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Surge in Conveyance Innovation
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Surge in Conveyance Innovation

Following years of innovation in automation component advances, a number of recent announcements in conveyance systems highlights how new automation technologies are spreading throughout all aspects of the manufacturing process.
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Crowd-Sourced Design and Engineering
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Crowd-Sourced Design and Engineering

A new partnership between GE and Local Motors focuses on a manufacturing model that pairs co-creation and micromanufacturing to develop and bring to market new GE Appliances.
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Autodesk Takes 3D Printing Open Source
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Autodesk Takes 3D Printing Open Source

Engineering and design software supplier Autodesk adds a new wrinkle to the developing 3D printing scene by positioning its 3D printing hardware and software as open source templates, much like Google did with the Android OS.
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Near Field Communication Connection to Smart Motors
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Near Field Communication Connection to Smart Motors

Lenze’s Smart Motor product brings smartphone programmability to drive parameter setting.
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The Amazon.com-Magnetic Encoder Connection
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The Amazon.com-Magnetic Encoder Connection

Posital CEO Christian Leeser contends that magnetic encoders’ combination of extreme environment durability, energy harvesting capabilities, high-precision and a smaller footprint will lead the techno
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Automation Line Designed for Change
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Automated Assembly Line Designed for Change

Flextronics’ Universal Automation Line is an assembly line comprised of multiple stations that can be changed to adapt to new products or production processes.
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Beyond Manufacturing: Robot Musicians
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Beyond Manufacturing: Robot Musicians

Robot bands are beginning to multiply with the help of global technology collaborations. The latest development on this front is the composition of some serious original music for these automated musicians.
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Glide-Line’s New Approach to Conveyor Design
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Glide-Line’s New Approach to Conveyor Design

Unable to get the conveyors it needed to address customer demands, a system integrator sets out to address the problem on its own and ends up creating not only a new conveyor product, but a different
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Friction Stir Welding
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Welding Innovation Improves Manufacturing Versatility

A new friction stir welding technique gives manufacturers the ability to weld complex, three-dimensional shapes.
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QR Code for Private Cloud BYOD
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QR Code for Private Cloud BYOD

A new option for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) operations is designed to let companies open up their systems for approved BYOD use without exposing their data to public cloud sites.
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Engineers Agree to Disagree on HMI Direction
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Engineers Agree to Disagree on HMI Direction

If one thing is clear in the debate over high-performance HMIs and highly graphical HMIs, it's that the issue is far from settled.
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From Smart Manufacturing to Manufacturing Smart
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From Smart Manufacturing to Manufacturing Smart

Why manufacturing is a core enabler of the Internet of Things.
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Bionics and Industrial Automation
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Bionics and Industrial Automation

Festo continues its research into biomechatronics to influence efficiency, construction, integration, and operation of its industrial automation and engineering products.
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National Instruments Expands Robot Competition
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National Instruments Expands Robot Competition

Working with the World Robot Olympiad, National Instruments launches a pilot for a new competition centered on use of LabView.
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Are Industrial Equipment Companies Ready for Industry 4.0?

Like many companies, industrial equipment (IE) manufacturers are either considering or pursuing the digitalization of their operations.
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