A New Use for High-Speed Fiber Optics: Connecting Smart Factories

Jennifer Baljko for EBN Online:  Machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT) have risen to the forefront of many strategic technology conversations. Companies are revamping product designs and component capabilities to allow for seamless, real-time communication flows between devices. Executives talk about how constant transmission and automated analysis of machine-generated information will transform the way we live, work, play, drive and shop, and change the landscape of our homes, offices, cars, malls, supermarkets, hospitals, gas stations and every other place we move through on a daily basis. As M2M and IoT shape business and operations strategies, influence product design and compel companies to re-examine how suppler and customer data is collected and used, a question begs: How will companies pool together all their internal factory and supply chain data in a way that matches the speed, consistency and reliability of what IoT promises? The factory, after all, is the heartbeat that keeps many companies operating, and a data bottleneck there comes with a costly implication. Many in the industry in have started to realize that, and it's resulting in a deeper conversation around industrial IoT, or IIoT.   Cont'd...

SAKOR TECHNOLOGIES WINS SCIP GRANT TO WORK WITH MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY ON THERMAL TRANSIENT ANEMOMETER

Improved ability to measure airflow critical to new vehicle designs

MachineWorks Teams with Stratasys to Accelerate 3D Print Environments via Polygonica Software

Further enabling 3D printing to be more accurate and reliable, MachineWorks Ltd. today announced a new partnership with Stratasys Ltd. Core to the agreement, the company's premier Polygonica software will now work seamlessly inside Stratasys GrabCAD Print.

Energy Department Announces Universities to Lead Industrial Assessment Centers Program

New funding opportunities will bring this manufacturing training program to underserved areas, expand technical assistance

INDUSTRY 4.0, ENGINEERING AND COMAU SIGN AN INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AGREEMENT

THE OBJECTIVE: TO DEVELOP HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS FOR THE PROACTIVE MAINTENANCE OF MACHINES

Seven Career Paths Opening With the Industrial IoT

Joe McKendrick for RTInsights:  From maintenance experts to solution sellers, the industrial IoT offers numerous career opportunities. If you’re looking for an IoT career, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) doesn’t sound quite as glamorous as the broader IoT, which promises smart homes, smart cars, smart cities, wearable sensors, and everything else that can be outsmarted in daily life. But for IoT careers, industry is actually where most of the action will be taking place, and when you drill down and look what’s happening, a lot of this work can be far more rewarding and impactful than building smart toasters. This encompasses a range of activities, from real-time tracking tools and parts at industrial sites to analyzing data coming in from machinery, engines and power plants. The sky’s the limit.   Cont'd...

CEL and THine introduce high performance HD video interface for industrial, machine vision, surveillance, and automotive applications

Designers can create vision systems with fewer cables and greater distances between camera head and other system elements. Combined with Slip Rings, this interface technology enables OEMs to produce 360 degree HD video Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) cameras at substantially reduced cost

Teledyne to Acquire e2v

For the machine vision market, e2v provides high performance image sensors and custom camera solutions and application specific standard products. In addition, e2v provides high performance space qualified imaging sensors and arrays for space science and astronomy.

One-Stop Repair for Food & Beverage Processing Equipment

Food and beverage processors speed repairs and reduce costs by working with single source for full gamut of machine repairs, from electronic controllers to motors.

Keys To Developing A Successful Product Prototype

Moving a product concept to the prototype stage remains an exciting step.

Tolomatic adds extreme-force capability to electric linear rod actuator offering

Tolomatic's new electric linear rod actuator is more efficient, accurate and flexible compared to hydraulic cylinders--and without the messy leaks or noisy operation of hydraulics.

FAIRBANKS SCALES RELEASES LOW-PROFILE U-SHAPED FLOOR SCALE

New Yellow Jacket scale offers highly efficient pallet weighing

U.S. Smart Manufacturing Plan To Stimulate Construction of 2,000 to 3,000 New Factories With $2 Trillion To $3 Trillion Unveiled

His plan uses Fortune 500 corporate wealth currently stranded overseas that Congressional leaders also want to repatriate with an alternative plan to pay for improving the nation's roads and bridges via a new lower corporate tax rate.

3DSignals Emerges Out of Stealth with Two International Customers

MacSteel International and Enel Green Power adopt sound-based technology to monitor and predict industrial machine failure

IIoT's new business models

Smart Industry:  Today, most companies see the value of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) as additional information— data—that can help them do the things they already do, just better and more efficiently. And there lies a lot of low hanging fruit in  But for some companies, a much greater value is coming in the form of whole new capabilities—new products, services and businesses that could not exist without IIoT technology. “This higher value of IIoT is hidden in a lot of people’s minds—they’re not able to see the potential,” said Joe Sinfield, senior partner, Innosight and tenured professor of civil engineering, Purdue University. Sinfield spoke at September’s Smart Industry 2016 conference in Chicago about how individuals and companies can learn to see and take advantage of these new opportunities. “IIoT will transform virtually all industrial companies,” Sinfield said. How will the IIoT ecosystem evolve, and where is value shifting? How can industrial companies spot and capture related opportunity? What are the strategic roles available for industrials? What shifts in strategic planning are needed to unlock the value of IIoT?    Cont'd...

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