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Emerging Tech News: IIOT
17th December 2018

Tackling cyber security in the age of smart manufacturing

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The global smart manufacturing market is booming, expected to grow over 15 percent annually for the next five years, reaching almost $480 billion by 2023. But while smart manufacturing is an overwhelmingly positive trend, allowing production lines to respond to real-time developments and keeping the sector relevant and efficient, there is one key obstacle. As volume of smart tools on the factory floor increases, so does the chance of being a victim of cyber crime.

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Emerging Tech News: Robotics/Automation
11th December 2018

Are you ready to join the robotic revolution?

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With Industry 4.0 now in full swing, the pressure is on for manufacturers to accelerate the digital transformation of their own operations and the increasing role of robotics at each stage of the manufacturing process is becoming apparent.

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Emerging Tech News: New Materials
11th December 2018

Largest ever R&D investment set to make UK composites world leader

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£36.7 million is being invested in 10 new technologies, tailor-made to the NCC’s specifications, in order to push the state of the art and speed the development of new processes for all forms of composite manufacturing. Funded, in part, by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), the iCAP programme will bring composites into the digital age, increasing production rates and quality while improving efficiency and reducing cost (iCAP stands for Digital Capability Acquisition Programme).

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
11th December 2018

Infrared benchmarking 3D printing

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Advanced vision systems could ensure high-quality, reproducible parts from 3D printers. Researchers at the U.S. Department at Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago have added an infrared camera to the high-energy X-ray source at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source to allow researchers to measure thermal signatures across surfaces in real-time. The camera was funded through a Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program as part of Argonne’s Manufacturing Science and Engineering Program.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
11th December 2018

Best practices for overcoming IIoT data challenges

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Managing your Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) environment can quickly become a little like herding cats. With potentially hundreds of thousands of internal and external IoT end points driving an explosion of data, several challenges arise quickly, including IoT-network scaling, lack of support, data protection and security.

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Emerging Tech News: Robotics/Automation
11th December 2018

From CAD to CNC in 3 Steps

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Online AI automation helps engineers go from CAD to production in minutes, giving a competitive edge to companies who adapt quickly to change.

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Emerging Tech News: Electric Drive
4th December 2018

Dana’s powerful electric drive system

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Drive specialist Dana is now offering its advanced Spicer Electrified with TM4 e-Hub Drive, a sophisticated and efficient system for heavy duty off-highway applications. Built to be robust, this new system will be suited to difficult machine applications for mining, quarrying, construction and reach stacker applications.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
4th December 2018

Renishaw, Sandvik enter metal additive manufacturing agreement

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Metal additive manufacturing company Renishaw has initiated a collaboration with Sandvik Additive Manufacturing, in which Renishaw will supply Sandvik with RenAM multilaser systems, with the goal of substantially increasing Sandvik’s printing capacity.

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Emerging Tech News: IIOT
4th December 2018

Where do IIoT and manufacturing strategy intersect?

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It’s not machines but people that are vital to developing and executing the right manufacturing strategy. IIoT is nonetheless an invaluable toolset.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
4th December 2018

Catching up on 3D printing trends

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This is a collection of reports, books and new items will get you up to speed on the 3D industry's latest developments.

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Emerging Tech News: Robotics/Automation
4th December 2018

Amazon releases Robomaker, a platform to test and deploy robotic applications

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Recently, Amazon announced Robomaker, a service that allows developers to create, test and deploy robotic applications through their Amazon Web Service (AWS). Acting as a toolkit of sorts, Amazon touts Robomaker as a one-stop shop, providing machine learning and monitoring/analytics services integrated into AWS via the widely used open-source robotics software framework, Robotic Operating System (ROS).

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Emerging Tech News: Robotics/Automation
4th December 2018

Five ways robotics is changing the manufacturing industry

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The advancement of robotics is something that’s affecting almost every industry, with manufacturing at the fore. When we incorporate robotics into manufacturing processes and factory operation, we could see an improvement in output. This is the result of better efficiency and leads to an increase in revenue.

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Emerging Tech News: IIOT
4th December 2018

Microsoft announces new additions to IoT platform Azure

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Microsoft has made several additions to its industry-agnostic Azure IoT suite that it says will help companies approach the Internet of Things (IoT) more holistically, including a dashboard for security deployment, security protection for connected microcontroller devices, and a platform to create virtual models of physical environments.

