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Effect of PCI Devices on Automation Systems

Industry 4.0 is changing systems architecture across all domains in industrial automation. Upcoming edge computing architectures use virtualization for scaling dedicated applications with deterministic key performance indicators (KPIs) on a heterogeneous operating systems.

Aqua Massage Manufacturer Improves Linear Motion Control with Custom Lead Screw Assembly from Kerk

The company needed a linear motion solution capable of guiding and translating the machine’s spray water jet assembly, which moves back and forth along a linear shaft.

Automation Design Tips: Transferring with Rollers

As technology advances, components become smaller and more compact which requires specific automation techniques and maintenance. Transfer mechanisms require high versatility in its capabilities.

Advanced Manufacturing Handheld Printer with Barcode Reader

Advanced Manufacturing improves with one of a kind Barcode Reader and Handheld Printer technology. The Sojet V1H Handheld Printer Prints on Virtually any Surface. Scan and Print Barcode and Human-Readable Text.

What will SCADA of the future be like? (Part One)

The SCADA software technology carries over 30 years of applications in every sector on its shoulders. But what challenges does this technology face in the future? (Part 1 of a 3 Part Series)

Three Resume Tips to Land a Leadership Role in Manufacturing

Following in the footsteps of e-commerce giants like Amazon, more manufacturing companies are eagerly pursuing opportunities to expand supply chains on a global scale, increase inventories and jumpstart the entire manufacturing process.

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ARC White Paper: AR in Manufacturing

Learn how manufacturers are using augmented reality to onboard new workers faster and to help workers of all skill levels become more effective.

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NASA to Advance Unique 3D Printed Sensor Technology

The 3D printing system is like printers used to produce money or newspapers. However, instead of ink, the printer applies nanomaterials, layer-by-layer, onto a substrate to create tiny sensors.

KeraCel, a World Leader in Solid-state Lithium Ion Batteries, Announced a Breakthrough in its Multi-material Ceramic Battery Using its Proprietary 3D Printing Technology

KeraCel is developing its ceramic solid-state batteries using proprietary additive manufacturing 3D printing technology resulting in unique monolithic structure. The unique structure allows for greatly increasing battery energy density, and producing safer and longer lasting

Automation Alley announces MI Smart Factory Tour program, exposing students to Industry 4.0 technologies, in-demand manufacturing jobs

The program, MI Smart Factory Tour, will allow students to explore the technologies of Industry 4.0—including collaborative robotics, sensors, data analysis, 3D printing, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality and more.

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FASTSUITE for the highest demands in simulation accuracy and robotics offline programming

At this year's Automate (Booth #7960) CENIT will present the latest version of FASTSUITE Edition 2, a 3D simulation platform for the highest demands in simulation accuracy and robotics offline programming.

Siemens launches new enterprise class embedded Linux solution for embedded systems development

New enterprise-class binary Mentor Embedded Linux solution is a proven commercial distribution that reduces risk and accelerates productivity for medical, industrial, aerospace and defense applications

WINSYSTEMS Introduces Innovative Ethernet Switches for Industrial Networks That Provide Guaranteed Delivery of Time-Sensitive Data

New NET-429 Ethernet switches leverage latest IEEE 802.1 standards for TSN, QoS and AVB to prioritize time-critical data without proprietary protocols or added hardware implementations

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Kepware - KEPServerEX Connectivity Platform
Kepware - KEPServerEX Connectivity Platform

Kepware - KEPServerEX Connectivity Platform

KEPServerEX is the industry's leading connectivity platform that provides a single source of industrial automation data to all of your applications. The platform design allows users to connect, manage, monitor, and control diverse automation devices and software applications through one intuitive user interface. KEPServerEX leverages OPC (the automation industry's standard for interoperability) and IT-centric communication protocols (such as SNMP, ODBC, and web services) to provide users with a single source for industrial data. The platform is developed and tested to meet our customers' performance, reliability, and ease-of-use requirements.

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Rittal North America

Rittal North America LLC, headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois, is the U.S. subsidiary of Rittal GmbH & Co. KG and manufactures the world's leading industrial and IT enclosures, racks and accessories, including high efficiency, high density power management and climate control systems for industrial, data center, outdoor and hybrid applications. Rittal's off-the-shelf standard, modified standard and custom-engineered products are known throughout the world as high-quality, affordable solutions for practically any industrial or IT infrastructure application - from single enclosures to comprehensive systems.