Manufacturing lines are getting a little Blurry

Monday, October 10, 2016

3D printing is making a big splash in the market.  There have been a number of variants of the technology that are driving very complex changes into the…

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An Assembly Line of the Ford Motor Company. The assembly line is always a point of interest to visitors of the Rouge Plant. Here, on a moving conveyor, Ford cars are completely assembled, from the chassis to finished car, and driven off the line under their own power. In addition to the Rouge plant, there are 31 assembly lines in company branches throughout the United States. --- Image by © Rykoff Collection/CORBIS

Work is What We Do – Part 2

Monday, October 3, 2016

How we do work has changed dramatically over the last few hundred years.  We can arbitrarily refer to the Industrial Revolution using steam power as Industrie 1.0, irrespective…

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Work is What We Do – Part 1

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Work is what we do to feed, clothe and shelter ourselves and our loved ones.  Work is that effort required to achieve survival and safety.  Throughout human history…

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Reflections on the Manufacturing Technology Show

Sunday, September 18, 2016

For decades we have had the Machine Tool Show in Chicago every two years.  Currently the show, formerly know as the International Machine Tool Show is now being…

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The Industrial Internet of Things, for Real

Monday, September 12, 2016

How might the Industrial Internet of Things actually play out?  Big Data and Internet of Things are huge buzz words that are being thrown around pretty loosely.  Mostly…

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More Material Handling Magic

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Could a future implementation of the Industrial Internet of Things include an application that manages the flow of products super efficiently so that the local grocery store can…

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Material Handling Magic

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Arthur C. Clarke said “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”  Every so often a shift takes place that borders on magic.  In the world of material…

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Industrial Intelligence, the next revolution in control

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The next revolution in automation is the much hyped, Industrie 4.0 as the Europeans refer to it.  What is it really?  It is the application of relatively unlimited…

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AI Brain

Intelligence is Coming to an object near You

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Does Artificial Intelligence mean that mankind’s goal is to create human intelligence?  Depends on who you ask.  If that is the assumption, it is not likely to happen…

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Machine Intelligence

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Machine Intelligence debate goes on, with the latest topics including predictive maintenance. The implication seems to be that if a machine can predict equipment failures and eliminate…

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