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Increasing Productivity by Reducing Tool Change time with Multicouplings

Many manufacturing processes have interchangeable tooling in their machines. Many of those tools require pneumatic, hydraulic, chemical or electrical connections to operate. Instead of connecting those individual connections one at a time, they can be connected at the same t

Why Standard Surge Protection is Insufficient

On average, businesses suffer 14 hours of downtime every year. Businesses cannot always determine why this downtime occurs, but they can do more to proactively mitigate the negative impacts, particularly in terms of power quality.

48 hours to digitalise - How one production plant went remote in just two days

Digitalising a production facility typically takes years of development, but one Sandvik tube site brought remote manufacturing to its stay-at-home workers in just two days.

The Real World Quality Journey

Quality 4.0 blends technology with traditional methods of quality, in order to help manufacturers achieve operational excellence. It leverages technology to collect data enterprise-wide to provide visibility into the complete product lifecycle and manage workflows.

Procurement Technology – What it Can and Cannot Replace in a Manufacturer’s Journey Towards Supply Chain Resilience and Agility

This article reviews the key elements in supplier management for manufacturers and how Source-to-Pay procurement technology can support the journey towards supply chain resilience and agility in times of crisis.

Digital Manufacturing and IIoT: A Platform for Success

To truly maximize IIoT, manufacturers need a single solution that supports scalable-IIoT deployments and creates a collaborative environment that’s data-driven and provides transparency across the entire production process.

Omron Helps Life Sciences Company Upgrade Prototype with Cutting-edge Technology and Cut Costs by 30% With Solution Using NX-I/O

Omron gave preference to EtherCAT over DeviceNet because the latter is a slower CAN-based protocol designed for sensors and it uses screw-type connections that can be difficult to install and maintain.

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A Journey Toward Autonomous Operations

Applying advanced intelligence and cognitive technologies likewise enables organisations to respond dynamically to changes in demand and customise product, ensure high product quality, and optimise production processes in real time.

2020 State of Manufacturing Report Finds Severe Levels of COVID-19 Disruption, Clear Industry Commitment to Digital Transformation

Hundreds of senior decision makers in healthcare, robotics, and other industries report damaging COVID-19 impact, focus on digital transformation, and emphasis on building supply chain resilience through agility

Long Term Manufacturing Investments Worth the Effort

Investing in a stable manufacturing model requires innovation and a willingness to be flexible and try out new avenues for success. This starts with predictive maintenance and planning for the inevitable, then comes down to adapting with the times and economy.

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IoT enclosures with passive heatsinks

Phoenix Contact's Industrial Case System (ICS) family now includes 50-millimeter enclosures with passive heatsinks, ideal for thermally demanding applications.

Communicating an automation project - Building employee support for your integration process

Here, Claudia Jarrett, US country manager at automation parts supplier EU Automation, gives her tips on how to get your employees on board with your new automation project.

New TURNPWR Control by ACU-RITE Makes Debut

TURNPWR promises to enable the user to maximize throughput by significantly reducing set-up time, scrap and other non-productive operations, thereby increasing efficiency, productivity and profitability.

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A Data Science Platform for Manufacturing
A Data Science Platform for Manufacturing

A Data Science Platform for Manufacturing

RapidMiner offers a data science platform that's built to enable people of all skill levels across the enterprise to quickly build and operate AI solutions to drive hard ROI for their organizations. Many data science tools are built to create accurate models, but cannot help manage the models into production, where they can have an impact. The platform covers the full lifecycle of the AI production process from data exploration and data prep to model building, model deployment and model operations. RapidMiner can help with a wealth of manufacturing use cases, like designing smart products, running smart factories, forecasting demand, ensuring quality, reducing production downtime, and managing supply chain risk.

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CIMON Inc.

CIMON is a leading industrial automation company focused on process control and manufacturing. Since its foundation in 1999, CIMON has grown from emerging Asian markets into Europe and North America thanks to several award-winning product lineups, including the Xpanel HMI series, PLC and PLC-S series, Xpanel Hybrid, UltimateAccess SCADA software, and industrial PCs. CIMON has been working with manufacturers for over 20 years and has gained the trust of well-respected companies such as LG, Samsung, General Motors, Kia, Hankook, SK Chemicals, Posco, and Durex. Hardware and software are developed simultaneously at CIMON, allowing for optimal product supply and system design solutions that increase facility efficiency and response time in the market while reducing long-term costs. Some industries CIMON works with include the automotive industry, oil and gas industry, power plants, electronics, water and wastewater management, aerospace, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, food and beverage, chemical, packaging, paper and pulp, farming, and many others.