Pneumatics and the Internet of Things: What's Holding Us Back?

Pneumatics has had different diagnostic features for some time. For example, we can sense today whether the power is too low or too high, or whether there is a short circuit in an I/O system which caused some sort of failure.

Industrial Robots: Encoders for Tool Center Point Accuracy

The use of secondary encoders on all of a robot's axes, as well as the use of linear encoders for positioning the robot relative to the workpiece, enables a level of accuracy at the tool center point

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.

2018 Predictions for Manufacturing Product & Service Innovation

New manufacturing technology and the move to digital is being embraced globally, because manufacturers realize this is necessary to survive, and thrive.

Analysis: Four smart factory trends to watch in 2018

Jessica Twentyman for Internet of Business: Internet of Business presents four key technology trends that will help the smart factory deliver on its efficiency and responsiveness goals in 2018.

APIs for the Modern Factory Floor

The modern factory floor relies on APIs because the technology allows manufacturers to effectively track and oversee every step of the value chain from start to finish. It also helps ensure machinery is working efficiently.

The Rise of 5

Transitioning to 5-axis machining requires both a time and financial investment. But, like all investments, long-term it will pay off. The faster you begin to make the switch, the faster you will start to see the benefits.

The Connected Factory

More than a technological revolution, the connected factory is a total reorganization of the approach to production, using existing tools and placing a greater reliance on networks.

How Industry 4.0 will be impacted by technology

Diogo Costa for KnowTechie: There are several aspects that characterize Industry 4.0, including (but not limited to): automated robots, additive manufacture, simulation, horizontal and vertical system integration, industrial IoT...

Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Accelerating Your Quality System's Actionability

In absence of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), reporting is purely historical and is often available too late to take action on its findings. MES enables non-conformances to be addressed in the present and minimize their potential impact.

Offline Programming Software is Single Solution for Robotic Hammer Peening of Automotive Stamping Dies

Total programming time for one workpiece, including the time to import a CAD file and create a toolpath, was reduced from 12 hours to only 3.5 hours.

Key Industrial Robotic Trends for 2018

The overall goal of these 2018 trends appears to lead the marketplace to reduce complexity and cost and justify the cost of automated systems and robotics. With lower cost, robotics will become more economical, even for smaller companies looking to become more competitive.

The Enterprise Factory And The Smart City

Adi Gaskell for Forbes: Such a network ensures you not only have the technological skills required but also the cultural and softer factors that are so important.

The Skills You Need to Compete in the New World of Manufacturing Engineering

2017 - Most Popular Article - Simply put, "old line" manufacturing is gone, and in its place is a new world of computer-assisted, complex factories, in which it's no longer enough to have a great work ethic, physical stamina, and the ability to follow orders.

HP unveils S$100m campus, home to its first advanced manufacturing centre

Jacquelyn Cheok for Business Times: Smarc, a 6,000 sq ft facility, allows engineers to design, experiment and implement solutions to improve HP's manufacturing processes. The target is to boost productivity by at least 20 per cent.

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