Media
Discrete Manufacturing May 1, 2019

PMI stumbles to 2 ½-year low as border concerns emerge

On 10th anniversary of manufacturing rebound, the purchasing manufacturers' index (PMI) falls to 52.8%.

By Bob Vavra
Mechatronics
Orders received by the German machine tool industry in the first quarter of 2019 were 21% compared to the same period last year. Orders from Germany fell by 10% whereas those from abroad were down by 27%. Courtesy: VDW
Mechatronics May 23, 2019

Machine tool industry orders expected to drop in 2019

Orders received by the German machine tool industry in the first quarter of 2019 were 21% compared to the same period last year due to a cooling global economy and other challenges.

By VDW
Machine Safety
Atom Power announced its digital circuit breaker technology has been listed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Courtesy: Atom Power
Machine Safety May 22, 2019

Digital circuit breaker certified for commercial use

Atom Power announced its digital circuit breaker technology has been listed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), which is the first time a digital solid-state circuit breaker has been listed by the group.

By Atom Power
Motors, Drives
Preston Reine, research manager, industrial technology, IHS Markit. Courtesy: IHS Markit
Motors, Drives May 8, 2019

Industrial market growth a boost to low-voltage motors and drives

The worldwide market for low-voltage motors and drives grew in 2018 thanks to a continued resurgence in the heavy industries such as metal processing, mining and oil & gas.

By Preston Reine
Sensors, Vision
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Sensors, Vision May 20, 2019

Technologies advancing machine vision identification

Many technologies are pushing the machine vision industry forward in regards to identification capabilities, which is a central aspect of what machine vision systems have to offer in nearly any scenario.

By AIA
Robotics
This ethanol-sniffing robot uses complex models of its surrounding airflow to find sources of leaks more efficiently than other systems that simply "follow their nose." Courtesy: Reza Khodayi-mehr, Duke University
Robotics May 23, 2019

Smart robotic system developed to sniff out pollution and toxic leaks

Duke University researchers are using the physics of airflows to locate gaseous leaks more quickly in complex scenarios for processing and chemical applications. See video.

By Ken Kingery