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Wearables Gaining Popularity in Business

April 17, 2015 12:45 pm | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Warehouses, manufacturing shop floors, and field maintenance sites already use smart glasses in some cases. Google Glass retreated from the public but has remade itself as a workplace tool. Smart glasses are being tested in warehouses and customer service as well.

April Automation Update

April 17, 2015 11:45 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

There is a shift taking place in the manufacturing industry towards more advanced technologies...

MIT Sensor Detects Spoiled Meat

April 16, 2015 3:00 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

MIT chemists have devised an inexpensive, portable sensor that can detect gases emitted by...

3D Printing and the Decentralized Industrial Revolution

April 16, 2015 1:35 pm | by Sukamal Banerjee | Articles | Comments

The world has advanced so much that science fiction is becoming a reality. This is abundantly...

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PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015 Will Feature Its Largest-Ever Show Floor

April 16, 2015 12:15 pm | by PMMI | News | Comments

The Sept. 28-30 event held at the Las Vegas Convention Center will bring together more than 2,000 exhibitors showing their processing and packaging innovations to 30,000 attendees in over 800,000 net square feet of exhibit space. Registration for the event is now open.

Digital Factories: The Fourth Industrial Revolution?

April 15, 2015 1:30 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

One vision of the future of industry could mean fewer workers, more machines and full automation. 

3D Printing 'Will Bring Mass Customization'

April 15, 2015 9:40 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

3D printing pioneers say their technology can return us to our pre-industrial roots, where customized designs trump mass production.

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E-Commerce Boom Drives Dramatic Growth in Warehouse Automation Market

April 13, 2015 10:40 am | by ARC Advisory Group | Articles | Comments

Rapid growth in the worldwide market for warehouse automation and control systems is being driven primarily by the global boom in e-commerce, and its profound effects on fulfillment requirements, according to a new ARC Advisory Group market study.

VIDEO: Could These Robots Re-Invent Manufacturing?

April 13, 2015 9:20 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Meet the robots inspiring manufacturers at the Hannover Messe — the world's biggest industrial fair.

International Space Station About to Get Caffeine High

April 13, 2015 8:35 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

The next space station grocery run will carry caffeine to a whole new level: Aboard the SpaceX supply ship is an authentic espresso machine straight from Italy.

How Cloud Enables and Supports the Lean Warehouse

April 10, 2015 1:40 pm | by Sid Geddam, Vice President & General Manager, Warehouse Management Systems at NetSuite | Articles | Comments

Why be lean? Today’s market for products and materials is customer-centric. Companies need to be able to quickly refocus their supply chain operations in anticipation of or in response to changes in customer purchasing preferences. 

How 3D Printing is Complementing the Refrigeration Design Process

April 10, 2015 8:25 am | by Phillip Rowley, Stellar | Articles | Comments

Headlines have been hot with 3D printing news, toying with opinions on how the technology could affect the everyday consumer experience.

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HydroClean Sanitary Conveyors

April 10, 2015 7:40 am | by QC Industries Conveyors | Product Releases | Comments

HydroClean Sanitary conveyors are the first modular belt conveyors that can be disassembled completely without tools to make cleaning quick and easy. These conveyors are perfect for packaging and food processing applications.

Embedded Technology Will Enable the IoT

April 9, 2015 3:30 pm | by Wayne Warren | Articles | Comments

There is no doubt that IoT represents a significant challenge for data management and analysis. And as the volume of data being generated grows exponentially, the problem can only become more acute.

Why Calibration Needs to be Made Part of Your APM Strategy

April 8, 2015 3:00 pm | by Dan Miklovic, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

Just as calibration needs to be part of your quality processes it absolutely needs to be part of your asset performance management (APM) strategy as well. And, regardless of who owns the software, it needs to be considered in your APM architecture.

Combatting the Challenges of E-Commerce With Automation Technology

April 7, 2015 2:25 pm | by John Hinchey | Articles | Comments

For the retail supply chain, e-commerce is rapidly shifting the entire paradigm. While the e-commerce business model can certainly lead to increased sales and greater customer satisfaction for retailers, it has placed more pressure on manufacturers and distributors. 

