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Growth of Industrial Analytics

July 12, 2017

The ability to connect industrial assets and machines using networks existed for a long time before the Industrial Internet of Things started to gain popularity. But what we’ve seen in the last five years is the emergence, and actually the need, for advanced analytic solutions that deliver a next-generation level of integration. It’s the critical component, when applied to machine and process data, which will enable more intelligent manufacturing operations and the push toward transformational business outcomes.

Survey: Open Source Is Growing, But the Community Is Troubled

July 11, 2017

If you're a developer, you must realize we've entered a golden age of open source. Never before has there been so much (legal) development of open-source software. Whole startups are being built around open source and large companies like Microsoft are openly adopting open-source projects.

Software Tools Key for IIoT Application Expansion

July 11, 2017

A primary challenge in developing industrial control systems, and an issue that is only amplified as we more fully embrace the Industrial Internet of Things, often centers on an ability to rapidly develop and deploy software applications. Software is the special sauce in networked automation, and the availability of easy to use, effective software tools has become a necessity in delivering software that is becoming ever more complex.

AR and Mixed Reality Have More Potential, But VR Has All the Hype

July 10, 2017

Developers are seeing more long-term potential for mixed reality (MR) and augmented reality (AR) over virtual reality (VR), as well as a need for more enterprise applications, according to a new survey.

CV Joint Delivers More Torque in a Smaller Package

July 10, 2017

A clever new constant velocity (CV) joint is smaller and lighter, freeing up room for space-constrained automotive designers.

The VL3 CV joint, currently being used on the side shaft of independent rear suspensions on the BMW 5 Series and 7 Series luxury vehicles, is said to deliver 27% more torque with no increase in packaging size.

DuPont, TactoTek Ratchet Up In-Mold Electronics Efforts

July 7, 2017

DuPont accelerated its efforts in the nascent field of structural electronics last week, teaming with a supplier that makes molded parts for automobiles and home appliances.