You have ‘big data,’ now what?

“Big Data” has been popularized over the last decade in factory automation circles since the industrial Internet of Things (IOT) began to be integrated into manufacturing facilities. One issue with the recent increase in the collection of “Big Data”, though, is what do companies even do with that information? …the words Big Data are merely…

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Real-time factory automation data now available on mobile devices

Downtime, output, rejection rate. All available at any time. In your pocket. It sounds a bit like science fiction, being able to see what’s happening in a factory instantly. But it really isn’t. The time has finally come when no matter where you are on the shop floor, or in the world, you can keep…

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The future of security in the automated factory

Wireless technology, the Internet of Things, and factory automation have come together in a way that has helped manufacturers collect more data, make adjustments, and see what’s happening on the factory floor from anywhere, as long as they have an internet connection. This convenience and access to information have revolutionized the manufacturing industry, however, facilities…

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The benefit of applying IoT to manufacturing

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been discussed more and more often recently as internet technologies have improved and data collection has become more actionable. What does this mean for the automated factory? As more useful data is able to be collected and internet and cloud technologies become more widespread and secure, the automated factory…

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How to prepare for a factory automation overhaul

Whether updating existing factory automation technology or adding automation for the first time, there are some basic areas that, if taken into account, will ensure the success of any automation project. When beginning an automation installation, planning, building your team, choosing equipment, and thorough testing are the best way to get the most of updating…

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China fights back against the rise of automation with automation

It’s no secret that manufacturing jobs have been leaving China at an increasing rate. The job losses have been caused by rising labor costs in China and the falling automation prices elsewhere. While China has historically been home to fewer robots per-capita than other nations, it is on its way to catching up – expecting…

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Robots of the future could feel, learn

When we think of robotics, we imagine dirty, dangerous machines performing simple, repetitive tasks, and stealing jobs from humans. Today, however, we have machines that work hand-in-hand with humans, performing variable tasks and have the ability to tell the difference between the different parts and products that they are working on. The problem is that…

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Factory automation, a German example

The traditional thought on including automation in a factory setting was that it would perform all of the dirty and dangerous jobs, but not be able to do much more than that. This view, however, is quickly changing as technology gives rise to more sensitive and more utilizable. While most auto plants use robots for…

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Looking at the future of factory automation

With the popularity of factory automation growing, there are more and more predictions about what the future of automation will bring to the manufacturing industry. There are three major initiatives that have been suggested recently, one suggests that efficiency should be replaced by fulfillment, another looks at moving to the next step in information technology,…

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