Siemens and HP partner to advance 3D printing for product development and industrial production

Building on a longstanding partnership, HP Inc. and Siemens are accelerating 3D printing for industrial production through the creation of a new HP-certified Additive Manufacturing (AM) software module from Siemens.

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.

IIoT Deployments to Double: Manufacturers Reinvent Themselves with New Technologies

Dick Weisinger for Formtek: But a survey by ABI Research found that 74 percent of companies are investigating and planning to deploy IoT within the next 12 months. Over that period, IIoT deployments are expected to double.

Amazon robots bring a brave new world to the warehouse

Michael Pooler for FT.com: An industrial dance takes place every day and night on the floor of Amazons huge warehouse in Manchester.

Has IIoT Become the Norm Across All Industrial Sectors? Industry Experts Say

Larry Turner for Industry Week: Industry experts agree, it makes sense to start now and to make small steps towards the big idea of IIoT. Partnerships can help the process.

Small Town America's Newest Product: Advanced Manufacturing

Harold L. (Hal) Sirkin for Forbes: People with skills and talent typically gravitate to "superstar cities," such as New York and Los Angeles, or to "knowledge and tech hubs" like Boston, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C., not to small towns in the South.

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

Voodoo Automates 3D Printing to Take on Injection Molding

Michael Molitch-Hou for Engineering.com: With Project Skywalker, Voodoo Manufacturing was able to automate an important part of its manufacturing process.

Toward additive manufacturing

Phys.org: Although additive manufacturing has been around since the 1980s, the technology has advanced rapidly over the past few years.

How GE Appliances Built an Innovation Lab to Rapidly Prototype Products

Harvard Business Review: Midway through 2014, GE Appliances launched FirstBuild - a GE-equipped innovation lab and micro-factory - to augment the strengths of a long-established company with those of an entrepreneurial startup. Separation is the key.

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.

3D Printing Will Make the Construction Industry More Sustainable

David Silverberg for Motherboard: Look at the past three years: In March 2017, Dubai construction firm Cazza said it plans to build the world's first 3D-printed skyscraper by 2020

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