What is MBF? MBF stands for Machine Builder Forum. This is Control Design's online spot to discuss industrial automation issues such as news, events, work trends, OEMs and any other topics you might want to touch on.
As I sit here on my couch on a Friday afternoon, feet up on an ottoman, still lounging in my One Fish, Two Fish pajama pants, the smell of oatmeal cookies baking in the oven...all I can think to myself is that I'm glad I'm not a Yahoo.
We've written a bit about additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing -- what effects it could have on the manufacturing space and how it could be transformed and advanced by increased use of automation. I'm sure we'll see more from this realm of manufacturing and automation in the coming years.
This week in Hannover, Germany, Deutsche Messe is giving a bit of a preview of the Hannover Fair, which takes place April 8-12. They've invited the press to come out and see 46 exhibitors, whose representatives have brought just a smattering of what they plan to show a couple months...
Representatives of the robotics industry are up in arms about a segment that aired on 60 Minutes earlier this month. A segment called "March of the Machines" details the technological advances in automation and robotics, and also explores how that impacts jobs in the U.S.
IMTS 2012 starts on Monday, and invitations are still rolling in to meet with various companies exhibiting at McCormick Place in Chicago. The editors are setting up appointments with automation vendors, to be sure. We want to make sure we keep up with the latest technology and find out what...
The cover story of our Q3 Industrial Networking ("Break It Up!") and the issue's editorial page ("Common Ground or Battleground?") discussed ongoing struggles between IT departments and control engineers over who's really got control of the industrial network.
We continue to hear more about the "re-shoring" of American manufacturing. Apparently, U.S. manufacturers are finding more reasons to bring production back home. Raj Batra, president of Siemens Industry's Industry Automation division, and Helmuth Ludwig, CEO of Siemens Industry, both talked about it during the company's latest Automation Summit last month.
It was Chicago Bike to Work Week this week. A few people in our office teamed up to compete against other offices for the Bike Commuter Challenge, logging about 75 miles in all. Personally, I balked at the idea of what Google Maps showed as a 5-hour trip from my...
One of the biggest reasons I became a journalist is because I love to learn about new things (I would've just stayed in school for the rest of my life, but that doesn't pay as well as you might think).