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(Kivnon: Barcelona, Spain) -- At this year’s ProMat, March 20-23 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Kivnon will showcase the latest addition to its AGV portfolio, its Forklift Pallet Stacker. Kivnon AGVs/AMRs are heavy-duty vehicles that improve safety and process efficiency.

But why is Kivnon’s approach to automated guided vehicles different, and why should you visit them at the show?

About the Kivnon Forklift Pallet Stacker

The new Forklift Pallet Stacker automatically transports stack pallets, handling loads of up to 2,645 lb, and is ideal for any pallet storage application for internal logistics or warehousing. It can move both forward and backward and comes equipped with lifting forks to move loads vertically (up to 1.5 meters) and horizontally at speeds between 0.08 and 1 m/s.

The vehicle uses mapping navigation to perform cyclic or conditioned routes and interacts with other AGVs/AMRs, machines, systems, and people to provide a versatile, plant-wide logistics solution. The entire Kivnon AGV/AMR range incorporates security scanners to allow the vehicle to operate safely among people and other machines. An online battery charging system ensures 24/7 operations without having to stop and charge.

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(Configit: Copenhagen, Denmark) -- Configit has announced that Configit Ace, the market’s leading Configuration Life Cycle Management (CLM) platform, is now available as a cloud service. The vendor-agnostic, cloud-based CLM platform is designed to integrate with any IT system. Configit Ace Cloud enables an end-to-end, enterprisewide configuration process for complex products, systems and services supporting design, development, manufacturing, sales, and support.

With Configit Ace, manufacturers and service providers can regain control with a scalable, reliable enterprise-grade platform that can provide a single source of truth on product configuration information.

The cloud-based CLM service offers the same functionality and capabilities as Configit Ace on-premises installations, providing customers with a choice of on-premises or cloud-based deployment of their CLM solution.

Manufacturing and engineering systems like product lifecycle management (PLM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) are quickly moving to the cloud as manufacturers see the benefits of reduced IT hardware, resource, maintenance, and time investment. Cloud solutions provide world-class security and immediate access for new users regardless of location, and the ability to scale capacity and performance when needed.

You Can’t Spell Quality Without IT: An interview with Shelly LaPointe

IT and quality are usually kept separate in the corporate world—or considered two different beasts. But in his interview with Shelly LaPointe, head of Thermo Fisher’s IT department, Quality Digest CEO Jeff Dewar discovers a different relationship emerging. One of multiple interviews conducted during Master Control’s Masters Summit, which boasted approximately 1,000 attendees and multiple speakers within the manufacturing and tech industries, Dewar's conversation with LaPointe reveals insights into how IT professionals and quality management can work together to create a more cohesive and skillful workforce.

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(GlobalData: London) -- Low-code, no-code (LCNC) platforms are becoming popular as companies are pouring millions into digital transformation to cut down lengthy development cycles and create new applications that meet immediate business needs. In line with this, companies’ discussions around LCNC grew by 18 percent year-on-year in 2022, reveals GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

GlobalData’s Company Filings Database reveals that companies’ discussions around low code, no code, which is the new paradigm in application development that reduces or eliminates the need for coding, has increased gradually in recent years.

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(Datanomix: Nashua, NH) -- Datanomix, maker of the industry’s only automated production intelligence software platform, announced a partnership with Hexagon to offer the Datanomix software solution to its global manufacturing customers. Datanomix is well known for its industry-changing “No Operator Input” approach to production monitoring, which removes the common challenges and complexities companies face when deploying production monitoring solutions. Precision manufacturers who are looking to improve production efficiency, increase utilization, optimize cycle times, and increase part margins will benefit from the automated reports and insights that Datanomix provides.

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(SAKOR Technologies: Owosso, MI) -- SAKOR Technologies Inc., a recognized leader in the area of high-performance dynamometer systems, announces the release of the DynoLAB GenV next-generation test automation controller, which allows even a nonprogrammer to implement complex test systems and testing standards. Delivering a new benchmark in modularity, performance, robustness, and expandability, DynoLAB GenV is built on the latest Windows technologies and development tools in full compliance with current information technology standards.

The new DynoLAB GenV can be used with a wide array of hardware, including power analyzers, resistance meters, high-potential (hi-POT) testers, ECUs, video control units, and emissions analyzers. The fully networked test automation controller can operate several different devices independently, so users can perform multiple tests simultaneously—often with a single DynoLAB GenV controller.

Each DynoLAB GenV execution unit is an independent module, which provides superior software robustness. The system is completely scalable, so performance takes advantage of faster processors, larger memory, and more processor cores as they become available.

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As increasing numbers of companies are requiring employees to return to the office for 3–5 days per week this fall, they’re running into the buzzsaw of what one of my clients calls the “Four Horsemen of the Required Return to Office”—challenges with resistance, attrition, quiet quitting, and diversity.

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For owners and operators in the agricultural and food-processing industries, Jan. 1, 2022, was the deadline for completing a dust hazard analysis (DHA) for existing facilities in accordance with Chapter 7 of the National Fire Protection Association’s Standard 61 (2020) for the Prevention of Fires and Dust Explosions in Agricultural and Food Processing Facilities.

NFPA 61 and other related NFPA standards detail essential strategies and procedures for protecting people, processes, and property from the hazards presented by fires and dust explosions in facilities handling, processing, and storing bulk grains such as corn, wheat, oats, barley, sunflower seeds, soybeans, their byproducts, and other agriculture-related combustible dusts. All new processes and facilities handling and generating combustible dusts are now required to perform a DHA.

Appendix F of NFPA 61 (2020) provides a comprehensive checklist that serves as a blueprint for generating a DHA. This checklist includes evaluating the dust explosion protection for process equipment that can often be at risk, such as bucket elevators, conveyors, grinders, silos, and systems for spray-drying and dust collection.

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(Omnex: Ann Arbor, MI) -- Omnex has announced new webinars for February 2023.

Webinar 1

Title: The Ever Changing Landscape of Automotive Cybersecurity—Will There Be a Limit?

Date and Time: Feb. 9, 2023, 11:00 a.m. Eastern

Speaker: Juan Pimentel

Register here.

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(Teledyne e2v: Grenoble, France) -- Teledyne e2v, a part of Teledyne Technologies, has released its Hydra3D+, a new time-of-flight (ToF) CMOS image sensor that incorporates 832 x 600 pixel resolution and is tailored for versatile 3D detection and measurement.