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    Full Automation: The Path to Lights-Out Production

    July 21, 2023
    Digitalization and connectivity, along with advanced design and processing power, are paving a software-defined manufacturing paradigm.
    Fabco-Air Inc.
    Fabco-Air (and Festo) is aggressively moving to lean, synchronous manufacturing at all facilities. As a way to drive efficiency, the expectation is the company will employ more cobots, especially in assembly operations.

    Barely There: Replacing Manual Operations with Lights-out Processes

    July 11, 2023
    The concept of lights-out production—streamlining processes with the aid of robotics and automation—doesn’t discount the need for people.
    Tecsys Inc.
    Werner Electric uses Tecsys to power its fulfillment operations.

    Dark Factories: Science Fiction or Reality?

    July 6, 2023
    Has machine design technology matured enough for the concept of a fully automated facility to be more than a pipe dream?

    Lights-out Manufacturing: Myths Versus Realities

    June 27, 2023
    Early adopters of lights-out concepts are now learning to scale autonomous production. Siemens’ Xcelerator platform is one solution helping manufacturers make headway.
    Soft Robotics Inc.
    Soft Robotics designs and builds automated high-speed picking solutions using 3D machine vision, artificial intelligence software and proprietary soft-robotic grippers for the food industry.

    Automate 2023 Showcases Process Automation: Coordinators, Orchestrators & Differentiators

    June 21, 2023
    End-to-end process orchestration was a principal theme at Automate 2023. Machine Design considers seven technologies that enable operators to capitalize on automation.

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    Barbara Humpton, president & CEO, Siemens Corporation USA delivered a keynote talk on “How Digitalization has Transformed Manufacturing—And our Future.”

    Automate 2023: A Robotics & Automation Event Organized Around Market Trends

    June 8, 2023
    The A3 trade group highlights how market behavior and new robotic technologies shape the ebb and flow of their event.
    Gregory Falco, Nicolai Haemmerle and Schaefler offerings

    Gearing up at Automate 2023: Schaeffler Showcases Latest Components for Robotics

    May 24, 2023
    Schaeffler is expanding its offerings for the robotics sector and showcasing its latest expertise at Automate 2023.
    Machine Design
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    R&D Spotlight: PCB Stator Technology Replaces Bulky Copper Windings

    May 23, 2023
    PCB stator technology is proving next-generation electric motors will be customized to exact performance and dimensions for the application.
    BlackHägen Design and Thinkstock
    Patient-administered device from PreciHealth

    Biomimicry in Medical Device Design

    May 11, 2023
    Novel microfluidics technology enable the development of medical device form factors that are easy for patients to use.