How to Approach the Risks of IoT Technology

For the past two decades the manufacturing world has been hearing about Internet of Things (IoT) devices. These devices are designed to not just collect operations data as their predecessors did, but also connect and communicate with a broader array of networked devices to help provide a holistic—or at least near holistic—view of plant operations.…

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Church & Dwight Chooses Rockwell Automation for Manufacturing Cybersecurity Resilience

Consumer packaged goods company Church & Dwight has selected Rockwell Automation’s technologies to help build resiliency and minimize risks in its operations technology (OT) manufacturing security practices. Church & Dwight’s brands include Arm & Hammer, Arrid, Nair, Orajel and WaterPik. According to Church & Dwight, its goal in working with Rockwell Automation is to gain…

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Acceptance Sampling: Elevating Product Quality Through Statistical Rigor

Maintaining quality is super important for business success. A really useful tool companies can use is acceptance sampling. Acceptance sampling is a stats-based method that lets businesses evaluate a batch or shipment of products by checking a representative sample. Instead of inspecting every single item, which can take a long time and cost a lot,…

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The Quest to Identify and Automate Manufacturing Processes

With the drive to reshore manufacturing operations back to the United States, automation is increasingly viewed as a crucial enabler to make domestic production economically viable versus offshore alternatives. However, according to Forrester’s 2024 Smart Manufacturing Predictions, implementing software and hardware automation to boost competitiveness in reshored facilities has proven more challenging than expected.  One…

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Omron and Neura Robotics Partner on Cognitive Robot Development

Neura Robotics, a supplier of cognitive robotics technology, and Omron Robotics and Safety Technologies, a supplier of industrial robotics and automation, have announced a partnership focused on introducing cognitive robots into factory automation. These cognitive robots will reportedly use advanced AI (artificial intelligence) capabilities to improve manufacturing efficiency, flexibility and safety. The companies say that,…

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What the CIO’s Evolution Means for Manufacturing

Historically, CIOs have been the stewards of corporate IT, focusing on data management, network infrastructure and software applications that support the business’s administrative functions. However, the digital transformation of industry requires CIOs to take a broader view, extending their influence to operations technology (OT) systems—the hardware and software that controls production processes. The technology on…

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Lean Principles in Healthcare: Driving Patient-Centric Excellence

Healthcare systems are always looking for ways to improve patient care quality, save money, and streamline how they work. Lean principles have emerged as a powerful solution. Lean ideas started with Toyota to minimize waste and maximize value for car buyers. Applying these ideas to healthcare helps organizations optimize processes, reduce mistakes, and ultimately provide…

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Nvidia Expands Collaboration with Industrial Automation Tech Suppliers

Until recently, Nvidia was a technology supplier whose products were largely used in the automation sector primarily for advanced simulation graphics. And that makes sense because Nvidia is well-known for its graphics processing unit technology, better known by the acronym GPU. Because of this, Nvidia has long been a major player in the gaming industry.…

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3 Predictions for Industrial Robots

The use of robots in industry in 2024 will be marked by “a growing focus on the critical role of AI (artificial intelligence),” said Marc Segura, president of ABB Robotics Division. “From mobile robots and cobots, to enabling new robotic applications in new sectors and creating new opportunities for people to learn and develop, these…

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Siemens Set to Acquire Industrial Drive Business

Nearly a year ago, Siemens sold its low-voltage motor business to ABB, which included Siemens’ line of severe-duty and general-purpose motors. Despite this divestment, Siemens continues to focus on its motion control business. As evidence of this, Siemens has signed an agreement to acquire the industrial drive technology (IDT) business of ebm-papst, which includes battery-powered…

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