How to have a good Fourth Industrial Revolution

What dull tasks can you delegate to technological tools? What things need the human touch? I hate scheduling, so love the idea of an AI personal assistant. But an AI scheduler can’t handle jamming too many appointments into a single day on a trip to a big, congested city, or manage conversations with VIPs.

How to have a good Fourth Industrial Revolution

Trees, please: Take a break from technology. To encourage people to examine the impact of technology on our lives, the artist Lauren McCarthy decided to try to become a human version of amazon.com’s smart home intelligence device Alexa. McCarthy installed a network of remote-controlled smart devices, from cameras and microphones to light switches and appliances, […]

The promise of the edge and IIoT in Asia’s manufacturing industry

The promise of the edge and IIoT in Asia’s manufacturing industry

Dave Laurello, CEO, Stratus.  To remain competitive in today’s always-on world, organisations require near-instant access to data and resources. That’s where the edge comes into play: the place where computing occurs, in between the data centre and the cloud. In Singapore and Asia, edge computing poses a great opportunity to enable improved real-time decision-making – […]

Three game-changers for the manufacturing industry in 2018

A couple of developments point in that direction. The first is the improved scalability of 3D printing solutions. A new generation of 3D printing companies is moving into manufacturing traditionally dominated by injection-molding manufacturers, with new, faster, better connected automated systems that reduce some of the time-consuming pre- and post-processing that has been such an obstacle to wide-scale uptake.

Three game-changers for the manufacturing industry in 2018

Antony Bourne IoT being built into the product design, manufacturers adopting a more service-centric business model, and 3D-printing reaching the tipping point of realizing business benefits on a large scale. These are the three game-changing predictions that Antony Bourne, IFS Global Industry Director of Industrial and High-tech Manufacturing outlines for 2018. 1)      By the end […]

In the firing line

In the firing line

President Donald Trump’s steep tariffs on steel and aluminium imports are now a reality. Trump has imposed a 25% tariff on steel imports and 10% on aluminium, but exempted Canada and Mexico. For American companies that make metals, that’s welcome news. But for businesses that consume steel and aluminium, like automakers and beverage producers, it will […]

Why China could lead the next phase of globalisation

Why China could lead the next phase of globalisation

Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States. Among his promises are a 45% import tax on Chinese products, the cancellation of the Paris climate agreement and the end of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. If he doesn’t go back on his plans for global trade and international affairs, Trump will give room […]

Pulsar deploys FactoryTalk software for OEE measurement solution

Pulsar deploys FactoryTalk software for OEE measurement solution

 Challenge Pulsar wanted to develop an OEE measurement platform for the very niche tissue industry, so it needed an off-the-shelf platform that was easy to modify and easy to integrate Solutions FactoryTalk View FactoryTalk Metrics FactoryTalk VantagePoint EMI FactoryTalk Transaction Manager Results Open, scalable software platform from an industry leader Easier to integrate with leading […]

Creating a new era of connected consumer products

Creating a new era of connected consumer products

by Diego Tamburini, Manufacturing Industry Strategist at Autodesk Every day, more and more connected devices are coming to market, from phones and home appliances, to cars and buildings. Their potential to make consumers’ everyday lives more efficient, convenient, and easier is endless — but they also present new challenges to the designers, engineers, manufacturers and […]

Warehouse Maintenance: The ‘Smooth Operator’ Factor

Warehouse Maintenance: The ‘Smooth Operator’ Factor

By Pedro Furtado, Projects Director at Efacec In today’s context, purchasing a brand new car can be a costly affair as newer cars are equipped with more capabilities, fuel-efficiency enhancements, and safety features that can meet international regulations. With the inclusion of taxes and insurance fees, the cost of ownership increases even more considerably, so […]

“Automotive suppliers must embrace faster innovation to adapt to new realities”

“Automotive suppliers must embrace faster innovation to adapt to new realities”

– Zhao Jizheng, Siemens PLM Software The automotive industry faces stricter fuel economy and emissions standards around the world, with varying deadlines for achievement through 2025. These fuel economy and emissions standards, along with improvements to safety, growth of intelligent mobility and customer desires for integrating their lifestyle into the vehicle, have automotive original equipment […]

Asia’s coasts to experience most extreme weather

Asia’s coasts to experience most extreme weather

Over the next 50 years, people living at low altitudes in developing countries, particularly those in coastal Asia, will suffer the most from extreme weather patterns, according to researchers. Unbearable heat waves, typhoons of unprecedented speeds and flash floods have been an increasing occurrence globally. It’s not just a coincidence that these extreme weather events […]