• Theme: Robotics - Automation - Industrial IT

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    OPC UA is turning into the de facto standard for M2M communication. A good example of this trend is Festo’s announcement that it will now “use OPC UA as the communication interface for new products.” The company has embedded OPC UA in the latest version of its CPX automation platform. As Festo Product Manager...

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    Industry 4.0 has proven a popular theme again among European companies at Hannover Messe this year. But the picture appears different in the United States, where the term is barely uttered. However, that doesn’t mean America is lagging behind.   Defining Tomorrow’s Factory Industry 4.0 is a collective term used in...

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    Sigfox is a new IoT communications company that uses a narrow-band radio network. It already connects 500,000 objects, with 7 million in the works. DirectIndustry e-magazine spoke with Thomas Nicholls, Executive VP Communications of this fast-growing company at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.   DirectIndustry...

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    Though 4G networks are not yet deployed all around the globe, the next-generation mobile standard has already begun to take shape. 5G was the megatrend at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. Yet its definition won’t be complete until 2020.   “On the Path to 5G,” “Building Next-Gen Standard,” “5G: the...

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    Drones are useful but they have limitations. Battery life, signal strength and onboard memory  limit how far a drone can fly and record. H3 Dynamics recently unveiled a solution to counter these handicaps. Its DRONEBOX is a kind of nest for drones with charging capabilities. Once the quadcopter returns to its landing...

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    Today, packaging must tell a story and get that ‘buy me’ message to the consumer. In a crowded market, it’s all about differentiating your product on the display shelf. And in the case of FMCGs (fast-moving consumer goods), it can necessitate regular updates and reinventions to reflect fashion and market...

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    Brightly colored containers to tempt the consumer, cardboard to protect machinery and special coatings to keep food fresh— industries are seeking ever-innovative eco-solutions. With the challenges of finite resources and waste disposal, packaging producers have to respond to pressure for sustainable answers.   As the...

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    Packaging companies are increasingly likely to integrate “cobots” into production lines over the coming years, suggests market research company Technavio. The firm’s analysts forecast the global market for cobots will expand at an annual rate of about 50% between 2014 and 2019. Cobots tend to be smaller and more...

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    The factory of the future is fast becoming a reality. This is nowhere more obvious than in Germany. The rise of automated plants is bringing Industry 4.0 to the forefront of production, with companies like Festo leading the way in automation.   An Intuitive HMI Technology Plant In Scharnhausen, southeast of Stuttgart,...

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    Last month, robotics manufacturer Boston Dynamics presented its new Atlas series humanoid robot via video. At 1.80 m tall and 82 kg, this robot is able to perform human tasks. It can walk in the snow, pick up boxes and put them on shelves. Its agility enables it to avoid falling. The machine’s legs are equipped with...

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