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...
Many safety engineers are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of safety standards. It’s a struggle...
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.
Reporter Ray Martin takes you on a tour of the Redeye 3D printing factory in Minneapolis — where the world's first 3D printed car was born.
An expansive U.S. economy and six months of overall manufacturing growth are generating optimism for the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) as it prepares to meet the demands of industry clients in 2014.
Rockwell Automation has initiated a project to optimize manufacturing assets at a U.S. Army-owned, contractor-operated, metal-parts manufacturing plant in Scranton, Pa. The work is one of two test-bed efforts in the $10 million Smart Manufacturing Leadership Consortium (SMLC) project to develop the first open smart-manufacturing (SM) platform in the United States.
Success as a system integrator depends upon being conversant in current automation topics and using available technology to deliver solutions to clients. But before jumping into delivering any of these solutions, system integrators need to step back and take into account the rapidly changing environment of controls and automation.
Routine, structured tasks such as monitoring equipment or production processes are becoming increasingly automated. This creates the potential not just to optimize existing production and service delivery models but to transform them.
A new $75 million highly automated turkey processing plant in southwestern Indiana is set to start operations next week.
Data is captured in almost every manufacturing process in spite of the fact that automotive assembly continues to involve a lot of manual work. As automation costs continue to decline and quality continues to improve, it comes down to teamwork to design the right combination of manual operations, automation and information infrastructure.
The next edition of The CIP Safety Specification will include services for safe motion applications. With the addition of these services to CIP Safety, users will be able to deploy networked motion control systems using EtherNet/IP and Sercos III in applications requiring safe motion functions such as safe torque off and safety limited positions.
An inventor in China has created a cartoon-like robot to cut noodles.
For Stantræk, automation means growth. The company, that processes sheet metal and coils, is now able to expand production with no significant increases in payroll. From 2008 to 2013, revenue almost doubled while the number of employees only increased from 21 to 28. Much of the added work load is now handled by Universal Robots.
The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces that it has published a fourth edition of its highly popular book on wireless networks for industrial automation, updated with an extensive analysis of today’s newest wireless technologies.
Driven by customer demand, vehicle manufacturers have transitioned from the traditional one-vehicle, one-plant production model to produce multiple vehicles – in multiple variations – at a single location. To help manufacturers improve the flexibility required for more custom production while reducing downtime and maximizing output, Rockwell Automation has announced the release of Rockwell Software AutoSuite v2.0 software.
ABB Robotics has introduced the IRB 6700 robot family, its seventh generation of industry-leading, large industrial robots. The new IRB 6700 is available in payloads from 150 to 300 kg, and reaches from 2.6 to 3.2 meters, and is designed for spot welding, material handling and machine tending.
As manufacturers increasingly turn to performance metrics and data analytics to optimize operations, Rockwell Automation is making systems that gather, analyze, contextualize and share intelligence easier to design and use. Expanded production-intelligence capabilities in new versions within the FactoryTalk information software suite are now available.
Rockwell Automation is expanding its Allen-Bradley Stratix family of industrial switches and routers, and announcing new wireless and security products designed to meet industrial networking requirements. This major portfolio expansion will help manufacturers build a more cost-effective, unified and secure network infrastructure from the enterprise down to the end devices used in the production environment.
Engineered Machined Products (EMP), an Escanaba, Michigan-based manufacturer, is competing globally with the help of high-tech robotic automation. Flexible automation systems in place at EMP have been instrumental in allowing the company to meet increasing demands. With industrial robots and automation, EMP is able to compete globally, expand its business, and remain a very strong and viable manufacturer.
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