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Manufacturing Technology Trends for 2020

At FABTECH 2019 I attended a panel about emerging tech trends in manufacturing. Panelists included Mike Walton, Jason T. Ray, and Chandra Brown. This is what they had to say. For small manufacturers, the future is digital In 2020 the speed of change will be the common denominator. You can’t be a fast follower in […]

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VR, IoT, and Manufacturing

Virtual reality, augmented reality, and the general suite of XR technologies are empowered by the internet of things. Artificial intilligence, connected devices, and big data add another layer of value to VR and AR. With the help of IOT, VR and AR can improve business processes. VR/AR and IoT make a lot of sense in […]

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Digital Transformation, just another Fad?

The term “Digital Transformation” creates an imagery of seamless processes and endlessly connected devices. Data transfers without hesitation between machines and business is booming. Digital Transformation is no daydream. Digital Transformation is the changes to society affected and pushed by digital technology. It is the mash-up of cloud services, Big Data, mobility, and social media […]

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Are we experiencing a Manufacturing Execution System Revolution?

Thanks to the explosion of possibilities brought to us by the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, and the Digital Thread, Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) now have options. Since the 1980’s, Manufacturing Execution Systems were implemented with in-house development teams and custom enterprise software. They were hosted on local servers in the plant. With Industry 4.0, we […]