Although some manufacturing leaders and their employees are hesitant to embrace new technology and hardware on the job site, these innovations are here to stay. Those who adapt to these new standards sooner rather than later will be ready to tackle Industry 4.0 and reap all the benefits it has to offer.
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
At the heart of IIoT is the way companies capture and share data. The ability to have data about inventory needs immediately available in the cloud and available to both plant floor managers and suppliers offers unheard-of visibility that heightens operational performance.
Japan is moving towards Neo-Industrial Manufacturing - Formation of Flexible Factory Partner Alliance
It appears Japanese factories, companies are looking beyond the IOT and or IOE; aiming to connect a variety of assets, e.g., machines, data, technologies, people, and organizations, as well as the existing industries and digital technologies, thereby bringing about the creation of new added value and the solutions to societal problems, bringing "Connected Industries" to fruition.
Manufacturers who can uniquely identify individual parts in a secure manner have an advantage over the competition, which is struggling to master this new concept. With ioTrust, manufacturers can associate their products with a secure, unique identity, that can extend through the supply chain.
Louis Columbus for Forbes: Smart factories are revolutionizing manufacturing by enabling a 7X increase in overall productivity by 2022.
For the purposes of this paper, the "edge" is defined as the network entry points or data sources that are in the field on the opposite end of the network from the centralized host. In networking terms, an edge device provides an entry point into enterprise or service provider core networks.
Now that counting scales can store information electronically, piece count weights can be measured once and stored, rather than weighed again and again each time a new count must be taken.
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.
It is evident from our research that not only are workers not afraid of losing their jobs to automation, they are more than willing to retrain to leverage the efficiencies and benefits of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics in the workplace
Every manufacturer needs to figure out what issues or "low hanging fruit" can be addressed to further streamline operations, increase throughput, minimize bottlenecks, and deliver exceptional customer service to maintain or expand their competitive advantage.
The IoT is more than a smart meter or the like. It is a complete new wave of automation that includes everything from omni-sensing to artificial intelligence, from smartphones to smart homes, and from smart industries to smart cities.
We are in the midst of a major shift that is redefining how our manufacturing processes and industry operate. The amount of data collected from connected, digital devices is growing exponentially, enabling more robust business insights.
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,"
PLCs and PACs are similar as they both perform the same essential functions. With modern technology, their differences are becoming more blurred. The most notable difference between PLCs and PACs is their programming interface. PACs are more intricate, using C or C++. PLCs on the other hand, are programmed using ladder logic. These programming differences create distinctions in the architecture and capability between the two computers.
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