Industry 4.0

5 Ways Industry Is Achieving ESG Goals through Automation

The manufacturing industry is prioritizing environmental, social, and governance policies more than ever before. Here’s how automation is helping. As the world grows increasingly interconnected, responsible corporate stewardship is becoming more of a priority for company leadership, investors, consumers, and workers who are seeking employment at a business that aligns with...

How Manufacturers Can Become Leaders in Automation Cybersecurity

As factories grow more digitized and connected, they become more valuable as targets for cyberattack. Manufacturing is entering a new era, one marked by high-tech robots, advanced simulation, big data, and internet-equipped smart machines. Each of these innovations brings fresh opportunities for businesses to rethink their assembly processes and discover new...

How Automation Is Advancing Industrial-Scale 3D Printing

Additive manufacturing is achieving its potential with the help of existing automation technologies.   Additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3D printing, has the potential to be a massively disruptive technology. The ability to use a single machine to produce virtually any design seems, at first glance, fundamentally incompatible with traditional large-scale...

5 Ways Factory Automation Supports the Medical Device Industry

Medical devices are subject to strict regulations and high-quality control standards. Automation can help. The healthcare industry is among the most highly advanced manufacturing fields in the world, with tight controls and restrictions governing the development and production of medical devices at every stage. At the same time, researchers and developers...

7 Kinds of Waste Reduced by Digital Lean Manufacturing

How Industry 4.0 is supporting continuous improvement across the production process. For decades, lean manufacturing has been a hallmark of production excellence. The principles behind it, which focus on reducing waste and continuous improvement, have helped businesses improve their processes at nearly every manufacturing stage. When a production process is operating...

6 Ways Augmented Reality Will Transform Manufacturing Automation

As factory automation begins to incorporate augmented reality into its processes, what should industrial manufacturers expect? Of all the new Industry 4.0 technologies, Augmented Reality is the one that, to many people, seems the most surprising. AR devices are often worn like glasses upon which software can project images or instructions...

How Automation Is Shaping Manufacturing Skillsets

New skills will be required as manufacturers shift from old-line manufacturing to incorporate more sophisticated technologies. It’s no secret that the manufacturing industry is facing a skills gap crisis. The causes behind it are varied, but the biggest factors are the retirement of the baby boomers and a younger generation that...

Automation Solutions for Small-Scale Manufacturers

Automation isn’t just for the biggest of the big. Small-batch producers can also benefit. When most businesses think about factory automation, the images that come to mind are of high powered machines and advanced robotics producing hundreds of thousands of components a day, on long complex assembly lines. They don’t think...

5 Ways Smart Manufacturing Offers a Competitive Advantage

Taking full advantage of the IIoT isn’t just about WIFI-enabled machines. It’s about full factory connectivity. Ever since the first cell phone gained Internet access, the word “smart” has been appended to every Internet-enabled device, regardless of its quality or utility. Today, almost every electronic device can be “smart,” from smart...

How Does Factory Automation Factor into the Technology Lifecycle?

Being early adapters of factory automation helps manufacturers innovate faster. One of the most challenging decisions manufacturers have to make regarding the long term health of their business is when to invest in a new technological breakthrough. Factories today are increasingly automated, but it isn't just the automation that is changing...

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