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October 25, 2017

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Study Shows Strong Demand for Mechatronics, Robotics Courses

The global mechatronics and robotics courses market is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of more than 15 percent, according to a market research report by Technavio. The report notes an increased emphasis on modular mechatronics training systems targeted toward educational and industrial institutions, and cites as an example Bosch Rexroth's modular mechatronics training systems. Mechatronics combines systems engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, telecommunications engineering, control engineering and computer engineering.

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Roemheld Expands in China

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PFA Makes Die Positioning Easy

PFA Mechanical Die Lifters are actuated by hand to the lifted position prior to die insertion and then released to lower the die. They are portable and can be taken from press to press. These units can be used in multiple presses, greatly reducing QDC equipment costs.

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Study Stresses Value of 'Holistic' Practices for Maintaining Equipment;
Could Provide Blueprint for Human Health, Says ServiceMax Exec

Advancements in machines having the ability to predict failure, and take preventive measures or self-healing actions are widely viewed as beneficial to a company's bottom line by IT and field service technicians, according to a survey from Vanson Bourne and sponsored by GE Digital's ServiceMax. The survey, After The Fall: Cost, Causes and Consequences of Unplanned Downtime, reports:

  • 46 percent of respondents say machines requesting help themselves will help their companies better manage their equipment assets;
  • 39 percent say predictive maintenance will help better manage asset equipment;
  • 44 percent say digital twins with predictive maintenance and artificial intelligence will help prevent major failures; and
  • 69 percent say they would like their own personal digital twin to help themselves and medical professionals regulate their health in non-invasive ways by taking early action and preventative measures.

"This holistic view of how something is operating, whether it's an individual component in a machine or a person, has been disjointed and visible only when something has gone wrong," says Mark Homer, vice president, global customer transformation for ServiceMax. "The value of these digital insights [into preventive maintenance] in an industrial context is now starting to generate interest in preventive maintenance in a human context.

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Plasma-Cutting Upgrade—A Boon for Boom-Attachment Maker

Oklahoma fabricator benefits from excellent cutting and marking of precise holes.

For Error-Proof Manufacturing, There's IIoT

The Industrial Internet of Things can save manufacturers from costly mistakes by making the right connections on the shop floor.

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IoT for Metalformers and Fabricators

If you want to be ahead of the coming wave of digital manufacturing and plant-floor connectivity, aka IoT, then plan now to be in Nashville, TN, April 18-19, 2018, for MetalForming magazine's IoT for Metalformers and Fabricators event. Experts will discuss advancements in ERP/MRP software and sensor and control technologies, provide case studies, and more. For details and to register, visit

MetalForming : Jobs

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Stamping Technical Training Consultant
Forming Technologies Incorporated

Fabricator/Welder (CA)
Lavi Industries

CNC Machinist Multi-Axis Horizontal Machining Centers - 3rd Shift (TX)

Engineer - Manufacturing Laser Welding/Laser Marking (FL)
Arthrex, Inc.

Tooling Product Engineer (MI)
Astech Inc.


See also: PFA, Inc., HILMA Div. of Carr Lane Roemheld, Chemtool Incorporated, Dexco Industrial Storage

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