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Emerging Tech News: IIOT
4th December 2018

Internet of Things poised to impact manufacturing

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With internet-connected devices becoming more and more common, the time is soon approaching that companies will be able to take advantage of the Internet of Things in a way that has a major impact on their business.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
3rd December 2018

Additive manufacturing gains acceptance in manufacturing

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FABTECH 2016 panelists reflect on the developments and applications propelling the technology forward.

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Emerging Tech News: Electric Drive
27th November 2018

The All-electric Rivian R1T is a dream truck for adventures

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After spending the better part of the last decade operating completely out of the spotlight, U.S.-based automotive startup Rivian has finally debuted its first electric vehicle: a five-passenger pickup truck called the R1T.

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Emerging Tech News: New Materials
27th November 2018

Royal opening for McLaren Automotive’s new Carbon Fibre Innovation and Production Center

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The McLaren Composites Technology Center (MCTC) aims to be a world-leader in innovating lightweight carbon fibre and composite that will work together with future powertrain development to save weight and produce greater efficiencies.

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Emerging Tech News: Robotics/Automation
27th November 2018

Geek+ raises $150M for supply chain robotics

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Beijing-based robotics firm Geek+ has secured the world’s largest Series B finance injection in logistics robotics, with the US$150mn investment having been led by Warburg Pincus.

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Emerging Tech News: Robotics/Automation
27th November 2018

If you want to see the latest in robotics, attend one of these events

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People interested in robotics often eagerly read magazines and blogs to stay up to date on the latest developments. It’s helpful to do those things since reading expands knowledge. However, it’s an entirely different experience to see new robotic technologies in action by attending a specialty event.

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Emerging Tech News: IIOT
27th November 2018

Why your shop needs an IIoT roadmap

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An IIoT roadmap defines a specific path for reaching data-driven manufacturing. This roadmap shows where a manufacturing company is starting out, and then defies how to proceed along a continuous series of implementations.

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Emerging Tech News: Robotics/Automation
27th November 2018

Automation Federation updates automation competency model

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A review team of automation experts recently convened in Research Triangle Park, N.C., to perform the third critical review of the Automation Competency Model (ACM) since its inception in 2008.

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Emerging Tech News: Electric Drive
27th November 2018

Sono Motors bumps up overall cost of its Sion EV

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Germany’s Sono Motors started as a garage project, with the full-on sustainable mobility dream morphing into an automotive company in 2016. Its Sion family EV features solar panels on the hood, roof and body that provide a little extra range.

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Emerging Tech News: Robotics/Automation
27th November 2018

Fiat is said to weigh robotics arm sale for up to $2.3 billion

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is considering options for its robotics arm, Comau, including a potential sale at a value of 1.5 billion euros to 2 billion euros (US$1.7 billion to $2.3 billion), people familiar with the matter said.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
27th November 2018

BigRep unveils Nera, a 3D printed, fully functional e-bike

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According to BigRep, the Gernam manufacturer and NOWlab, the Nera feathers airless tires, 3D printed rims, frame, fork, and seat. The e-bike was designed by two NOWlab experts, product designer Mattia Cristofori and Maximilian Sedlak, an applications specialist and parametric designer.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
27th November 2018

BMBF Project creates novel concepts for metal 3D printing in automotive production

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The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) project has concluded after three years of examining the “Integration of Additive Manufacturing Processes in Automobile Series Production,” also known as “AutoAdd.”

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Emerging Tech News: IIOT
27th November 2018

Beyond industry 4.0: Getting to tomorrow’s manufacturing solutions today

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For Dassault Systèmes DELMIA, what many see as the manufacturer’s nightmare of growing consumer expectations for mass customization and speed of delivery, they see as a golden opportunity. They’re software and services company specializing in digital manufacturing management and advanced manufacturing simulation.

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Emerging Tech News: Electric Drive
27th November 2018

Porsche is said to plan $6.8 Billion profit push for e-cars

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Porsche AG has an ambitious plan to improve operating profit by 6 billion euros ($6.8 billion) over eight years, by streamlining operations as the automaker spends more to develop and manufacture electric cars. 

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
20th November 2018

Formnext 2018: The 13 key trends and developments for the additive manufacturing industry

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Formnext was a great show but, as always, the complaint rang out that there wasn’t really much new information or new product launches. What companies are doing is shifting toward actual manufacturing. Car companies are producing tens of thousands of parts; medical companies as well. Aviation is gearing up for broader adoption.

