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Implementing An IoT Strategy

Too often, businesses start with an “intent to connect” instead of focusing on a business model. Companies that are just looking to create a connected version of a product fail to solve actual problems that are affecting the business.

Major Components of Mass Flow Meters and Controllers

A mass flow meter (MFM) has five major components: flow body, flow conditioning section, flow sensor tube, bypass, and electronics. A mass flow controller (MFC) has the same components as an MFM, but also has an integral control valve mounted on the same flow body as the MFM

Stäubli Technology Days to Showcase the Latest Robotics and Connector Solutions

Open house event will present innovations for automotive manufacturers and packaging, pharmaceutical and food processing industries

6 Ways Machine Learning is Revolutionizing Manufacturing in 2019

The proven impact of machine learning models has pushed more investment toward their development. Still there are plenty more gains to be realized.

Kitting Improves Productivity and Reduces Labor Costs

Logistics kitting organizes and even assembles parts used in the manufacturing of a product so they can be delivered to the point of use, saving time on the line. It is often the best example of Lean Manufacturing in practice, eliminating wasted time in production.

Is Your Data Telling the Whole Story?

Even when you can connect directly to whatever it is that you are measuring and design the system yourself, you might encounter issues. Inconsistencies can arise from power failures, wifi outages, faulty or damaged equipment.

Empowering the Manufacturing Industry Through Decentralised AI

AI is big business—US venture capital investment in the sector reached $6.6 billion in the first three quarters of 2018, compared to $3.9 billion in the same period the year before.

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Schneider Electric's Batam Smart Factory recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Fourth Industrial Revolution Lighthouse

Schneider Electric's Smart Factory Program has launched nine showcase factories around the world, demystifying digital transformation for industry

Sensors Expo & Conference Reveals "Best of Sensors" 2019 Award Winners

Created to spotlight the advances in both innovations and real-world applications of sensors, the prestigious awards were presented by Event Director, Cal Groton, during Sensors Expo & Conference 2019 held this week in San Jose, California.

Schneider Electric Launches First Smart Factory in the U.S. Demonstrating Quantifiable, Real-Time Benefits of Innovative EcoStruxure Solutions

The facility is a showcase for sharing IIoT integration strategies with End Users, Machine Builders and Partners. The Smart Factory has tracked quantifiable benefits from IIoT implementation, including a 20% reduction in mean time to repair and a 90% paperwork elimination.

Automation & Networking - News Headlines

Eclipse Automation Expands into Europe to Support the Growing Automation Market

With facilities in Canada and the United States, Eclipse delivers proven custom automation solutions combining design, engineering, manufacturing, integration and aftercare for advanced production, lean manufacturing and modern distribution.

Lonza Selects Rockwell Automation for Digital Transformation of Pharmaceutical Operations

Lonza to use PharmaSuite MES software, along with FactoryTalk InnovationSuite to accelerate paperless, 24/7 production of cutting-edge capsules

Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc. Launches a Redesigned Mobile Showroom

The revamped mobile showroom will travel to customers and events around the United States and Canada

Automation & Networking - Featured Product

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.

Automation & Networking - Featured Company

SICK, Inc.

SICK is one of the world's leading manufacturers of sensors, safety systems, machine vision, and automatic identification products for industrial applications. From 2D and 3D smart cameras to low-cost vision sensors, SICK offers a range of high-quality vision solutions to fit your needs.