Overcome Automation Challenges to Create a Better Smart Factory

Manufacturers must know what challenges they face and how to overcome them to make the most of these investments. Here are the most common automation challenges and how to address them.

Is now the time for Manufacturers to accelerate the Digital Transformation process?

Those manufacturers that digitize their operations will gain significant advantages, and those that don't will have a more difficult time catching up.

Three Manufacturing Tips to Strengthen America's Competitiveness & Maintain National Security

Everything from pandemic production pivots to Suez Canal blockages shows the unpredictability of supply and demand. Unanticipated impacts to manufacturing processes are imminent, but there are three key considerations to mitigate the impact on business operations:

What Will Industrial Equipment Plants Look Like in the Next Decade?

The warehouses and industrial equipment plants of tomorrow will look different than they do today. Manufacturing technology continues to evolve as companies look to reduce their costs without sacrificing the overall quality of their products and services.

Delivering IoT-Centric Factory Automation with Wi-Fi HaLow Technology

Assessing the health of capital equipment used to produce and move these goods minimizes cost repairs, downtime and outages. Businesses gain a big picture of the logistics chain using wireless sensors that provide data on the location of high-value cargo.

Rittal's Urbana Campus a Pillar of U.S. Production

The 105-acre campus combines cutting-edge production with in-house engineering and modification services to increase efficiency across each touchpoint of the Rittal value chain.

10 Tips for Writing an Effective RFP or URS

If you have ever sourced custom machinery or factory automation you are familiar with a Request for Proposal (RFP) or User Requirement Specification (URS). The requests are written with content and styles that vary, but the effective ones share some common features.

3D Printing Will Soon Be a Game-Changer in the Manufacturing Industry. Here's Why

Until now, manufacturers have been dipping their toes and getting familiar with the technology, using it to create prototypes rather than final products. But that is changing. It's only a matter of time before AM makes the leap from prototyping to manufacturing.

Smart Factory Predictions for 2021

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, employees and instantiations have had to adapt by working with the best tech. Now, these factory innovations are a sign of what's to come in 2021. In many factories, smart technology is paving the way.

IIoT Protocols: Comparing OPC UA to MQTT

There are several different architectures and protocols that can be used to gather data on the factory floor. The two most common protocols are very different, which makes them worth comparing for their effectiveness in IIoT - OPC UA and MQTT/Sparkplug.

Production line flexibility - How to use modularization for food production increase

According to an industry survey, the majority of food manufacturing companies are expecting to increase production. However, the same study suggested automation does not offer enough flexibility to fulfil an increase in production.

Plex Systems Study Finds Three in Four Manufacturers Behind in Adopting Smart Manufacturing

The survey, based on 200 global businesses, indicates smart manufacturers achieve their status by achieving three key factors when planning and implementing pilot programs

Control & Automation with Vision™ V700 for Packaging & Bagging Systems

When a major producer and packager of balanced feed for livestock such as poultry, swine, and horses, house pets, and fish farming needs turned to them for a an efficient, fast, and reliable packaging solution, IGCP Engineering turned to Unitronics.

The Age of 5G Manufacturing

Data is the new Black Gold but if you are gathering data and not using it effectively then you are paying for data transmission and storage andiIt just becomes white noise and adds no value.

The First Step to Automating Your Production Line

Other countries, as well as your competitors, are adopting new automation technologies that are allowing them to be more competitive. Look at automation concepts as an opportunity to keep yourself and company relevant.

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