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Emerging Tech News: Robotics/Automation
20th November 2018

Oracle teams up with Waypoint Robotics to pitch automation to customers

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Waypoint Robotics, the New Hampshire startup that set out to build the iPod of robots, has hooked up with Oracle to bring robots to some of the Fortune 500 companies that rely on the $40 billion, California-based behemoth for their software.

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Emerging Tech News: Robotics/Automation
20th November 2018

On the wings of automated freedom

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Professor Phil Webb, the Royal Academy of Engineering Airbus Chair in Aero-Structure Design, Aerospace Integration Research Centre, Cranfield University, looks at the challenges involved in human-robot collaborative manufacturing, the kinds of robots involved and how they work, and the future implications for the industry.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
20th November 2018

Additive manufacturing collaboration to work towards reducing part production time

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GKN Powder Metallurgy, a materials and parts producer, has entered into a strategic partnership with additive manufacturing technology supplier EOS. Together, the companies have designed a new, high-productivity process for laser metal 3D printing that has reduced production time by 70 percent and overall cost by up to 50 percent.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
20th November 2018

MTC and NASA Partnerships underway for space additive manufacturing technologies

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Following the establishment of the Additive Manufacturing Benchmarking Center (AMBC) by the European Space Agency (ESA), the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), located in Conventry, U.K., is developing a partnership with NASA scientists for technology used on space missions.

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Emerging Tech News: Robotics/Automation
20th November 2018

AI-as-a-Service: Win-win business

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As manufacturers across a wide variety of industries look to increase operational efficiency through automation, they’ll need to design and implement custom IIoT solutions. The efficiency benefits of automation are clear: automated machines can make more goods at a faster rate, all while minimizing errant operations. By connecting automated devices at the edge of their network, companies can also measure IIoT data in real time to optimize production and keep critical infrastructure running smoothly.

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Emerging Tech News: New Materials
20th November 2018

Computers a million times faster using new materials

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While computers have come a long way since the early days of computing, researchers are constantly seeking ways to improve aspects of the technology. Now, researchers at Georgia State University (GSU) have made what they think is a key breakthrough involving materials called transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs). 

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Emerging Tech News: IIOT
20th November 2018

Metso, in collaboration with Rockwell Automation, introduces new predictive maintenance solution

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Metso is expanding its digital Metso Metrics offering with the launch of a new predictive maintenance solution for mining equipment, aimed to help maximize the uptime and performance of comminution circuits. 

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Emerging Tech News: Electric Drive
14th November 2018

Nikola launches third hydrogen-electric semi

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While some vehicle manufactures, like Tesla and Ford, see the future of big rig road haulage as all-electric, others are banking on hydrogen-electric hybrids. Nikola Motors is one such company, already having two truck designs en route to production. Now there’s a third on the way, with the Tre being developed specifically for European roads.

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Emerging Tech News: Robotics/Automation
14th November 2018

Robots become more collaborative, intuitive and capable

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Robot technologies are finding a place across the industrial spectrum, driven in large part by a lack of humans available to get the job done. A variety of robotic improvements also help.

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Emerging Tech News: IIOT
13th November 2018

Seeing the full potential of AR/VR

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How believably immersive has Augmented and virtual reality become?  While they are exciting new technologies, what is the true value to manufacturers?

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Emerging Tech News: IIOT
13th November 2018

BIS TeL, Siemens partner for MindSphere

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BISTeL, a leading provider of adaptive intelligent (AI) applications for smart manufacturing has announced that it has joined the MindSphere Partner Program, Siemens’ partner program for Industrial IoT solution and technology providers. 

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
13th November 2018

Markforged celebrates over 100 global shipments of Metal X 3D printer

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Boston 3D printer manufacturer Markforged has announced the completion of over 100 worldwide shipments of its Metal X system. The announcement comes almost two years since the product was announced at CES 2017, and eight months into the machine’s commercial availability.

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Emerging Tech News: Electric Drive
13th November 2018

Bosch and Daimler choose San Jose for Autonomous vehicle trials

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Bosch and Daimler are partnering on the production of autonomous vehicle technology, with San Jose, Calif., announced as the pilot city for testing during the second-half of 2019.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
13th November 2018

MetalMaker 3D launches rapid prototyping service for 3D printed metal parts

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MetalMaker 3D, a Connecticut-based start-up, has launched a rapid prototyping service integrating 3D printing with investment casting. Aimed at creating functional metal parts, the service has been launched as a more cost-effective alternative to Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS).

