Industry 4.0: What businesses need to know

By Barclay Ballard for ITProPortal:  In order for businesses to prepare for Industry 4.0, they first need to understand the technological driving forces behind it, including the Internet of Things. Although mainstream examples of IoT devices are relatively limited at the moment, in the future connected objects are expected to revolutionise a whole host of business sectors. In the same way that new manufacturing processes brought about huge upheaval during the Industrial Revolution, the Internet of Things is also predicted to bring wholesale changes to industry. “The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has been described as a crucial step in the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0,” explains Martyn Williams, managing director of industrial automation software expert, COPA-DATA UK. “Using IoT technology, organisations are developing smarter infrastructures and building connected networks across entire manufacturing processes.” Some of the key changes predicted to emerge as the Internet of Things is adopted by industrial firms include the following:   Cont'd... 

Four Points You Need to Consider when Thinking About Automating or Robotizing Your Operations

If your products have regular and stable characteristics, hard automation makes sense. If however each product is different, flexible automation or robotics should be favored.

Japan Embracing Industry 4.0 And IoT To Leap Into Next Industrial Automation

The challenge ahead is that not only manufacturing technologies will change drastically but the whole business environment, in which Japan may have to strive to overcome other than IoT super next generation automation.

ATX West - Icon Labs Releases First Ever Embedded Protection for Internet of Things Devices that Connect via Modbus Protocol

Icon Labs' Floodgate Modbus Packet Filter Provides Advanced Security for Industrial IoT and RTOS-based Devices

Standalone Li-Ion UPS from Bedrock Automation Sets New Performance and Cyber Security Standard for Industrial Control System Backup

Bedrock Automation announces availability of a cyber secure, standalone Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) for PLC, DCS, PAC and SCADA RTU applications

Telit IoT Factory Solutions Enable Quick Path to Industrie 4.0 Era

Scalable Platform Supports IIoT Deployment within Factory and to the Cloud

ATX West - Brenton's New BantamPro L Top-Load Case Packer Helps Co-packers and Specialty Products Manufacturers Boost End-of-Line Productivity

The BantamPro L can operate as a semi-automatic or, with integrated case erector and sealer, as a fully-automatic machine for packing pouches, bags, and flow wrapped products into a wide range of cases. It is rated at up to 10 cases per minute throughput.

ATX - TECHNIMARK LAUNCHES NEW HEALTHCARE DIVISION TO GROW ITS MEDICAL COMPONENT MANUFACTURING SERVICES

New division launch follows acquisition of Ci Medical

ATX West -Universal Robots Raises the Bar on Collaborative Robotics at ATX West

The Danish robot manufacturer, that pioneered the safety systems of collaborative robots, showcases product features that help lower the automation barrier, making a robot truly collaborative. The features on display at ATX West 2016 in Anaheim are portability, ease of use, and integration.

NREL Helps Establish New PV Quality Standards for Manufacturers

Working with partners around the world, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have completed five years of work toward helping establish an international quality standard for manufacturing photovoltaic (PV) modules.

UK 'risks losing out in Industry 4.0 race'

By PRW:  A leading trade body has warned that a lack of government planning was threatening the UK’s position at the forefront of Industry 4.0, also known as the fourth industrial revolution. A number of plastics companies in the UK and on the Continent have begun to develop products and processes that take into account developments in and around Industry 4.0 – also known as the ‘Internet of Things’. However research conducted by manufacturers’ organisation the EEF found that while 91% of companies surveyed believed that internet access was as important to their business as electricity and water supplies more than half reckoned connectivity was inadequate for the future. While the awareness of how important the internet was to a company’s operation was seen as a positive, the EEF highlighted that poor digital connectivity may prove to become a drag on future growth. Many companies were already having to pay a premium to ensure they had high-speed access, the trade body said.   Cont'd...

New iglide F2 ESD Bearing Material Available from igus

For applications where anti-static operation is required. Available in a range of bearing sizes, as well as machinable bar stock.

ATX West - Brenton's New BantamPro L Top-Load Case Packer Helps Co-packers and Specialty Products Manufacturers Boost End-of-Line Productivity

The BantamPro L can operate as a semi-automatic or, with integrated case erector and sealer, as a fully-automatic machine for packing pouches, bags, and flow wrapped products into a wide range of cases. It is rated at up to 10 cases per minute throughput.

ATX West - Tekkra Showcases at WestPack 2016 an Innovative Entry-Level Shrink Wrapping and Bundling System

The modular Triad system from Tekkra delivers rugged, dependable shrink wrapping and bundling technology at an entry-level price and breaks new ground in terms of flexibility. (Tekkra WestPack Booth 5221)

maxon's New BLDC Sterilizable Gearmotor EC 19 and GP 19M

High power up to 120 W, speeds up to 100,000 rpm, sterilizable 1000 times.

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