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OMAC Presents PackML Workshop at The Automation Conference

The half-day training session, May 18 at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare, provides PackML fundamentals and applications in packaging and non-packaging related automation
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A Move to X-ray Inspection in the Plant
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A Move to X-ray Inspection in the Plant

The recent Kraft recall shines a spotlight on the need for better quality control systems in food processing. Is X-ray the answer?
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Mobile Operator Interface Gets Key Updates
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Exclusive: Mobile Operator Interface Gets Key Updates

Opto 22’s new release of the groov mobile operator interface system features event notifications, a data simulator, development environment improvements, and platform selection options.
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Massive Layoffs: Still a Skills Shortage?

The oil and gas industry is facing significant job cutbacks. Considering that fact, fewer companies name the skills shortage as a barrier to growth, according to DNV GL’s latest survey results. But that doesn’t mean they can ignore the issue.
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Alliance to Foster Internet of Things Interoperability
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Alliance to Foster Internet of Things Interoperability

The Open Interconnect Consortium and the Industrial Internet Consortium have reached an agreement focusing on the interoperability technology to support an industrial grade Internet of Things architectural framework.
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A redundant Ethernet switch fabric between the controller and I/O level allows differing levels of redundancy to mix freely in t
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GE Argues for Ethernet Backbone

With Ethernet communications so prevalent and cost-effective at the upper levels of process control, it makes sense to take it to the lowest level of the architecture, replacing the traditional rack-based approach.
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The Connected Smart Bottle Is Calling
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The Connected Smart Bottle Is Calling

Thinfilm and Diageo plc partner on a prototype that uses printed sensor tags and near field communication to deliver personalized messages from a bottle on the store shelf to consumers’ smartphones.
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How to Approach Mobile Manufacturing
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5 Questions for Mobile Manufacturing

By answering the right questions, you can reap the benefits of incorporating mobile technology into your operations through careful consideration of key issues.
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Voice-activated commands for machines
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Voice-activated commands for machines

At PACK EXPO East, Beckhoff demonstrated how Google Glasses connected directly to a cloud server make it possible to adjust machine speeds with voice-activated commands.
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Industrial Internet Journey Begins with Asset Management
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Industrial Internet Journey Begins with Asset Management

At the forefront of Industrial Internet technology development and deployment, GE is devoting significant amounts of research into the transformation of technology, people and processes across industries. GE’s Chief Technology Strategist offers insights into how the journey toward the Industrial Internet goal is progressing.
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Get Rid of Dead MRO Inventory

As your production assets evolve over time and your maintenance, repair and overhaul inventory is no longer aligned, don’t let it become a drag on operational excellence.
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Reality Modeling and Its Potential in Manufacturing
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Reality Modeling and Its Potential in Manufacturing

Bentley Systems acquisition of Acute3D, and its alliance with Siemens PLM, could affect how production lines are designed and automated.
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Don't Just React to Problems, Get an Automation Roadmap
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Don't Just React to Problems, Get an Automation Roadmap

Gain process reliability and leverage emerging technologies by understanding your operations, processes, threats and opportunities.
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