industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is Here

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(a 3 minute read…) Late in the 18th century, water and steam power transformed manufacturing, prompting the Industrial Revolution. In 1870, almost a century later, electricity enabled mass production, launching the 2nd Industrial Revolution. In 1969, electronics emerged and, with information technology, took manufacturing to another level in the 3rd Industrial Revolution. While it has… Read More

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IoT Security Risks: The Vulnerabilities

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  When it comes to IoT security risks, we know that there are many areas of potential vulnerabilities that we must be watchful of. We’ve become accustomed to data security threats, but the embedded devices on the Internet of Things (IoT) pose different challenges than those of the computers and mobile devices. Embedded device examples include:… Read More

IIoT: You Need More “I’s” on the Plant Floor

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  The Internet of Things (IoT) sparked excitement as the next great thing in technology. Learn more about IoT here. Using sensors embedded in everything from home appliances to clothing, consumers are jazzed about what smart technology can do: changing the temperature in your home when you’re away checking your heart rate and letting you… Read More

Your Guide to Configuring an Industrial PC

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10 Ways to use 2D Barcode Scanning in Manufacturing, Part 3

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In Parts 1 and 2 of my series, we discussed 6 ways that the manufacturing industry can use – and has been using – 2D barcode scanning technology to improve traceability: Print Circuit Board Component Reels, Print Circuit Boards & PCB Arrays, Board Sub-Assemblies, Final Board Assemblies, Finished Product, and  Finished Product Boxing. You can read… Read More

10 Ways to use 2D Barcode Scanning in Manufacturing, Part 2

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In Part 1 of this series, discussion surrounded the first 3 ways that the manufacturing industry can use 2D barcode scanning technology to improve traceability: Print Circuit Board Component Reels, Print Circuit Boards & PCB Arrays, and Board Sub-Assemblies. In case you missed it, you can read more here. Today, I will share the next three… Read More

10 Ways to use 2D Barcode Scanning in Manufacturing, Part 1

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2D Barcodes have been prevalent for several years across industries such as Healthcare, Food & Beverage, Government, Warehousing and Transportation. The Manufacturing Industry, however, has always seemed to lag behind, sticking to legacy applications and linear barcodes for traceability. Due to increasing end user requirements regarding product lot traceability, manufacturers have had no choice but… Read More

8 Ways to Help Select a Replacement for Your End of Life PC

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At least once a week, I get a call from an integrator or end user looking for a discontinued PC to work with their application. Since I understand the issues faced due to existing custom software and peripherals developed to interface with that specific PC, I have always tried to source the exact PC configuration… Read More

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4 Reasons Why Advantech Wireless Remote I/O is a WISE Choice

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If you’ve ever had an application that called for Wireless I/O modules, you know that historically there have been several limitations to using one. In fact, one manufacturer after another has attempted to provide a full-proof module that performed successful Analog and Digital Input/Output data collection but there always seemed to be snag with the… Read More

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5 Reasons IT Departments Should Consider an Industrial PC

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Information Technology (IT) Departments are the front line for most of the hardware configuration, software installation, physical implementations, and service of PCs within their company’s facilities. As I have become more involved with IT Departments at a customer level, I have realized the importance of providing a quality PC solution that will result in improved user… Read More