Analysis: Four smart factory trends to watch in 2018

Jessica Twentyman for Internet of Business: Internet of Business presents four key technology trends that will help the smart factory deliver on its efficiency and responsiveness goals in 2018.

The Connected Factory

More than a technological revolution, the connected factory is a total reorganization of the approach to production, using existing tools and placing a greater reliance on networks.

How Industry 4.0 will be impacted by technology

Diogo Costa for KnowTechie: There are several aspects that characterize Industry 4.0, including (but not limited to): automated robots, additive manufacture, simulation, horizontal and vertical system integration, industrial IoT...

6 Ways Industry 4.0 Is Changing Machine Tools

One of the main tenets of Industry 4.0 is data collection. Machine tools will have sensors that will collect many different kinds of data, including data on how much the machine has operated, the conditions it has operated in and the condition of the components of the tool.

Huawei Wireless X Labs Sets up Connected Factory SIG to Explore 5G Applications in Smart Manufacturing

The Wireless Connected Factory SIG has brought together partners in the field of smart manufacturing to conduct further research and promote extensive applications of 5G communication technologies in Industry 4.0.

Industry 4.0 Is Heading to the Warehouse. Are You Ready?

Industry 4.0 will revolutionize and protect your warehouse and therefore your entire business. It will allow you to understand what is happening in real-time and know that any necessary changes will take place in real-time

Making it in America: Revitalizing US Manufacturing.

At the cutting edge of this trend are new types of human-machine interactions, such as virtual reality, next-generation design tools, 3-D printing, and collaborative robots. As these complementary technologies begin to link multiple factories with designers, supply-chain partners, distributors, and customers, the sector can form more dynamic digital networks and turn around the trend of slowing productivity growth.

SCADAfence Secures $10 Million in Funding to Protect Smart Manufacturing and Critical Infrastructure Networks from Cyber Attacks

Investors include JVP, NexStar Partners and Japan's Global Brain; funds will be used to boost go-to-market efforts and expand research and development operations

Test Drive Watson IoT in Factory Simulation

John Hitch for Industry Week: IBM's Watson IoT sees all and might even know it all. In a new simulation, you can feel what it likes to have it working for you.

Britain must embrace 'Industry 4.0' as robots can create thousands of jobs, says report

Purvai Dua for London Loves Business: Britain's manufacturing sector could add £455bn over the next decade and create thousands of jobs if it unlocks the fourth industrial revolution

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.

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.

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?

Why STEM needs fresh ideas to bring about the fourth Industrial Revolution

Alan Tovey for The Telegraph: The 'fourth Industrial Revolution' is upon us and there is an urgent need for STEM experts and their fresh ideas, says the Telegraph's industry editor

Europe looks at 3D printing to pursue its industrial renaissance

Jorge Valero for EURACTIV.com: The European Commission backs additive manufacturing as one of the pillars to strengthen its industrial sector and step up efforts to maintain the EU's global advantage.

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