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Siemens Summit Touts Digital Twins and Transformations
July 02, 2019

Siemens Summit Touts Digital Twins and Transformations

By Renee Bassett, Chief Editor, Automation.com
Disruption and transformation were twin themes the Siemens 2019 Automation Summit, with the digitalization of industrial processes promising the way forward to greater process stability, productivity, and maintenance efficiencies.

Democratizing Digitalization to Achieve Manufacturing Competitiveness – PTC LiveWorx 2019
June 25, 2019

Democratizing Digitalization to Achieve Manufacturing Competitiveness – PTC LiveWorx 2019

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
While attending LiveWorx 2019, for example, it was obvious to me that that PTC has created the most open system architecture which manufacturers can use to leverage digitalization and collaboration to achieve strong competitive positions in their industries.

A Superhero’s Toolkit: The Engine Behind Automation
June 24, 2019

A Superhero’s Toolkit: The Engine Behind Automation

By Jack Wilson, Optimum Consultancy Services
Even superheroes have toolkits that can make or break their ability to power automation for large complex processes. This article covers a few of those tools.

Rockwell Automation announces launch of 'You Make It' Challenge
June 13, 2019

Rockwell Automation announces launch of 'You Make It' Challenge

The goal of tasking young builders to exercise their practical and technological creativity is to expand what is humanly possible in the space, building the next generation of tech and manufacturing innovators.

Tension in Industrial Automation: Open Systems and the User’s Dilemma
May 08, 2019

Tension in Industrial Automation: Open Systems and the User’s Dilemma

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Suppliers either adapt with technology, or they lose customers and die. This is true in every industry. The industrial and process automation industries will be no exception.

Making Way for Customization and Automation in Automotive Manufacturing
April 23, 2019

Making Way for Customization and Automation in Automotive Manufacturing

By Lee Sullivan, COPA-DATA UK
According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, automotive manufacturing fell by 11 per cent last summer. Among the reasons cited for this decrease was growing demand for customization

Inside Ford's Livonia Transmission Plant Digitalization Journey and Real-World Results
April 16, 2019

Inside Ford's Livonia Transmission Plant Digitalization Journey and Real-World Results

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The Ford Livonia plant incorporated an automated transmission production line which illustrated the advantages and results of digitalization based on Ford’s goal of applying solid logic, planning, and execution to “be the number one transmission manufacturer in the world.”

Simulation in the Cloud Isn’t Just About Simulation
April 15, 2019

Simulation in the Cloud Isn’t Just About Simulation

By Dave Opsahl, Tech Soft 3D and David Heiny, SimScale
The cloud presents an opportunity to democratize simulation still further, by serving up unlimited compute power that companies of all sizes can tap into.

Sandvik creates 'unsmashable guitar' via additive manufacturing, 3D printing for Swedish guitarist
April 11, 2019

Sandvik creates 'unsmashable guitar' via additive manufacturing, 3D printing for Swedish guitarist

Global engineering company Sandvik decided to test its additive manufacturing and 3D printing techniques by building the world’s first all-metal, unbreakable guitar and letting Malmsteen unleash his smashing skills.

2019 ARC Wrap-Up: Digitalization at the Forefront as Users Share Experience
March 21, 2019

2019 ARC Wrap-Up: Digitalization at the Forefront as Users Share Experience

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
The digitalization revolution was on full display at the 2019 ARC conference, and it was clear throughout the event, that forward-thinking users are leading the way.

The Benefits of UV Curing in 3D Modelling and Prototyping
February 25, 2019

The Benefits of UV Curing in 3D Modelling and Prototyping

By Simon Gibbs, Intertronics
It is important to efficiently create a high-quality prototype. This article explains how design engineers can benefit from UV curing when 3D printing prototypes.

Lean Manufacturing and the Global Digital Process Automation Market
February 15, 2019

Lean Manufacturing and the Global Digital Process Automation Market

By Thomas R. Cutler
Digital Visual Management on the manufacturing plant floor is secure by creating virtual meeting rooms for real-time, 24/7, multi-site collaboration.

Making the IoT Work for Test
February 12, 2019

Making the IoT Work for Test

By Mike Santori, National Instruments
The IoT and IIoT are making test more complex. IoT technologies can help address automated test challenges. Engineers need to understand and focus on the use cases with the most business value.

To CNC or not to CNC?
February 11, 2019

To CNC or not to CNC?

By Jonathan Wilkins
In industry, both 3D printing and CNC machining allow manufacturers to produce complex parts but sometimes it can be difficult to know which technology will better suit an application. This article discusses the applications for CNC machining and additive manufacturing.

Bill’s Top 10 Automation & Control Trends for 2019 – Accelerating Change & Reaching the Tipping Point
January 29, 2019

Bill’s Top 10 Automation & Control Trends for 2019 – Accelerating Change & Reaching the Tipping Point

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The pace of technological change in the automation industry seems to be accelerating as we head into 2019. As we enter the new year, there are indeed signs of disruption in various industrial automation niches

Automation Fair 2018 - Rockwell Automation & PTC Partner for Industrial Digitization Journey
December 18, 2018

Automation Fair 2018 - Rockwell Automation & PTC Partner for Industrial Digitization Journey

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Based on discussions at the Rockwell Automation Fair, this article explores Rockwell Automation and PTC's committment to building out software into an integrated Industrial Digitization solution, in order to fully achieve the goals of Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing.

What is Open Source & Why Should You Care?
December 11, 2018

What is Open Source & Why Should You Care?

By Bill Lydon, Editor, Automation.com
Industrial automation users, system integrators, machine builders, and automation suppliers that understand how to embrace and leverage open source are dramatically improving their odds of being effective competitors in their respective industries.

Visualising the Future of Plant Maintenance
November 07, 2018

Visualising the Future of Plant Maintenance

By Nick Boughton, Digital Lead, Boulting Technology
It has only been in the past five years where augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have made their way into industrial environments. This article explains how AR and VR are re-defining plant maintenance.

Virtual Commissioning in the Food Industry
October 30, 2018

Virtual Commissioning in the Food Industry

By Brith Isaksson, ABB Food & Beverage
Commissioning a new system for a food manufacturing plant requires software assistance to plan effectively and with digital twinning, manufacturers can optimize its ongoing operations.

Augmented Reality in the Manufacturing Space
October 05, 2018

Augmented Reality in the Manufacturing Space

By Nick Boughton, Boulting Technology
While AR is becoming increasingly popular in popular culture, how does the world of manufacturing keep up with the opportunities available to them? This article examines how AR can be used across the manufacturing industry.