To Spur U.S. Manufacturing Growth, Policymakers Need to Bolster "Smart" Manufacturing, Says Leading Tech-Policy Think Tank

President-elect Donald Trump has made bolstering U.S. manufacturing an important policy priority, and according to the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), one of the most important ways for the country to regain global manufacturing market share and jobs is to focus on "smart" manufacturing. ITIF, the leading U.S. science and tech policy think tank, released a new report explaining how smart manufacturing-the application of information and communications technologies to every facet of modern manufacturing processes-could reduce the advantages low-wage nations have in the manufacturing industry in favor of higher-cost nations such as the United States, but only if policymakers act.

Saki Incorporates its 3D AOI and SPI Systems into Fuji America's Smart Factory Line

Systems improve quality and reliability of PCBs

Patti Engineering Named Approved Siemens Solution Partner for Industrial Strength Networks and Industrial Identification Modules

Expert in RFID technology, Patti Engineering becomes one of only two U.S. Solution Partners for new Siemens Technology Modules: Industrial Strength Networks and Industrial Identification

Sercos Slave Prototyping with EasySlave Kit for Arduino

Sercos International, provider of the Sercos® automation bus, presented Sercos slave prototyping with EasySlave kit for Arduino.

Unified Electronic Security Solution Improves Automotive Part Company's Production, Efficiency and Safety

Rapid return on investment for cutting edge video surveillance and analytical technology

Closing tech gaps can fortify advanced manufacturing, save $100 billion

FRAN WEBBER FOR NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY (NIST):  To spur significant innovation and growth in advanced manufacturing, as well as save over $100 billion annually, U.S. industry must rectify currently unmet needs for measurement science and "proof-of-concept" demonstrations of emerging technologies. This is the overall conclusion reached by economic studies funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of four advanced manufacturing areas used to create everything from automobile composites to zero-noise headsets. "Gaps in the technology infrastructure--including the lack of reliable measurement and test methods, scientifically based standards, and other formal knowledge and tools--limit advanced manufacturing's further development and adoption," said NIST economist Gary Anderson, coordinator of the economic studies prepared by RTI International (link is external), an independent nonprofit research institute.  Cont'd...

SCYTEC IS MORE IN SYNC WITH MTCONNECT THAN EVER

An MTConnect Data Viewer is one of DataXchanges many new features

Quick Precise Motion for the Packaging Industry Created by Nook Belt Driven Actuators

The wide variety of shapes and thinner bottles created a need for packaging machines to not only be accepting of the different sizes, but also perceptive enough not to damage the new thinner bottles.

Fastest and most compact PROFINET encoder in the world

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MFG.com to Release Buyer Reputation Scorecard for All Buyers in January 2017

New Tool, Part of Marketplace Transparency Initiative, Will Help Suppliers Quote More Effectively

Konrad Technologies Accelerates its Global Expansion, Growing its Presence in the Thriving North American Market.

Company adds international sales and systems engineering personnel to increase global footprint Rung-Kai Tsay to join Konrad Technologies as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Americas

Opto 22 announces relationship with Dell to develop and deploy Internet of Things (IoT) applications

Automation manufacturer Opto 22 and Dell join forces to bridge the gap between existing industrial assets and infrastructure, and the digital world of mobile, cloud, and information technology.

Industrial Supply, multi-industry powerhouse: only at HANNOVER MESSE

For exhibitors, the one true measure of a trade shows effectiveness is the number of quality leads it generates.

The Audi smart factory of the future

Jason Siu AutoGuide.com:  Audi is developing a “Smart Factory” where robots will work together with humans to build cars. The German automaker first talked about its Smart Factory last year, envisioning a plant with human-robot collaboration, 3D printed parts, drone material transport and piloted cars that drive themselves off the production lines. A new video has been released that gives us a glimpse into that factory, proving that it’s not as far-fetched as you might think. In fact, Audi appears to be making great progress with drones transporting steering wheels, although it may not seem very effective in the video.   Cont'd...

Inaccuracies with Motors and Drivers: Who is the Culprit?

Is Your Step Motor and Driver Contributing to the Inaccuracy of Your System?

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