PLC vs. PAC

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.

Inventory Technology Reinvented with Best-of-Breed Pick to Light Inventory Control

Businesses, whether in order fulfillment or manufacturing, see the need to resolve certain pain points; the trigger is usually when a company sees the costs of delivery rising, increased labor costs, and a need to control inventory.

CyberX Launches Breach & Attack Vector Prediction for Industrial Networks -- First Solution to Predict Most Likely Paths of Targeted ICS Attacks

Innovative Analytics Enable OT Security Teams to Proactively Mitigate Risk For Their Most Critical OT Assets

iBASEt and Cogiscan Partner to Create Automated Electronics Assembly Solution for Complex Manufacturing

"The vision for Industry 4.0 requires open software solutions that can be easily combined to help manufacturers achieve the goals of a connected real-time manufacturing enterprise,"

NDSU Students Develop 3D Printing Self-Replicating Robot

A team of students at the North Dakota State University have completed a key step in the development of a robot that is able to make a replica of itself.

Panduit and Uptake to Deliver Actionable Data Analytics for Manufacturing

Companies will combine infrastructure technology and data-driven business models to improve performance

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.

Datakit announces the version 2017.3 of its CAD conversion tools

The latest update of Datakit's CAD data exchange software range is now available! This new version of CrossManager, CrossCad/Plg and CrossCad/Ware adds the support of new versions of 3D formats. Datakit's applications support now the conversion of Inventor 2018 and Parasolid 30 files and are now able to write JT 9.5 files (ISO 14306 standard)...

Not Your Father's Flat Cable

Over the decades flat cable has been a favorite in high end computing, military and aerospace, robotics and motion control devices. Its advantages include superior flexibility, electronic noise abatement, and packaging efficiency. Its limiting factor over this time has been the need for unique termination techniques-prepping for connectors has largely required hand work.

3D Design Tool: SCHUNK eGrip

The new design tool allows users to design and create gripper fingers that are customized to their part.

SME and Stratasys Announce Winners of the 2017 SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing Competition

Stratasys Direct Manufacturing Selected by Airbus to 3D Print Polymer Serial Flying A350 XWB Parts

Stratasys Direct Manufacturing's 3D printing capacity and infrastructure allow printing and shipping parts on demand to Airbus, bringing the expected reactivity, tighter turnaround times and lower inventory costs.

Proto Labs Launches On-Demand Manufacturing for Molded Production Parts, Opens Metrology Lab for Digital Inspections

Digital manufacturing company Proto Labs (NYSE: PRLB) has always been known for its rapid injection molding prototyping services. Now, the company has added a suite of capabilities designed specifically to address the on-demand manufacturing needs of the low-volume, high-mix product segment.

SparkFun and myDevices Partner to Accelerate IoT Project Development for Makers & Engineers

The SparkFun ESP8266 Thing Dev Board is officially supported inside myDevices' Cayenne IoT project builder

Company moves bucket manufacturing to UK

Materials handling expert Gough Engineering has invested in high quality, high pressure injection moulds to manufacture components for its Swinglink range of bucket conveyors in the UK. The decision allows the Staffordshire based company to improve moulds using the latest technology, protect future supplies and secure UK manufacturing costs given the varying exchange rates after recent political events.

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