TRUMPF's 'smart factory' is a factory and showroom in one

David Malone for Building Design & Construction: The smart factory is fitted with digitally networked machines that present the entire sheet metal process chain as an interlinked, holistic process.

Huawei advances its Smart Factory push with 5G-based Robot as a Service

Guy Daniels for TelecomTV: Their joint aim is to promote the digital transformation of the manufacturing industry with 5G slicing technology, as well as further Huaweis ongoing commitment to what it calls the Smart Factory.

Special Tradeshow Coverage for PACK EXPO Las Vegas

PACK EXPO was held from September 25th - 27th in Las Vegas. This ManufacturingTomorrow.com Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years event.

Foxconn's Wisconsin plan raises skepticism as well as hope

Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: The magnitude of Foxconn Technology Groups proposal for a $10 billion electronics factory in southeast Wisconsin is matched by the gravity of the questions it has raised

Smart Factories Will Deliver $500B In Value By 2022

Louis Columbus for Forbes: Smart factories are revolutionizing manufacturing by enabling a 7X increase in overall productivity by 2022.

Japanese companies form alliance to accelerate smart factories

Freddie Roberts for Internet of Business: A group of companies in Japan have formed the Flexible Factory Partner Alliance (FFPA) in order to encourage the use of IoT in factories.

Cermaq near to completing "smart" factory for salmon

Madelyn Kearns for Seafood Source: "A modern salmon facility takes in the fish, evaluates quality, weight, grading, and during all processes automatically determines which department the fish should go to,"

Google Glass 2.0 Is a Startling Second Act

Steven Levy for Wired: Google Glass 2.0 is here, and it's found a home in an unexpected place: Factories.

Achieving Lights-Out Manufacturing with Industrial Robots

Kagan Pittman for Engineering.com: The robot combo has been tasked with automating a black oxide process, which involves dipping parts in various chemical baths in a precise sequence.

If Foxconn builds a manufacturing plant in Wisconsin, it won't be what many expect

John Schmid , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Does Wisconsin have the deep reserves of digital-age systems engineers who are coveted in the new manufacturing economy

Pragmatism Pervades Smart Factory Floor

Gary Hilson for EBN Online: The smart factory is becoming a reality, but the transition to Industry 4.0 is a pragmatic one.

The factory of the future is here, and it's digitized

Scott Kirsner for Boston Globe: The revolution is about three things: more advanced software for designing things; devices like 3-D printers that can quickly crank out a prototype; and robots and other technologies that will make the factory floor more efficient and flexible.

Formlabs Brings SLS 3D Printing to the Desktop, Mass SLA to Industry

Michael Molitch-Hou for Engineering.com: At Formlabs Digital Factory event in Boston, Mass., the firm unveiled the Form Cell, a system for batch production using Form 2 SLA 3D printers, and the Fuse 1, its desktop selective laser sintering (SLS) machine.

Smart Factories to add $500 billion to the global economy in next 5 years

Often described as a building block of the 'Digital Industrial Revolution, a smart factory makes use of digital technologies including the Internet-of-Things, Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Robotics to increase productivity, quality and flexibility.

Fanuc Leads The Way For Smart Factory Software For Now, Kuka And ABB To Follow Closely

Kenkyo Investing via Seeking Alpha: For the purpose of getting the conversation flowing, I'll focus on what the big 4 players are doing in the race for smart factory software development.

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