Archive: Oct 2013

Europe looks at 24 hour turnaround for factory automation

A major drawback for many European manufacturers looking to add automation to their factory floors is the price and turnaround time. The costs associated with switching over to an automated factory cause many manufacturers to stick with their current processes. Now there is an alternative: the Factory-In-A-Day project. The FACTORY-IN-A-DAY project’s ultimate goal is to…

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Service documents now available via augmented reality

With automated factories using more wireless machines and data collection taking place in a central location within the factory, servicing and repairing machines has become more difficult than it once was. “When maintenance guys go to the line to fix a machine that’s down, they’re wasting a lot of time,” says Bob Meads, founder and…

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Working without wires in the 21st century factory

As technology changes and we are able to connect to more and more devices wirelessly, new issues crop up that we hadn’t had to deal with previously. One of those problems in today’s factories is how to power some of the wireless monitoring devices that we use to gather information. It’s reasonably common now to…

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Factory automation adding jobs in the manufacturing sector

At Pennsylvania manufacturer Rodon, there is a new employee named Baxter. Baxter is a robot who works alongside his human counterparts, assisting them in their tasks. Factory VP Lowell Allen has put Baxter to work at what he’s best at: boring, repetitive jobs. “Our people have really taken to Baxter,” said Allen. “He’s non-threatening. He’s…

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Cloud computing saving money, increasing productivity

After a slow warming up to cloud-based computing, the manufacturing industry has begun to adopt cloud-based software as a response to the increasing need to for data collection and analysis. The software-as-a-service model, or SaaS, makes it easier for manufacturers to take advantage of cloud computing and the savings that come with it. Manufacturing users…

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