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Smart Software to Fuel New Digital Factories

To make the vision of the smart, connected factory happen, manufacturers need to adopt new ways of thinking, employing highly connected machines with newer, more intelligent software. With the confluence of new technologies for the smart factory, manufacturers aim to take full advantage of connected machines with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to capture the Big Data coming off the factory floor, in real time, with new data analytics and software modeling systems.

Viewpoints Blog

New Technologies Raise the Global Bar in Moldmaking

The business of global moldmaking is extremely competitive and constantly changing—case in point, the return of high-end moldmaking to the United States from overseas. Reasons for this include reshoring initiatives, requirements for higher precision on certain parts, logistical issues and rising costs of parts made overseas.


Call for Papers Opens for the 2016 Coordinate Metrology Society Conference

The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) officially opened the Call for Papers today for the 32nd annual Coordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC), July 25 - 29, 2016, to be held in Murfreesboro, TN. The organization is seeking original contributions from portable metrology experts that cover the successful use of 3D coordinate measurement systems, case studies, technology benchmarks, scientific research and developments and more. Commercial content is not accepted.

Controls & Software


Northrup Grumman Awarded Long Range Strike Bomber Contract

The US Air Force announced on October 27 the contract award of Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) and early production for the Long Range Strike Bomber to Northrop Grumman Corp. IBISWorld analyst Maksim Soshkin explains why this is very good news for NGC.

Event Coverage

Smart Manufacturing: Coming Up Fast on the Inside

Call it what you will—Industry 4.0 (Germany), Usine du Futur (France), China Manufacturing 2025, Manufacturing Innovation 3.0 (Korea)—smart manufacturing is happening and it’s happening fast. Why else would Rockwell Automation put on a full day of presentations and interviews to bring the business press and investment analysts up to speed on the topic the day before the company’s 24th Automation Fair opened to manufacturing practitioners?

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