Articles & News on Smart Manufacturing & Industry 4.0

Wunderlich-Malec Engineering (WM) announces acquisition of AECm Architects | Engineers

  • News

This strategic initiative is intended to expand Wunderlich-Malec’s services including Civil and Structural Engineering and enhance their capacity for Architectural and MEP services.

VDMA Robotics + Automation starts development of OPC UA Companion Specification for joining technologies

  • News

The initiative "Industrial Joining Technologies (IJT)" describes all joining technologies used for manufacturing processes such as riveting, welding, gluing and tightening. The scope of the specification was developed with the help of DIN 8580 and shows which joining processes can be classified under Industrial Joining Technologies (see figure).

FieldComm Group version 1.2 of Field Device Integration standard including support for HTML5, JSON and OPC UA

  • News

Announced in conjunction with the availability of version 1.2 of the FDI specifications (IEC 62769), this release of the FDI Device Package Integrated Development Environment (FDI-IDE) provides enhancements for field instrument software developers.

Taking a Grounded, Integrated Approach Through the Industry 4.0 Hype

  • by Sean Robinson
  • Opinion

Talk of Industry 4.0 has been useful in helping businesses understand the value of industrial automation and connectivity. This article explains why it’s not only vital to work with a systems integrator to get the most from industrial connectivity, but to also take a grounded approach.

Robotic Industries Association report: 2019 North American robot unit orders up 1.6 percent from 2018

  • News

The largest driver of the growth was a 50.5 percent increase in orders from automotive OEMs and a 16.6 percent increase from the plastics and rubber industry. Orders to automotive component markets were down 6.6 percent, and all other non-automotive industries, including food & consumer goods, life sciences, metals, and semiconductor/electronics, contracted by single digits.

EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) releases EtherCAT Device Protocol Poster

  • News

The poster deals with the basics of EtherCAT technology, the EtherCAT Device Protocol (EDP), and provides a visual overview of EtherCAT. It describes the basic functional principles of EtherCAT, the structure of the frame and its processing in the EtherCAT Slave Controller (ESC).

Purdue University announces opening of SOL4CE Cyber/Cyber-Physical Laboratory

  • News

The SOL4CE (Scalable Open Laboratory for Cyber Experimentation) is a collaborative initiative between CERIAS, the interdisciplinary cyber/cyber-physical security research institute, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratories.

RobotWorx announces strategic partnership with OCTOPUZ

  • News

The collaboration will allow RobotWorx to expand its service offerings into offline robot programming with a software creator. OCTOPUZ enables path-sensitive, complex robot applications to be programmed without disruption to the manufacturing process.

National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) announces support for vocational and technical training efforts to close skills gap

  • News

A recent industry survey by NTMA through found that more than 90% of manufacturers are struggling to fill open positions. Other data show that the number of job openings in manufacturer is expected to grow even more in the next decade if there is not a significant investment in skills training.

HANNOVER MESSE 2020 to focus on 5G, industrial climate protection

  • News

With its keynote theme of Industrial Transformation, HANNOVER MESSE 2020 focuses on the opportunities presented by innovative technologies, steadily growing and ever more readily available amounts of data, and a growing awareness of climate protection.