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How ERP Systems And Automation Affect The Future Of Jobs

POSTED: 03/26/2018

The common misconception about automation is that in the long term it will cost more jobs than it creates. The fact of the matter is that this is simply not true. Automation, working alongside effective ERP solutions, provides workforces the freedom to become more specialized and efficient. Automation works in tandem

What Every CEO Should Know When It Comes To An ERP Implementation

POSTED: 03/23/2018

When it comes to directing the future of a company, CEOs have to understand the necessity and difficulty in choosing the right ERP solution for their business. Not only does the solution need to fit the industry, but it must be one that a workforce can adapt readily to avoid

Small And Medium Enterprises' Secret Weapon

POSTED: 03/21/2018

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs), also often referred to as small and midsize businesses (SMBs), have a tremendous advantage over larger enterprises and many don’t even know it. Because of SMEs’ energy and agility, they are more able to adapt to changes in the marketplace, adopting and implementing ERP solutions

SMEs In Industry 4.0: IIoT Cybersecurity, Automation, And Cloud-Based ERP

POSTED: 03/07/2018

Manufacturers are implementing technological advancements to enhance automation processes every day. We call this latest wave of rapid development Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution. While modernization presents numerous opportunities for growth and process enhancement, experts are increasingly aware of their need for heightened security in an increasingly insecure

The Chief Robotics Officer, RIOS, And Robot Personhood

POSTED: 03/02/2018

With the global industrial robot population on course to reach 1.7 million by 2020, enterprises the world over are reevaluating how they approach managing a mechanized workforce. To address modern manufacturing operations’ increasing reliance on automation and robotics, the C-suite is preparing to welcome a new designation among its ranks:

How Proposed Metal Tariffs Will Affect US Metals Production, Robots, And The Price Of Beer

POSTED: 02/27/2018

New tariffs on foreign materials are likely going to affect manufacturing industries that employ millions of Americans. Beverage and robotics manufacturing are just two of the affected industries, but these two will be among the segment most heavily affected by the new tariffs on imported manufacturing materials. The tariffs recommended

Understanding Soft PLC Features and Requirements

POSTED: 08/08/2017

Soft PLC is a software technology designed to turn an embedded computer into a fully functional and programmable logic controller, also known as a PLC. It combines PLCs’ discrete, PID and analog I/O control with high performing computer networking, data handling, and computational capabilities. As such, soft PLCs offer dependable

4 Critical Requirements for PC-Based Motion Control

POSTED: 08/07/2017

A number of trends and reliability concerns affect the controller choices engineers make in regards to PC-based motion control systems and machine control systems. The PC has become the common control device in manufacturing industries and processes, replacing the CNC and the PLC in many industrial applications. It contains software

Is Industry 4.0 the New DotCom Boom?

POSTED: 04/03/2017

Fear stalks the land.  The Robot Apocalypse is nigh, destined to steal our jobs and our future.  Worse yet the machines are made elsewhere (Germany, Japan, even China) and America is being left behind in the race for manufacturing prowess. We’ve heard this story before.  In the late 1980s, the U.

Industrial Robots and Manufacturing Jobs – A Catalyst for Loss or Growth?

POSTED: 08/09/2016

When disruptive technologies are introduced to the marketplace, there is an initial uncertainty among the general population about these unfamiliar products, services, or new ways of conducting business. The unknown is scary; change is often met with resistance, and people may ask themselves how such innovations will affect their livelihoods and

Made in China 2025: Midea's Takeover Offer of Kuka Gives Insight Into China's Future Industrial Innovation Policies

POSTED: 05/24/2016

Made in China 2025: A Look Inside China’s Latest Industrial Innovation Policy Last week, China-based home appliance maker Midea made a profound statement with its 4.57 billion euros ($5.17 billion) takeover offer for German industrial robot maker Kuka, one of the world's biggest 4 robot suppliers. Without context, it seems like a pretty hefty

Look to RIA for a Revitalized Robotics Industry

POSTED: 02/03/2010

There is no sugar coating the fact that the robotics industry suffered from the Great Recession but there are some bright spots. RIA’s Director of Market Analysis, Paul Kellett, presented detailed statistics during the Robotics Industry Forum and they show the industry has contracted. However, he also highlighted areas where

The Full Spectrum of Vacuum Gripping Systems

POSTED: 06/29/2009

It was once held that mechanical, electromechanical, pneumatic and vacuum-operated gripping systems would only ever be as reliable as the product being gripped allows. This thesis has been proven incorrect by vacuum specialist Schmalz, with its comprehensive range of gripping systems that can reliably handle the most varied of materials,


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