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What Manufacturers Need to Know About Industry 4.0

June 21, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

You’ve heard the phrase, right? Industry 4.0

But do you know what it means?

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Filed Under: Technology, Manufacturing, Internet of Things

5 Technological Innovation Stories You Might Have Missed

June 12, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

When you write for a living, it also means you read — a lot. It's my job to stay informed about manufacturing, specific capabilities, supply chain, logistics and other topics like robotics, the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) that fall under the technological innovation umbrella.

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Filed Under: Technology, Manufacturing, Robotics, Innovation, 3D Printing, AI

How IoT is Creating Logistics and Supply Chain Efficiency

June 09, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Consumers are a demanding bunch. They want what they want and they want it now! They also want to know where their product is at all times. Think about it: If you can implant a chip in a dog and know where it is when it runs off, why can't you do the same thing with a load of product on a ship, train or truck? Or even a specific product on a pallet or in a box?

The Freightliner Inspiration Truck on a U.S. Highway near Las Vegas, Nevada. On May 5, 2015, Daimler Trucks introduced the Freightliner Inspiration Truck, the world´s first autonomous truck to be granted a license for road use. (Photo courtesy of Daimler)

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Filed Under: Logistics, Technology, Supply Chain Management, Internet of Things, Innovation

How IoT Intersects With HVAC and What It Means to You

May 12, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

I was at a recent conference where we broke into groups to discuss how technology was disrupting our industries, or was likely to do so in the future. There were six people in my group, all from different industries — health care, logistics, education, real estate, web design and manufacturing. It was fascinating to hear real life stories of the way technology has seeped into everything we do. But it’s even more riveting to hear the stories of boundless potential waiting just around the corner.

Photo by Aleksandar Pasaric/pexels.com 

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Filed Under: Technology, Internet of Things, HVAC

Top Robotics Blogs to Bookmark for 2017

December 20, 2016 by Patty Rasmussen

I’m old enough to remember when the word “robot” conjured up images of Rosie, the cartoon housekeeper for the Jetson family, or Robot B9 on Lost in Space. The idea seemed to be that robots would be large, metal human-like creations that would take over the menial or dangerous tasks humans no longer wanted to do.

These days, pop culture presents a much more nuanced and darker version of the robot – check out HBO’s Westworld or the BBC’s Humans and you’ll see what I mean.

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Filed Under: Technology, Robotics

Top Internet of Things Blogs to Bookmark for 2017

December 08, 2016 by Patty Rasmussen

The other day a colleague and I sat down with one of the engineers in our office to talk about the Internet of Things (IoT). While we talked, he sketched the picture above. It's one of those things that made sense at the time. It's good for a chuckle, right? 

The IoT is one of those topics that can be tough to pin down. Developments in IoT move fast, and in that spirit we offer this brief list of blogs to bookmark and Twitter handles to follow to stay up to speed with this rapidly changing sector. We invite you to add some of your favorite blogs on this subject in the comment section below.

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Filed Under: Technology, Internet of Things, Innovation

Top 11 Internet of Things (IoT) Blogs and Resources of 2016

June 14, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

The Internet of Things seems to be buzzing no matter which way you turn, but where can you go for the most up-to-date information and thoughtful perspective? No worries -- we've scoured the web and done the work for you. Below is a list of the top 11 IoT blogs and sites of 2016 (thus far). Dive in, and enjoy building your connected world.

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7 Misconceptions About the Future of Robotics in Manufacturing

June 07, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

In September 2015, The Boston Consulting Group predicted that investment in advanced robotics will increase to around 10 percent annually (up from 2-3 percent today) over the next decade – a direct result of corporations beginning to realize the positive economic implications of sophisticated automation. BCG also projected that, across select industries, more than 40 percent of manufacturing tasks will be completed by robots by 2025. 

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Filed Under: Technology, Manufacturing

The Future of Virtual Reality (VR) in Manufacturing

April 12, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Virtual reality used to be relevant to the gaming industry alone, but the times, oh my, they have changed. This technology has the potential to reshape major industries, from healthcare to industrial design to hospitality. While the potential undoubtedly exists, the technology remains largely underutilized in most industries. Its coming-of-age is now underway, allowing companies to digitally see and interact with their designs, as well as troubleshoot potential issues, pre-production. Read on to learn what this could mean for the global manufacturing sector.

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Filed Under: Technology, Manufacturing

5 Virtual Reality (VR) SlideShares You Don't Want to Miss

April 05, 2016 by Mary-Kerstin Hassiotis

Virtual reality (VR) is making waves, and it's affecting more than just the gaming world. From medical technology to employee training, VR has amazing potential to launch us into industry 4.0 in a major way. Check out the five SlideShares below to learn more about this incredible technology and get some different perspectives on the future of VR across industries!

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Filed Under: Technology