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Emerging Tech News: IIOT
7th November 2018

Edge computing enables IIoT implementations

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The manufacturing industry is leading the way when it comes to Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) implementations. Manufacturing must continuously strive to improve operations to remain competitive, and the data available through IIoT implementations enables attainment of this goal.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
7th November 2018

IRO3D starts shipment of $5,000 metal 3D printer

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IRO3D, a metal 3D printer startup based in Seattle, has started shipment of its $5,000 desktop systems. Available for U.S. pre-orders from May 2018, the company reported in June that production was “on schedule.” Now IRO3D has reportedly completed 4 orders within the past few months, delivering to a potential reseller in Hong Kong, one Canadian company, and two independent customers in the U.S.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
7th November 2018

Tekna opens $5.5M production plant for additive metal powders

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Tekna, a Canadian producer of metal powders for additive manufacturing, has increased its production capabilities with the expansion of new manufacturing infrastructure, in Sherbrooke, Quebec. The additional facility, created through a $5.5M investment, will be used to relocate administrative staff, as well as research, develop and deploy new metal powder production units.

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Emerging Tech News: Electric Drive
7th November 2018

Three considerations for replacing motors

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When purchasing an electric motor, there’s more to consider than just its speed, power, voltage and torque. In fact, before delving into the technicalities of a brand-new motor, manufacturers should consider whether they really need an upgraded model at all.

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Emerging Tech News: IIOT
7th November 2018

Making sense of supply chain 4.0

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Many suggest that digital transformation is about applying digital technologies—such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), the Internet of Things (IoT) and Blockchain—to operational processes and creating improvements. The trouble with this definition is that it doesn’t explain what exactly changes in supply chain management—that is, what gets “transformed”—when  digital technologies are adopted. 

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Emerging Tech News: Robotics/Automation
1st November 2018

OnRobot launches first U.S. headquarters in Dallas

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OnRobot, a global leader in end-of-arm tooling for collaborative robots, has opened its first U.S. headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Selected for its close proximity to OnRobot partners, Dallas will also provide a central location that is easy for both customers and staff to visit for training demonstrations and sales meetings.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
30th October 2018

Advances in additive manufacturing hold great promise for the aerospace industry

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Additive manufacturing, a layer-based manufacturing process similar to 3D printing but with a focus on an end product rather than a prototype, appears to have finally reached the right combination of technological advancement and technical know-how to forever alter the landscape of the aerospace industry. 

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
30th October 2018

EOS introduces the M 300-4, a ‘future-proofed’ metal industrial AM system

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Industrial additive manufacturing (AM) has one overriding goal today: To increase productivity while significantly reducing cost per part, which sounds like a tall order. In addition, new AM solutions must be able to integrate into current production while being ready—the word “future-proofed” is sometimes used—for up-and-coming applications. 

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Emerging Tech News: IIOT
30th October 2018

Seco partners with MachineMetrics for manufacturing analytics

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Seco Tools is expanding its customer service capabilities through a partnership with MachineMetrics, a supplier of manufacturing analytics systems. Seco plans to use the MachineMetrics industrial internet of things (IIoT) platform and its manufacturing analytics applications as a cornerstone in its expansion into new technology services. With the data provided, Seco can help its customers make data-driven decisions.

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Emerging Tech News: Electric Drive
30th October 2018

Hitachi’s electric drive project for Europe

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Hitachi Construction Machinery is partnering with Kiesel Technologie Entwicklung (KTEG) to develop electric construction machinery for sale in Europe. Kiesel is one of Hitachi’s European distributors and this agreement will also include developing special application products for the European market.

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Emerging Tech News: Robotics/Automation
30th October 2018

ABB to invest $150 million in robotics factory in Shanghai

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ABB Ltd. will invest $150 million to build a robotics factory in Shanghai, as the Swiss manufacturer capitalizes on China’s rising consumption and aspiration to transform into a technology pioneer. This new factory will set out to “shape the next generation of manufacturing, the next generation of capacity,” Chief Executive Officer Ulrich Spiesshofer said in a recent interview.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
23rd October 2018

Mitsubishi enters the metal 3D printing market with new additive manufacturing system

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The Japanese electronics manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has announced the development of a new metal additive manufacturing process. Dubbed as “dot forming technology,” the technique combines laser, CNC and CAM technologies to produce near-net metal parts.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
23rd October 2018

Fraunhofer IKTS researchers use FFF 3D printing to make harder 3D metal prints

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Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) have found a way to make harder 3D prints in metal using Fused Filament Fabrication, which originates from the plastics processing industry.

