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Current Issue: August 2014

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The Second Electrical Revolution

DC power is again having its day.
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The First UHVDC Project

Xiangjiaba Shanghai was the first ultrahigh-voltage direct current (UHVDC) project in the world to go into commercial operation, in July 2010.
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DC for Wind Power

The German company TenneT Offshore GmbH is using an 800 MW HVDC Light transmission system to connect offshore wind farms located in the North Sea DolWin1 cluster to the German national grid.
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Track Parts and Materials on the Fly

Using the latest RFID and image-based technologies, manufacturers like Lockheed are going beyond barcodes to gather real-time data on materials, subassemblies and processes.
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Product Tracking Flash Forward: The Future of Material Handling

In January 2014, a community of about 100 thought leaders published a report called The Material Handling & Logistics U.S.
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Should You Leap into the Mobility Movement?

Remote-site applications that provide field workers with access to real-time operations data are up and running, freeing engineers and industrial technicians from clipboards and control rooms.
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OPC-UA Offers Security for Remote-Site Applications

The lack of consensus on communications standards continues to be a very real obstacle for endeavors like the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0.
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Quality Control Data in One Bucket for Palmer Foundry

An East Coast manufacturer of aluminum castings responds to customers’ needs for more granular quality control data and finds a manufacturing intelligence solution to match its company’s size.
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Faster Finishing

For one machine builder and its commercial printer customer, advanced servo drive technology and the high-speed motion capabilities of an EtherCAT network were essential upgrades to a modular web fini
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Industry 4.0 and OPC UA
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Industry 4.0 and OPC UA

As an initiative to strategically connect IT and automation, Industry 4.0 puts interoperability technologies such as OPC UA front and center.
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What Are You Doing About Cybersecurity?

If you think it can’t happen to you, think again. Survey finds that almost 70 percent of respondents have faced at least one security breach in the past year, and yet they’re still not doing much about it.
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GE Appliances Launches Innovative Manufacturing Model

The FirstBuild Microfactory in Louisville combines community co-creation concepts with micromanufacturing capabilities to get new ideas to market faster.
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Mobile Input Greatly Improves Field Data Collection

In a project to document 3,000 instruments at a refinery, Matrix Technologies was able to cut completion time from 49 weeks to 27 weeks. That was just one of many benefits of moving from paper to tablet PC.
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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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Olive Producer Embraces Automation

The 100-year-old company's first foray into robotics involved installation of a robotic retort tray loader for their packaging line. Says the project engineer, “This experience really changed our mindset regarding automation.”
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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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Will Google glasses play a role in packaging?

Keith Campbell, a Packaging World Contributing Editor and On the Edge blogger, took in the sights and sounds of Dusseldorf this past May to bring us a series of reports on new developments in the packaging controls and automation space being shown at interpack 2014. In case you missed his written, blogged, or podcast contributions, here are a few highlights.
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Fluke Connect wirelessly links test tools to a database via a smartphone
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Preventive Maintenance Departments Gain Anywhere, Anytime Collaboration of Test Tool Measurements

A new smartphone-based data sharing system connects wirelessly and automatically to a variety of Fluke instruments, allowing managers, mentors and consultants to see and share measurement data and video gathered by plant-floor technicians.
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