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Liebherr Showcases Part Recognition Technology

Liebherr is showing off a vision system for its automation platform that provides accurate part recognition at 0.5-millimeter accuracy. 

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Liebherr, the manufacturer of gear and automation technology, is showing off a vision system that provides accurate part recognition at 0.5-millimeter accuracy. The vision system is designed to be used with an eight-axis robot arm to enable picking components from transport bins up to a meter deep. It uses a combination of blue laser and camera imaging to achieve this level of accuracy. The accurate vision system can enable robots to identify parts quickly while reducing the risk of collision, enabling the manufacturer to adapt the automation system to a variety of different jobs.

According to the company, more and more small manufacturers are investing in flexible automation systems that enable them to dedicate the talents of their workers towards more complicated tasks. This enables shop owners to benefit from their employees’ skills, while the workers can further develop their abilities. 

Attendees can see the Liebherr vision system on display at the company’s booth.

Source: https://www.mmsonline.com/blog/post/liebherr-showcases-part-recognition-technology

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Future of manufacturing

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I’d like to ask everyones help in imaging what US manufacturing will become. In my area (Houston) oil and gas manufacturing is huge. I think O&G employs almost 20% of the entire metro area! But it’s clear that the global desire for oil is on the decline which means there will be a vacuum within the manufacturing sector. In addition the sentiment of the country seems to be wanting to move away from plastics and other products with a negative environmental impact.

How do we shift US manufacturing moveing away from O&G and the numerous industries that surround it in a way that supports both business owners and working class employees?

Source: https://old.reddit.com/r/manufacturing/comments/jztwpg/future_of_manufacturing/

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Low Tech Pewter Casting In The Kitchen

Last month we shared an incredibly impressive example of how you can do some pewter casting with a laser cutter. Since pewter melts at a relatively low temperature, materials like MDF can withstand the heat wel enough to be a decent mold. However, that tutorial really needed a laser to […]

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Last month we shared an incredibly impressive example of how you can do some pewter casting with a laser cutter. Since pewter melts at a relatively low temperature, materials like MDF can withstand the heat wel enough to be a decent mold. However, that tutorial really needed a laser to create the details and 3d effects.

On twitter, Dave Sanderson showed a great example of how things don’t need to be so complicated.

in his example you can see how cutting simple shapes in wood, and layering them will let you create 3d shapes out of the molten metal. Looking at his elephant you can see that you could realistically do this by hand if you wanted, or with a jigsaw, no fancy laser cutter required.

As you can see by looking through the media on his twitter account, Dave simply broke down the elephant into basic shapes in roughly 5 layers, then cut them from wood with a nice lined up hole for some bolts going through the whole stack. He bolted them all together and poured in the pewter and voila! A 3d sculpture from 2d simple cuts.

Source: https://makezine.com/2020/11/23/low-tech-pewter-casting-in-the-kitchen/

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Fed: October 2020 industrial production rises 1.1%

The Federal Reserve reported October 2020 industrial production rose 1.1%. Sign up today for Gunpowder, MetalMiner’s free, biweekly e-newsletter featuring news, analysis and more. October 2020…

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The Federal Reserve reported October 2020 industrial production rose 1.1%.

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October 2020 industrial production rises

Per the Fed, October 2020 industrial production rose but remained 5.6% lower than the pre-pandemic level in February.

However, the Fed also noted the industrial production index has recovered most of the 16.5% decline posted from February to April.

Manufacturing gains

As the U.S. continues to battle the pandemic and its impacts across the board, manufacturing showed positive signs in October.

Manufacturing output ticked up 1.0% last month after a 0.1% increase in September.

Nonetheless, the sector still has a ways to go. Manufacturing output in October remained 5.0% below its February level.

Manufacturing capacity utilization rose 0.7 percentage point to 71.7%, up 11.6 percentage points from April. However, the rate remained 6.5 points below the long-run average (1972-2019).

“The index for durable manufacturing stepped up 0.9 percent, as small drops in the indexes for furniture and related products, fabricated metal products, and motor vehicles and parts were outweighed by gains elsewhere, especially for aerospace and miscellaneous transportation equipment and for miscellaneous manufacturing,” the Fed reported.

Meanwhile, the index for nondurables ticked up by 1.2%.

Mining output slips

Meanwhile, mining output in October fell 0.6%, the Fed reported.

Furthermore, oil and gas extraction fell in October after rising in September.

On the other hand, the utilization rate for mining dropped to 77.9%. The long-run average for minig is 87.2%.

Employment gains

Meanwhile, on the job market, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported manufacturing sector jobs rose by 38,000 in October.

Even so, manufacturing employment remained down by a whopping 621,000 jobs compared with February.

In the metals sectors, the fabricated metals sector saw employment rise by 7,000. Meanwhile, the primary metals sector added 6,000 jobs.

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