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Emerging Tech News: Robotics/Automation
23rd October 2018

MIT has just announced a $1 billion plan to create a new college for AI

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One of the birthplaces of artificial intelligence, MIT, has announced a bold plan to reshape its academic program around the technology. With $1 billion in funding, MIT will create a new college that combines AI, machine learning and data science with other academic disciplines. 

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Emerging Tech News: IIOT
23rd October 2018

Where are the IoT solutions?

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Four years ago Roger Bou, director of the IoT Solutions World Congress (IoTSWC), saw the hype and potential of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). However, while there was a lot of talk about what IoT could do, there was a noticeable lack of solutions. Here, companies discuss specific solutions in various verticals.

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Emerging Tech News: Robotics/Automation
23rd October 2018

Global industrial robot sales doubled over the past five years

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The new World Robotics Report by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) shows that a new high record of 381,000 units were shipped globally in 2017 — an increase of 30 percent over the previous year.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
18th October 2018

A look at the properties of 3D printed tungsten

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Tungsten is a dense, robust metal that has a number of valuable applications, particularly in the chemical industry thanks to its corrosion resistance. Its hardness and extremely high melting point, however, have made it a difficult material to 3D print. 

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Emerging Tech News: Electric Drive
16th October 2018

Bollinger Motors stretches out with all-electric pickup truck

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The market for all-electric trucks you might one day be able to buy – from Tesla or Bison, for instance – is really heating up. Last year, Bollinger was among the start-ups to flash a glimpse at an upcoming all-electric truck, the shape-shifting B1 “sport utility truck” capable of quickly transforming between 4x4 utility vehicle and small pickup. 

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Emerging Tech News: Robotics/Automation
16th October 2018

AI in manufacturing: Ready for Impact

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For all the focus manufacturers have been placing on digitization, and especially on intelligent automation technologies, AI has yet to have a significant impact on the factory floor. This is about to change, believes Harald Bauer of McKinsey. 

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Emerging Tech News: IIOT
16th October 2018

Rockwell Automation launches executive podcast series on Smart Manufacturing, the Industrial Internet of Things and technology and business trends

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Industrial companies are taking smart manufacturing strategies from the whiteboard to the production floor to bring new value to their operations. To help executives keep current with technologies and trends that can accelerate their digital transformation, Rockwell Automation is launching an executive podcast series, “State of the Industry: Your Guide to the Future of Smart Manufacturing.” 

 

 

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Emerging Tech News: Electric Drive
16th October 2018

BMW ramps up investment in China to meet electric demand

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German automaker BMW is taking a majority stake in its China joint venture and investing 3 billion euros ($3.5 billion) in factories there, underscoring the importance of the Chinese market as the company prepares to meet increased demand for electric vehicles. 

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Emerging Tech News: IIOT
16th October 2018

Why cybersecurity matters in the age of the Internet of Things

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The Internet of Things (IoT) sounds like the goal of a mad scientist and, in some ways, it is. The goal of IoT is to create a physical and digital network of everyday devices, such as smartphones and automobiles, that are in constant communication. It is also an incredible resource for data gathering and comprehension, and it would allow businesses to track their devices in real time and monitor their operational efficiency.

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Emerging Tech News: New Materials
9th October 2018

New material could provide for future smooth travels

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While technology continues to evolve, resulting in stronger steel or advanced uses for graphene, other researchers have homed in on composite materials and the potential capabilities for 3D printing. Scientists from the University of Surrey teamed with counterparts from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the University of California, Irvine to develop a new 3D printed material that is stiff, strong and flexible.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
9th October 2018

Nuclear technique helps validate theoretical model for optimized laser material deposition in additive manufacturing

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Neutron diffraction strain scanning measurements at ANSTO have validated a new theoretical model that successfully predicts the residual stresses and critical deposition heights for laser additive manufacturing.

