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    Programmable logic controllers are making a huge impact on manufacturing productivity. “These specialized computers analyze data, act on programmed, complex functions, report on a facility’s performance and hiccups, and generally supervise the operation. Simply, they orchestrate key parts of the industrial process.” High tech tools are becoming less expensive even as they become more powerful, so more manufacturers are taking advantage of them. PLCs, sensors, edge computing, cloud computing, neural nets, and 3D printing are leading the charge toward a new age with Industry 4.0. If all this sounds confusing or intimidating, MachineMetrics can be your guide.

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    Manufacturing productivity has been on a tear. It’s nearly doubled versus construction productivity over the last couple decades. Ever wonder why? I do. And at the heart of the answer is the increasing use of programmable logic controllers. These specialized computers analyze data, act on programmed, complex functions, report on a facility’s performance and hiccups, and generally supervise the operation. Simply, they orchestrate key parts of the industrial process. Read More

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