Foxconn Replaces 60,000 Labourers With Robots in China

Subhrojit Mallick  for GIZMODO India:   Apple and Samsung phone manufacturer, Foxconn has already taken a step towards the dystopian future. The South China Morning Post reported the manufacturing giant has replaced 60,000 laborers with robots. The total strength of Foxconn factory workers reduced from 110,000 to 50,000, marking a huge shift towards automation of routine jobs.  The Foxconn technology group confirmed to the BBC that they are automating many of the manufacturing tasks associated with their operations by introducing robots. However, they maintained the move will not affect long-term job losses.    Cont'd...

Lapp's New Flexible Cable For Drives, Motors and Assemblies

The Lapp Group is now offering its new -LFLEX® VFD 2XL symmetrical motor and drive cable for high horsepower applications-including pumps, compressors, conveyors, elevators, extruders and more. Rated for voltages as high as 2,000 V, this large gauge cable offers three symmetrical grounds and features a helical copper tape shield.

Symmetric Multiprocessing or Virtualization: Maximizing the Value and Power of a Soft-Control Architecture

For a truly simplified and streamlined architecture that is high-performing, scalable, efficient. and built for long-term value, an SMP-enabled Soft-Control Architecture is recommended.

Allied Motion Releases New Responsive Website

Company's Product Support Documents Are Now Mobile-Friendly

Icon Labs Announces New Floodgate Defender™, the First Complete Low-cost Compact Industrial Firewall

Floodgate Defender Mark III provides protection from cyber-attacks for legacy industrial, medical, military, and critical infrastructure equipment

Global Manufacturers Investing Heavily To Take The Manufacturing Floor High-Tech: KPMG Survey

Many devoting significant R&D budget towards robotics; A quarter say they have already invested in AI and cognitive computing technologies

The Biggest Challenges of Data-Driven Manufacturing

Willy C. Shih and Helmuth Ludwig for Harvard Business Review:  The widespread deployment of low-cost sensors and their connection to the internet has generated a great deal of excitement (and hype) about the future of manufacturing. The internet of things (IoT) and industrial internet in the United States, Industrie 4.0 in Germany, and 物"网 (wù lián wăng) in China are all centered on the application of big data and analytics to creating the next generation of manufacturing: using data to reduce costs through next generation sales and operations planning, dramatically improved productivity, supply chain and distribution optimization, and new types of after-sales services. In fact, IoT is at the peak of Gartner’s 2015 hype cycle, which suggests the next phase will be disillusionment, and it will be years before we see real productivity gains. We believe data-driven manufacturing is indeed the next wave that will drive efficient and responsive production systems. But to get beyond the hype, managers need to understand some underlying challenges and paradigm shifts. While there are a multitude of challenges on the road to successful implementation, we think there are four especially important ones.   Cont'd...

New Online Configurator from Festo Slashes OEM Engineering Costs and Speeds Delivery for Cartesian Robots

Armed with basic application information, an engineer can specify a single axis, 2D, or 3D Cartesian robot in minutes and have a CAD drawing at the end of the process. By 2017 assembled modules will arrive at the OEM within three weeks, about half the current delivery time.

Turck's New ARGEE Technology Turns I/O Devices into Field Logic Controllers (FLCs) for Flexible, Cost-effective Control

The ARGEE environment is accessible via an HTML5-compatible web browser, which eliminates the need for complex third-party software or licensing that is common with PLCs.

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Why ECM is so Crucial Within the Manufacturing Sector

An Enterprise Content Management (ECM) system has the ability to reduce "scrap and rework," improve quality, help ensure regulatory compliance, track employee or customer certifications, and increase worker safety.

How Custom Warehouse Labels Increase Efficiency

With the right warehouse labeling strategy, a facility manager can greatly improve operations and increase efficiencies at every level.

Axiomtek's Fanless Embedded System, Specifically Designed for IIoT Solutions - the eBOX560-300-FL

This embedded box PC is powered by the Intel® Mobile Pentium® N3710 quad core processor. The system is designed for reliable use in industrial environments with an IP40-rated enclosure and wide operating temperature range of -20°C to +55°C (-4°F to +131°F), making it an ideal Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solution for smart factory automation as well as applications such as material management, digital signage/communications, video surveillance, kiosks and more.

Novotechnik - New Touchless In-Cylinder Sensors With 5 Output Versions

TH1 sensors have a rod that is easily mounted in-cylinder through one end and attached to the cylinder with either a threaded flange on the rod or a plug-in flange. Screw-plug hole is sized at 3/4 inch/M18 diameter and plug-in flange is 46 mm. A magnetic pick-up position marker is mounted on the application's piston rod.

Kallman Worldwide to Help American Industry Capitalize on Growing Manufacturing Environment in Mexico During Famex 2017

14th largest net aviation exporter in the world, Mexico grew 18% last year and aims for top 10 by 2020

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