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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.

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?

 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.

The Digital Twin – Enabling Realtime Closed Loop Manufacturing Optimization
September 17, 2019

The Digital Twin – Enabling Realtime Closed Loop Manufacturing Optimization

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The Digital Twin has become one of the most powerful concepts of Industry 4. 0. The implementation of model-based, real-time, closed-loop monitoring, control, and optimization of the entire manufacturing and production process, the Digital Twin concept is helping organizations achieve real-time integrated manufacturing.

Creating Agile Process Control
September 05, 2019

Creating Agile Process Control

By Josh Eastburn, Opto 22
For process control systems, improved hardware and software options can make system operations more effective and offer new methods for end users to access and monitor equipment. Here are some of the ways that standard process automation products and practices are transitioning to encourage more agile and capable systems.

Going From a Crisis to a Competition: How the US turned around its manufacturing sector
August 22, 2019

Going From a Crisis to a Competition: How the US turned around its manufacturing sector

By Mark Howard, United States Country Manager, EU Automation
Even though the US economy is the largest in the world by nominal GDP, it was a crisis in the manufacturing sector that prompted the US Government to act to save the industrial sector over the last decade. This article investigates how the US has turned it around.

Steps to Accessing the Value of the Digital Twin
August 08, 2019

Steps to Accessing the Value of the Digital Twin

By Eric Green, Dassault Systèmes
Across all industries, there is increasing discussion regarding the benefits of implementing a digital twin. At its simplest, a digital twin is a virtual model of a process, product or service -- but not just a static model.

Inside Bosch Rexroth’s Factory of the Future Experience
August 06, 2019

Inside Bosch Rexroth’s Factory of the Future Experience

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
Continuous manufacturing improvement is fundamental to remain competitive. Understanding new technologies, methods, and what these technologies and methods make possible is important for manufacturers to prosper in the new wave of manufacturing digitalization.

“Regulate Me!”- Artificial Intelligence Comes of Age
July 30, 2019

“Regulate Me!”- Artificial Intelligence Comes of Age

By Laura Sallstrom, Access Partnership
Regulation should be targeted at actions and human behavior, not at a type of technology. Regulatory approaches that take this into account – like the ethics by design concept – are a good way forward.

The Need for Green in 3D Printing
July 29, 2019

The Need for Green in 3D Printing

By Ben Smye, Matmatch
It has been 35 years since the first instance of what we now think of as additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing. Lauded for its rapid production speed and minimal waste, the process is becoming a staple of product prototyping. However, there is still room to improve the sustainability of this process.

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.