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Four TCP-based Communication Protocols That Are Key to IIoT—Part 2: OPC UA

OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) is a platform-independent, service-based architecture. A successor to Classic OPC, the aim of OPC UA was to eliminate the drawbacks of Classic OPC, especially its dependencies on Microsoft and COM/DCOM.

The Future of AI in Warehouse Design

From manufacturing plants to distribution centers, the efficient handling of materials is not only a logistical challenge but also a critical determinant of competitiveness and profitability for organizations.

Four TCP-Based Communication Protocols That Are Key to IIoT—Part 1: MQTT

MQTT (Message Queuing Telemetry Transport) is a compact, binary, open, and easy-to-implement publish/subscribe messaging protocol. It is a certified OASIS and ISO standard (ISO/IEC 20922:2016) managed by the OASIS Technical Committee.

Sustainability, AI, Industrial Dryers, and the Shift to Predictive Quality Analytics

In the era of big data and corporate sustainability, industrial AI is undergoing a significant shift. It's moving from traditional use cases like predictive maintenance to more advanced solutions for predictive quality analytics.

Gocious aids AGCO in their mission to help farmers feed the world through product roadmap innovation

Across ACGO, all team members now have real-time transparency into dynamic product roadmaps. By increasing collaboration among AGCO brands and departments, teams can now focus more on product management and less on project management.

Motion feedback really is everywhere – Here's how encoders help make beer

When you buy the best equipment, you want the best components, too. That's why Community Beer Company uses an EPC encoder in their brewing equipment.

3D Printing Produces Engine Covers To Accelerate Aircraft Maintenance

How a specialized local engineering company supported a major airline during the pandemic with jet engine covers made with 3D printed molds.

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The Future of Manufacturing: How Digital Twins, 3D AI, Robotics Automation, and Immersive Reality Tech Are Modernizing Industries

The manufacturing sector today is being driven by rapid advancements in sophisticated technology. Among the most significant contributors to this modernization are Digital Twins, 3D AI, robotics automation, and immersive reality technologies.

EB-3 visa program emerges as key solution for manufacturers facing tight labor market

Companies are pursuing a variety of strategies to incorporate more automation, attract younger workers, tailor training opportunities, create flexible scheduling and boost pay and benefits. Immigration programs are also increasingly becoming a focal point.

The Role of Energy Management Systems in Smart Factories

Energy management systems include Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, smart transformers, connected HVAC equipment and cloud computing platforms to control it all. While implementing this technology can be daunting, it plays several key roles in smart factory operations.

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Centauri Carbon: ELEGOO's Real Game-Changer in 3D Printing Debuts at RAPID + TCT 2024

Affectionately nicknamed "CC" by the product team, it aims to truly simplify 3D printing for beginners, eliminating the steep learning curve and high costs that have traditionally been barriers. This marks a potential turning point that could extend 3D printing beyond hobbyists into everyday tech, benefiting people's lives.

PACK EXPO International 2024 Offers Robust Sustainability Education Programs

Companies like Dow, Amazon, Clorox, Nestle, Dr. Bronner's, WestRock, and Conagra will share best practices at the new Sustainability Central exhibit

Caracol brings Large Format Additive Manufacturing to California, exhibiting at Rapid + TCT 2024 with its partners DIVE and Filament Innovations

Through both DIVE's facility in New Jersey and Filament Innovation's facility in Pennsylvania, companies looking to build large scale parts will be able to directly enjoy the capabilities of the range of Caracol's Heron AM technology line, accessing a new way to develop and manufacture their advanced applications.

ODW Receives Food Logistics 2024 Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers Award

ODW Logistics Honored for Leadership in Cold Storage and 3PL Solutions

Cementex Announces the MRT-18-LED Rechargeable Magnetic Retrieving Tool

Designed to Eliminate the Need for a Light On Head, In Mouth, or In Hand

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PI USA (Physik Instrumente)

PI USA (Physik Instrumente)

PI is a privately held company that designs and manufactures world-class precision motion and automation systems including air bearings, hexapods and piezo drives at locations in North America, Europe, and Asia. The company was founded 5 decades ago and today employs more than 1300 people worldwide. PI's customers are leaders in high-tech industries and research institutes in fields such as photonics, life-sciences, semiconductors and aerospace.