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Two New Devices Focus on Securely Accessing Data in Legacy Machines

Smart Manufacturing Editor Brett Brune


A trio of Mazak, Memex and Cisco is beginning to sell SmartBox, a device meant to securely manage manufacturing data—information on axes, spindles, temperatures, cutting times, downtimes and part counts, for starters—culled from machines that have been laboring in a sort of silence for decades. At the same time, a pairing of Forcam and Wago plans to release a similar device it calls the PFC100 Industrial MTConnect device before July. Full Article

FANUC Launches New IoT System for Smart Manufacturing Era

Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


TOKYO – An enthusiastic Yoshiharu Inaba, President and CEO of FANUC Corp., the world’s leading supplier of robotics and factory automation, on Wednesday unveiled a wide range of new products -- collaborative robots, CNCs and easy-to-use human-machine interfaces -- at an invitation-only event for engineering and other executives from American manufacturing companies. But the big highlight of the day was clear: an all-new Internet of Things technology called FIELD that will undergird the company’s vision for the smarter factory of the future. Full Article

Change at the Speed of Electrons

Contributing Editor Bruce Morey


A number of discussions from this year’s SAE World Congress highlights trends that could geatly affect how vehicles are conceived and manufactured. If these projections hold true, the coming change could be as profound as the bankruptcies and disruptions of the Great Recession.   Full Article

Focus on Efficiency at MC2

Assistant Editor Kristen Golembiewski


At the MC2 Conference in Dallas, presentations focused on making the most of the Internet of Things while navigating the ever-changing world of cybersecurity. “The Internet of Things is morphing into the Internet of Threats," said Perry Pederson of Langner Engineering. “Your assets are a target, but knowledge is the key to prevention.”   Full Article

Stepping Up to the Smart Factory

Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


The pace of the march toward the digital factory and smart manufacturing depends on just how fast manufacturing owners and shop operational managers can be convinced of the need to fully leverage the vast amounts of digital data available from the shop floor. Data available from fully networked machines provides insights on machine uptime, product quality, tooling status and even the effectiveness of individual operators on the shop floor. Full Article

Software Powers Productivity for Automotive Presses

Edited by Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak


Manufacturing Engineering: How can software help manufacturers improve overall productivity? Joseph: Software can make a huge impact in productivity whenever workers can multitask. For example, I remember a day when personal computers could do only one thing at a time. Full Article

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