Insights from the Factory Floor

Many companies have made significant investment in control systems that look at individual types of machines. But a single process may use many different machines that speak different languages and have different control requirements.

Enhancing Storage to Accommodate New Product Launch

Custom pushback rack improves storage density, safety at Hyundai Powertech

Why Smart Manufacturing Is Guaranteed to Need Industrial Robotics

By connecting manufacturing leaders with end-users, implementing machines that are able to maintain themselves and teaching current employees how to work with the new line of industrial robotics, proactive and tech-savvy manufacturers are in a position to revolutionize the way they do business from this point forward.

Fit To Print: See Firsthand How GE's Additive Business Is Changing The Way We Make Jet Engines, Jewelry And More

You need a new way of thinking, you need different training, you need different machines. This whole ecosystem is quite different from how we did things before.

Talking Industry 4.0 with Mark Kojak, HARTING, Inc.

Connected Manufacturing is the ability to drive data that is meaningful to the cloud for big data analysis. The current trend in Industry 4.0 is to be able to sense specific points in end equipment to enable advanced analytics to be run on distributed edge computing devices to determine whether machines are operating within tolerances and predict a potential failure before it happens.

How Innovations Are Driving Advanced Technology in Manufacturing

By connecting their factories all over the world, manufacturers can see the entire operation. They can make updates in real-time. They have vision into which plants are running efficiently or where there are production issues.

The Benefits of Just-in-Time Inventory

Traditionally, raw materials and inventory of finished goods were considered assets. This notion has changed because of JIT and now inventory is considered as waste or dead investment, incurring additional costs.

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

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. Today, manufacturing workers need to be problem-solvers, with knowledge of computers and machinery and the ability to work independently, make decisions, and understand the entire process.

Why PKI matters for the IIoT

Strong authentication of all devices within an IIoT network is one of the fundamental requirements for securing these networks.

How Data Management Can Keep the Supply Chain on Track

Although it's still in an evolutionary state, big data is already showing tremendous potential across nearly all industries, professions and applications.

Power to the People: How Humans are Heading Back to the Factory Floor

In response to consumer demand and competitive pressures, product variation is on the rise. That variation changes the manufacturing calculus somewhat, as the required variation and corresponding complexity means that the ability to think critically and independently and adjust to changing circumstances is a priority.

Cybersecurity in the Factory

Technology for Industrial Control Systems and SCADA are now available that allow for continuous monitoring of these critical systems. A baseline is created and any deviations can be alerted and acted upon.

Beyond Conveyors: Conveying a Quality Solution

Designing the optimal material handling systems requires a deep understanding of the product, process, and challenges inherent in the manufacturing process.

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Technology

While OCT is widely utilized in other industries, its use in 3D printing is a new concept. Axsun has added OCT imaging capabilities to the printhead of industrial 3D printers to enable real-time, high-resolution scanning of each layer as it is being deposited.

Machine Learning for Asset Maintenance

Unsupervised Machine Learning is much more cost effective than Supervised Machine Learning because the algorithm does not need blueprints or understanding of the physical process to "learn" the behavior of the asset.

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