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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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EU Automation announces online Knowledge Hub

EU Automation announces online Knowledge Hub


At the click of a button, visitors can download resources on additive manufacturing (AM), artificial intelligence (AI), Industry 4.0, cyber security, obsolescence, sustainability and the circular economy.

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HANNOVER MESSE announces Digital Days virtual event

HANNOVER MESSE announces Digital Days virtual event


The HANNOVER MESSE Digital Days launch on 14 July with a diverse, top-class program. The event begins with the panel discussion “Forward to the New ‒ New Opportunities for Progress?” featuring Siemens board member Klaus Helmrich; Festo chairman Oliver Jung; BDI president Dieter Kempf; Friedhelm Loh Group owner and chairman Friedhelm Loh; Robert Bosch managing director Rolf Najork; and SAP board member Thomas Saueressig.

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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.

EU Automation announces online Knowledge Hub

At the click of a button, visitors can download resources on additive manufacturing (AM), artificial intelligence (AI), Industry 4.0, cyber security, obsolescence, sustainability and the circular economy.

HANNOVER MESSE announces Digital Days virtual event

The HANNOVER MESSE Digital Days launch on 14 July with a diverse, top-class program. The event begins with the panel discussion “Forward to the New ‒ New Opportunities for Progress?” featuring Siemens board member Klaus Helmrich; Festo chairman Oliver Jung; BDI president Dieter Kempf; Friedhelm Loh Group owner and chairman Friedhelm Loh; Robert Bosch managing director Rolf Najork; and SAP board member Thomas Saueressig.

Can Automation Save the World? The Impact of Automation in 2020 (Part 1)

By Cory Fogg
Social distancing requirements and efforts to facilitate remote workers have called for automation to play a starring role in making things feasible for many organizations.   Here are a few instances where automation is playing a significant role in facilitating a more harmonious world in the future.

 

Wood Adopts Connected Worker Solution Enabled by Honeywell Forge

Honeywell Forge Workforce Productivity is being adopted by Wood, a global leader in consulting, projects and operations solutions in energy and the built environment.

Ergonomic SaaS Automation During COVID-19

By Sam Bradbury and Mark Heidebrecht
Until now it was nearly impossible to cost-effectively automate ergonomic functions. In-depth plant-site visits and evaluations were needed. That has all changed in this era of COVID-19.

ARC Advisory Group announces ARC European Industry Forum virtual event

The annual ARC European Industry Forum, “Driving Digital Transformation in Industry,” May 18-20, 2020, will move online as ARC’s first-ever virtual forum.  The event will use virtual event tools to offer live streaming of user presentations, expert panel discussions, and audience interaction.

ABB announces free digital software and services

From Friday March 27, ABB’s Robotics and Discrete Automation business will make key software services available free of charge to its customers until December 31st, 2020.

HANNOVER MESSE announces cancellation of 2020 event

It is the first time in HANNOVER MESSE’s 73-year history that the event will not take place. However, the organizers will not let the show completely vanish.

In Memoriam: Richard “Rich” Merritt, 1943-2020

Richard “Rich” Jesse Merritt died Saturday, February 8, 2020, at his home in Cedar Rapids. He was 76. He was a giant of industrial automation and control technical communications, serving countless publications and clients over his long career, including Automation.com and ISA’s InTech magazine.

GE Digital announces free Remote Monitoring and Control licenses to iFIX and CIMPLICITY users

The web-based solution gives plant operators and management teams real-time monitoring and control access to plant operations and performance over a secure-by-design connection such as VPN. This allows critical infrastructure to operate with a reduced crew on site, while being able to coordinate with their wider teams remotely.

Demystifying Digital Transformation in Manufacturing

When it comes to digital transformation of industrial operations, drivers include workforce changes and customer needs and expectations. This article first appeared in AUTOMATION 2020 volume 1, February 2020.

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