Key Industrial IoT Terms Every Manufacturer Should Know

Key Industrial IoT Terms Every Manufacturer Should Know

As a manufacturer, you don’t necessarily need to be an expert on the technology behind IIoT. You’re most concerned with how the technology is going to enable you to deliver quality products on time, keep costs contained, and increase productivity.

This insight is from IndustryWeek.com.

Top 10 Questions to Ask When Choosing an EOAT

Top 10 Questions to Ask When Choosing an EOAT

Without the proper end-of-arm tooling (EOAT), robotics adds little value to a production process. In fact, choosing the wrong EOAT can increase downtime and drive down productivity. Here are the essential EOAT solution questions to ask to ensure you choose an EOAT that maximizes your production and investment.

The insight is from SoftRoboticsInc. You can read the full article by clicking here.

A look at the latest automation in heavy industries

A look at the latest automation in heavy industries

Children are our future — but so are robots. That’s especially true when it comes to manufacturing and other heavy industries, which now more than ever have to do more with less. We can expect 2019 to be a breakthrough year for robotics, so let’s take a look at some of the reasons why.

The following insight is from BossMagazine.com.

Brewery Uses AI And IoT Technology To Improve The Quality Of Beer

Brewery Uses AI And IoT Technology To Improve The Quality Of Beer

Artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT) are becoming more prominent in the food and beverage industry. In a recent interview, Joe Vogelbacher, president and co-founder of Sugar Creek Brewing, shared how AI and IoT are helping his company.

The insight is from Forbes.com.

What Does the Future of Manufacturing Technologies Look Like in 2019?

What Does the Future of Manufacturing Technologies Look Like in 2019?

New smart technologies are changing the face of manufacturing. Nanotechnology, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things are all improving manufacturing processes and helping manufacturers save costs and increase their products' quality. Read the full article in Manufacturing.net.

4 Types of Robots Every Manufacturer Should Know

4 Types of Robots Every Manufacturer Should Know

There is a lot of buzz these days in the manufacturing sector about robots — and how they can help manufacturers address some of the challenges they face in today’s market, such as increased productivity and the scarcity of skilled workers. Read the full article in NIST.gov.

Virtual and Augmented Reality in Manufacturing

Virtual and Augmented Reality in Manufacturing

Both virtual and augmented reality show potential to decrease manufacturing costs and increase safety and productivity. VR is currently used by forward-thinking manufacturers to improve their approach to predictive analytics, and AR is being used to facilitate maintenance and deliver expert support remotely.

Read the full article in Manufacturing.net.

Best Practices Meant for the Whole Digital Transformation

Best Practices Meant for the Whole Digital Transformation

As with any digital transformation process, the devil is in the details, and there are many potential pitfalls that can derail projects. These include:

  • Proof of concepts (PoCs) not grounded in business issues and lacking definable and measurable business benefits prevent advancement beyond the PoC phase.

  • Scatter-gun technology deployments based on telling a good investor story rather than considering their cumulative effect on the business. This can lead to implementing the wrong technology at the wrong time without any positive material impact on operations or profitability.

  • The lack of organizational technology familiarity and skill sets to effectively manage, implement and control the cost of deployments can lead to spiraling timelines and poor ROI.

  • An unfamiliar provider environment and convoluted technology supplier ecosystem can lead to disastrous partner choices.

These Brands Are Making Age-Old Camping Gear With Modern Design And Manufacturing Techniques

These Brands Are Making Age-Old Camping Gear With Modern Design And Manufacturing Techniques

According to the 2017 American Camper Report from the Outdoor Foundation, more than 40.1 million Americans went camping at least one night in 2016, with an average annual spend of $546.41 per person on gear and supplies. That makes camping and backpacking a lucrative industry, with brands aiming to be on the cutting edge of technology and convenience to attract a piece of the multi-million dollar pie. Nowadays, camping has gone high-tech, with several brands introducing new and innovative products for 2019.

Read the full article in Forbes.

A Look at the Latest Automation in Heavy Industries

A Look at the Latest Automation in Heavy Industries

2019 is shaping up to be a pivotal moment in the ongoing evolution of industrial robots. In the US especially, as companies face greater pressure to reshore jobs while at the same time competing with cheaper overseas labor, collaborative, autonomous, and highly dexterous robots represent a welcome compromise. They’re not replacing us — yet — but they’re definitely helping us do all kinds of work faster, safer, and more efficiently.

Read the full article in The Boss Magazine.

Seven Things You Need To Know About IIoT In Manufacturing

Seven Things You Need To Know About IIoT In Manufacturing

Global spending on IIoT Platforms for Manufacturing is predicted to grow from $1.67B in 2018 to $12.44B in 2024, attaining a 40% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in seven years.

  • IIoT platforms are beginning to replace MES and related applications, including production maintenance, quality, and inventory management, which are a mix of Information Technology (IT) and Operations Technology (OT) technologies.

  • Connected IoT technologies are enabling a new era of smart, connected products that often expand on the long-proven platforms of everyday products. Capgemini estimates that the size of the connected products market will be $519B to $685B by 2020.

    Read the full article in Forbes.

How to Make Your First Robot Integration a Success

How to Make Your First Robot Integration a Success

Across the United States, small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) are contemplating integrating industrial robots into their facilities. There is a growing awareness that increasingly flexible and affordable robotics systems can help existing workers in a variety of different ways, taking on repetitive tasks and freeing up staff for higher level work and increasing productivity overall.

To serve this growing need, dozens of robotics systems integrators have come online and promise complete packages to guide manufacturers from initial assessment to fully realized industrial automation. But deferring to these experts can feel a little imposing to manufacturers who rely on established processes they’ve developed internally.

Read the full article in Manufacturing.Net.

Is the Supply Chain Ready for Robots?

Is the Supply Chain Ready for Robots?

Each chapter of the Industrial Revolution reveals a common ebb and flow in the number and makeup of jobs. As early as the steam engine, innovation displaced certain workers with new ones who, for example, had cognitive skills like creativity and problem-solving. This will continue with robots. According to the World Economic Forum, by 2022, the shifting labor division between humans, machines and algorithms will result in 75 million lost job roles, but an addition of 133 million job roles, netting 58 million.

Read the full article in Manufacturing.net.