Thought Leaders
August 5, 2019 – Over in Europe, the future factory is quickly moving past a concept and into reality.
August 2, 2019 – Addressing the skills gap in manufacturing is a perennial topic at industry trade fairs and conferences.
July 29, 2019 – Manufacturing is an industry that has always relied on technology, but as digital advances have brought even greater potential for transformation to the sector, it has found itself embroiled in the battle for the best tech professionals.
July 25, 2019 – After 1,809 pages, 34 chapters and 14 months of painstaking – and, at times, fractious – negotiations, the United States, Canada and Mexico came to terms on an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on September, 30 2018.
June 19, 2019 – Does unplanned equipment downtime cause your maintenance team to scramble?
May 31, 2019 – Let me start by saying I’m a computer analyst/programmer, an electronics engineer, and a Microsoft partner.
May 13, 2019 – Ever since the German government introduced the concept of Industry 4.0 at the Hannover Messe trade show eight years ago, connected manufacturing has been the main topic of conversation at the annual fair.
March 29, 2019 – In my last letter, I asked you about how artificial intelligence (AI) factors into your operations. We’ve published one comment in our March/April 2019 issue (p. 4) from a reader who notes that unless a manufacturer solves pre-existing production inefficiencies, a costly AI system won’t provide much ROI.
March 25, 2019 – Industry 4.0 – or the fourth industrial revolution – refers to a cyber-physical environment that self-optimizes.
January 28, 2019 – Does the term “artificial intelligence” (AI) scare you, or does it get you excited about the future?
January 18, 2019 – If you’ve been reading Manufacturing AUTOMATION over the past few years, you’ve come across concepts such as digital twins, augmented reality, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and digitalization.
January 16, 2019 – The January/February 2019 digital edition of Manufacturing AUTOMATION is now available!
November 23, 2018 – Because it’s relatively intangible, the concept of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) can be a difficult thing to wrap your head around. But it’s essentially a catch-all term for the network of physical devices embedded with sensors, actuators and other connectivity enablers that collect data to send to the cloud, where it can be accessed by end users in your plant.
October 22, 2018 – Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) was, unsurprisingly, the topic of conversation at last month’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago. We’ve been writing about this monumental shift in the industry for years now, but connected manufacturing is really only starting to trickle down to the SMEs that make up much of Canada’s output. The reason why it’s been a slow start is obvious: cost. So maybe the better question to ask is, why now?
September 12, 2018 - I’m pleased to introduce myself as the new editor of Manufacturing AUTOMATION. I come to the magazine from another trade publication in a different industry, so I’ve spent the past few weeks reading through back issues of MA to understand what trends, topics and challenges are most important to manufacturing professionals in Canada.
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