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Machine Builders Vs. Integrators

When It’s Time to Install Your Next Production Line, Is It Best to Engage a Machine Builder or an Automation System Integrator as a Partner?

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Two Views of Machine Vision

Also Important to the Growing Use of the Newer Sensor Technology is that Most Digital-Grade Consumer Cameras Use CMOS Sensors.

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Electrical Noise Forces the Choice

When Is Digital I/O Preferred to Analog I/O?

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Better Control of Access to HMI Screens

Can Passwords Properly Protect Operator Panels?

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Thwarting Cyber Threats

How Should Companies Better Protect Themselves Against Cyber Threats?

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Inevitability? 3D Printers in Space

Made in Space Inc. (www.madeinspace.us) in Moffet Field, Calif., reports that on Nov. 24, the first 3D printer built to operate in space successfully manufactured its first part on the International Space Station (ISS).

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Is There A Way to Close the STEM Gender Gap?

Women may fill almost half of the jobs in the U.S., but when it comes to STEM-related occupations, they only fill about 25 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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Your children will thank you ... for additive manufacturing

The first part 3D-printed in space marks the beginning of a new manufacturing frontier

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OT + IT Needs Smart Technology

An Integrated Architecture booth at the recent Automation Fair showcased several Rockwell products that help companies integrate control (OT) and information (IT) across the enterprise. 

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The Great Kanduski

Innovative HART communications specialty company ProComSol announced earlier this month that they now have an Android based application that when combined with their Bluetooth modem allows any Android Ice Cream Sandwich based system to be used as a handheld communicator for any HART 7 or earlier device.

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Quality Behavior Means Industrial Companies Are Doing Something Right
It Sounds Odd to Say, but the Good News Is that Only 12% Self-Described Their Overall Quality Programs as World-Class.

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Take a Look at New Technology
Tools Such as Google Glass Could Be More Than Meets the Eye

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Experience Beats Degrees
What Makes Today's Engineers Better at Playing in the Field?

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Innovation in Material Handling Gives Shuttleworth an Edge
Company Inventions for Moving Fragile, Difficult-to-Handle and Sensitive Products Give Customers Flexibility for Their Solutions

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5 Must-Have Controller Programming Features
Machine Builders Want Ease-of-Use, Support for Multiple Programming Languages, Ability to Reuse Code, Global Acceptance and the Ability to Accommodate Motion and Robotic Control Along With Traditional PLC Functions

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ECAD: Simple or Complex?
Choose Your Design Software Wisely

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Future Machines
How Technology Pushes Machine Builders and Integrators to Design Smarter Machines, and Why Processes Have Become Better and More Efficient

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