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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Reinvent the Old and make it New

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

When cost barriers drop, suddenly old problems start to look like new opportunities. There are many examples of older technology that has never become widely adopted due to…

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Are we there yet?

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Industry 4.0 is a marketing campaign to create a perception of value in something that doesn’t exist yet.  What it really is, is a useful framework to start…

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bomb robot

Robot Hero?

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The world of mechatronics has an unlikely hero.  A bomb disposal robot became the delivery system for 1 pound of C4 explosive which killed the sniper in Dallas…

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