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TM Robotics and Evershed Robotics helps Ricoh implement SCARA robots
November 12, 2019

TM Robotics and Evershed Robotics helps Ricoh implement SCARA robots

Ricoh approached Evershed Robotics initially, who suggested using a combination of a Toshiba Machine TH650 SCARA robots, a Toshiba Machine Cartesian robot to work with their six bowl feeders and a rotary index table.

Active Network Scanning in OT Environments
November 08, 2019

Active Network Scanning in OT Environments

By Zane Blomgren, Belden
Active network scanning can deliver much more information than passive scanning, and can be an incredibly valuable tool in any industrial environment.

Intelligent Automation - A Big Winner in Product Engineering
November 07, 2019

Intelligent Automation - A Big Winner in Product Engineering

Intelligent Automation will help these companies and their engineers to beat the competition and make an impact in this highly competitive and evolving digital trend of integrated Cyber – Physical world of manufacturing, called Industry 4.0.

Understanding Fire and Gas Systems Increases Safety
November 06, 2019

Understanding Fire and Gas Systems Increases Safety

By Edward Naranjo, Emerson
When plant personnel have a basic grasp of fire and gas system operation, they can recognize factors that compromise safety.

Inside the Integration at Milwaukee’s New Fiserv Forum Sports & Entertainment Complex
November 05, 2019

Inside the Integration at Milwaukee’s New Fiserv Forum Sports & Entertainment Complex

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Since it’s opening in August of 2018, Fiserv Forum has quickly become home to many passionate Milwaukee Bucks basketball fans. Yet, aside from the on-court product, the new entertainment and sports center in downtown Milwaukee is an integrated facility, working to enhance fan experience, comfort and safety.

Can Augmented Reality Improve Manufacturing?
November 04, 2019

Can Augmented Reality Improve Manufacturing?

Virtual reality is an established technology which has been deployed in various industries including gaming, marketing and manufacturing. But, what about augmented reality?

Customization vs. Configuration: Which Approach Is Best?
November 01, 2019

Customization vs. Configuration: Which Approach Is Best?

By Scott Reedy, Arena Solutions
With today’s plethora of cloud solutions and mobile apps, most of us want the ability to configure quickly and easily without having to know how to code. When evaluating new solutions, it’s important to ask software vendors to demonstrate how to configure the application so you can determine the level of effort and technical expertise required to do so.

Rockwell Automation helps Ithaca Beer enhance brewery automation process
October 30, 2019

Rockwell Automation helps Ithaca Beer enhance brewery automation process

Working with OBG, Ithaca Beer Co. upgraded to a semi-automated brewing process based on the FactoryTalk Craft Brew solution from Rockwell Automation. The pre-configured solution offers control to customize and automate a craft brewhouse. And it is pre-engineered, -programmed, -tested and -validated, significantly reducing commissioning and startup time.

The More Cybersecurity Changes, the More It Stays the Same
October 29, 2019

The More Cybersecurity Changes, the More It Stays the Same

By Neill Sciarrone, Trinity Cyber, Inc.
Despite major advancements in technology, the global approach to cybersecurity has remained the same for decades: respond and recover. To slow the frequency of dangerous and costly cyberattacks, companies should be shifting their efforts towards focusing on adversary disruption.

A Realist’s Prediction for the Future Factory
October 28, 2019

A Realist’s Prediction for the Future Factory

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
This article looks to establish a realistic ten-year prediction for the future of manufacturing digitalization in the United States.

Fast-Growing Small Manufacturers Transformed with Automated Inventory Control
October 25, 2019

Fast-Growing Small Manufacturers Transformed with Automated Inventory Control

By Thomas R. Cutler
Only when a small manufacturer has a grasp on operation elements can the promise of lean manufacturing and continuous process improvement be realized

German student uses igus products to design functional furniture
October 25, 2019

German student uses igus products to design functional furniture

Vysozki’s furniture piece, called Frida, has a soft-padded design on the upholstered sofa with two backrests and an armrest. A plate integrated in the armrest can be converted into a writing desk. She used igus products for bearing and adjustment on the table.

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Epicor Strategy Empowers Digitalization for Small & Medium Manufacturers
October 24, 2019

Epicor Strategy Empowers Digitalization for Small & Medium Manufacturers

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
While many manufacturers are aware of the benefits of digitalization, it can be difficult to figure out where to begin, in order to reap those benefits. EPICOR has put together an architecture for companies, particularly small and medium manufacturers, to implement Industry 4.0, and Internet of Things conceptsy.

Machine Builders Unleashed: The Big Idea of Open Standard Control
October 23, 2019

Machine Builders Unleashed: The Big Idea of Open Standard Control

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The foundations of the automation industry are being reshaped by the flood of ideas, software, and products driven by Industry 4.0 and digitalization of manufacturing and process industries. Machine builders many finally start to benefit from the leveraging of open standard control software.

Making the Move to Mobile: Facing advances in mobile robotics
October 21, 2019

Making the Move to Mobile: Facing advances in mobile robotics

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) have been an industry staple since 1953. However, their reliance on environmental markers and the fact they follow a pre-determined route, means AGVs are best suited to structured environments in the absence of humans. This article discusses the rise of mobile robots and what challenges need to be faced for their uptake.

 How Viable is Additive Manufacturing?
October 17, 2019

How Viable is Additive Manufacturing?

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
Additive manufacturing (AM) is drastically altering a range of industries, from manufacturing to the medical sector. But what are the limitations of the technology? This article shares some insights behind the manufacturing and legal issues surrounding additive manufacturing.

Traceable Trust with Trust-Free Tech
October 16, 2019

Traceable Trust with Trust-Free Tech

By Darcy Simonis, ABB
While Bitcoin itself has divided many and attracted criticism, the technology that it is built upon, the blockchain, has garnered significant interest due to its promise of immutable digital record-keeping. This article explains why the emerging technology stores the key to greater traceability and reduced food wastage.

Establishing Common Ground for Securing Digitized Manufacturing
October 15, 2019

Establishing Common Ground for Securing Digitized Manufacturing

By Rick Peters, Fortinet
Digital connectivity brings significant advantages to organizations, such as being more responsive to market demands and changes while gaining deeper insight into equipment and processes. Conversely, this shift in connectivity also increases the risk to critical elements such as control and automation operations that constitute the cyber physical.

US Machine Production Gains Competitive Edge
October 07, 2019

US Machine Production Gains Competitive Edge

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
Surpassing all expectations, the Federal Reserve announced a rise in the US manufacturing production index of 0.5 per cent in August 2019. This article discusses the potential long term upswing of US manufacturing and how to achieve it.

Manufacturing & Cloud EDI: Keeping your eyes on the prize
October 04, 2019

Manufacturing & Cloud EDI: Keeping your eyes on the prize

By Frank Kenney, Cleo
By taking a proactive approach to EDI integration and ecommerce, and by moving EDI processes to the cloud, manufacturers can more easily navigate the winding pathway towards automating operations while also innovating for brand differentiation and reducing order fulfillment costs.