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Automated Packaging Production & Custom Corrugated Boxes

Packaging can be a deciding factor in whether or not your business achieves an impressive return on investment. Businesses must strike a balance between using high-quality and protective materials, whilst also making sure there is still plenty of room for profit.

The Right Choice 40 Years Ago. The Right Choice for the Next 40 Years

By working with Leslie Controls, a customer protected their original investment and was able to work through the plant re-certification process cost-effectively

ERP Implementation Fails to Avoid

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is like the magic glue that binds an organization together. It gives complete visibility into tasks, data, and streamlines utilization of resources in a company.

Intelligent Motors Equipped with Microcomputers

The idea of using built-in computers to control motors without the aid of external equipment is not a new one, but it has taken until now for computers with the level of performance necessary to control motors in real-time to become small and cheap enough for this idea to be

Using Biometrics in Industrial Control Systems

The State of Industrial Cybersecurity Report 2018, from the Kaspersky Lab, found that 54 per cent of respondents who had experienced a cyber-attack on their industrial control system (ICS) noticed damage to their products or services. Industrial control systems are critical

The ix Industrial Interface Opens New Opportunities

As miniaturization advances, devices get smaller and smaller, as do the circuit boards upon where the sockets are mounted. As a result, the connector’s dimensions of 7 mm to 11 mm become comparatively large and the product designer must ensure sufficient space is allocated

AI and Robotics Revolutionizing Brewing

In the late 2010s, breweries began to explore the usage of AI and automation in crafting beer. Considering the rate at which AI technology is taking over production and service sectors across the world, the integration came as no surprise.

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Advance the Manufacturing of Tomorrow by Investing in the Workforce of Today

If manufacturers don’t find a way to develop the current workforce and arm employees with the skills needed to work in modern manufacturing plants, it’s anticipated that more than two million jobs will go unfilled.

The Future of Manufacturing Comes to Pittsburgh in 2020

The Smart Manufacturing Experience will provide manufacturers an opportunity to engage with the most advanced smart manufacturing technologies that they can deploy quickly to boost productivity, increase sales, improve efficiency and reduce costs

IoT Solutions That Are Revolutionizing The Manufacturing Industry

Business is changing, and so is the manufacturing industry. Here is just a brief assessment of five key manufacturing developments, business practices, and key considerations that have sprung up, or that are being indelibly influenced and revolutionized by the IoT.

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Basic knowledge of how to securely anchor machinery to prevent movement (OSHA regulation 1910.212(b))

A basic knowledge of how to securely anchor fixed machinery to prevent movement (OSHA regulation 1910.212(b)) is one important way to achieve a protected work environment.

Mitsubishi Electric Adds Function Blocks for Packaging and Converting Industries to iQ Monozukuri Solution Packages

Preconfigured engineering tools are designed to save programming man hours with tested function blocks and code

Global Motion Control and Motor Market Up 1.9% through Third Quarter

Third quarter orders of $878.9 million were up 7.5% over the same period in 2018, while shipments totaling $977.5 million were up, at 1.8%, over third quarter shipments in 2018.

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Rittal - Blue e+ IoT module
Rittal - Blue e+ IoT module

Rittal - Blue e+ IoT module

Rittal Blue e+ cooling units are currently the most efficient of their kind on the market. Besides being 75 percent more energy-efficient than previous cooling solutions on average, the units also excel in terms of connectivity, safety and handling.   What's more, their IoT interface enables Blue e+ units to link to customer-owned monitoring, energy management and/or superordinate systems via OPC-UA, Profinet, SNMP, Modbus TCP and CANopen, enabling predictive maintenance, data analytics and more.

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Unitronics Inc.

Unitronics designs, manufactures, and markets advanced control and automation solutions. Our extensive offering includes a complete line of PLCs with integrated HMI, full line of VFDs, a broad array of I/Os and complementary devices, as well as programming software for all aspects of control, motion, HMI, and communications. Unitronics PLCs range from micro-PLC + HMI units for simple machine control, to complex controllers with advanced functions, a variety of onboard IOs and multiple communication options - including support for Industry 4.0 (smart factory) technology.