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Three Ways the Internet of Things Will Change Manufacturing Forever

Three Ways the Internet of Things Will Change Manufacturing Forever | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it
Connected “things” are everywhere and manufacturers have some of the greatest opportunities to leverage IoT technology on the plant floor.
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Enhancing Ethernet for Industrial Applications

Enhancing Ethernet for Industrial Applications | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

These days, Ethernet can be found in factory automation as well as industrial monitoring and control systems—but not without some modifications. Here’s a look at how enhancements to Ethernet help it meet stringent industrial requirements.

Murry Shohat's insight:

Commoditized Ethernet is far less expensive than proprietary fieldbusses used in factory and process automation. This detailed article covers all the key bases leading to safe and effective exploitation of Ethernet in factory automation.

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Manufacturing Megatrends: The Big Issues Transforming Industry

Manufacturing Megatrends: The Big Issues Transforming Industry | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Manufacturing is experiencing a massive transformation in technology, workforce and global interconnectedness. The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) asked senior industry executives to assess how disruptive megatrends impacted their businesses in 2015.

Murry Shohat's insight:

The MAPI report, summarized in this slide-show article, underscores the role of technology as it emphasizes the negative role of U.S. tax policy on manufacturing. Nothing new here, but the emphasis is the story.

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How Digital Is Manufacturing?

How Digital Is Manufacturing? | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

So, just how digital is manufacturing? And how digital are you? A new paper whose title asks that exact question aims to answer it with hard numbers — and the outlook is mixed, at best.

Murry Shohat's insight:

This paper is worth your attention even if you've moved manufacturing to data-based operations. Early lessons prove the merit but the front-end bootstrap costs can be prohibitive for smaller firms.

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Meet the 2015 IndustryWeek Best Plants Award Winners: Champions of Manufacturing

Meet the 2015 IndustryWeek Best Plants Award Winners: Champions of Manufacturing | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

The IndustryWeek Best Plants Awards annually salutes outstanding North American manufacturing facilities. Here are the winners:

  • Applied Technical Services Corp.
  • Bard Shannon Ltd.
  • Camcraft Inc.
  • Carrier Transicold North America
  • DePuy Synthes
  • MasterCraft Boat Company
  • Pratt & Whitney – North Berwick Parts Center
  • Victaulic
Murry Shohat's insight:

Manufacturing technology is always a core component in these awards.

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The 2016 World Economic Forum Misfires with its Fourth Industrial Revolution Theme

The 2016 World Economic Forum Misfires with its Fourth Industrial Revolution Theme | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

The forum is a unique venue crafted by the German economist, Klaus Schwab, more than 40 years ago. Its primary mission is to engage the world’s elite in future forecasting, with the objective of preparing them for “the next big thing.”


While the central theme of each year’s forum is often spot on and, more often than not, inspiring and thought-provoking, occasionally, the forum misfires.

Murry Shohat's insight:

"The Fourth Industrial Revolution" may be over-reach. More like evolution than revolution? Nevertheless, the forum almost always produces  interesting and thought-provoking views.

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The State of Manufacturing Technology in 2016… and Beyond

The State of Manufacturing Technology in 2016… and Beyond | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

New technologies are changing the economies of scale so that large- and small-scale value chains can be successful.

Murry Shohat's insight:

IDC's Kimberly Knickle delivers a rich rundown of the manufacturing technologies that loom large in our near-term future.

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New Workforce Culture Emerges Spurred by Technology Training

New Workforce Culture Emerges Spurred by Technology Training | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Teaching software systems to their employees, Dowco created a culture that is more flexible and responsive to employees' needs. 

Murry Shohat's insight:

This is an interesting, even compelling story. New software technology promised improved manufacturing but no one in the workforce was trained to use it... until they were.

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8 industries robots will completely transform by 2025

8 industries robots will completely transform by 2025 | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it
Get ready for "connected" cars and "robo-advisors."
Murry Shohat's insight:

Interesting predictive infographic. We agree with most of it.

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C-Level Execs: Cloud Will Shape Future More Than Any Other Tech

C-Level Execs: Cloud Will Shape Future More Than Any Other Tech | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

We have so much wonderful technology at our fingertips, from smartphones to wearables to new iterations we in the general public probably haven’t even dreamed of yet. But which tech will shape the future the most? 

Murry Shohat's insight:

For many manufacturers, "the cloud" is a fearful environment to entrust data and applications. This article aids understanding, taking some of the fear out of the opportunity.

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Why a fruit sorting robot will disrupt industrial automation | ZDNet

Why a fruit sorting robot will disrupt industrial automation | ZDNet | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

"Our world-class industrial sensing and control team has combined high-powered image-processing algorithms with low-cost sensors and commodity hardware to allow 'soft' control of robots when the task is not rigidly defined," says Chris Roberts, head of industrial robotics at Cambridge Consultants. "The system is capable of handling objects for which no detailed computer-aided design model exists."

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How Robots Can Save and Create Manufacturing Jobs

How Robots Can Save and Create Manufacturing Jobs | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

These examples illustrate that properly implementing technology like robots to support corporate strategy can ultimately lead to reduced costs, improved productivity, operational efficiency- and employment gains.

Murry Shohat's insight:

There's a cybernetic dyamic at work when robots take over a wide range of tasks. For any nation, careful implementation can almost literally make 2+2 = 7.

