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How ‘smart processes’ fit into Industry 4.0

If Industry 3.0 is identified by the computerization of factory floor processes to make them “smart,” then Industry 4.0 can be understood as the expansion of the idea to include all of the non-factory floor inputs required to produce a quality product and a successful enterprise.

Wenzel, Nikon Enter Distribution Partnership

The distribution agreement between Nikon Metrology, Inc. – Americas and WENZEL America sees two of the biggest global players for metrology create a new partnership in North America. This distribution partnership provides customers with a combination of CMMs and Nikon Metrology’s laser scanning technology.

ERP in the Age of Industry 4.0

As with so much else in manufacturing, enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a byproduct of the Third Industrial Revolution. Where electronics began transforming manual lathes and mills into CNC machine tools some 60 years ago, so too have computers and information technology given us CAD/CAM, ERP, PLM, and so much more.

Connecting the Dots in Manufacturing

Before Industry 4.0, it didn’t matter that the CAM software didn’t talk to the ERP system, or that the CNC machine tools were mute. Islands of information were acceptable back then.

Machines Italia 2020 Magazine to be Published

The Italian Trade Agency via its North American Offices is producing a 2020,Volume XIII edition of its Machines Italia magazine, highlighting solutions provided by Italian companies to a North American audience.

The Heart of Modern Manufacturing

Controls help make modern manufacturing go. Controls help shop floor employees monitor Industry 4.0 technology. Controls also boost productivity on the shop floor. Technology companies are highlighting improvements designed to maintain the forward momentum of advanced technology.

The Connected Machine Shop

Part 1 of this three-part series on the Connected Machine Shop ran in the July issue of Manufacturing Engineering.