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Digital food for thought: Smart factories and AI

Digital food for thought: Smart factories and AI
Factory automation has traditionally provided the food industry with faster, more reliable and cleaner production capacity - however, with the advent of the smart factory and commercial AI the factory of the very near future is starting to make production efficiency improvement decisions itself.
12th June 2020

The smart way to learn about Smart Manufacturing

The smart way to learn about Smart Manufacturing
In May, in response to limitations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Rockwell Automation ran its first online technology event: VirtualConnect, which focused on Smart Manufacturing. It featured two tracks of video presentations, complete with live Q&A from the speakers; a fully virtualised show floor, with access to experts and specialists from across the industry; and the opportunity to network with peers from around the globe.
11th June 2020

Siemens expands ODB data exchange format

Siemens expands ODB data exchange format
Siemens has announced the expansion of its ODB++ language intelligent, single data-structure for transferring PCB designs into fabrication, assembly and test with a unified electronics manufacturing solution of open data formats for the entire digital thread.
22nd May 2020


Technological advancements boost smart technologies

Technological advancements boost smart technologies
Witnessing stupendous growth in the recent past, smart technologies have been performing well on the back of rising adoption of analytics and cyber security tools. The global smart factory market value surpassed $95bn in 2019. A new study has projected a solid double-digit growth for the market during forecast period, 2020 - 2030.
13th May 2020

Global agreement binds Brainboxes and Mouser

Global agreement binds Brainboxes and Mouser
Mouser Electronics has signed a global agreement with Brainboxes to distribute the company's data and IO connectivity products. UK-based Brainboxes develops, manufactures and supports its own core technologies, including Ethernet, USB, Bluetooth, PCI Express and PCI products.
5th February 2020

Time for manufacturing to go IIoT

Time for manufacturing to go IIoT
Data collection in manufacturing is a valuable asset for organisations to optimise their processes and better understand how their productions lines are operating but it has to date been very limited in scope. In previous times, data was gathered from a piece of equipment and scrutinised for areas of improvement.
28th January 2020

Point level instruments provide IIoT capability

Point level instruments provide IIoT capability
Two vibrating fork (vibronic) level instruments have been released by Endress+Hauser. The FTL51B features Industry 4.0 and IIoT capabilities, including access via wireless Bluetooth technology, automatic proof tests and verification, and easy commissioning via a mobile device.
17th January 2020

Migrate to TSN-based networks of the future

Migrate to TSN-based networks of the future
The implementation of the smart factory concept is designed to deliver ever increasing efficiency and productivity. By providing a continuous stream of data flowing across an entire enterprise and beyond, it is possible to monitor and manage manufacturing processes in real-time. Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) technology is bringing what was on the horizon for Smart Manufacturing closer by offering an increasingly holistic approach to industrial communications today. Here, John Browett, General Manager of the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) – Europe, looks at the key aspects of TSN that will change global industry and what to consider when adopting this technology.
8th January 2020

Smart Factory with IoT: smart plastics app for FANUC FIELD system

Smart Factory with IoT: smart plastics app for FANUC FIELD system
FANUC’s open industrial IoT platform, called ‘FIELD system’, evaluates data from machines and systems centrally. The system can connect production machines of all manufacturers by means of a local network topology, enabling comprehensive data analysis of the entire process line. In this infrastructure, apps from FANUC and from third-party suppliers are used. Now igus has developed a smart plastics app for the new system. 
2nd January 2020

Manufacturing Execution System for Industry 4.0

Manufacturing Execution System for Industry 4.0
Critical Manufacturing launched their new version 7 of their modern Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for I4.0. V7 adds exciting, futuristic and valuable features to MES recognised for its I4.0-ready, highly adaptable and user-friendly design. The V7 comprises of four modules:
19th December 2019


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