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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

Huawei Wireless X Labs Sets up Connected Factory SIG to Explore 5G Applications in Smart Manufacturing

The Wireless Connected Factory SIG has brought together partners in the field of smart manufacturing to conduct further research and promote extensive applications of 5G communication technologies in Industry 4.0.

Kuka Showcases Robotic Demos at TechCenter Grand Opening

Candace Roulo for SME: The grand opening featured 13 live robotic automation demonstrations, tours of the new TechCenter, and presentations on new technology.

Stanley Black & Decker To Open Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Downtown Hartford

-Names Sudhi Bangalore to lead center that will eventually house approximately 50 Industry 4.0 professionals. -Announces launch of STANLEY+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator to bring start-ups to Hartford

The Industrial IoT Risks You Must Not Ignore in 2018

Scott Allen for Sys-Con Media: Security, therefore, will ultimately be the limiting factor on how much IoT technology is deployed.

What We Can Learn From the Second Life of Google Glass

Thomas Hornigold for Singularity Hub: The difference here was the specific audience: workers in factories who need hands-free computing because they need to use their hands at the same time.

SCADAfence Secures $10 Million in Funding to Protect Smart Manufacturing and Critical Infrastructure Networks from Cyber Attacks

Investors include JVP, NexStar Partners and Japan's Global Brain; funds will be used to boost go-to-market efforts and expand research and development operations

Emerson sweetens bid for Rockwell Automation to $29 billion

Greg Roumeliotis for Reuters: The new offer follows Rockwell's rejections of Emerson's overtures for much of this year.

Can US Boost Manufacturing 25% By 2025?

Industry Week: A new McKinsey report predicts that manufacturing GDP would climb to $3 trillion in real terms by 2025-a boost of some $530 billion, or 20%, above the current trend.

Test Drive Watson IoT in Factory Simulation

John Hitch for Industry Week: IBM's Watson IoT sees all and might even know it all. In a new simulation, you can feel what it likes to have it working for you.

Britain must embrace 'Industry 4.0' as robots can create thousands of jobs, says report

Purvai Dua for London Loves Business: Britain's manufacturing sector could add £455bn over the next decade and create thousands of jobs if it unlocks the fourth industrial revolution

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