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Collaboration and the Cloud: News from ABB Automation and Power World 2015

Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson

3/4/2015

ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer announced today that ABB (Zurich, Switzerland) will partner with mobile telecommunications manufacturer Ericsson (Kista, Sweden) to release a cloud data center management platform. The announcement was part of Spiesshofer’s keynote address to the ABB Automation and Power World event in Houston, TX, which runs through March 5. Full Article

The CAD/CAM Challenge: Keeping the Complex Simple



Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak

3/1/2015

To stay ahead in the game, manufacturers constantly seek an edge over the competition. With today’s CAD/CAM software, the builders of aircraft, automobiles and other complicated systems get the innovative programming tools needed to coax the most performance from complex, expensive machine tools. Full Article

Software Update: Seeing Manufacturing in Real Time with ERP Software



Edited by Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak

3/1/2015

Manufacturing Engineering: How can ERP software help manufacturers improve productivity? Dick Schultz: The basic role of ERP systems for most manufacturers is to align supply and demand for goods and communicate the activities associated with the processes throughout an organization. The real productivity improvements come from providing real-time visibility to and automating activities throughout a manufacturer. Full Article

Viewpoints: Hybrid Machines, Standard CNC Work Together



Randy Pearson, International Business Development Manager, Siemens Industry Inc.

3/1/2015

When additive machining emerged a bit more than two decades ago, it quickly became a prototyping marvel. As design changes were made to a part or product, the result could be quickly visualized in a 3D solid part. Manufacturers also appreciated the tool, as it enabled them to see potential process problems in the actual cutting of the part. Full Article

Software Update: The Value of Virtual Plant Monitoring



Edited by Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak

2/1/2015

Dave McPhail is Chief Executive Officer, Memex Automation (Burlington, ON, Canada). Manufacturing Engineering: What can a plant-floor monitoring system do for shops today? Dave McPhail: The achievable goal is real-time situational awareness and complete visibility of operations, or connected manufacturing. The vast majority of manufacturers today do not measure the results of their shop-floor operational efforts in real time. Full Article

KUKA Industries Bundles Technological Expertise



Press Release - KUKA Industries

2/5/2015

KUKA is bundling the competence in automated system components and solutions available at KUKA Systems GmbH – Technology Solutions division and Reis GmbH & Co. KG Maschinenfabrik to create a new division to be named KUKA Industries. Full Article

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