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Generalized technology vs. purpose-built

Generalized technologies are becoming more popular, in some cases they are actually replacing purpose-built options.  Forbes reported, "One of the core opportunities of Indust...

Industrial IoT Creates a New Value Stream for OEMs

  An issue in manufacturing that is singular to OEM is the speed with which they can respond with service to the machines, in the case of a failure. In the past, this has usua...

Notable inventions that led to Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is a product of manufacturing's history and a few notable inventions.  The invention of the telephone changed the world - and it changed business considerably! Th...

Who is leading the charge?

Who is leading the charge when it comes to Industry 4.0? Assembly plants. Assembly Magazine said, "Factories of the future will feature advanced technology, such as additive m...

What's next for additive manufacturing

Additive manufacturing has gone through many transformations since it was invented, but there are a few more big changes before it goes mainstream.  IndustryWeek said, "Though...

Lean manufacturing and artificial intelligence

Lean manufacturing and artificial intelligence can go hand in hand. Seebo said, "With the ability that machine learning has, of providing smart and predictive insights to user...

Where AI is heading

Artificial intelligence is already used in manufacturing, but it could soon be used even more! Industry Week reported, "According to an IFS survey of 750 manufacturing compani...

What you might not know about lean manufacturing

Lean manufacturing is a wide-reaching topic that you likely don't know everything about. That's why MMS Online published an article on frequently asked questions about lean ma...

Impacts of the helium shortage

The helium shortage has already affected Party City and they announced that they are closing 45 stores. How is the shortage affecting manufacturing? USA Today said, "Although ...

Why Industry 4.0 is unprecedented

Industry 4.0 is resulting in unprecedented levels of efficiency and productivity. Digital Twins are taking that a step further. A digital twin has to do with two way interacti...