Taking an Independent Path: Strategies for Low Risk Sourcing of Components in a Constrained Market

Industrial control equipment industry looks to independent distributors to address chronic shortages in the availability of electronic components

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.

How Autonomous Machine Vision Saves Time and Money

Manufacturers can now finally benefit from powerful visual QA systems with no downtime, very short implementation lead times, rapid diagnostics and far less testing, training and spare parts.

Digital Transformation in the Industrial Sphere

Hyper customization, smaller batch runs, a shrinking labor pool, energy availability, and global competition are factors that are increasing in importance and are also pointing to a much-needed new direction that companies will need to take in order to remain relevant ...

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.

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.

Software for Supply Chain Automation

Supply Chain Software is the software tools employed in executing supply chain business, handling supplier relationships and monitoring connected business processes.

Connecting Companies and Breaking Communication Barriers

The networking needs of a manufacturing floor are very different than that of the front office. Manufacturers cannot tolerate network outages on the plant floor where time truly equals money.

What Machine Learning Can Do for Manufacturing

Machine learning and big data are both very difficult, in practically every way. The necessary data science skills are rare among industry professionals, the data volumes are immense, and the infrastructure required to work on that data is complex.

Managing the Metrics

Many companies are striving to create real business value from their various streams of information, a serious data-driven approach. Measurement, monitoring and access to real-time data are extremely important to reaping the benefits of Industry 4.0

Bridging the Skills Gap: Veterans in Manufacturing

Integrating veterans into the workforce is a smart and straightforward way for industry employers to invest in the future of America's veterans while also investing in the future of manufacturing.

From Blockchain to Digital Twinning: Technologies That Can Revolutionize Business Models in Manufacturing

In its recent 'Exponential technologies in manufacturing' study, Deloitte observes that organisations from every industry now face mounting pressure to transform and make the shift from product-centric business models to capture other sources of value

Using Open Software in Manufacturing

We see a shift from big, monolithic software by large vendors to modular, highly specific components by smaller ones. This allows manufacturing companies to become more agile in the tools they use, ultimately allowing them to more easily find the best tool for the job.

The Power of Lean Manufacturing

As a systematic way to increase efficiency and better please customers, lean principles run counter to traditional mass-production practices. Yet, they allow small and medium businesses to consistently increase quality while decreasing costs.

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Model 30MT Magnetic Encoder Module

Model 30MT Magnetic Encoder Module

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