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Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   7/8/2013 6:18:01 AM
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Intersting slideshow, Rob, about how things are improving in the plant environment thanks to the use of new technology. These technologies are evolving quickly, it seems, and that's a good thing. Anything to make the environment cleaner, quieter and more efficient is certainly welcome.

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naperlou   7/8/2013 5:27:58 PM
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Rob, I would like to second that.  This is an interesting area.  Many people are not very much tuned in with it, but the application of computer technologies to the shop floor is what is keeing the US in the game. 

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apresher   7/8/2013 5:48:22 PM
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Rob, Excellent slide show and great, diverse examples of how intelligent automation and control is continuing to revolutionize manufacturing.

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Rob Spiegel   7/8/2013 5:54:37 PM
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Naperlou, Yes, the smart plant is helping to keep the U.S. in the game. It's also keeping Europe in the game. It's helping to fuel the movement to keep manufacturing close to the markets it serves.

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Charles Murray   7/8/2013 7:05:32 PM
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Great slideshow, Rob. Your comment about "endless visits" from system integrators piqued my interest. Are system integrators playing a smaller role in the "brilliant plant?"

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Rob Spiegel   7/8/2013 7:20:30 PM
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I'm not sure they're less commonly used Chuck (though I'd guess they are), but the devices are coming with embedded intelligence that makes deployment easier and quicker. So the integrator's visit is bound to be considrably shorter.

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Elizabeth M   7/9/2013 4:20:25 AM
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Some of these smart plant technologies, too, are what will allow manufacturers to be a part of the Internet of things, connecting myriad devices and systems together for better accessibility, awareness, monitoring and the like.

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Rob Spiegel   7/9/2013 5:30:05 AM
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I hadn't thought of that, Elizabeth. But you're right. And the Internet of Things technology will likely become part of plant technology. With all of the smart devices in the plant connected through the growing power of plant computers and the growing intelligentce of the devices, the plant becomes its own Internet of Things.

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Rob Spiegel   7/9/2013 5:31:46 AM
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I hadn't thought of that, Elizabeth. But you're right. And the Internet of Things technology will likely become part of plant technology. With all of the smart devices in the plant connected through the growing power of plant computers and the growing intelligentce of the devices, the plant becomes its own Internet of Things.

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Debera Harward   7/9/2013 5:37:57 AM
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Excellent post Rob, No doubt by watching these plants we can say that there will be a great revolutionary change in the manufacturing industry in the next few years . And this is a reality that initially people dont accept the new technology but when they come to know about the advantages  they get themselves tuned to it . With these sort of plants manufacturing cost and time will reduce and quantity will increase . But what I think is that initially it will be a huge investment but that investment in the long run will provide advantage as well

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