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Emerging Tech News: Electric Drive
9th October 2018

Clemson students unveil 600-horsepower hybrid race car prototype

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Students at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) unveiled their newest Deep Orange concept vehicle, sponsored by Honda R&D Americas Inc. (HRA). After two years, the 19-student team unveiled the high-performance, fuel-efficient motorsports prototype at the ALL-IN Auto Rally Ride & Drive event at Clemson University Saturday, Oct. 6.

 

 

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Emerging Tech News: Robotics/Automation
9th October 2018

A new developmental framework could allow robots to optimize hyper-parameters autonomously

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Researchers at Ecole Centrale de Lyon have recently devised a new developmental framework inspired by the long-term memory and reasoning mechanisms of humans. This framework, outlined in a paper presented at IEEE ICDL-Epirob in Tokyo and pre-published on arXiv, allows robots to autonomously optimize hyper-parameters tuned from any action and/or vision module, which are treated as a black box.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
9th October 2018

What microCT scanning can do for additive manufacturing

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X-ray microcomputed tomography (microCT) has become widely used as a way to analyze and test additively manufactured parts, particularly for dimensional measurement and porosity analysis. In a paper entitled “X-Ray Microcomputed Tomography in Additive Manufacturing: A Review of the Current Technology and Applications,” a group of researchers takes a look at the various ways microCT has been used in additive manufacturing, and the benefits and limitations of each.

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Emerging Tech News: IIOT
9th October 2018

How edge computing is impacting manufacturing

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Manufacturing sits proudly at the heart of the U.S. economy and, in 2018, the industrial revolution continues its charge with sustained IT innovation and automation. Where factory floor employees used to print off component lists for product assembly, they now barcode scan for the designs and quickly locate parts in the warehouse.

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Emerging Tech News: IIOT
9th October 2018

Overcoming challenges at the industrial edge

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What cloud vendors often call “the edge” is in reality the center of your universe and your customer’s operations. If you can obtain a clear view into the state of your equipment each moment, as well as details about the environments in which they operate, there is tremendous opportunity for optimizing productivity, reducing costs and increasing revenue.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
9th October 2018

Tooling systems manufacturers Wilson Tool International introduces new 3D printing division

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More and more these days we're seeing applications for 3D printing in the tooling sector. Minnesota-based Wilson Tool International, a top provider of tooling solutions since 1996, recently announced that I had just added a new division, called Wilson Tool Additive, to help the prolific tooling company adopt additive manufacturing capabilities.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
9th October 2018

Parts specialist uses 3D printer to replicate components

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Online spare parts specialist buyanypart.co.uk has announced that it is to start a 3D printing service for farmers struggling to source obsolete components.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
27th September 2018

How engineers use additive manufacturing

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Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, helps companies manufacture parts more quickly than traditional methods, easily adding customization options and helping designers to be more creative without incurring costs. Engineers play critical roles in helping their firms become more efficient and competitive, and additive manufacturing can play a large part in accomplishing those goals.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
27th September 2018

Generative design, fusion 360 and humanoid robots

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Last week, Autodesk hosted the Accelerate 2018 conference at their new office in downtown Toronto. Autodesk Accelerate has traditionally been heavily focused on PLM, but this year a new topic took center stage: generative design, a fairly new addition to the company’s engineering software portfolio. The technology allows users to specify constraints and load cases for a mechanical design, to which it generates dozens or even hundreds of possible designs. 

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
27th September 2018

Hybrid manufacturing & the future of 3D printing for production

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Where’s my 3D-printed car? For that matter, where’s my 3D-printed house or clothing or smartphone? 3D printing was supposed to be the biggest technological game-changer since the PC. But what have we gotten for the past three decades? Trinkets, art projects, prototypes and the occasional medical or aerospace pièce de résistance.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
27th September 2018

What lies ahead for 3D printing?

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3D design and printing technology has advanced at an alarming rate. We can now print complex objects from different materials, in different colors, in rapid time — even in the comfort of our own homes. Then there’s the varied commercial applications for 3D printing (3DP). 

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Emerging Tech News: Electric Drive
27th September 2018

Volkswagen announces intention to develop 10mn EV vehicles by 2022

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Volkswagen revealed it will build 27 different models for four group brands based on the MEB, beginning with the Volkswagen ID model, which is expected to be released off the production line at its Zwickau facility in Germany towards the end of 2019.

