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EU ConnectedFactories Projects To Support More Jobs and Better Lives Valentijn de Leeuw Fri, 02/23/2018 - 06:07
The Factories of the Future Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) is a multi-year program the European economic crisis recovery plan with a total funding of 7B Euro. Its objective is to help European manufacturing enterprises, in particular SMEs, to adapt to global competitive pressures by improving the technological base of EU manufacturing across a broad range of sectors. The PPP approach generates commitment from industry and yields tangible results.
10 Automation Trends for Digital Transformation of Life Science Manufacturers Tim Shea Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:49
ARC believes no matter how complex, how small or how large your process is - the digital transformation can help accelerate, scale up and solve pharmaceutical and biotech engineering, manufacturing and supply chain challenges.
Will You Survive or Thrive Digital Transformation? Greg Starr Tue, 02/20/2018 - 14:19
Digital transformation consists of multiple interdependent and intersecting changes driven by technological disruption.  An organization’s ability to not only survive digital transformation but thrive, is dependent on its ability to manage complex change with a cohesive strategy. 
ExxonMobil Updates Progress on Open Process Automation Initiative Tim Shea Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:45
Proof of concept developed and standards identified for ExxonMobil’s end user-driven Open Process Automation initiative
Digital Transformation - It's All Coming Together Dick Slansky Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:44

The 2018 ARC Forum is over, and I am collecting my thoughts about the array of topics covered in this coming together of suppliers, users, thought leaders, technologists, and just those folks looking to find out just what is actually transforming across industry, technology, and business in this purported era of digital transformation.

Smart Lighting Systems for Smart Cities Greg Gorbach Fri, 02/16/2018 - 15:46

Lighting for cities is expensive, with energy and maintenance costs accounting for approximately 40 percent of its budgets.  In New York City, lighting uses approximately 295.5 million kWh, which costs $50 million a year for electricity alone.  Transitioning to smart LED networks represents a tremendous opportunity for municipalities to not only save a substantial amount of money on energy and maintenance costs, but also become a smart city and offer the platforms to create opportunities for effective and productive engagement with its citizens, businesses, and visitors.

Getting Value from the Digital Transformation and Advanced Analytics

At this year’s ARC forum there are many users presenting how they are using advanced analytics and making the digital transformation. In one session, called “digitizing intelligence, from Analytics to Bots” the users will demonstrate how they are taking advantage of advanced analytics tools and bots to improve business and production outcomes.
Real Time Ethernet protocol for the I/O level from TI Constanze Schmitz Wed, 02/14/2018 - 05:31

Texas Instruments introduced a device for high speed Ethernet data communication called SORTE (Simple Open Real Time Ethernet). On the SPS IPC Drives show they demonstrated the capabilities of the data interface by applying it to a CNC with 4 connected motor encoders.

CNC cycle times as low as 4 µsec

IoT Steps Up Smart Farming and Precision Agriculture Greg Gorbach Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:30

Smart farming through the application of information and communication technologies including IoT is expected to revolutionize the global agricultural landscape, making it more resource-efficient and productive. However, according to the World Bank, about 80 percent of the agriculture produce consumed by developing regions comes from smallholder farmers, and most of these farmers base their decisions on experience and guesswork rather than on any scientific guidance.

Amtrak Crash Raises Questions on the Rail Service Pranav Misal Wed, 02/07/2018 - 14:23

Tragedy prone Amtrak suffered another accident this week when it crashed into stationary CSX train in South Carolina. Adding to the crisis, several cars of Acela decoupled itself from each other, and a train carrying members of republican congress slammed into the garbage truck. These incidents raise concerns about the safety and reliability of passenger rail service in the United States. Amtrak, US (Federal and state) governments, Class I railroads, and transit agencies should collaborate and minimize these catastrophic events.   

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