APM 4.0 will sustain Industry 4.0

Dan Miklovic, LNS Research via Plant Services: On the road to smarter manufacturing, do not confuse sophistication with maturity.

Global Motion Control Shipments Grow 13.6% to Begin 2017

Global shipments for motion control products increased by 13.6% to $858.4 million in 2016, according to new statistics released by the Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA), the industry's trade group.

Power to the People: How Humans are Heading Back to the Factory Floor

In response to consumer demand and competitive pressures, product variation is on the rise. That variation changes the manufacturing calculus somewhat, as the required variation and corresponding complexity means that the ability to think critically and independently and adjust to changing circumstances is a priority.

Cybersecurity in the Factory

Technology for Industrial Control Systems and SCADA are now available that allow for continuous monitoring of these critical systems. A baseline is created and any deviations can be alerted and acted upon.

Three New Companies Attain AIA Certified System Integrator Distinction

"These three companies have demonstrated their experience in vision system integration and can now use their certification as a third-party verification of critical qualifications to their end user customers,"

XIMEA Awarded the Highest Platinum Level in Vision Systems Design 2017 Innovators Awards Program

XIMEA, the camera innovator of small size and high speed cameras, announced today that its xiB-64 camera line was recognized by the judges of the annual Vision Systems Design Innovators Awards program.

Makino Raises the Bar in VMC Productivity with Next-Generation PS65 and PS105

Advanced technologies and increased capacity drive new levels of productivity for job-shop production environments

Beyond Conveyors: Conveying a Quality Solution

Designing the optimal material handling systems requires a deep understanding of the product, process, and challenges inherent in the manufacturing process.

Maker Cities: If You Can Imagine It, You Can Build It

Peter Hirshberg and Marcia Kadanoff for US News: Maker Cities are remaking America for the future.

ATI Industrial Automation's 2017 Technology Fair set for August 10th in Orion Township, MI

Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their specific automation challenges and possible solutions with ATI account managers, engineers and personnel from automation partner companies who will also be on hand.

Icon Labs Whitepaper - Why PKI Matters for the IIoT

-How authentication and PKI can protect internet connected devices, machines, and systems -Next generation PKI automatically secures components and devices upon installation

Microscan Unveils Technology Advancements Helping Manufacturers Comply with GS1 Standards at GS1 Connect Conference

Microscan will present barcode verification and print quality inspection product capabilities helping manufacturers and retailers comply with GS1 Standards at the GS1 Connect Conference in Las Vegas, NV. New LVS® product advancements as well as time-proven solutions to be featured at the conference make Microscan a one-stop technology partner for the companies willing to ensure they are GS1 compliant.

HRMC Acclaim(sm) Adds New Automated Candidate Assessment Module for Manufacturing Companies

Combining advanced artificial intelligence and process automation, HRMC Acclaim gives manufacturing companies a platform that completely automates the entire applicant evaluation/selection process with the programmable consistency of a 5 axis machining center

Small 316SS Cabinet Coolers With Digital Control Resist Heat and Corrosion

EXAIR's new Small 316 Stainless Steel Cabinet Cooler® Systems with ETC (Electronic Temperature Control) keep electrical enclosures cool with 20°F (-7°C) air while maintaining the NEMA 4X rating of the enclosure and resisting the heat that could adversely affect the internal components. The wear, corrosion and oxidation resistance of Type 316 stainless steel assures long life and maintenance free operation. Cooling capacities up to 550 Btu/hr. are ideal for small enclosures and heat loads. Models with higher cooling capacities up to 5600 Btu/hr. for NEMA 12, 4 and 4X enclosures are also available.

Guidelines for implementation of Industry 4.0

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FÜR TECHNOLOGIE (KIT): Researchers develop guidelines for intelligent production and products

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KINGSTAR Soft PLC - Replace Your PLC with an EtherCAT-enabled Soft PLC for Real-Time Motion Control and Machine Vision

KINGSTAR Soft PLC - Replace Your PLC with an EtherCAT-enabled Soft PLC for Real-Time Motion Control and Machine Vision

The top machine builders are switching from proprietary hardware-based PLCs, like Allen-Bradley, TwinCAT, Mitsubishi and KEYENCE, to open standards-based EtherCAT-enabled software PLCs on IPCs. KINGSTAR provides a fully-featured and integrated software PLC based on an open and accessible RTOS. KINGSTAR Soft PLC also includes add-on or third-party components for motion control and machine vision that are managed by a rich user interface for C++ programmers and non-developers alike.