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Emerging Tech News: IIOT
27th September 2018

How the Internet of Things is changing cybersecurity

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The Internet of Things (IoT) has completely changed our lives as we are now able to interact with other people, and our own things, wherever we are and whenever we want to. A side effect, however, is that we are now more susceptible to cyberattacks than ever before, as our private data is no longer private and our devices are interconnected on all fronts.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
20th September 2018

3D printing simulation: Where are we now?

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3D printing simulation is a fairly broad term that covers any simulation aspect of the 3D printing process, ranging from the melting of particles in a feedstock to the actual toolpath simulation required to build a part. There is a range of different companies offering simulation solutions for each and every aspect of the process and the target demographics of each of these software packages are as wide and varied as the software products themselves. 

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Emerging Tech News: Electric Drive
20th September 2018

Siemens set to unveil world’s first autonomous tram

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Siemens, alongside its development partner Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam (ViP), will present their findings at InnoTrans 2018 to show how a tram will drive autonomously in real traffic. It is anticipated that the project will reveal the technological challenges of autonomous driving under everyday conditions, which can then be developed and tested to accelerate research.

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Emerging Tech News: Robotics/Automation
20th September 2018

Are robots all hype? One company may have the answer

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Tokyo-listed Nidec Corp. makes motors of all sizes that show up in just about everything: cars, washing machines, even hard-disk drives from back in the day. This ubiquitous yet low-profile company has a knack for anticipating major business trends, so when Nidec starts ramping up investment in robots, an important trend could be in the offing.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
20th September 2018

HP’s Metal Jet 3D printer may build your next car’s innards

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A number of companies offer metal 3D printing, which creates products and components layer by layer with a computer-controlled system tracing its lineage to ordinary inkjet printers. But on Monday, print giant HP announced it’s entered the market with the ambition to dramatically lower prices, courtesy of a $400,000 product called Metal Jet. 

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Emerging Tech News: IIOT
20th September 2018

This is what manufacturing’s future looks like

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By 2025, the sector called Industry 4.0 — the Fourth Industrial Revolution — is expected to generate close to $1 trillion in economic value, much of it unlocked by the efficiencies and disruptions transforming factories and production lines around the world.

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Emerging Tech News: Robotics/Automation
20th September 2018

How automation is transforming the supply chain process

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While many businesses view a fully digital supply chain as a pipe dream, they can start their journey through a small and non-intimidating step: implementing workflow automation. Starting small with workflow automation allows organizations to streamline simple manual process like contract signatures and work all the way up to more complex tasks, such as supplier performance management.

 

 

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Emerging Tech News: New Materials
13th August 2018

$25 million from chemical giant advances Materialise’s 3D printing partnership with BASF

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Numerous large companies have been increasing their state in 3D printing materials manufacturing, but BASF is the largest chemical producer in the space. The German chemical giant has continued to throw its weight around, mostly recently investing a massive $25 million in Materialise, the nearly 30-year-old Belgian 3D printing software developer and service provider.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
31st July 2018

Watch the future of manufacturing emerge from a giant vat of gel

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The MIT’s Self Assembly Lab is inventing entirely new ways to create a new generation of objects, including Rapid Liquid Printing, where an object is printed inside a vat of gel, allowing designers to rapidly print flexible, complex shapes.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
31st July 2018

BASF and Materialise strengthen cooperation with $25 million investment

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BASF is expanding its cooperation with Materialise, a supplier of 3D printing technologies, working together within the framework of an open business model to improve materials and software for various 3D printing technologies. The companies are focusing on applications in the consumer goods, automotive and aviation industries and the partners intend to accelerate the development of innovative applications and new materials.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
31st July 2018

Vanderbilt University strikes gold on 3D printed defects

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Defects in 3D printed parts can cause tremendous failures in a finished component. Luckily, new research from Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, has gleaned a new way of detecting faults. By introducing gold nanoparticles into the 3D printer material, researchers can now quickly scan parts to help predict failures before they happen.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
31st July 2018

3D printing shifts from carpet to concrete

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Ultimaker’s North American president discusses the evolution of the desktop 3D printer and how they have immediate cost and time benefits on the factory floor.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
31st July 2018

High speed metal 3D printing earns award for Fraunhofer ILT

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Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT) and RWTH Aachen University have won an award for development of Extreme High-Speed Laser Material Deposition (EHLA). In place since 2000, the Berhold Leibinger Innovationspre is is one of the most prestigious awards in laser technology, and is presented every two years by a panel of experts from science and industry.

