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Whether it is referred to as the Industrial Internet or Industrie 4.0, digitalization is currently on the agenda in every major economy.
The approaches taken and the expectations raised are very different, as two new studies demonstrate.
“Around the world, digitalization of the economy is being approached from different angles,” explains Acatech president Henning Kagermann in the preface to the new Huawei survey, An International Comparison of Industrie 4.0. Continue reading Industrial internet: Hannover Messe increases activity in industrial automation markets around the world
One of the world’s leading robotics and automation systems manufacturers, Omron, says it will introduce a total of 15,583 models in seven categories in its second wave of factory automation control devices built on a common design platform for unified product specifications.
Omron says it has been continuing to work for the innovation of making control panels which house and control factory automation devices on the production front line.
The company unified the design and size of factory automation devices, and introduced products in April 2016 which are built with the company’s proprietary wiring technology “Push-In Plus Terminal Block” for device and control panel makers in need of “downsizing and space-saving” of factory automation devices and control panels, “expedited delivery”, and “response to globalization”. Continue reading Omron to showcase 16,000 factory automation products
Interview with Steven Eakins, manufacturing engineer, Subaru of Indiana Automotive
In advance of the Next-Generation Collabrative Robots & Automation Technologies 2016 conference (August 17-18, Detroit MI), we spoke to Steven Eakins about his perspective as a manufacturing engineer and where Subaru stands when it comes to robotics and automation technologies. Continue reading Subaru looking for maximum performance from robotics and automation
Only 8 per cent of UK manufacturers have a significant understanding of Industry 4.0 processes despite 59 per cent recognising that the fourth industrial revolution will have a big impact on the sector, according to a new report published today by accountancy and business advisory firm BDO in association with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).
As the increasing use of automation, data exchange, technology and wider supply chain communications driven by Industry 4.0 provides both huge opportunities and threats to UK manufacturing, there remains a “gaping hole” in the education and understanding of Industry 4.0, says the report.
According to the BDO/IMechE study, increased productivity, better data analysis, increased competitiveness and lower manufacturing costs are the top ways in which Industry 4.0 will affect UK manufacturing. Continue reading ‘Nobody understands me,’ moans Industry 4.0