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Staying Rich Without Manufacturing Will Be Hard

Noah Smith for Bloomberg View: Discussions about manufacturing tend to get very contentious. Many economists and commentators believe that there’s nothing inherently special about making things and that efforts to restore U.S. manufacturing to its former glory reek of ind

Alphabet Soup: Understanding IOT Acronyms and How to Compare Them

One of the most important decisions you may be facing is which communication protocols to choose. This decision impacts the hardware and what devices and functionality are available.

How Practical AR Tech Tools Can Transform Manufacturing Processes

The most effective applications of AR technology are designed to error-proof and streamline manual assembly and manufacturing processes, utilizing a combination of industrial strength projection technology and sophisticated software to present an intuitive and interactive vi

Japan looks beyond Industry 4.0 towards Society 5.0

Techworld from IDG: At the Cebit trade show in Germany, Japanese businesses want to go beyond smart factories, deploying industrial technologies to build a smart society

What to Consider When Choosing Either a Single-process or Multi-Tasking Machine

With such a wide and diverse selection of Multi-Tasking machines available today, it’s sometimes hard to imagine a situation when using single task machines is a better option, but there are more than most shops would think.

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A3 to Kick Off Automate 2017 with White Paper on Jobs in the Automation Age

The white paper explores the impact of automation on the ever-evolving job market and the growing shortage of skilled employees with experience and training in advanced technologies. A3 examines the types of jobs that are going unfilled and reviews workforce development initiatives, including education, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training that will fill labor shortages and support ongoing economic growth and productivity.

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Automate 2017 - KINGSTAR to Show How EtherCAT-enabled Soft PLC Cuts Hardware Costs in Half at Automate 2017

KINGSTAR, the industry's leading provider of EtherCAT-enabled software PLCs and the most complete motion control platform on the market, will showcase its innovative machine automation solutions at booth 349 at Automate 2017, April 3-6, in Chicago, Illinois.

FogHorn Expands 2017 IIoT Thought Leadership Outreach

Fog computing startup announces participation at a record number of events this year, showcasing its edge intelligence platform for industrial IoT (IIoT).

Siemens Driving Digital Transformation with $10 Billion Investment in U.S. Software Companies since 2007

Software, technologies, digital services and cloud platform exhibited at Innovation Day USA to help customers embrace digitalization MindSphere, the cloud-based, open IoT operating system from Siemens, will play an important role to power double-digit growth in digital businesses 30% increase in R&D spending for U.S. since fiscal 2014

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Festo - Complete Mechatronics Motion Solutions

Festo - Complete Mechatronics Motion Solutions

Mechatronic Motion Solutions from Festo is a unique system of components, modules, and software. It integrates all types of pneumatic, servopneumatic and (electro)mechanical automation motion and combines them according to your task. Irrespective of the control system environment you use, Mechatronic Motion Solutions always provides the appropriate interfaces. The fingers can be actively moved and their strength amplified; the operator's hand movements are registered and transmitted to the robotic hand in real time. The objectives are to enhance the strength and endurance of the human hand, to extend humans' scope of action and to secure them an independent lifestyle even at an advanced age.

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