Bill Lydon's Top Trends 2020-2021

Digitalization is accelerating change and integration in the factory. Driven by innovations developed for the IoT and computing, many industrial automation niches are experiencing signs of disruption. Are we closer to a tipping point towards broad disruption when it comes to system architectures, software, and edge computing devices? Find out in this 10 trends report from Automation.com.

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Three Ethical Considerations for Manufacturers Investing in Artificial Intelligence

Three Ethical Considerations for Manufacturers Investing in Artificial Intelligence


By Antony Bourne
This article highlights what he believes are three major ethical issues facing the industry, as manufacturers weigh up their AI investments and embark upon this new technological direction in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Lifting More Than You Can Handle?: How to prepare for an unexpected spike in demand

Lifting More Than You Can Handle?: How to prepare for an unexpected spike in demand


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This article explains how the manufacturing industry can prepare for unanticipated periods of increased demand.

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Worldwide Blossoming of Country-Centric Open Manufacturing Initiatives

Worldwide Blossoming of Country-Centric Open Manufacturing Initiatives


By Bill Lydon
The impact of open manufacturing initiatives continues to be a worldwide affair. These initiatives continue to grow as industry recognizes the need to modernize and the Industry 4.0 movement (called “Industrie 4.0” in Germany, its country of origin) continues to accelerate.

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Phoenix Contact announces Smart Communities online conference


During each one-hour session, industry experts will lead discussions about the latest technology developments in smart infrastructure and buildings. The free events will be held every other Tuesday, beginning on July 14, from 11 a.m. until noon.

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Digital Transformation Leads to Integrated Factories

Digital Transformation Leads to Integrated Factories


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Implementing Digital Twin concepts is quickly becoming fundamental for organizations achieve real-time integrated manufacturing.

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The Growing Impact of the Cobot Revolution

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Accelerating the application of collaborative type of robots is the integration of vision systems with artificial intelligence, and this integration is enabling a range of new applications.

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