Call it what you like, but plants are going through a fast -- nearly abrupt -- adoption of technology across multiple fronts. Most of it has to do with connectivity in one way or another, whether it's networks, analytical data, sensored everything, or automated everything. The result of all this comes down to one thing: greater efficiency.
Here at Avnet'd media day in Phoenix, Avnet executives were repeatedly asked about the Internet of Things and whether it was hype. Their response, was roughly "We don't know if it's hype or not, but everything is getting connected and we're ready for it."
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
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