Examining 'Industry 4.0′ opportunities in Japan

MINORU MATSUTANI for Japan Times:   “Industry 4.0,” or the fourth industrial revolution, can offer both opportunities and risks for the Japanese economy. It is a term to describe the future state of the economy, particularly manufacturing, based on the connectivity of everything, or the “Internet of Things” (IoT). This connectivity includes not only PCs and mobile phones, but also cars, manufacturing equipment and other devices. Although Japan is said to lag behind other developed nations, a recent gathering discussed whether the country could thrive in this new economy. A consultant, an IT service company president, an employee of the same company and a university professor, all of whom are Japanese, delivered presentations and discussed related issues at a symposium organized by the Keizai Koho Center, titled “The Future of Industry (Industry 4.0) and Japan’s Economic Growth,” in Tokyo on March 18.   Full Article:

The Association for Advancing Automation Sets Membership Record

RIA, AIA and MCMA at Highest Levels Ever

Transformer energy performance standards driving innovation from entire supply chain

Transformer energy performance standards being introduced all around the world are spurring transformer manufacturers, as well as their electrical steel, cable and coil winding equipment suppliers, to rethink materials, designs and manufacturing methods in a bid to balance performance with cost.

ArcelorMittal speeds time to market with advanced analytics

Drawing from experience in the HEV/EV industry, electrical steel supplier ArcelorMittal is now helping all customers to minimize electrical machine development time and costs with ever-precise material behavior data and co-engineering support.

Formerly the World's Most Wanted Hacker, Kevin Mitnick, Joins Keynote Lineup for East Coast's Largest Advanced Manufacturing Event

Through "Live Technology Magic Show," Mitnick to Demonstrate the Importance of Cyber Security Across Connected Manufacturing, June 16 in New York City

SAKOR TECHNOLOGIES SELECTED TO BUILD TEST SYSTEM FOR DREAM CHASER ATMOSPHERIC FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEM

Test system acts as spacecraft emulator to test overall system performance

SME Survey Results Show Parental Misconceptions of Manufacturing Careers

The results show that parents do not necessarily have the most up-to-date information or perspective on manufacturing and the opportunities available.

HANNOVER MESSE - Industrial Automation Leaders AXOOM and Nebbiolo Select C-Labs for IoT

C-Labs delivers security, ease of deployment and human machine interface out of the box

Shared Services Professionals gather in Chicago to discuss Robotic Process Automation in Shared Services

This 2-day Summit will focus on the role of RPA in improving the Shared Services delivery standardization and efficiency.

FARO Introduces the Factory Robo-Imager, the first Factory Automation Solution and Second Product in FARO's new Early Adopter (EA) Program

This product line pairs our newest sensor, the FARO Factory Array Imager, with a human-collaborative robot in two configurations: either a fixed installation or turnkey mobile station.

Industry 4.0 applied by Lantek

Lantek today is one of the drivers of Industry 4.0. Lantek interprets Industry 4.0 and applies it to companies that produce sheet metal parts, metal tubes and profiles, developing multiple functionality. Its technology is today in place in customers all over the world.

HANNOVER MESSE - Panasonic and Siemens to Cooperate for Next-Generation Electronic Equipment Assembly Plants

Signing of Memorandum of Understanding at the Hannover Messe Agreement on potential for the joint development of automation standards for the electronics industry Partners intend to cooperate in line integration and automation concepts

HANNOVER MESSE - FogHorn™ to Showcase "Edge Intelligence" Industrial IoT Solutions at HANNOVER MESSE 2016

Industrial IoT startup will feature its "End-to-End" industrial IoT solution from the edge (Fog computing) to the cloud (Microsoft Azure).

Obama and Merkel open HANNOVER MESSE

"We want to build on the spirit of innovation in the USA," said POTUS Barack Obama in his opening speech. This spirit has been driven by Germany and HANNOVER MESSE, especially over the past 70 years. Obama added that the USA has now created new production facilities, subsidy schemes and jobs in recent years to help reach this goal. In what is likely his last visit to Germany as President, Obama spoke in particular about the TTIP free trade agreement. He believes that there are too many obstacles restricting trade between the EU and the USA. Different regulations and standards lead to higher costs. Therefore, one of TTIP's aims is to establish harmonized high standards. Obama also promoted the USA as a production location for European companies. Angela Merkel gladly took the opportunity to respond:  "We love competition. But we also like to win,"  replied the German Chancellor. A challenge with a smile. In her speech, Merkel emphasized that cooperation is essential for the future of industrial production - in a transatlantic partnership. "We in the EU want to lead the way, together with the USA," said the Chancellor, referring above all to the development of global communication and IT standards for integrated industry. However, the opening ceremony at HANNOVER MESSE 2016 was more than a meeting of Heads of State. Amidst musical numbers and dance performances by humans and machines, German Minister for Education and Research, Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, presented the coveted HERMES AWARD for industrial innovation. This year's winner is the Harting Group with its intelligent communication module, MICA.   Cont'd...

GE Power Opens First Advanced Manufacturing Facility, a $400 Million Digital Industrial Investment for South Carolina

New Facility Will Deploy Best-in-Class Technologies to Accelerate Improvements in Every Aspect of the Manufacturing Process Including Design, Engineering, Product Development, Production, Supply Chain, Distribution and Service and Will Unlock New Productivity and Growth across GE's Power Portfolio GE Has Invested $73 Million to Date and Will Invest an Additional $327 Million across the GE Power Greenville, S.C., Campus to Boost Innovation and Accelerate the Commercialization of Development of Best-in-Class Technologies for Customers across the Globe Eighty Engineering and Manufacturing Jobs Created with the Facility's Opening, Expected to Have a Multiplier Effect across the Supply Chain

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