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To Solve the Skilled Workforce Shortage, Manufacturing Executives Must Respect People Who Work With Their Hands

To Solve the Skilled Workforce Shortage, Manufacturing Executives Must Respect People Who Work With Their Hands | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Manufacturers seeking skilled workers would do well to honor and reward the part of their workforce who can work with their hands. But if manufacturers continue to offshore these jobs, my advice to young people is to look to the trades for a high paying, secure job that can't be outsourced.

Murry Shohat's insight:

World tensions -- and their trajectory -- suggest that the U.S. should get behind STEM education as a national priority with security overtones.

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Lightweight Research Effort Now Turns to Al-Li Parts for Jet Engines

Lightweight Research Effort Now Turns to Al-Li Parts for Jet Engines | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it
LIFT, the Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow initiative research the formation and evolution of aluminum-lithium alloys
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Nanotechnology in Manufacturing: The Future is Now (Part 2)

Nanotechnology in Manufacturing: The Future is Now (Part 2) | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

In its Atoms to Products (A2P) program, DARPA funds five more projects at universities, businesses, and institutions that aim to bring nanoscale precision and functionality to manufacturing methods and products. Part I covered techniques that apply biology and micro-robotics to manipulate nanoparticles; this gallery addresses other techniques and objectives.

Murry Shohat's insight:

Here's a slide-show article that will definitely get your science fiction-to-fact juices flowing. I need to double my life-span to watch these possibilities come to fruition for the benefit of humankind.

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Consider a modern DCS for your next project

Consider a modern DCS for your next project | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

“We must embrace the convergence of information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT), and use the same network technology in the factory as at the enterprise level,” said Genovesi. “We want Ethernet for peer-to-peer, supervisory and device-level communications so we can get at the plant data, do our KPIs [key performance indicators] and integrate the enterprise to the plant floor.

Murry Shohat's insight:

Rockwell Automation's Kevin Zomchek offers a cogent argument consistent with technology trends. If your operation has been dragging its feet on digital control, listen to the writer.

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NIMS Sets New Record for Skills Certifications in 2015

NIMS Sets New Record for Skills Certifications in 2015 | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills reports it issued a new-record 21,420 new credentials during 2015 to individuals seeking job-related certification — a 20% increase from the total issued during 2014. The previous year’s total of 18,947 new certifications represented a 36% increase from 2013, and was declared a new record for NIMS.

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The Future of Automation—and Your Job

The Future of Automation—and Your Job | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

The difference today is that digitization is dramatically reducing transaction costs and helping spread the changes farther and faster than before. Moreover, a new kind of automation—artificial intelligence—puts different kinds of jobs at risk than the mechanical automation of previous eras. Particularly affected are tasks that require cognitive skills, many of which are found in middle-skill jobs.

Murry Shohat's insight:

Important point-of-view is backed by facts. AI + robotics widens the playing field, spreads the impact.

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Smart robots could soon steal your job

Smart robots could soon steal your job | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

A report by Bank of America has warned that even skilled jobs will soon start disappearing because of the rise of artificial intelligence.

Murry Shohat's insight:

A fresh spin and it's worth reading. This report goes well beyond manufacturing to suggest that robots will displace occupations as diverse as bakers, models, telemarketers (gives new meaning to robo-calls) and more.

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Advancements in Robotics – How Collaborative Robotics Can Bring Manufacturing Back to North America

Robots are increasingly being used in a lot of new ways in markets they have never been before. Those new trends are especially visible in the area of small-...

Murry Shohat's insight:

Warning: this excellent video presentation is over an hour long. It contains high quality content. At times, it's dull to watch. Overall, it delivers insight into motion control robotics that might work for you. Grab some popcorn and a notepad...

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Is the Reshoring Trend Over Before it Started?

Is the Reshoring Trend Over Before it Started? | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Offshoring of U.S. manufacturing operations is not only outpacing reshoring but gaining strength, according to a new report from management consulting firm A.T. Kearney.

Murry Shohat's insight:

This report contrasts sharply with others, notably reshoring via robotics factories. Perhaps we're not seeing a full and complete picture here.

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Manufacturing's Digital Future

Manufacturing's Digital Future | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

“Whether your product is steel or computers, or paper or automobiles, the true lifeblood of your business is not things. It’s information …”

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Urgent Action Needed for Industrial IoT

Urgent Action Needed for Industrial IoT | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Industries are reinventing their businesses with IP connectivity, with Cisco predicting that more than 50 billion devices will be connected by 2020. The global competition to create smarter manufacturing presents a large opportunity for both existing engineers and new talent to engage in a much more dynamic industrial jobs market.

Murry Shohat's insight:

If IoT training is the answer, what's the question?

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Toyota Pours $1 Billion into AI Research

Toyota Pours $1 Billion into AI Research | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Headed by Gill Pratt, former program manager in the Defense Science Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, TRI will focus on technologies “using artificial intelligence and big data,” according to Toyota.

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China Completes Production of C919 Passenger Plane

China Completes Production of C919 Passenger Plane | Modern Manufacturing Technology | Scoop.it

Although the C919 is made in China, foreign firms are playing key roles by supplying systems as well as the engines, which are made by CFM International, a joint venture between General Electric and France’s Safran.

Murry Shohat's insight:

Worth watching this endeavor. If you've ever had Chinese-made shoes fall apart as you are walking, worry about standards attends everything made in China.

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