Archive: Jan 2014

How to manage the risks of obsolete technologies

With all of the new automation and data collection technologies emerging today, its hard to know what will be a good, long-term investment and what will become obsolete and inevitably need to be replaced. Because budgets are a little bit tighter than they once were, there is more thought going into how to best spend…

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How energy can impact the automated factory

One of the areas that manufacturers may not take into account when looking at their manufacturing costs is energy usage. This can happen for many reasons, but most often this happens because it is hard to measure exactly how much energy is used for any given task since the cost of energy can differ depending…

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Smart manufacturing and its effect on the industry

Over the last few decades the manufacturing industry has been undergoing constant change in an effort to keep up with technology and economic conditions. Some recent changes on this front have been “Smart Manufacturing” and advanced sensor robots that can “see” and “feel”. The technologies used for the implementation of “smart manufacturing” or “smart production”…

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The state of manufacturing as we start the new year

As reported on IndustryWeek.com, the manufacturing industry ended 2013 on a high note, registering 57% on the PMI index from the Institute for Supply Management. In addition to this, December marked the seventh consecutive month of growth on the PMI. The reading was just 0.3% below November’s reading, slightly exceeding analysts’ consensus forecast for the…

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