How AI Is Making Robots More Autonomous and Adaptable

Nvidia also recently announced its Isaac Manipulator software stack for robot arms and Isaac Perceptor software stack for robot 3D vision. Andrews added that Nvidia has launched a project group focused on a multi-modal AI model to take input and generate robot actions for humanoid robots. The reason Nvidia developed a full software stack for…

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Design of Experiments: Plackett–Burman designs

Many scientific trials involve various influences potentially shaping results. Screening tactics like Plackett-Burman designs optimize probing them when budgets and hours prove limited. Plackett-Burman emerged through statisticians’ work in the ‘40s as a proficient, economical technique within the Design of Experiments (DoE) pinpointing prime movers. It lets researchers expeditiously gauge numerous determinants utilizing comparatively slight…

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How to Approach the Risks of IoT Technology

For the past two decades the manufacturing world has been hearing about Internet of Things (IoT) devices. These devices are designed to not just collect operations data as their predecessors did, but also connect and communicate with a broader array of networked devices to help provide a holistic—or at least near holistic—view of plant operations.…

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Church & Dwight Chooses Rockwell Automation for Manufacturing Cybersecurity Resilience

Consumer packaged goods company Church & Dwight has selected Rockwell Automation’s technologies to help build resiliency and minimize risks in its operations technology (OT) manufacturing security practices. Church & Dwight’s brands include Arm & Hammer, Arrid, Nair, Orajel and WaterPik. According to Church & Dwight, its goal in working with Rockwell Automation is to gain…

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Acceptance Sampling: Elevating Product Quality Through Statistical Rigor

Maintaining quality is super important for business success. A really useful tool companies can use is acceptance sampling. Acceptance sampling is a stats-based method that lets businesses evaluate a batch or shipment of products by checking a representative sample. Instead of inspecting every single item, which can take a long time and cost a lot,…

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The Quest to Identify and Automate Manufacturing Processes

With the drive to reshore manufacturing operations back to the United States, automation is increasingly viewed as a crucial enabler to make domestic production economically viable versus offshore alternatives. However, according to Forrester’s 2024 Smart Manufacturing Predictions, implementing software and hardware automation to boost competitiveness in reshored facilities has proven more challenging than expected.  One…

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Omron and Neura Robotics Partner on Cognitive Robot Development

Neura Robotics, a supplier of cognitive robotics technology, and Omron Robotics and Safety Technologies, a supplier of industrial robotics and automation, have announced a partnership focused on introducing cognitive robots into factory automation. These cognitive robots will reportedly use advanced AI (artificial intelligence) capabilities to improve manufacturing efficiency, flexibility and safety. The companies say that,…

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What the CIO’s Evolution Means for Manufacturing

Historically, CIOs have been the stewards of corporate IT, focusing on data management, network infrastructure and software applications that support the business’s administrative functions. However, the digital transformation of industry requires CIOs to take a broader view, extending their influence to operations technology (OT) systems—the hardware and software that controls production processes. The technology on…

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