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Distributing Computing Resources Closer To The Decision Point

August 18, 2014 1:01 pm | by Andy Banathy | Articles | Comments

Internal and external factors — namely plant optimization and regulation compliance — are driving plants to bring more industrial computing resources onto the plant floor.                       

5 Manufacturing Business Benefits Of Shifting Paper Forms To Mobile Apps

July 1, 2014 12:32 pm | by Jason Peck | Articles | Comments

The costs and inefficiencies of paper forms are no longer lost on manufacturing businesses that...

Robotic Dairies: The Future Of Production

June 17, 2014 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

The old fashioned farm hand is being replaced by a set of high-tech robots that clean, feed and...

Meet Manufacturing's Latest Recruit

June 10, 2014 1:08 pm | by Financial Times | Videos | Comments

Rethink Robotics thinks its latest creation, Baxter, will redefine how robotics are used in...

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Buffett On Technology Replacing Jobs

April 28, 2014 12:47 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

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.                           

Strategically Automating The Warehouse

April 23, 2014 11:30 am | by Randy Marble | Articles | Comments

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.

Systems Consolidation Saves Time, Improves Work Flow

April 7, 2014 11:18 am | Videos | Comments

Assa Abloy benefitted from the expertise of Columbus as the manufacturer made Microsoft Dynamics the exclusive platform for their global enterprise.


Save Costs On Press Upgrades

April 4, 2014 12:56 pm | by Pilz | Articles | Comments

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.           

How To Reap The Gains Of Business Process Automation

March 28, 2014 10:30 am | by Chris Thierry & Robert Al-Jaar, Etelesolv | Articles | Comments

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.

Control System Upgrade Saves Manufacturer Millions, Reshores Production

March 28, 2014 10:14 am | by Lyle Miller, Architecture Solutions Architect, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

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 Unveil The Industrial Internet Consortium

March 27, 2014 12:54 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

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.

Lenze g500 Gearbox Transforms Smart Motor Speed Into Torque

March 27, 2014 9:40 am | by Lenze Americas | Product Releases | Comments

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.


The Enlightened Plant

March 26, 2014 12:51 pm | by Peter G. Martin and Grant Le Sueur | Articles | Comments

How a modern process automation system delivers new insight to plant operations.                                                 

Justification For Migration

March 25, 2014 11:43 am | by Mike Vernak, Marketing Manager, Process Business, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

Insights on how to calculate financial justification for migrating your legacy distributed control system to a new automation system.                                 

Automation Process Control For Hazardous Locations

March 24, 2014 11:01 am | by Amanda Bell, WAGO Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

With increased domestic energy production in the U.S., many new automation systems need to have the ability to operate in hazardous locations.

Revitalizing Your ERP With Process Automation

March 18, 2014 11:03 am | by Jeff Rauscher, Director of Solutions Design, Redwood Software, Inc. | Articles | Comments

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.

Dell Saves $50 Million With mcaConnect And Dynamics AX

March 7, 2014 5:14 pm | Videos | Comments

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.


Five Simple Rules To Follow When Automating Your Warehouse

February 26, 2014 10:25 am | by Dan Labell, President, Westfalia Technologies, Inc. | Articles | Comments

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.                     

A Journeyman’s Roadmap For Navigating ISO Functional Safety Standards

February 14, 2014 10:00 am | by Bill Stone, Machine Safety Domain Expert, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

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.

Material Handling Drones

January 30, 2014 10:41 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

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.           

Why Google Wants Robots

January 30, 2014 9:59 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The search giant has been on a robotics buying spree — most likely because they have the data robots need to function.                                     

Robots Still Have A Lot To Learn

January 27, 2014 10:28 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

At a recent robotics challenge in Miami, it was clear that robot development is still working on the most basic of functions.                                   

MBT Manufacturing Newswire: Manufacturing Hubs, The Auto Show & Truck Tracks

January 23, 2014 11:16 am | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

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.

Face to Face: Automation Trends

January 23, 2014 10:52 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

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.

Marlin Steel: Why I Automate

January 17, 2014 9:49 am | by Robotic Industries Association | Videos | Comments

Watch and listen to Marlin Steel CEO/Owner Drew Greenblatt as he discusses how automation allowed him to transform his business.                                   

Robots In The Workplace

January 16, 2014 10:11 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

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.             

How To Reduce Automation Obsolescence Risks Without Losing Your Mind

January 8, 2014 10:45 am | by Lonnie Morris, Senior Manager, Rockwell Automation | Articles | Comments

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. 

Cost-Effective Machine Control With PLC Driver Software

January 3, 2014 10:15 am | by Steve Cicco, Senior Systems Analyst, Transitions Optical | Articles | Comments

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.

What's Trending: A Factory From The Future; Tech Trends For 2014

December 16, 2013 12:04 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

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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