Archive: Apr 2013

Looking at a new stage of manufacturing.

The industrial landscape has had three major shifts over its history, each with a fundamental change in how work got done. Conversations taking place in manufacturing in Germany are currently talking about a fourth fundamental change in manufacturing labelled “Industry 4.0.” Industry 1.0 was based on the introduction of mechanical production equipment driven by water…

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“Groov” brings the future of monitoring manufacturing processes

Opto 22 recently announced a new mobile monitoring and control system called ‘groov.’ When you want to control a packaging machine or monitor tank levels at the far side of the plant, enjoying the convenience of a smartphone or tablet computer at home makes the long walk to a tethered HMI feel like you’re hitching…

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ERP, the cloud, and factory automation

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems have been widely used in manufacturing over the last decade, but more recently as front offices have become more connected with the manufacturing shop floors, EPRs have been implemented as a way to better monitor business operations as a whole. [A]s ERP systems became more affordable and expanded throughout much…

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The Automation Federation helps to fight against cybersecurity breaches

With the recent onslaught of cyber-attacks against institutions and infrastructure, President Obama has ordered the NIST to address the threat. The Automation Federation, complying with a request by the NIST, participated in the first NIST meeting for developing a national cybersecurity program. At the request of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), representatives…

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“Re-shoring” trend in full swing with industrial automation innovations

California automation company, Automation GT, is leading the way in automation options for companies bringing manufacturing from overseas back to the US. Simon Grant, Automation GT’s CEO and President, says the re-shoring issue has become more prevalent in during early and mid-2012. Even though most of the industry has been aware of the trend, Grant…

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