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The Plant’s Been Smart for Years
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5/28/2015  2 comments
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
Siemens PLM Updates Solid Edge With ST8
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5/27/2015  Post a comment
The enhanced ST8 includes new functionality designed to help users accelerate design speed and improve the user’s ability to leverage synchronous technology. The update offers greater flexibility in choice of platform and purchasing options, according to the company.
Unstructured Big Data Is a Big Manufacturing Challenge
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5/26/2015  1 comment
Manufacturers have to manage a wide range of data, and unstructured data -- from PDFs to video files -- has become a big challenge as the new world of Big Data emerges.
Siemens App Marketplace: A 1-Stop Shop for Solid Edge
Product News 
5/21/2015  Post a comment
Siemens PLM has launched an online store to help customers search for, compare, and purchase partner-developed apps for its Solid Edge software.
Design Visualization Is Advancing in the Plant
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5/21/2015  Post a comment
Advanced visualization can depict an entire plant in motion, while also detailing an individual workstation. Individual products can be rendered different for each discipline involved — marketing, engineering, or suppliers.
Collaborative Robots Are Helping Fuel a Robotics Boom
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5/20/2015  Post a comment
The market for small, flexible robots is growing at a time when robots in general are surging in popularity in plants across the globe.
Smart PLCs and PACs — More Complex and Easier to Use
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5/19/2015  Post a comment
Increased processing speeds and greater intelligence in smaller devices is changing traditional PLCs and PACs. The PAC is morphing into a PLC, and they both may be replaced by embedded PCs.
The Internet of Things Isn’t Waiting for Standards
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5/14/2015  2 comments
IoT will continue developing at a fast pace, even if interoperability standards lag.
PTC Doubles Down on IoT Market
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5/12/2015  3 comments
PTC has invested half a billion to stake its claim in the burgeoning Internet of Things world, including some significant acquisitions in the IoT market to boost its position.
IoT Buzz Sounds Like the Dot Com Era
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5/7/2015  3 comments
PTC's LiveWorx 2015 IoT conference is tauting the transformative power of connected everything.
LiveWorx IoT Conference Will Stream Free
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5/4/2015  Post a comment
PTC will stream its LiveWrox IoT conference for free beginning Tuesday, May 5.
Reshoring Nets 10,000 New Jobs in 2014
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4/30/2015  2 comments
With outsourcing down and reshoring up, the US saw a net gain of 10,000 manufacturing jobs that would have gone overseas last year.
Executives Need to be on the Hook for Cyber Security
Blog 
4/29/2015  1 comment
Effective cyber security requires auditing and clearly defined security clearances.
Supply Chains Will Change Radically over the Coming Decade
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4/28/2015  Post a comment
The supply chain will change significantly over the next 10 years as industry 4.0 technology enhances supply chain performance, according to the 2015 MHI Annual Industry Report, “Supply Chain Innovation — Making the impossible possible.”
The 10 Greatest Inventors of the Mid-20th Century 
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4/24/2015  7 comments
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Moving Big Data to Equipment Design
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4/23/2015  1 comment
Industrial equipment can be improved by pushing big data from operations into the design process.
Steep Growth in 2015 CAD Adoption Trends
Blog 
4/22/2015  1 comment
CAD trends survey shows steep growth in 3D printing, cloud services, PLM, and simulation.
Automation Tools Bring Viability to Renewables
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4/21/2015  Post a comment
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they’re temperamental. A cloudy day kills solar and a still day renders the wind turbines useless. Automation tools, however, are providing a path to help these renewables become practical.
The EU Forges a Pan-European Push to Enable IoT
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4/17/2015  2 comments
Fifteen European research centers have launched EuroCPS to help European companies develop innovative products for the Internet of Things.
Design Tools Get Comfortable in the Cloud
Blog 
4/16/2015  1 comment
From CAD and PLM to collaboration and simulation, the range of software tools that support design are growing and available on somebody else’s servers.
Great Robots from Film and TV
Blog 
4/10/2015  5 comments
To help close out National Robotics Week, we talk you on a walk through images of robots depicted in film and TV over the past six decades.
Industrial Robots Are Changing the Factory
Blog 
4/8/2015  1 comment
Just in time for National Robotics Week, here's a collection of industrial robots that are changing the very nature of the factory.
National Robotics Weeks Hits the STEM World
Blog 
4/6/2015  1 comment
National Robotics Week runs April 4-12, 2015 and offers a wide range of activities, events, and resources to show the importance of robots and the creativity that goes into robotics.
Design Engineer Pay Varies Widely in 15 US Cities
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4/2/2015  4 comments
Design engineer compensation varies widely by location. If you live in Boston, your salary will average more than $90,000, nearly $20,000 above the national average. But if you live in Cleveland, your salary will average almost $10,000 below the national average.


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