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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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Manufacturing Automation Futures

Some three decades ago, when American automakers felt threatened by Japanese competition, they had a vision of beating their rivals with “lights out” manufacturing—highly automated factories with robo
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Computer Vision
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Computer Vision: An Opportunity or Threat?

The cost of computer vision systems is coming down dramatically and changing the whole idea of how, when, where and why vision systems are used in manufacturing applications.
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Google Glass Comes to Manufacturing
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Google Glass Comes to Manufacturing

Using the MTConnect app, Google Glass can now be used for training and to receive and share machine operating data.
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Rethinking Industrial Manufacturing Through 3D Printing

As prospects grow for 3D printing technology advancing into the business world, so does anticipation about how it might help product manufacturers increase their competitive capabilities.
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The Setpoint
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Manage Change or Drive Change?

If you don’t drive change, then someone else will roil the waters, send waves right over your boat, and leave you to sink.
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