Articles & News on Discrete Manufacturing & Machine Control

Object Oriented Industrial Programming (OOIP), Part 2: Abstraction, Nesting and Interfaces

  • by Gary L. Pratt, P.E.
  • Feature

Your plant or equipment is assembled from objects–your control should be, too. New tools deliver the productivity of OOP without the complexity.

Emerson Completes Acquisition of Open Systems International, Agrees to Acquire Progea Group

  • News

The Open Systems International acquisition complements Emerson’s portfolio and helps customers in discrete and hybrid end markets accelerate digital transformation. The Progea Group acquisition expands Emerson’s software portfolio, enabling the rapid shift toward the smart grid.

Three Ways Autonomous Machine Vision (AMV) Benefits Plastic Injection Moulding

  • by Zohar Kantor
  • Feature

Plastic injection moulding is a difficult application for machine vision. The highly reflective surface of plastics is hard to illuminate correctly, and the fact that the same production line can create items of different colours and shapes is problematic for traditional solutions, only capable of inspecting one product at a time. Zohar Kantor, VP Sales of Inspekto, explains how Autonomous Machine Vision (AMV) has overcome these challenges.

Automating Fast-Growing Engineer-to-Order Manufacturing

  • by Thomas R. Cutler
  • Feature

Few ETO (Engineer-to-Order) ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) technology solutions are specifically designed for streamlining workflow. This is particularly true for manufacturers who are constantly making new and different components (as opposed to high repetitive quantity manufacturing). Automation in the ETO environment requires lean and efficient production flow.

Disruption Drives Adaptability and Innovation in Manufacturing

  • by Renee Bassett
  • Feature

Recently, we had an opportunity to talk with Williams about the shifts in manufacturing she was seeing prior to the pandemic, the impact of COVID-19 on DELMIAworks’ customers, and how the company has adapted to support their needs.

Mobile Robot Revenues Set to Grow by 24% in 2020 Despite COVID-19 Pandemic

  • News

  • Mobile robots will take logistics sector by storm, with a 10-fold investment increase predicted between now and 2024. 

  • COVID-19 will be a significant driver in long-term mobile robot growth.

  • Sales of AMRs set to radically outstrip AGV revenues.

Routes into Robotic Process Automation: Start Small, Scale Big

  • by Oumayma Grad
  • Feature

Introducing robotic automation to an established workflow can appear complicated and expensive. With the latest modular technology and intuitive setup tools, companies can quickly and easily begin capturing the benefits, and scale and upgrade their systems as confidence grows.

Successful Transformation: From Individual Components to Smart Mechatronic Solutions

  • News

Bosch Rexroth looks back on 30 years' linear axes development.

The Business Case for a Manufacturing Mindset Shift

  • by Ankit Sharma
  • Feature

How holistic thinking and Industry 4.0 technology are helping companies climb to the top of the manufacturing class.

The Future of Manufacturing Plants: Self-learning, Self-adapting, and Self-sustaining

  • by Melissa Landon
  • Feature

AspenTech is working toward what is called an SOP, or Self-Optimizing Plant.