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The Connected Car Opens Up World of Possibilities

In the second article of a series on machine-to-machine, Internet of Things, and Big Data, Machina Research provides insights around developments in connected cars. Principal analyst Emil Berthelsen covers current applications and possibilities, market size and potential, and who can benefit from connected vehicles. In a recent study, Machina Research unveiled its inaugural rankings of global...

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Editor's Note: Clear and Present Strength

The IMTS trade show in Chicago this week will prove that manufacturing is not only back but growing. Manufacturing will continue to be a major driver of national GDP, and the buzz about digital manufacturing here shows that technology will continue to the scope and nature of mass production. On my flight to Chicago, I sat behind a gentleman who was reading Wikipedia's entry on numerical control....

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Industry Crib Sheet: Manufacturing Expected to Continue to Rumble

Trade Gap Continues to Shrink on Record Exports Jobs Growth Cools Down Significantly in August New orders to U.S. production plants soared a record 10.5 percent in July on a 74 percent bookings spike in the volatile transportation sector. The somewhat misleading double-digit gain was propelled by an eye-popping 317.3 percent surge in demand for civilian and commercial aircraft as well as a 97.7...

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The Light Side: HitchBOT Journeyed for Human-Robot Relations

BugJuggler: A Robot for Juggling Volkswagens Fossils Suggesting 'Dinosaur Daycare' Discovered The smiling, smart-talking hitchhiker robot known as hitchBOT, which quickly rose to viral fame as it made its way across Canada, has proven that humans and bots can trust one another until the Terminators arrive. It was a wild 4,000-mile hitchhiker's journey for hitchBOT that began on July 27 at the...

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Why Accenture Thinks It Can Rattle IBM in PLM

The continuing evolution of manufacturing digitization, of which product life-cycle management (PLM) is a part, is spurring global demand for PLM and enterprise resource planning software integration services. Consultant Accenture ranks second only to IBM in the PLM services market, and its eye is on facilitating the manufacturing digital enterprise. While they might not be the celebrities of the...

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Book Review: 'Warehouse Management' Is a Full-Spectrum Analysis

Warehouse Management is an all-in-one resource for managers who wish to look at everything there is to be learned about modern warehouse best practices and how the warehousing function ties into a larger role in supply chain efficiency. Warehouse Management: A Complete Guide to Improving Efficiency and Minimizing Costs in the Modern Warehouse, 2nd Edition (Kogan Page, 2014), by warehouse...

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Collaborative Robots: A Gateway Into Factory Automation

There is a misconception that robotic work cells are not compatible with custom or small-batch manufacturing common with small and medium-sized enterprises. But human-robot production environments, made possible with safer and collaborative-style robots, are tangible and lower-cost entrees to automation for such companies. Manufacturing is an integral part of a nation's fiscal stability and...

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How Wearable Technologies Can Transform Field Service and Maintenance

Wearable technology such as smartglasses hold great potential for raising productivity and turning the manufacturing environment into an immersive, interactive one. Such devices can "augment reality" by providing shop managers and production workers streams of information about the real-time performance and condition of machinery on the factory floor. However, while wearables on the production...

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Smart Companies Leverage Green Supply Chains for Competitive Benefits

Green supply chains bring major benefits, including better brand image and, more than ever, competitive advantage. Many companies are still just reacting to sustainability, due partly to upfront costs and efforts. But, as many other organizations have proven, there is a lot of pay-it-forward and hidden value to be realized. At first going green was a nice but not required corporate endeavor to...

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Editor's Note: Pardon the Interruption

The general media hyped up 3D printing as the end of manufacturing as we knew it. We knew better than that to be true, as it has proven to be a supportive rather than disruptive technology. We won't be seeing the real game-changing effects of 3D printing until we design and engineer products around it. When 3D printing finally burst into the mainstream, some manufacturers downplayed it...

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