What is SMAC stack?

As many manufacturers don't have large IT departments, employing each of SMAC's four components is a good way to propel production toward growth and increased efficiency. The four components are: Social, Mobility, Analytics, and Cloud.

A Finnish industrial innovation brings local manufacturing back

The ANT Plant, a Finnish industrial innovation involving a micro-factory, is about to make a breakthrough into the US market. The concept challenges the existing practice of mass production in countries with low production costs. In the USA, the current policy of allowing tax reliefs to domestic production promises good prospects for this innovation.

Mettler-Toledo Safeline X-ray's X36 Series Tailors Flexibility at New Levels

Advanced and versatile x-ray systems deliver outstanding detection sensitivity for food and pharmaceutical packaged applications.

5 ways to advance robotics in manufacturing

Stephanie Condon for ZDNet: The maturity of automated technology used in manufacturing is all over the map, says Carnegie Mellon Prof. Howie Choset, but there are concrete ways to fix that.

Introducing Myriad X: Unleashing AI at the Edge

Remi El-Ouazzane for Intel: The First Vision Processing Unit with a Dedicated Neural Compute Engine will Give Devices the Ability to See, Understand and Interact with the World Around Them in Real Time

Mitsubishi Electric Automation and Bimba Manufacturing Announce Collaboration to Provide Single-Source Turnkey Electric Motion Solutions

This arrangement brings together Mitsubishi Electric's servo motors and control products with Bimba's electric mechanical actuators. The relationship will allow both companies to benefit from each other's strong presence in the industrial marketplace, providing greater value to customers by offering a turnkey electric motion solution from a single source.

Oracle and Mitsubishi Electric Collaborate to Develop Internet of Things Platform for Smart Manufacturing

Using Oracle Cloud, New FA-IT Open Platform Enables Rapid Collection, Analysis, and Utilization of Production Site Data

Aventics to Participate in Pack Expo 2017

Aventics Corporation will be in booth S-5903 in the South Lower Hall at PACK EXPO in Las Vegas

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.

Balluff Magnetic Field C and T Slot Sensors with Multiple Switchpoints

Eight programmable switch points with IO-Link from Balluff

ANCA Creates New Robot Loader

"To give the market a taste of what we have coming up in the future we are excited to preview our robotic tool loader which was fully designed and built in house by our engineering team. We recognize that as the market moves towards greater automation, providing a low-cost solution for tool loading was something our customers would welcome.

Banner Engineering Breaks Ground on New R&D Building

The new R&D building will allow Banner Engineering to create more than 225 new high-tech jobs, and accelerate new product development for smart sensor technologies in factories around the world.

Why Startups Are the Future for the Industrial Internet

Predictive maintenance is revolutionizing the industry and transforming the entire operation. This technology predicts problems in a factory before they even happen, changing the paradigm and preventing disasters.

What is IO-Link

IO-Link (IEC61131-9) is an open standard serial communication protocol that allows for the bi-directional exchange of data from sensors and devices that support IO-Link and are connected to a master.

HEIDENHAIN CONTROLS ARE THE HUB OF NETWORKED PRODUCTION

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