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Survey Reveals Industrial 3D Printing Poised to Shift From Prototyping to Full Scale Production Runs

3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing

Survey Reveals Industrial 3D Printing Poised to Shift From Prototyping to Full Scale Production Runs

As well reducing manufacturing costs, the transformational impact on manufacturing from industrial scale 3D printing is expected to be far reaching.

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What is the IIoT? Everything you need to know about the Industrial Internet of Things

Internet of Things

What is the IIoT? Everything you need to know about the Industrial Internet of Things

The Industrial Internet of Things or IIoT, refers to the billions of industrial devices -- anything from the machines in a factory to the engines inside an aeroplane -- that are filled with sensors, connected to wireless networks, and gathering and sharing data.

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A Galaxy of Allen Bradley Panelviews

Find great deals on AB Panelview terminal, backlights and upgrade kits.

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Additive Manufacturing: 3D Printer Runs Eight Times Faster Than Others

3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing: 3D Printer Runs Eight Times Faster Than Others

Screw Extrusion Additive Manufacturing (SEAM) technology from the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU is a high-speed system that is said to take only 18 min. to produce a plastic component that is 30-cm high. The extruder is installed above a construction platform that can be swiveled in six axes by using a motion system akin to that of a machine tool. Plastic is deposited in layers on the construction platform. The motion system ensures that the construction panel slides along under the nozzle in such a way that the previously programmed component shape is produced. The...

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Bumps in the Road to Smart Manufacturing

Bumps in the Road to Smart Manufacturing

My childhood was spent listening to songs piped out of an AM transistor radio, selected at the whim of a DJ. Today my 4-year-old grandson merely needs to tell his virtual assistant named Alexa the music he would like to hear. Technology has changed so dramatically in my lifetime that it’s hard to envision a future state when there isn’t the kind of exponential growth we’ve seen since the mid-1990s.  Arguably the most significant technological advance for American business—the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), which holds the promise of unimagined productivity gains and untold benefits to consumers—isn’t assured. That’s the...

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