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    Workforce and the IIoT

    Dec 30, 2021 8:52:11 AM / contributions by Seth Angle posted in Industrial Automation, Automation, Smart Machines, IIoT,

    The internet allows the global economy to run, and innovations like 5G cellular networks are fueling its growth. Virtually every company sends or collects information online or stores large amounts of data on cloud servers, and technology developed to help scientists share information now connects tens of billions of devices.

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    Quality Inspection that Passes the Test Thanks to Automation and “Smart” Technology

    Jan 6, 2020 11:10:01 AM / contributions by Seth Angle posted in Smart Machines, Quality,

    By providing a high-quality, consistent product you build brand loyalty and reputation, on which most manufacturers pride themselves. But, quality costs time, money, and staffing resources. What’s more, in many industries (e.g. food and beverage, pharma, automotive/aviation), quality is critical to safety so you can’t afford to make inspection errors.

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    Smart Security for Smart Factories: Understanding Cyber Threats and Protections in Automated Manufacturing

    Jun 27, 2019 1:50:02 PM / contributions by Seth Angle posted in Smart Machines,


    Cyber attacks that make the evening news usually feature large organizations and often announce the theft of personal information. While they rarely make headlines, these kinds of attacks can, and do, happen to smaller businesses too. In these cases, not only are your employees’ personal data at risk, but so are “smart” machines and equipment in the Industrial Internet of Things. The key to understanding cybersecurity in a manufacturing setting is being aware that once a device is connected to the internet (even indirectly through a company network) it becomes vulnerable to attack.

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    Remote Equipment Access and Monitoring: The Benefits of “Smart” and Connected Devices in Manufacturing

    May 30, 2019 11:54:21 AM / contributions by Seth Angle posted in Smart Machines,

    Increasingly, large and small factories are incorporating “smart” sensors, drives, and other monitoring components into their equipment. These connected devices can transmit production and operation data to a control room computer for real-time monitoring.

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