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Emerging Tech News: New Materials
31st July 2018

Move over, graphene: Iron ore mineral becomes newest 2D material

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When it comes to new materials, thin is most definitely in. Brazilian researchers have created a new two-dimensional material called hematene, which is made up of sheets of iron ore just three atoms thick. And as is often the case with 2D materials, hematene seems to have different properties to its regular form.

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Emerging Tech News: Robotics/Automation
31st July 2018

Manufacturing Minute: Airplane engine repairing robots VIDEO

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Emerging Tech News: IIOT
31st July 2018

5 ways IIoT will revolutionize the oil and gas industry

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The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the future of the oil and gas industry. As the Internet of Things’ (IoT) network of devices, sensors and software brings about change in consumers’ daily lives, this particular industry is lagging behind. Oil and gas have been facing challenges, largely attributed to the antiquated and inefficient approach that many companies take to maintain assets and collect data. This article looks at five ways that IIoT will revolutionize the oil and gas industry.

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Emerging Tech News: IIOT
31st July 2018

Filament is making blockchain IIoT as easy as USB

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Blockchain technology is moving into more and more commercial and enterprise applications — from supply chain to energy production and even potential automotive applications. The ever-expanding Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is going to require solutions for automation and security alongside its solutions for connectivity and blockchain, with its promise of facilitating encrypted, automated and verifiable transactions between systems, looks poised to be the answer. 

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
31st July 2018

Future electric components to be printed like newspapers

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A new manufacturing technique uses a process similar to newspaper printing to form smoother and more flexible metals for making ultrafast electronic devices. The low-cost process, developed by Purdue University researchers, combines tools already used in industry for manufacturing metals on a large scale, but uses the speed and precision of roll-to-roll newspaper printing to remove a couple of fabrication barriers in making electronics faster than they are today.

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Emerging Tech News: 3D Printing
31st July 2018

Is 3D printing bringing a revolution in the aerospace industry?

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3D printing has enabled the creation of complex components with reduced costs and turnaround times in the highly-regulated environment of aerospace. Especially in the field of 3D printing of service parts, the aerospace industry can benefit from the increased asset uptime, reduced costs, lighter components, more durability, and increased customer satisfaction. 

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Emerging Tech News: IIOT
31st July 2018

Top seven reasons manufacturers should host enterprise technology

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As one of the leading industries that was an early adopter of process automation, manufacturing is often ahead of the curve when it comes to seeking ways to improve processes – yet still has work to do in the technology adoption realm. While the trend for cloud adoption is increasing over on-premises solutions overall, some organizations are hesitant to make the transition to the cloud.

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Emerging Tech News: Electric Drive
31st July 2018

Audi begins electric motor production in Gyor, Hungary

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German OEM Audi has officially initiated series production of electric motors for e-tron in Gyor, Hungary. For the production of electric motors, the Audi Hungaria facility installed the innovative production equipment and islands within just one year. The departments for the development of electric motors and for production planning cooperated closely with the prototype manufacturing/ production technology center in Gyor to develop the required expertise.

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Emerging Tech News: Electric Drive
31st July 2018

Tiny Microline EV now street legal in Europe, moving into production

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Initially revealed back in early 2016, the Microlino promised a new electric interpretation of the classic 1950s bubble car, the BMW Isetta. After some unexpected design delays they stylish little EV has finally been approved as street legal, with production to commence immediately and first deliveries expected by early 2019.

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Emerging Tech News: IIOT
31st July 2018

Not all data is created equal

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Going beyond the initial collection of connected device or sensor data to deride actional insights is essential in today’s highly competitive, digital business landscape. In order to optimize operational efficiency, satisfy customer demand and maintain security, manufacturing organizations must continually monitor and understand all of the data their machines are constantly producing.

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Emerging Tech News: IIOT
31st July 2018

Going from good to great in manufacturing through data

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As the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has evolved, manufacturing organizations have gained access to more information than ever before. At the same time, global supply chains and production processes have become more complex in order to support increasingly sophisticated products.

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Emerging Tech News: Robotics/Automation
18th July 2018

Robotic process automation and business process management

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Manufacturers in several different industries are already using physical robots to assemble, test and package their products. Despite the improvements these robots have made in streamlining the assembly line, the manufacturing industry continues to face significant issues when it comes to automating back-office and operational processes. These include problems in keeping up with new regulations and finding skilled labor, as well as issues surrounding inventory management, procurement, and customer communications.

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