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Tales of Convergence, Connectedness and Success from Automation Fair 2015

Executive Editor James D. Sawyer


The convergence of information technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) to create a connected enterprise was the focus of Rockwell Automation’s Automation Fair 2015. The goal of the event was to help manufacturers understand how to integrate information, control, power and safety to maximize production. In addition to the exhibits—more than 180 in all—filled with the assets Rockwell and its partners had on display to help move manufacturing toward this goal there were 90 technical sessions, 18 hands-on labs and eight industry specific forums. Full Article

3D Systems Appoints Thomas Erickson to Board of Directors

Press Release - 3D Systems


3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Thomas W. Erickson as an independent director of the company. Full Article

Smart Manufacturing: Coming Up Fast on the Inside

Executive Editor James D. Sawyer


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? Full Article

US at Risk of Losing Industrial R&D Lead to China

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


The United States may lose the industrial research and development lead to China in five years, according to the head of the US Council on Competitiveness. Full Article

SME Installs 2016 Officers of its Board of Directors, Elects Seven to College of Fellows

Press Release - SME


SME, a nonprofit organization serving the manufacturing industry by promoting advanced manufacturing technology and developing a skilled workforce, has recognized several professionals who will assume new board leadership roles in 2016. These manufacturing professionals were recognized at an annual SME banquet on Nov. 8. Full Article

3D Printing: It's Closer Than You Think

Contributing Editor Ilene Wolff


Whether they realize it or not, more than one-seventh of the world’s population has access to 3D printing within 10 miles of home, according to a global network that links customers with printer owners. The network, 3D Hubs, recently added industrial-grade printers to its network of more than 23,000 DIYers, jewelers and dentists with desktop printers. 3D Hubs has been growing in 150 countries since 2013.
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