Internal and external factors — namely plant optimization and regulation compliance — are driving plants to bring more industrial computing resources onto the plant floor.
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Warren Buffett explains why he thinks it's progress to have technology replacing human jobs, but acknowledges that people who are left behind need support.
The high-tech warehouse is taking shape as organizations seek to get ahead of the material handling systems challenges of the 21st Century supply chain. A big component of that formation is automation, but it has to be more strategic than just throwing machines at a problem.
Assa Abloy benefitted from the expertise of Columbus as the manufacturer made Microsoft Dynamics the exclusive platform for their global enterprise.
The competency of the plant and machine builder are in demand when machinery is bought new, but where retrofit measures are concerned, it is the design engineers that are faced with a wide range of challenges.
There are diverse views on the impact that automating business processes can have on organizations. Though there may be some debate about the depth and breadth of process automation benefits, once fact is indisputable — Business Process Automation is on the rise.
CommScope management realized the company could save upward of $6 million per year in shipping costs if it moved production from Suzhou, China to its facility in Claremont, N.C. But in order to make the move, the company needed to upgrade its automation equipment.
AT&T, Cisco, GE, IBM and Intel unveiled the formation of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), an open membership group focused on breaking down the barriers of technology silos to support better access to big data with improved integration of the physical and digital worlds.
Leading global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technology, Lenze Americas has introduced its new g500 gearbox range, developed to transform motor speed into torque as intelligently and accurately as possible.
How a modern process automation system delivers new insight to plant operations.
Insights on how to calculate financial justification for migrating your legacy distributed control system to a new automation system.
With increased domestic energy production in the U.S., many new automation systems need to have the ability to operate in hazardous locations.
A successfully managed supply chain is based on a single premise — produce more high-quality products, consistently, in less time for greater profit. During the early 20th century, factory-floor automation revolutionized manufacturing with this same idea. Since then, process automation has taken over as the driving force to generate greater efficiency in every business.
At one time Dell Computers had 11 factories - each operating with a unique IT system. This led to high operating costs, complex infrastructure demands, and added difficulties in handling any changes. There was also a higher level of unreliability due to the slower and less effective manner in which all of these factories, with their different systems, could communicate.
One indisputable fact exists for most manufacturers and distributors: Warehouse automation stands as one of the last areas where long-term costs can be significantly reduced.
Many safety engineers are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of safety standards. It’s a struggle to find a starting point and determine which standards are appropriate for which application and in what geographic location. Like training for a marathon, this seemingly daunting part of a safety engineer’s journey is best executed when broken down into smaller, more attainable steps.
Plant and warehouse managers may have to add “Air Traffic Controller” to their list of job duties in the near future. That’s because companies are working on new ways to use drones in the material handling field.
The search giant has been on a robotics buying spree — most likely because they have the data robots need to function.
At a recent robotics challenge in Miami, it was clear that robot development is still working on the most basic of functions.
In this episode of MBT’s Manufacturing Newswire, we’ll discuss manufacturing hubs in the U.S., as well as the latest word on horse meat. We’ll also talk automation trends, and take a look at the first ever wheel driven track system for pickup trucks.
According to the Control System Integrators Association, or CSIA, automation is driving increased factory productivity as manufacturers have improved their existing facilities by rebuilding and replacing older control systems. "PC" Romano, board chairman of CSIA and CEO of Avid Solutions, talks about the automation trends you should be aware of.
Watch and listen to Marlin Steel CEO/Owner Drew Greenblatt as he discusses how automation allowed him to transform his business.
The second machine age is all about automating cognitive work, explains Erik Brynjolfsson, MIT professor, discussing how the dawn of the new technological revolution is transforming the world we live in.
From a constant stream of mobile device releases to the explosion of cloud applications for all areas of business, technology advancements are happening at such an exhausting pace today that it’s easy to get paralyzed by the possibilities. Before a production facility can even consider trying to justify emerging plant-floor technology, it’s generally necessary to maximize the life of its existing automation investments.
Transitions Optical, a leading global manufacturer of photochromic lenses, had successfully used programmable logic controller (PLC) driver software and Microsoft Visual Studio.NET to build applications that integrated the company’s automated equipment on the factory floor with its manufacturing and business databases.
Here's a deeper look into the top trending stories in manufacturing today based on reader feedback: Ten technology trends for 2014; a deal to keep an Ohio tank factory open; and a factory from the future.
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