From Blockchain to Digital Twinning: Technologies That Can Revolutionize Business Models in Manufacturing

In its recent 'Exponential technologies in manufacturing' study, Deloitte observes that organisations from every industry now face mounting pressure to transform and make the shift from product-centric business models to capture other sources of value

Using Open Software in Manufacturing

We see a shift from big, monolithic software by large vendors to modular, highly specific components by smaller ones. This allows manufacturing companies to become more agile in the tools they use, ultimately allowing them to more easily find the best tool for the job.

The Power of Lean Manufacturing

As a systematic way to increase efficiency and better please customers, lean principles run counter to traditional mass-production practices. Yet, they allow small and medium businesses to consistently increase quality while decreasing costs.

Case Study: Programmable Model 25SP Saves the Day!

EPC's Accu-CoderPro™ programmable encoders are specifically designed for the challenges of an industrial environment. Contained within the rugged, industrial housing is an advanced set of electronics that allow the encoders to be programmed to your exact application needs.

Syncfab Presents Blockchain Solution With Sap, Boeing Panel at IOT Tech Expo 2018

Distributed ledgers allow authentication with just one single, unique entry for every part, user, or supplier, thereby increasing accuracy and cost savings when it comes to inventory management.

University of Tampere and VTT to lead robotisation of SMEs with a total funding of EUR 32 million

Within the next few years, robotics to enable agile production will be developed in Tampere, Finland in two projects under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme with a combined budget of EUR 32 million. The projects are coordinated by the University of Tampere and VTT, respectivel

Automate 2019, the Launch Pad Startup Competition and the Future of Automation

What's really encouraging is the expanded use by small and medium sized companies who are just beginning to automate as a result of their interest in using automation to become stronger global competitors.

Four Key Technology Trends - How Engineering Software Companies Can Capitalize on Them

The exact impact of IoT, AR/VR, mobile, and generative design will vary from company to company, but make no mistake: These trends are already starting to shape the landscape around them.

OMRON Showcases The Harmony Between Humans And Machines With The Largest, Most Advanced Interactive Exhibit Of AI, Robotics & Automation At CES 2019

Global technology leader returns with AI-equipped table tennis tutor and a glimpse at the factory floor of the near-future, in which humans and machines work collaboratively

AXISCADES and Altizon partner to deliver offerings for the 'Factory of the Future'

Partnership to focus on the Industry 4.0 needs of Aerospace, Automotive and Heavy Engineering space.

IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Manufacturing 2019 Predictions

Key themes woven into our worldwide manufacturing top 10 predictions for 2019 include the focus on digital transformation (DX), manufacturing business ecosystems, supply chain management, product and service innovation, and smart manufacturing.

Top Article for 2018 - Machine Automation Explained

Motion control systems are ideal for use in applications that require product positioning, rapid start and stop motions and synchronization of unconnected elements. PLCs have the capability to offer the required signals for commanding stepper systems and servos...

Top Article for 2018 - Protecting Utilities

Minimising cyber security threats on industrial control systems. Without a strong commitment to security, manufacturers will fall victim to the many pitfalls faced by open protocols.

Interview with FactoryFour Co-Founder & CEO Param Shah

In the next 10 years, 4.6MM manufacturing jobs will become open and only 2.2MM are likely to be filled. As this skills gap widens for manufacturing firms, it's going to be critical to run their organizations as efficiently as possible.

Edge Computing as it Relates to the Manufacturing Industry

Edge computing uses dedicated, on-premise resources at the shop-floor level, rather than the remote servers that cloud computing relies on. This provides a significant increase in the rate and amount of data that manufacturers can process in real-time.

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