• Theme: Robotics - Automation - Industrial IT

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    Cloud ERP is one of the most sweeping upgrades in manufacturing technology. At a time when on-site systems often have trouble dealing with sensor data and the new challenges of the IoT, the cloud offers a solution.   Cloud ERP has become one of the most radical, sweeping upgrades in manufacturing technology. For Pat...

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    From connected cows to vegetables that stay fresh for weeks, Fujitsu is developing a cloud-based platform that uses IoT technology to increase efficiency and modernize agriculture.   Agriculture used to be guesswork. Once crops were sown, fertilizer was spread and fingers were crossed for a good harvest. Cue the smart...

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    Going digital still remains out of reach for many manufacturers. In an effort to accelerate the move to Industry 4.0, Siemens presented its new MindSphere IoT platform at SPS.     For all the talk and hype surrounding the digitization of manufacturing, the speed of this transformation has often seemed painfully slow....

    The British historical site of Bletchley Park, famous for its code decipherers who cracked Nazi Germany’s communications during WWII, will be the site of the first codebreakers training college in the UK. Classes will start in September 2018 in the place where Alan Turing once unraveled the workings of the Enigma...

    GE’s Mind+Machines conference is where the industrial powerhouse displays its outside-the-box ideas. One of the most striking demos at this year’s San Francisco meeting was a Siri-like voice interface which makes it possible to have very realistic remote conversations with a machine. During an interview with...

    They are like bugs crawling all over your body, except that they are entirely electronic and have wheels. Researchers from MIT and Stanford developed Rovables, miniature wearable robots that can drive around your body while hanging onto your clothes. The little rovers use their magnetic gripping wheels to cling to...

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    Winters are freezing in Finland and any disruption of heating systems is more than troublesome. But that’s just what happened last November when two apartment buildings in the city of Lappeenranta were victims of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. This type of hacking targets networks, disabling them...

    French start-up Sunbirds has designed a solar drone that can fly nonstop for 8 hours. At 3 kg and with a 3-meter wingspan, the SB4 Phoenix relies on 100% non-polluting electric energy. The drone can recharge its batteries in flight thanks to 40 solar cells on the wings. This enables it to greatly exceed the flight...

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    littleBits is an electronic building block company that wants to democratize hardware. From a burglar alarm to a smart doorbell, littleBits empowers people to create their own electronic devices by sticking different modules together. DirectIndustry e-magazine talked to Paul Rothman, Director of R&D.   DirectIndustry...

    KUKA Toledo Production Operations (KTPO) has built every Jeep Wrangler to the body-in-white stage for Fiat Chrysler (FCA US) since it began operations in 2006. DirectIndustry e-magazine talked to Larry A. Drake, President and CEO of KUKA System Group about digital supply chain and Industry 4.0.   DirectIndustry...

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