Study Finds Internet of Things Vital to Future of Transportation and Logistics Industry

April 6, 2015 2:45 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

A recent study done on behalf of Zebra Technologies found that 96 percent of transportation and logistics companies agree that the Internet of Things is the most strategic technological initiative their organization will undertake this decade.

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University of Maryland-Led Team Creates U.S. Database of Food Safety Inspections

April 3, 2015 9:00 am | by University of Maryland | News | Comments

In the U.S., such inspections are done by local public health departments, which can take different approaches to conducting, coding and reporting inspection data. Using this unique new automated database, food service businesses and consumers can monitor and compare food safety practices from outlets across the nation.

The Three Ms For Industrial Success in 2015

April 2, 2015 2:20 pm | by John Renick | Articles | Comments

As we look at staying competitive in an ever-changing global market, the value of connectivity — connected people, processes and technology — cannot be underestimated. Manufacturers must implement a fully connected framework for top asset performance and strategic data analysis.

Taiwan Expanding Into Indoor LED-Lit, Pesticide-Free Farms

April 2, 2015 1:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chang Chen-kai is part of Taiwan's new generation of high-tech farmers that is harnessing the island's technological edge in light-emitting diodes to grow vegetables indoors under bright LED lights.

How Innovation is Helping Consumers Shop

April 1, 2015 3:00 pm | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

How do you shop? Are you an innovative customer? With all the tools out there, today's consumer has the ability to use modern technology every step of the way. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack recently offered a solution for consumers in the debate of the labeling of genetically modified foods: use your smart phone.

How Manufacturers Can Use Regional Menu Data To Track Local Demand

April 1, 2015 11:00 am | by Abigail Covington, Content Marketing Coordinator, Food Genius, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The principal of creating supply where there is demand is not new, but it is sometimes overlooked within the foodservice industry.

Picturing Peanut Contamination With Near Infrared Hyperspectral Imaging

March 31, 2015 12:30 pm | by IM PUBLICATIONS LLP | News | Comments

Study the label of almost any food product and you're likely to see the rather vague warning "May contain peanuts" somewhere on there, unless of course it's a product that definitely does contain peanuts. These warnings of peanut contamination could soon lose much of their uncertainty, thanks to a novel form of near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy.

From Farm to Table: How Product Lifecycle Management Serves Up Your Chicken Sandwich

March 27, 2015 12:40 pm | by John Kelley, Vice President of Product Value Chain Strategy and Kerrie Jordan, Director of Product Value Chain Marketing, Oracle | Articles | Comments

Ever wonder how your lunch was made? How did that meal end up on the plate in front of you?  Given all the ingredients, equipment, data, processes and players involved, few can tell the whole story. But one type of enterprise software has recorded every detail –- product lifecycle management. 

The Top 5 'Must-Have' APM Technologies For Food Manufacturers: No.1

March 27, 2015 10:00 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

The following is the last installment in a five-part series counting down the top five "must-have" asset performance management technologies for food manufacturers, courtesy of Greg Goodwin of LNS Research. Today, we reveal No.1.

Meet Sawyer, The One-Armed Collaborative Robot

March 26, 2015 10:00 am | by GE Reports | News | Comments

This week, Rethink Robotics launched Sawyer, a new one-armed robot designed for high-precision tasks requiring agility and flexibility. “Sawyer significantly expands the range of tasks that our type of robots can do for manufacturers,” Eckert says.

The Top 5 'Must-Have' APM Technologies For Food Manufacturers: No. 4

March 24, 2015 9:55 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

The following is the second installment in a five-part series counting down the top five "must-have" asset performance management technologies for food manufacturers, courtesy of Greg Goodwin of LNS Research. Today, Greg discusses number four.

3 Reasons You Should Consider Revamping Your Supply Chain Networks

March 23, 2015 2:20 pm | by Bob Farrell | Articles | Comments

Now is the time for manufacturers to consider revamping how they track supply chain networks. Here are the top three reasons why.   

The Top 5 'Must-Have' APM Technologies For Food Manufacturers: No. 5

March 23, 2015 10:40 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

This week, Food Manufacturing is counting down the top five "must-have" asset performance management technologies for food manufacturers. Today, we start with calibration functionality.

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