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Automation World Focuses on  the Industrial Internet of Things
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Automation World Focuses on the Industrial Internet of Things

A new quarterly print supplement, companion e-book and newsletter dedicated to the topic of the Industrial Internet of Things set to debut this fall from Automation World.
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Connecting Expertise Along the Supply Chain
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Connecting Expertise Along the Supply Chain

A combination of video, audio and data can be used to connect remote experts in the manufacturing supply chain to avert or solve production bottlenecks and train workers.
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IT Delivers on Automation’s Promise

Sign up to receive timely updates from the editors at Automation World and download this FREE Special Report on the transformative power of data in manufacturing. By integrating information and automation technologies, manufacturers are finally achieving major gains in productivity from their automated systems.

Managing Relationships Among Operations, IT and Engineering
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Managing Relationships Among Operations, IT and Engineering

In an MES project, each of these actors has different goals and viewpoints that sometimes turn out to be almost confrontational. However, the contribution of each is critical to the success of the project and its subsequent maintenance and evolution.
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How Eli Lilly Does In-Line Medical Device Inspection

Quality management of Eli Lilly medical devices got faster and more accurate with the use of an advanced vision system incorporating a 5 Megapixel camera and telecentric lens that inspects at the point of assembly.
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How to Develop a Project Plan
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How to Develop a Project Plan

The biggest key to successful project management is having a well thought-out project plan.
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A packaging problem led to the voluntary recall of 96,000 pounds of hot dogs across the U.S. in April. The Apriso software addresses such a problem.
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New Software Touts Global Visibility for Food & Beverage Manufacturers

Through its Delmia Apriso manufacturing operations management software, Dassault Systèmes is addressing packaging accuracy and better access to more detailed traceability metrics. The new application delivers KPI and other data to smartphones and tablets for quicker decision-making.
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Automatic Down Time Tracking & Real-Time Reporting
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Automatic Down Time Tracking & Real-Time Reporting

Virtual Presentation: Using a real-time tracking system to replace paper-based systems, Bush Brothers discovers major packaging line benefits.
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Upgrading That '70s Interface

The move to distributed control systems that deliver data in a digital format made old interfaces obsolete. But what some thought were improvements were actually obstacles.
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Help Wanted: Rebuilding the U.S. Manufacturing Skills Pipeline

Though U.S. manufacturing is on a steady path of growth, the threat from the skilled worker shorter could derail that. Here are some effective strategies to address the skill shortage.
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Peter Schluter, former CEO of Lab-Volt (left) and Dr. Nader Imani, CEO of Festo Didactic
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Technical Education: Festo Didactic Acquires Lab-Volt

The merger promises that educational institutions and industrial companies around the world will see new offerings in multimedia education programs in the electronics, electrical and mechanical engine
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Project Management Software Vs. Excel Checklists
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Project Management Software Vs. Excel Checklists

How simple, familiar tools like Excel—when used correctly and shared with everyone—can be used to very effectively support continuous improvement.
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Siemens Aligns Around Industry 4.0
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Siemens Aligns Around Industry 4.0

The keynote address at Siemens 2014 Automation Summit highlighted how the digitized vision of manufacturing, as prescribed by Industry 4.0, will play out in Siemens’ plans for the future.
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Test-Centric Assembly
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Test-Centric Assembly

If the goal of your assembly process is perfection, then using the test-centric approach as a process and a strategy is worthy of consideration.
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Your Line Is Watching You

You’re co-packing drink mix stick-packs in sixteen different flavors.
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Honeywell Makes LEAP in Project Execution

Introduced this week at the Honeywell Users Group (HUG), Lean Execution of Automation Projects combines Universal IO, virtualization and cloud engineering to take automation out of the critical path.
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