China increases factory automation in response to manufacturing returning to US

Two years ago, Foxconn announced that it would be phasing in up to 3 million industrial robots in an effort to reduce its labor costs. In the last year, it has started this process. Foxconn has managed to deploy significant numbers of its new robotic workers. Over the course of...

Manufacturing technology orders at highest levels since 1996

The year-end total for manufacturing technology orders reached around $5.7 billion in 2012, up from 2011’s totals. Orders totaled almost $500 million in December. Though this is down more than 9% from the $550 million reported in December 2011, it gives 2012 a year-end total of $5.7 billion, up 2.6%...

New 15-inch touch panel computer for industrial automation from AAEON

AAEON Technology in Taipei is introducing a new touch-screen, rugged panel computer for industrial and commercial applications. This panel PC rugged display features waterproof and 7H scratch-proof glass-covered borders for installation to match the height of the surrounding walls by adjusting the panel mount brackets for different wall depths. The panel...

Consumer technologies to drive advances in automation technology

At the annual ARC World Industry Forum, the factory automation industry saw some interesting changes that could be taking place in the near future. Invensys now has some 600 smart devices accessing its systems via the cloud in 75 sites around the globe. Inductive Automation announced its Module Marketplace where users can...

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