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Hannover Messe 2017: Insights from IHS Markit
May 22, 2017

Hannover Messe 2017: Insights from IHS Markit

By Alex West, IHS Markit
Overall, a number of themes could be discerned at HANNOVER MESSE this year, including cost-cutting, production efficiency, downtime reduction, quicker time-to-market, product customization, and lower development costs.

Cyber Threat Hunting: Why Businesses Should Take the Time to Get it Right
May 18, 2017

Cyber Threat Hunting: Why Businesses Should Take the Time to Get it Right

By Rick Delgado, Freelance Automation Writer
Threat hunting is becoming more and more popular in the business industry. When it is done correctly, the concepts, processes and strategies are of critical importance to the security of an organization.

Reining in on Industrial Automation: The benefits of cloud computing in the manufacturing industry
May 17, 2017

Reining in on Industrial Automation: The benefits of cloud computing in the manufacturing industry

By Johannes Petrowisch, COPA-DATA
Today, advancements in connectivity and the introduction of cloud computing are making monitoring industrial environments a lot more sophisticated. As we enter the era of the smart factory, this article will discusses the benefits of cloud computing for the manufacturing industry.

Improving Plant Safety with Industrial Automation
May 15, 2017

Improving Plant Safety with Industrial Automation

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
With the introduction of driverless cars by brands such as BMW and Google, safety is being revolutionised through autonomy. But what can other industries learn from this? This article discusses how new technology and increased automation improves safety across sectors.

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Automated Conveyer Solutions: The answer to rising labor rates?
May 11, 2017

Automated Conveyer Solutions: The answer to rising labor rates?

By John Murdoch, Alfacon Solutions
At lower wages, it was more difficult to cost-justify the automation expense. Management could throw more labor at the volume issue. Now with much higher labor rates (not including health insurance, workers’ compensation, vacation time, and safety concerns), conveyor automation is axiomatic and needed more than ever before.

Cybersecurity & Regulation in Manufacturing: What’s on Tap for 2017
May 10, 2017

Cybersecurity & Regulation in Manufacturing: What’s on Tap for 2017

By Tom Gilheany, [email protected]
The manufacturing sector has the dubious distinction of being the second-largest target of cyber criminals; only healthcare surpasses it. This article discusses how this may shape manufacturing trends and regulations in 2017

Open Architecture Standards and Vendors: Finding Clarity Amidst the Chaos
May 08, 2017

Open Architecture Standards and Vendors: Finding Clarity Amidst the Chaos

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
We've received a number of comments and questions from vendors about The Open Group's effort to push for open process automation standards. Tn the aim of encouraging more discussion on the topic, we're sharing some of these questions in order to provide some more clarity on its importance.

Vigilante Cyber-Justice in the Wild, Wild IoT
May 05, 2017

Vigilante Cyber-Justice in the Wild, Wild IoT

By Alan Grau, Icon Labs
Just as societies without strong law enforcement result in higher crime rates and vigilante justice, lax security results in increased cybercrime.

PLCs of the Future: Are they still PLCs?
May 03, 2017

PLCs of the Future: Are they still PLCs?

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
This article discusses the evolution of the programmable logic controller (PLC), and predicts what the future might hold for this crucial piece of equipment.

The Problem with Engineering Apprenticeships: Meeting the skills gap requires a change in attitude
May 02, 2017

The Problem with Engineering Apprenticeships: Meeting the skills gap requires a change in attitude

By Andy Owen, MasterMover
While stability has gradually been restored in the years following the financial crash, the industrial sector continues to face an uncertain future. This is driven by what has been dubbed the skills gap. This article explores why the engineering skills problem is persisting — and what businesses can do about it.

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Why the Transition to IIoT will be an Evolution, Not a Revolution
April 28, 2017

Why the Transition to IIoT will be an Evolution, Not a Revolution

By Jason Andersen, Stratus Technologies
The vision of an intelligent, connected automation infrastructure has the potential to dramatically reshape how industrial enterprises operate. No wonder some are calling it the “next industrial revolution.” But the journey to realizing that vision will be strictly evolutionary.

Will B&R acquisition give ABB a boost in industrial automation?
April 27, 2017

Will B&R acquisition give ABB a boost in industrial automation?

By Alex West, IHS Markit
Early this month ABB; a supplier of robotics, process automation, and electrification components, acquired B&R Automation, an industrial software and automation hardware company. So what does the B&R Automation acquisition mean for ABB?

24/7 Stable Performance as Tough Challenge in IoT Generation
April 27, 2017

24/7 Stable Performance as Tough Challenge in IoT Generation

The demand for small form factors for space-constrained embedded application is increasing rapidly. In response to this requirement, DFI gladly introduces you to ultra-small size products which includes industrial motherboards and system-on-modules based on the new generation Intel® Atom™ processor E3900 series (code name: Apollo Lake).

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DFI's Factory Tour For Deaf Students from University of Tsukuba in Japan
April 27, 2017

DFI's Factory Tour For Deaf Students from University of Tsukuba in Japan

DFI held a factory tour to introduce the manufacturing process of industrial motherboards and embedded system for the Japanese students from Special Needs Education School for the Deaf, University of Tsukuba, in December.

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This is what’s truly essential for embedded solutions - DFI Fanless and Small Box PC
April 27, 2017

This is what’s truly essential for embedded solutions - DFI Fanless and Small Box PC

As more and more balance is required among high performance, small size, and ability to be fanless in the embedded markets, DFI is glad to introduce to you a brand-new option: EC70A-SU/EC70B-SU industrial box PC powered by 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3 processor (code name: Skylake).

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What's More Thrilling - DFI's New Products with 7th Gen Intel Core Processors
April 26, 2017

What's More Thrilling - DFI's New Products with 7th Gen Intel Core Processors

DFI’s upcoming boards with 7th Generation Intel® Core™ processor (code name Kaby Lake) bring customers overall enhanced experiences such as low-power with a TDP of 15W, increased CPU performance by 5%, visual enhancement with lower power consumption, and faster speed shift technology.

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DFI Inc. Earns Certification as Qualified Manufacturer to IPC QML
April 26, 2017

DFI Inc. Earns Certification as Qualified Manufacturer to IPC QML

DFI announced that it has been awarded an IPC J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610 Qualified Manufacturers Listing (QML) by IPC’s Validation Services Program under the on-site audit guidance.

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Wide-Temp Rugged Embedded Boards Perform 24/7 in Extreme Environments
April 26, 2017

Wide-Temp Rugged Embedded Boards Perform 24/7 in Extreme Environments

DFI has launched new industrial motherboards powered by the latest Intel® Atom™ processor E3900 family (code name Apollo Lake).

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Can DFI propel customers to the next level with the new SBC?
April 26, 2017

Can DFI propel customers to the next level with the new SBC?

The combination of the 6th generation Intel® Core™ processor and DFI’s high quality production ensures that the new SBC is equipped with high speed CPU performance, powerful 4K-capable graphics, DDR4, and Windows 10 support.

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What Production Data is Necessary to Drive Your Industry 4.0 Agenda?
April 25, 2017

What Production Data is Necessary to Drive Your Industry 4.0 Agenda?

By Mathew Daniel, Sciemetric Instruments
Data, data and more data. It’s the hot topic in manufacturing today with all the hype and anxiety around Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things. How should it be collected, managed and used effectively?