IIoT: The Industrial Internet of Things

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The IIoT is Changing How Manufacturer Plan for the Future

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a catch-all phrase for the network of communications between formerly non-computer-connected objects. Within the manufacturing community, another term has been defined, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). This covers any technology and software that allows for the capturing, processing and transfer of information between different sensors gathering new data. This new information can help increase production efficiency, improve logistics, and bring constant improvement to the production process. While IoT is just taking off, there have been many tangible benefits and case studies from manufacturers at the forefront of fully connected factories. 

One possible benefit of IoT, cited by Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE, is increased ROI from the extended use of equipment through better production and failure analysis. 

If we can take an aircraft engine, and if we can get 10 percent moretime on wing for that engine, that’s worth billions of dollars to our customers,” he said. “But you have to be able to do a better job on analytics and modeling failure, and things like that.

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Custom Machining Expands with Additional CNC Router

At MB Kit Systems in Akron, Ohio, we’re proud to announce we have doubled our panel processing capacity with a second CNC Router. The design and processing of custom panels are a core service offered by MB Kit Systems. Panels are utilized for enclosures, workstations, tabletops, testing rigs, and other mechanical solutions our engineers design. Depending on the application, specific panel materials will be suggested by engineers to ensure the most appropriate materials are used.

If you have a structure, guard, or machine with panels built by MB Kit Systems, then it was likely processed on one of two routers in Akron, Ohio. Tailoring to our diverse customer base, including original equipment manufacturers and end users across many industries, MB Kit Systems is able to quickly process custom panel solutions from a variety of materials.

 

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STEM -- A Path Forward for Manufacturing

Like other manufacturing companies, item North America has a keen interest in the continued development of a well-educated workforce. As a company that designs and builds custom mechanical solutions such as linear motion systems, machine safety guarding and enclosures, automated assembly lines, industrial workbenches and factory platforms and stairs, the growth of item North America is partially dependent on our ability to find and hire well-qualified mechanical engineers and other skilled staff.

After years of focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, a growing STEM workforce has developed to help lead domestic manufacturing growth in 2015. You may have noticed industry outlets reporting on the resurgence of domestic manufacturing and new technological advancements that have facilitated this growth. Many are sharing expectations of continual growth into 2016, pointing to the constant demand of STEM positions and increased STEM interest in students throughout the education system. 

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Aluminum Framing System Offers Versatility for Automation Equipment

 

Upgrading a facilities’ manufacturing production process from manual to automated production can be a complex and often daunting endeavor. The transition scope involves working with partners, including machine builders, integrators, programmers, and distributors. It can be overwhelming and projected costs can rise quickly, with the long-term investment and ROI hard to predict.

One way to effectively implement an automation project is with an extruded aluminum framing system. Using a high-quality t-slotted aluminum extrusion framing system to build automation equipment lowers maintenance costs, guarantees customization, and yields systems that can be fixed, modified, and updated with only a few tools.

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Trial By Digging: Kent State University Competes at NASA Robotic Event

Trial By Digging: Kent State University Competes at NASA Robotic Event

We last saw Kent State University’s robotics team back in April of 2015 during an early test run of their robot, just weeks before traveling to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for NASA’s Sixth Annual Robotic Mining Competition.

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item North America launches new website

item North America, which designs and constructs extruded aluminum mechanical solutions, including linear actuators, material handling systems and machinery for a wide range of industrial applications, has launched a new, multi-media website that demonstrates the company’s products and capabilities.

The new website highlights the Akron, Ohio, company’s primary production capabilities in linear motionsafety hard guarding, material handling, machine building and stairways and platforms

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