Japan Embracing Industry 4.0 And IoT To Leap Into Next Industrial Automation

The challenge ahead is that not only manufacturing technologies will change drastically but the whole business environment, in which Japan may have to strive to overcome other than IoT super next generation automation.

Standalone Li-Ion UPS from Bedrock Automation Sets New Performance and Cyber Security Standard for Industrial Control System Backup

Bedrock Automation announces availability of a cyber secure, standalone Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) for PLC, DCS, PAC and SCADA RTU applications

Telit IoT Factory Solutions Enable Quick Path to Industrie 4.0 Era

Scalable Platform Supports IIoT Deployment within Factory and to the Cloud

Blending Robotics and Employees: A Manufacturing Success Story

Fall-Protection Leader SixAxis Thrives with Innovative Practices

Rethink Robotics Announces Major Distribution Partnerships in Germany

World-Class Automation Providers Freise Automation and HAHN Robotics to Deliver Sawyer Robot to German Manufacturers

Smart Factories Need Smart Machines

Industry 4.0 Smart Factories and Smart Machines continue to drive dramatic efficiency improvements across the supply chain, within the factory and inside machines.

ManufacturingTomorrow.com launches its Online Trade Magazine

Following a soft launch in January, www.ManufacturingTomorrow.com has officially launched its Online Trade Magazine.

Boy, do Fanuc and Cisco have a deal for your factory

Fanuc and Cisco Systems are set to commercialize a technology this summer that promises glitch- and disruption-free factory operations. The Internet of Things-based system monitors machinery and spots signs of possible abnormalities so that parts can be replaced more smoothly and without affecting operations.          A one-minute suspension at a car factory generally costs around 2 million yen ($16,900). If, for example, a gear breaks and operations are halted for 60 minutes to replace it, the costs would be 120 million yen. Frequent line stoppages could also affect product quality.      The Fanuc-Cisco system uses sensors attached to each robot carrying or welding parts to monitor temperatures, vibration and other conditions. Data streams are sent via the Internet. A computer analyzes the data and decides which parts will likely need fixing and when. The system also places orders for replacements. The accuracy of the system's prediction and analysis functions will increase as data accumulates, representatives from the companies said.   Cont'd...

CHGT Finds Niche Helping Large Manufacturers Streamline Their Production Processes

"Were discussing ways CHGTs capabilities and expertise can help them greatly improve their current inefficient production methods,"

2016 U.S. Manufacturing Trends from Michigan Manufacturing International (MMI)

With 25 years of experience in manufacturing and international trade, MMI is ideally suited to partner with U.S. manufacturers to help them take full advantage of the winds of change while avoiding the resulting storm.

MIT Professional Education's Online Course to Bring Latest Research on Internet of Things to Professionals

Led by MITs original architects of the Internet of Things (IoT), the new course addresses architectures, technologies and applications of IoT

KUKA Lightweight Robot Could Interact with Humans to Enhance Production Processes

In the age of Industry 4.0, "smart factories" are developing at an unprecedented rate. Nowadays, automated, networked and variable production lines are in high demand as companies aim to respond quickly and flexibly to ever shorter product life cycles.

mPrest Raises $20M to Expand Industrial and Commercial IoT Solutions

GE Ventures and OurCrowd lead Series A investment in Iron Dome software provider

Thoughts turn to revolution in Davos

By Matthew Allen for SWI:  Intelligent robots and drones, 3D printers, self-driving vehicles, data mountains, smart production lines, fintech and blockchain – the fourth industrial revolution is here. The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual Davos meeting will ponder the potential, limitations and societal impacts of “Industry 4.0”. Will the transformation of the workplace create jobs or unemployment? Will it close the gap between industrialised and developing economies, rich and poor - or widen it? For Swiss firms, can the new technological revolution ease the pressures of the strong franc? Speaking ahead of the annual meeting in Davos, WEF founder Klaus Schwab called on world leaders to revise policies to accommodate the coming changes. “We are not yet sufficiently prepared for this fourth industrial revolution that will come over us like a tsunami and will change whole systems,” he said. “My fear is that if we are not prepared we will create a world where particularly the middle class is frozen out. That would lead to a new problem of social exclusion that we absolutely have to avoid.”  Cont'd...

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