Archive: Jul 2013

Factory automation and the Internet of Things

With the increase of ethernet and Wi-Fi as the standard for factory floor connectivity, automated factories are moving closer to having an Internet of Things (IoT). Along with intelligent sensors and machines, IoT encompasses cloud computing, analytics, Big Data, mobility and universal visualization. Improved business performance, production efficiency and asset optimization remain the core objectives…

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Google Glass augments the factory

As Google Glass picks up steam with consumers looking to augment their daily lives, it has also received attention from the manufacturing industry as a possible new tool in the automated factory. Google Glass has been getting a lot of press over the past several months, but mostly for consumer augmented reality applications such as…

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Sensor technology to improve efficiency in automation

New sensors not only improve the precision of manufacturing processes, it can help to gather even more information about them than was possible before. “End users are able to extract more information from the production line(s) about the product they’re manufacturing—and to use that information to fine tune the manufacturing process,” says Bob Tremblay, former…

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When things can talk, listen, and respond

Communicating with machines is something that is closer than one might think. According to discussions with representatives from several factory automation companies, the ability to communicate – and have a dialogue – with automation technologies is already taking place and the capabilities are improving dramatically. Many years ago, I had a “philosophical” conversation with Peter…

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Factory automation industry has high hopes for 2013

In a report by IMS Research, it is estimated that the market for factory automation equipment is set to grow 6.2 percent in 2013. This is due to the improved conditions worldwide for the manufacturing sector. The more optimistic outlook for 2013 contrasts with the anemic market conditions of last year that had been aggravated…

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