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Improving Resilience, Collaboration and Consistency in Food Processing

It has often been said that necessity is the mother of invention and the COVID-19 pandemic has served as the backdrop for numerous instances when this has been proven true.

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Five Automation Design Tips for the Future

Automation design and system integration: When designing automation for the future, consider open source, capital costs, evolution, multi-vendor capability and cybersecurity.

Great product design using automation and controls isn’t just about solving existing problems faster and cheaper than others. It’s about living in the future. Don’t just do a better version of the same thing. Ask where the industry is heading, ask customers where they want to go, and then design a product that can live in that future.

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Five Tips for Specifying Mobile Robots

Before investing in an industrial mobile robot, get answers for these five questions.

If you are thinking of moving to a mobile robot or automated guided vehicle (AGV), there are questions that should be asked. BlueBotics chief executive officer, Nicola Tomatis, with a PhD in robotics, covered five key areas to consider before buying mobile robotics.

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How a Digital Workforce Can Transform Your Manufacturing Business

A digital workforce reflects the evolution of technology within the modern workplace. This technology is central to the way we do business. As a result, many organisations already use elements of a digital workforce without realising.

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What is Obsolescence in Manufacturing? Tips for Avoiding the Pitfalls

 

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Managing the Cultural Upheaval with Smart Manufacturing

People play a crucial role in the Smart Manufacturing transformation and culture is an important part of that. See some of the ingrained challenges companies face as well as ways to overcome them.

There is a required organizational culture change that goes along with the business process changes to assure the success of achieving high levels of transparency, threaded business processes, and integrated transactions in the value chain. This article focuses on managing the people dimension in the transformation.

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The Rise of Robots-as-a-service in Manufacturing Operations

Robots-as-a-Service uses a cloud-based system which allows for easier requirement changes.

The intent behind these “as-a-service” implementations is to democratize the technology while lowering the barrier to entry for businesses, large and small alike. The “as-a-service” philosophy is becoming more prevalent in today’s working environment and is spreading to new aspects of work. One of those new arenas is robotics as a service (RaaS).

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PLCs evolve with increased functions and efficiency

Programmable logic controller (PLC) technology continues to evolve, which may help market revenue bounce back after a sluggish 2019.

After two years of strong expansion, programmable logic controller (PLC) market revenue growth is set to slow to nearly zero in 2019 due to weak demand from downstream industries, according to IHS Markit | Technology.

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The Future of Global Cybersecurity in the Manufacturing Industry

In 2018, the global cybersecurity market was already estimated to be worth an impressive £91.21 billion, with projections for the year 2024 pegged at £205.59 billion. The application of the Internet of Things (IoT), bring your own device (BYOD), machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) in business has brought a whole new level of hyperconnectivity between industries, their employees and customers. This high degree of connectivity, however convenient and useful to both manufacturers and customers, comes at a great cost as it opens up systems to outside tampering. Coupled with increasingly sophisticated cyber threats and attacks, these innovations will continue to fuel the importance of cybersecurity in all business domains, including manufacturing, and this cannot be ignored. 

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The Future of Manufacturing Technologies

Technology and the manufacturing industry have always worked hand in hand. Recently, however, rapid technological innovation and the Internet have fuelled the ongoing industrial revolution in 2020 where robotic automation is expected to expand its role and impact in various manufacturing settings.

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