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Capetura 200 from CapacitecThe Capteura® 200 Series Modular non-contact capacitive displacement instrumentation packages from Capacitec of Ayer, MA are the next generation to the 4000 series. Introduced in 2012, the new Capteura® 200 Series offers Capacitec’s highest stability and lowest noise solution for displacement measurements when used in conjunction with any of Capacitec line of non-contact displacement, gap and hole sensors. Learn more

Capacitec is an ISO9001:2008 certified designer and manufacturer of non-contact capacitive displacement sensors, gap sensors, bore probes and parallelism measurements, which include capacitive amplifiers and data acquisition systems. Capacitec specializes in custom amplifiers and software for OEM applications.

Siemens PLM SoftwareSiemens PLM held its annual industry analyst event in Boston last week. We expected to hear a lot more about the Digital Enterprise and how Siemens PLM is going to provide its customers with the solutions and strategies to move manufacturers into the advanced manufacturing technology and processes of the future. They did not disappoint, and showcased a range of advanced manufacturing technologies from additive manufacturing to virtual simulation for product and production to cloud-based platforms that connect equipment and factories. Read Full Article

Local Motors Advanced ManufacturingSince the beginning of 2016, Airbus Group has been working with an American vehicle technology company that could revolutionize manufacturing by finally fulfilling a long-held industry promise. This is the story of Local Motors, the first recipient of investment capital from Airbus Group’s Silicon Valley-based venture capital fund. Read Full Article.

Polyonics ESD MaterialsPolyonics has developed a family of ESD-Safe polyimide and polyester (PET) labels, tapes and films that comply with the S20.20, IEC 61340 and JESD625B standards and are safe to use in ESD control plans. The materials have static dissipative top surfaces and low charging pressure sensitive adhesives (PSA) and liners that generate less than 125 volts with liner removal and again if repositioned or removed post process.

The materials have proven to help designers and manufacturers protect their most sensitive ESDS devices from electrostatic charges arising from both human contact (HBM) and charged devices (CDM) and have become valuable elements in the successful ESD control plans of global electronics EMS’, ODMs, converters and OEMs. Read more

Measuring Equipment EffectivenessIs overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) a “magic metric” or just another flavor of the month measurement?  The answer is: it can be either, but not both.  We have become quite good at producing production metrics that are boiled down to a value that is either green, yellow or red as compared to an arbitrary goal or world class standard and that is as far as we go.  The result is alternating periods of contentment, concern and panic. When it’s green we pay no attention to it, when yellow we hope that it will be green again soon, so we tweak something and watch it periodically.  When it slips to red we scramble and then write reports.  Before long the efforts to keep us out of the red compound the original problem and we struggle to get back to where we were before we had the green, yellow and red metric. At this point the program becomes relegated to “flavor of the month” and it is abandoned.  For OEE to become the “magic metric” there are some empirical truths that must be ingrained in the organization at the outset of the program definition. Read Full article

Zebra Wearable ComputersAccording to Zebra of Lincolnshire, Illinois, “Zebra’s Total Wearable Solutions are the only dedicated family of enterprise wearable devices built on Android and backed by Mobility DNA to deliver unrivaled scan performance and manageability. By combining the hands-free mobility of wearable technology with one-of-a-kind features like tap to pair capabilities, Zebra’s Total Wearable Solutions provide the operational flexibility needed to replace complexity with productivity.”

This technology is facinating and geared for manufacturing, warehousing, retail and more. Read more

Sample Prototypes from GOT InterfaceGOT Interface prototypes and manufactures interface solutions for companies developing equipment and devices. Their capacitive proximity switches are perfect for any size equipment from hand-held devices to large industrial machinery. The sleek touch designs work with gloved hands and a variety of substrate thicknesses. Touch buttons, sliders, and wheels give operators precise control of your equipment. Backlighting options and integration with membrane switches and other interface systems is available.

With their in-house research and development department, GOT Interface works with your team to manufacture a complete HMI system that integrates seamlessly with your product.

http://www.gotinterface.com/touch-pads.html

CR Controls Marine Lighting for Oil PlatformsCR Controls provides solar powered, LED navigation lights for marine windfarms, oil rigs, bridges, buoys and more. The LED/Solar powered design, coupled with CR Control’s programmable flasher, allows their aids to navigation to autonomously operate for extended periods of time.

By using LED Marine Signal Lanterns, a clearer light is produced that has an extended life span compared to traditional lanterns. Manufactured in a clean room, CR Controls’ product is built to last. All their signal lanterns conform to USCG PATON Standards 33CFR66 and 67.

http://www.crconsys.com/index.html

Cable AssembliesContinental Cable is a custom steel cable manufacturer that can accommodate small manufacturing runs on short notice. Offering a variety of aircraft cable, coated plastic cable, cable fittings, swaging and assemblies, Continental Cable supplies businesses with a high quality, American made product. Their ISO 9001:2008/AS9100 and quality control programs ensures their rope exceeds customer requirements. They continually upgrade their equipment to meet customer needs and ensure high quality runs. If your business is looking to cut, crimp, and swage your own wire rope, Continental Cable sells a variety of heavy duty swagers and cable cutters for your convenience.

Whether your business requires bulk reels of aircraft cable, small runs of custom assemblies, or tools to “do it yourself”, Continental Cable can accommodate your needs.

http://www.continentalcablellc.com/

ManufacturingEmployment in manufacturing “changed very little” in August according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) monthly release of data on domestic employment, while employment in mining continued to slip. The nation’s unemployment rate remained unchanged from July’s figure of 4.9%, or 7.8 million individuals. Read full article