You may have heard of the fourth Industrial Revolution, but what exactly is it? It's definitely a topic that has been talked about over the past few years but gained even more prominence after it became a focal point of conversation at the recent World Economic Forum. The first Industrial Revolution was characterized by steam and water. The second Industrial Revolution was the introduction of electricity to mass produce things. The third is characterized by the internet, communication technologies, and the digitalization of everything. The fourth Industrial Revolution is the concept of blurring the real world with the technological world.
With IoT-enabled machines and predictive maintenance becoming more commonplace, OEMs must adapt to a more service-oriented model, making HaaS an intriguing solution to stay ahead.
We’ve all been there: those times you need to argue your point of view to someone who you know disagrees with you. You immediately go to your keyboard and start to type out that 280-character tweet, the Facebook reply, or a paragraphs-long email. Surely the reason, logic, and sheer power of your written words will convince whoever it is who disagrees with you to see your point of view? But new research suggests these written arguments may not be the best approach.
MIT's RFly enables small, safe, aerial drones to read RFID tags from tens of meters away while identifying the tags’ locations with an average error of about 19 centimeters.
IIoT has crossed the chasm, and savvy manufacturers are investing aggressively in technologies that will create a smarter, more connected plant floor to achieve greater operational visibility and enhance quality.
The malware entered the North Carolina transmission plant’s computer network via email last August, just as the criminals wanted, spreading like a virus and threatening to lock up the production line until the company paid a ransom.
AW North Carolina stood to lose $270,000 in revenue, plus wages for idled employees,
Maty Stockman, Jocelyn Tuua and Jassmin Peek watch a laser printer at work last month aboard the mobile Sinquefield Invention Lab at Cedar Hill Elementary. The Boy Scouts of America Great Rivers Council recently opened a permanent version of the lab at the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation. Photo by Julie Smith /News Tribune.
The Invention Lab houses laptop computers; 3-D printers; laser engravers; programmable cutters of materials like wood, composites, metals, plastic and foams; embroidery machines; Scan-n-Cut machines to cut out designs on pieces of fabric; simple electrical circuit-building parts called littleBits; soldering equipment; and a program building featuring wood-working tools and materials.
On a recent visit to a household products manufacturing plant in California we were awestruck at the miles of machinery humming away on lonely factory floors. Only 75 employees in total were needed to keep this enormous 300,000 square foot facility running 24/7.