In previous columns we’ve discussed how Big Data, by tightly connecting sales, customers, and production as never before, is poised to radically change the landscape not only of manufacturing but of how we package products, as well.
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Jim Wetzel, director of global reliability at General Mills and Chair of the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, asked attendees at The Automation Conference an important question: “Are You Ready?”
Though we take for granted how much of an impact the Internet has had on our personal lives, the same thinking is not often true when it comes to industry. At The Automation Conference in Chicago, Richard Soley explained what the Industrial Internet Consortium is doing about that.
Red Lion has announced the addition of the N-Tron series 1008TX unmanaged Gigabit Ethernet switch to its industrial networking portfolio; the switch delivers plug-and-play wire-speed performance to industrial applications.
A recent newsletter from ARC Advisory Group included a nice analysis by Ralph Rio on how the Industrial Internet of Things has become a practical tool that packaging machinery OEMs should learn how to leverage.