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New Mechatronics Test Launched
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New Mechatronics Test Launched

The pilot testing period for the ‘PLCs 2’ test, a part of PMMI’s Mechatronics Certificate Program, is open through July 3.
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Finding Big Data Value in the Fog
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Finding Big Data Value in the Fog

While enterprise analytics are happening in the cloud, manufacturers should be looking to distributed analytics—or fog computing—for real-time intelligence processed at the edge devices in the plant.
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Autonomous Cars and Automotive Manufacturing

To capitalize on this emerging market, suppliers will need to expand their manufacturing capabilities, increase collaboration with non-traditional partners, and accelerate the product development proc
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Troubleshooting: When the Obvious Answer Seems Elusive
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Troubleshooting: When the Obvious Answer Seems Elusive

Though many engineers are familiar with the tried-and-true steps to troubleshooting an automated system, the fastest route to an answer can often go unchecked. How an experience troubleshooting the impact of a power supply on a light curtain reminded one engineer of this often-overlooked solution.
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Big Data Analytics Improve Manufacturing Performance

At the ARC European Forum, Intel and Dow Corning detailed how they have used data to make the right operating decisions and save money.
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Automation Roadmap: Assessing Your Network Architecture
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Automation Roadmap: Assessing Your Network Architecture

To facilitate efficient and cost-effective process improvement, your network architecture needs to be thoughtfully planned out, not just patched together.
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It’s Not the Internet of Things; It’s a Business Case

It doesn’t make any sense to buy or sell IoT as a concept, but rather the value the related technologies can bring, whether for turbines or cows. Panelists at The Automation Conference discuss real-world use cases and the best way to get started.
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Co-Created Products Come to Market
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Co-Created Products Come to Market

One year after the launch of FirstBuild, some of the first co-created products—designed though crowdsourcing of engineering and consumer input—are being released for sale.
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 Building the Automation Workforce
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Building the Automation Workforce

With a competitive local landscape and a growing skills gap, Michelin has developed an approach that ensures a steady stream of trained automation employees.
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 Constructive Disruption: A Vision of Smart Manufacturing
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Constructive Disruption: A Vision of Smart Manufacturing

Jim Wetzel, director of global reliability at General Mills and Chair of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, asked attendees at The Automation Conference an important question: “Are You Read
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Dewey Scott of Scott Farms describes how automation and unique serialization have benefited his company.
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Unique Serialization Comes to Fresh Produce

Proudly representing the food industry at The Automation Conference, and the produce industry in particular, was Dewey R. Scott, Operations Manager at North Carolina sweet potato packer Scott Farms.
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Getting Industry to an Internet Frame of Mind

Though we take for granted how much of an impact the Internet has had on our personal lives, the same thinking is not often true when it comes to industry.
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When Automation Adds No Value
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When Automation Adds No Value

The application of automation technologies in the manufacturing and processing industries is always accompanied by estimations of value added after installation. Common industry practices, however, often eliminate this value.
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