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IoT in a Job Shop. Really?

Posted by Ed Weston on Oct 17, 2018 11:40:30 AM

“If the machines are cutting, there’s a chance to make money.”  But how much are the machines in a job shop actually running?  How much uptime are you actually getting?  And how do you learn how to measure what you thought your capacity was compared to your actual capacity?

According to Andy McCartney, President of Willoughby’s Bowden Manufacturing, these are problems that have bugged him for 19 ½ years since he took over the company.  But, as he explained in recent Lunch n Learn, an investment a year ago in a new digital technology is providing him data that’s making a difference for his business.

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Topics: Internet of Things, Bowden Manufacturing, Cleveland Foundation, Manufacturing Events, Industry 4.0, MUT Technology, Andrew McCartney, Technology, Sensors

Getting Value from Manufacturing 4.0

Posted by John Colm, WIRE-Net President and Executive Director on Jul 16, 2018 10:12:17 AM

When WIRE-Net began planning for 2020 and beyond and investigated the emerging technology trends that would affect the future of manufacturing, it didn’t take long to encounter the confusing terminology that’s used to describe these new technologies and their application.

Industry 4.0; Smart Manufacturing; Manufacturing 4.0; Industrial Internet of Things…etcetera. Sometimes these terms are used interchangeably, sometimes they distinguish between different things.

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Topics: IIoT, Manufacturing 4.0, Technology

Augmented Reality Is Changing Manufacturing for the Better

Posted by Jon Shoop on Jul 3, 2018 9:35:28 AM

Manufacturers are increasingly implementing augmented reality (AR) technology to improve their manufacturing processes. And for good reason—AR typically results in cost reductions, increased speed and fewer errors.

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Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Skoda Minotti, Technology, Manufacturing and Distribution Survey 2017, Processes, Augmented Reality, AR Technology

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