Discussing ATX West with Balluff

We will highlight our newly expanded vision portfolio, which includes both smart and industrial cameras, including our latest high resolution, 31-megapixel camera. Booth #4219

Haier's Shenyang Interconnected Refrigerator Factory Joins the World Economic Forum's Global Lighthouse Network as Haier Second End-to-End Lighthouse Facility

Called "lighthouses" due to their innovative and world-leading position, these factories are selected by the WEF based on the successful deployment of 4IR technologies to realize intelligent manufacturing.

The Three-step Guide to Buying Automation

We've all heard the phrase, 'like a kid in a candy store'. Visiting automation trade shows can leave even the calmest visitors eager to get their hands on some automation action. Before parting with your cash, Claudia Jarrett suggests three important questions to ask.

The Fall of Friction in Bearings

Design engineers have long searched for material coating methods to reduce friction. But, could the restructuring of newly found materials reduce friction on macroscopic scales? Here, Chris Johnson, managing director of EZO bearings supplier SMB Bearings, explains.

Seven Predictions for Robotic Process Automation (RPA) in 2020

Guy Kirkwood, chief evangelist, UiPath - The global market for RPA services will hit an estimated £5.98 billion in 2020. It is set to be a pivotal year for automation - and one that will see an exciting variety of big shifts, as the RPA industry matures.

Data Integration is a Key Driver for Industry 4.0 in Polymer Manufacturing

One of Industry 4.0's key drivers is data integration. By expanding the scope of data collection and making information readily retrievable, computers on the production floor have evolved to facilitate a higher level of collaboration and innovation.

Automating Assessments in A&D for Improved Quality

Using digital twin and digital thread technology, A&D manufacturers can conduct automated assessments to analyze the performance of aircraft components - an advancement that has significant implications for the industry.

Building Optical Assemblies for Commercial Space Applications - Key Supplier Selection Criteria

The requirement for reliability and precision is especially the case when looking at space/earth imaging devices, which must be rugged, produce exceptional results, while at the same time being competitively priced.

2020 PLM Predictions

Manufacturers who can successfully launch new customer experiences before their competition will maintain market leadership, ward off new market entrants and earn well-deserved buzz. The latest product innovations are all about the customer: autonomous vehicles, cloud- and mobile-based features, over-the-air upgrades, new materials, AI-driven manufacturing.

Top Article from 2019 - What Machine Learning Can Do for Manufacturing

Machine learning and big data are both very difficult, in practically every way. The necessary data science skills are rare among industry professionals, the data volumes are immense, and the infrastructure required to work on that data is complex.

Want to Attract the New Manufacturing Workforce in 2020? Think With a Data-Driven Mindset

As more experienced workers begin to reach retirement age, how can they attract the next wave of the workforce to get a younger generation into manufacturing roles? 2020 will be about enabling newer workers with the right technology and a data-driven mindset.

Top Article of 2019 - Digital Transformation in the Industrial Sphere

Hyper customization, smaller batch runs, a shrinking labor pool, energy availability, and global competition are factors that are increasing in importance and are also pointing to a much-needed new direction that companies will need to take in order to remain relevant ...

Top Article of 2019 - The Power of Lean Manufacturing

As a systematic way to increase efficiency and better please customers, lean principles run counter to traditional mass-production practices. Yet, they allow small and medium businesses to consistently increase quality while decreasing costs.

Manufacturing Trends for 2020 according to Pricefx

In 2020, manufacturers are one tweet away from disaster. Those firms with a global footprint are particularly vulnerable in 2020. Gabriel Smith, the Chief Evangelist of Pricefx, insists to compete in 2020 (and beyond), manufacturers need to be prepared to react immediately to changing market conditions much quicker than the decade just ending.

Sierra College Hosts US Dept. of Defense Project MFG™ Challenge

Kennedy High School team wins Project MFG™: Next Generation Manufacturing™ Challenge held in Sierra College Advanced Manufacturing lab.

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