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The Race To A Digital Future, A Digitalization Research Report

Digitalization is the current hot word describing the latest manufacturing strategies. The concept has morphed from Industrie 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things, and smart manufacturing. The word was all over Hannover Messe this year, and one of the more fervent advocates was Siemens. How important is this, really? “What’s at stake with digitalization is the […]

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OSIsoft Announces SoftBank Investment To Fund Internet of Things Infrastructure Growth

OSIsoft LLC, which now self-identifies as a leader in operational intelligence, has announced that SoftBank Group (“SoftBank”) has acquired a significant minority equity interest in the company. The company is mostly known for its data historian, PI, which is used throughout industry. Over the past few years it has taken on some significant investments evidently […]

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More Consolidation in Process Automation Market

An example of further consolidation in the process automation industry, Emerson has announced it has completed the purchase of MYNAH Technologies, a long-time Emerson alliance partner and a leading provider of dynamic simulation and operator training software. This acquisiton follows Rockwell Automation’s acquisition of Maverick Technologies furthering consolidation in the process automation space as the larger […]

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Robots Rock at Automate

Automate is the biennial trade show featuring robots, vision, and motion control technology and products. It is sponsored by the Association for Advancing Automation. I wrote about it Wednesday discussing statistics about robots and jobs. Even though I was deeply involved in robotic technology and did some vision implementations in past lives, this all became […]

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Mobile Workers in Production Plant

Manufacturing Jobs In America-Part 2

Manufacturing jobs—will they be people or robots? Whenever I am presented with an either/or I tend to think why not both or neither. Four choices, not two. In this case, three choices since neither means no manufacturing. And every country on God’s good Earth wants manufacturing. Just check out all the government initiatives underway. Within […]

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Manufacturing in America

Here we go again—who’s winning the war for manufacturing jobs? Man or machine? Human or robot? John Henry, the steel-driving man, or the steam machine? Claire Cain Miller wrote the usual type of manufacturing article for The New York Times with the usual click-bait headline–Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs.  Typically, […]

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