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Maintenance October 17, 2019

Predicting the end of unplanned downtime

Any unscheduled downtime will cause a major headache for engineers in the food and beverage manufacturing sector, but predictive maintenance can be a remedy.

By John Rowley
Industry 4.0 success can be broken down into six steps, with each one become more involved from a data and intelligence standpoint. Not every company, however, starts at the beginning. It depends on what they’re already doing or not doing. Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media & Technology
IIoT, Industrie 4.0 October 23, 2019

Finding success on the road to Industry 4.0

Six pillars of Industry 4.0: There’s so much talk about Industry 4.0, but many companies haven’t stopped to ask what success looks like and how to achieve it. Start with asking three questions, why the company needs Industry 4.0 and how to achieve success.

By Chris Vavra
Two iterations of a metal lattice meet at a “grain boundary” defect, with atoms of an alloying element fitting into the defect. Courtesy: Liang Qi, University of Michigan
AI and Machine Learning October 23, 2019

Researchers discover method of calculating interactions between metal and alloy metal

University of Michigan researcher are using machine learning algorithms for alloy design to predict how they will behave when mixed together, which could accelerate the search for better alloys that could be used in turbine engines and nuclear reactors.

By Kate McAlpine
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Industrial PCs October 20, 2019

Quantum technology seeks to control light with precision

Stanford University researchers have has built an integrated circuit to control the flow of light through a diamond chip, which could help create quantum processors that are faster than the fastest electronic computers today.

By Tom Abate
A key to compiling the novel Omnipush dataset was building modular objects (pictured) that enabled the robotic system to capture a vast diversity of pushing behavior. The central pieces contain markers on their centers and points so a motion-detection system can detect their position within a millimeter. Courtesy: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Robotics October 23, 2019

Robots learn the fundamentals of object manipulation and pushing

By Rob Matheson
Accessing the VFD’s HMI via a wireless or Bluetooth connection to adjust settings or collect diagnostic data can negate the need to suit up with personal protective equipment (PPE). This is because the operator can access the HMI without opening the enclosure containing the VFD. Courtesy: Yaskawa
Motors, Drives October 9, 2019

Smartphones help with VFD configuration: Your questions answered

By Michael Hall
Researchers at University of Michigan and University of Louisiana at Lafayette demonstrated that temperature control systems can be remotely manipulated using electromagnetic waves. Courtesy: University of Michigan
Sensors, Actuators October 17, 2019

Temperature sensors can be remotely targeted and hacked

By Steve Crang
EZAutomation explained how easy-to-set up edge devices help IIoT at the 2019 Inductive Automation Ignition Community Conference. Courtesy: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering

Eight IIoT project tips

October 13, 2019
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Robotics October 22, 2019

Robots’ impact on manufacturing jobs

By Robotic Industries Association (RIA)