Leading OEMs Discuss How Collaborative Robots & Automation Technologies Shape Automotive Manufacturing

Future Directions For Changeover, Traceability, New Materials, Joining Techniques As Well As Data Management & Controls Architecture.

BitFlow's BitBox™ Simplifies Integration and Control of Multiple Machine Vision Devices in High I/O Applications

Machine makers in high-density I/O vision applications are challenged daily to find cost-effective, reliable ways to continuously control dozens of devices such as strobes, solenoids, and actuators, as well as to acquire data input from equipment ranging from photo detectors to triggers. Until now, the answer has been to purchase an I/O card yet this step requires additional costs, software, system complexity, and the use of a PC slot.

Bosch Rexroth launches Industry 4.0 training rigs

The Engineer:  Bosch Rexroth has launched a new range of training rigs designed to help students get up to speed with the internet of things (IoT) and Industry 4.0. The rigs will form part of the company’s Drive & Control Academy programme and are built with industry-grade components. Aimed specifically at educational and industrial institutions, the rigs are tailored towards students and teachers as well as customers and employees, designed to assist with the adoption of Industry 4.0 practices. According to Bosch Rexroth, the modular hydraulic, pneumatic and mechatronic systems simulate a complete production process, combining several elements that can be operated individually or together. The physical rigs are accompanied by corresponding exercises, eLearning, project manuals and other supporting material. “The launch of our new training rigs offering is market leading and aims to provide the younger generation with a better understanding in the future of manufacturing,” said Richard Chamberlain, product manager service at Bosch Rexroth. “We firmly believe our industry grade training rigs will equip students with the ability to stay ahead of the curve. Our course material helps guide trainees through consecutive steps that build on one another, which means motivation remains high.”   Cont'd...

The Latest Generation of Digital Factory Solution

CENIT at IMTS 2016, East Building - E-3331 / September 12-17, 2016

LASYS 2016 showcases laser innovations from all over the world over three days

Statement from Gunnar Mey, Department Director, Industrial Solutions, Messe Stuttgart, as part of the opening press conference on 31 May 2016

OMRON Introduces Sensors Enabling Stable Detection of Color Marks on Food Packages, Better Productivity in Packaging Process

Used in combination, the E3S-DC and E3NX-CA can stably detect color marks which are printed on glossy or colorful materials with subtle differences in colors and previously difficult to detect, cutting back on time necessary to start production and do maintenance work, contributing to an overall productivity increase in the packaging process.

IoT Tech Expo: Manufacturers, Developers, Engineers, IoT Technology Providers and Demos arrive in Berlin next month for Europe's leading Internet of Things event

What to expect at the IoT Tech Expo in Berlin, 13-14 June 2016:Live demo's, robotics, networking, innovative topics, discussion and more

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

Companys 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.

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Use Data to Deliver Efficiency, Reduce Risk, and Create Better Products. Disruptive technologies and market changes are transforming the manufacturing industry, requiring a new focus on optimizing use of data and information. It all adds up to a new industrial revolution called Industry 4.0. Organizations who want to realize the potential of this revolution need to "Industrialize their data," making it a core asset to deliver better products and customer service, navigate complex business environments, and transform for the future. MarkLogic customers are delivering on this vision for data with a proven architectural pattern called the Operational Data Hub that simplifies the integration of data along the digital thread to power operational and analytic use cases across the enterprise.