Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing

Modern systems are paving the way to allow our customers to make products people want in the way they want them, instead of making products and spending our time trying to make people want them.

Lean Manufacturing: Eliminate the 7 Wastes With Self-driving Vehicles

The 7 Wastes are tasks or processes that provide little to no added value to the product or to the user experience.

Webalo Launches No-Code App Generation Platform for IIoT

Chris J. Preimesberger for eWeek: Webalo 4.0 gives enterprise users the ability to quickly and automatically generate dynamic desktop and mobile persona-based apps using wizards and drop-down menus.

Why Direct Drive?

To understand these benefits, we start with the basic concept of direct drive whereby the force of a motor is directly applied to a mechanism without any intermediate drive train such as a gearbox or toothed belt etc. The core working principles of direct drive motor technology is in essence based on the right hand rule of electromagnetism, whereby a current moving through a wound coil creates a magnetic field.

Field Logic Controllers (FLCs) expand control options for industrial environments

FLCs can be used in standalone applications or as a way to expand I/O without adding more I/O points to a PLC.

Technological Trends and Practical Examples of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Demands for greater variety, lower cost, improved quality, and smaller batch sizes can turn a prosperous production into a fading one. Fully automated production cells can resolve the issue.

Veo Robotics raises $12 million to help machines and humans collaborate more efficiently

BÉRÉNICE MAGISTRETTI for VentureBeat: Sobalvarro and his team are trying to reduce the manual labor humans shoulder in industrial work settings, leaving the heavy lifting to the robots.

Apple and GE just put iOS inside Industry 4.0

Jonny Evans for ComputerWorld: Apple and GE's new agreement opens the door for further iOS deployment across industry infrastructure and puts Apple at the core of digital transformation.

Measures to Cope With Reversed Energy

A proper choice of an industrial power supply can already solve problems and error messages caused by reversed energy.

Red Lion Case Study: Blizzard Ski

In addition to production metrics, manufacturing equipment statuses are also displayed. Operators or maintenance workers can quickly see and react if a machine is operational, being resupplied or out of service based on the icons and colors associate to the equipment on the display.

Why Risk Assessment is Important in Machine Safety

Competent consultants can greatly enhance the risk assessment process, but the final responsibility for personnel safety is still that of the employer. Employees should also be trained to recognize hazards and act appropriately.

Talking FABTECH 2017 with Turck

We'll be showcasing a smaller 4 mm nut sensor, an aramid fiber high temperature and flame resistant cordset, and the recently released TBIP CIP Safety Hybrid Block I/O Module.

DowDuPont's Andrew Liveris: How America Can Bring Back Manufacturing

From Knowledge@Wharton: Manufacturing accounts for about 13% of the U.S. economy. Should we even focus on trying to "bring it back," now that information and services - the "knowledge economy" - seems a more promising path?

Capgemini: Smart factories could add $1.5trn to global economy

Jonathan Dyble for Manufacturing Global: In its latest report, multinational consultancy firm Capgemini predicts that smart factories are set to become revolutionary within the manufacturing industry.

Time-Sensitive Networking: Reliable Communication for Industrial IoT

What happens when a command from the controller arrives at the robot arm a tenth of a second late? Or what happens if sensor data never actually reaches the controller?

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