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Ready for Industry 4.0?

The acatech Industry 4.0 Maturity Index provides companies a guideline for a structured approach. Apart from technological requirements, the digitalisation strategy must not disregard the adjustment of organisational structures and qualification of employees and must focus o

Why Automation Gateways Matter

There is no clear-cut winner among the different standards and there is a lack of interoperability, even when Ethernet is used as the base network. For users and implementers of automation equipment, applying the best solution often requires supporting dissimilar network tec

Machine Vision Can Do More Than You Think

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How Do Touchscreens Motivate Assembly Line Workers to Do Quality Work on Time?

The touchscreen user interfaces and software not only motivate line workers, they create a more team based approach to manufacturing execution that instills a new culture, and closed-loop of accountability in the factory

How Executives Around The World View Industry 4.0

Forbes Insights With Deloitte: . To better understand the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s impact on business, Forbes Insights and Deloitte surveyed more than 1,600 executives in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and EMEA for “The Fourth Industrial Revolution Is Here—Are You R

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Smart Factories Need Space and Time Anchors

GIM International: Spatiotemporal referencing can be used to enhance contextualisation of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) data and information flows within ‘smart’ factories, according to Studio iSPACE in Austria.

The U.S. and China Invest Heavily in Industry 4.0 Technologies to be the World's Largest Manufacturer

The United States, the world's second largest manufacturer, with a 2017 industrial output reaching a record level of $2.2 trillion, will apply Industry 4.0 technologies to replace China as the world's largest manufacturer.

First Solar Is Using Robots to Better Tap the Sun

Chris Martin for Bloomberg Business Week: Even before Trump’s tariffs, the U.S. panel maker underpriced Chinese rivals with a spray-on, energy-absorbing metal and largely automated factories.

Why China's hollowed-out manufacturing hub is pinning its hopes on a hi-tech revival

He Huifeng for South China Morning Post: Dongguan looks to become a smart manufacturing base focused on the emerging mainland market, banking on the rise of domestic tech brands and booming domestic consumption.

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Mouser Now Shipping Analog Devices LTM8065 µModule Regulator with Silent Switcher Tech to Lower EMI/EMC

The LTM8065 regulator offers an input voltage of up to 40 V, which can safely operate from unregulated or fluctuating 12 V to 36 V input supplies in noisy environments such as industrial robotics, test and measurement, factory automation, medical, and avionics systems.

Festo Introduces Digital Pneumatics to the Paper Converting Industry at Tissue World Miami 2018

The digital-pneumatic VTEM Motion Terminal lowers OEM supply chain costs and helps OEMs bring new machines and products to market faster. (Festo Tissue World Miami 2018 Booth # C-360)

Sercos Presents Advanced Technology at 2018 Hanover Fair

Sercos International, provider of the Sercos® automation bus, will present numerous exhibits, including a Sercos TSN Demonstrator and an Industry 4.0 Demonstrator, during Hanover Fair, in Hanover, Germany April 23-27, 2018, in hall 9, booth G28.

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Fastsuite - Focus On Efficiency In Digital Factory

Fastsuite - Focus On Efficiency In Digital Factory

With two product lines, FASTSUITE for V5, which is seamlessly integrated with CATIA/DELMIA V5, and FASTSUITE Edition 2, a standalone platform, the areas of OLP (offline programming), manufacturing simulation and virtual commissioning are the core of our business activities. Our applications and solutions are not only focused on real customer needs, but they are also designed to improve efficiency and quality of our customers' manufacturing processes. No matter if the process is just about offline programming of a single robot at a small job-shop company or about the validation of a complete production line at an Automotive or Aerospace OEM. We strive to ensure a constant quality of our services and to provide the best possible support to our worldwide customers. Therefore we have established three digital manufacturing hubs around the world. All our teams have a proven expertise on manufacturing process integration and profound IT implementation skills.

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Omron Microscan

Omron Microscan

Omron Microscan is a global leader in the design and manufacture of Machine Vision, Auto ID and Verification solutions. From product inspection to robotic guidance to barcode and direct part mark decoding, Omron Microscan products serve a broad range of applications and are recognized worldwide for high quality and leading technology. Omron Microscan is a business unit of OMRON Corporation.