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    Industry 5.0 Driven by Chief Robotics Officer
    Matt Rendall   explains how things have changed in the last 10 years - while manufacturers have focused on continuous improvement within their space, the technology sector has also been making leaps and bounds in innovation, with new capabilities spanning cloud computing, big data, and mobile computing.
    Near Full Employment is Driving Automation Even Among Smallest Manufacturers
    John Hayes   explains how rebounded US job growth is translating into driving automation even among smallest manufacturers. Respecting the value of the small manufacturer is obvious yet most in the automation arena have ignored, even dismissing the value of these small manufacturers, each of whom can derive the same benefits from full automation. Fully automated operations have a long way to go.
    Much Higher Labor Rates Driving Automated Conveyor Solutions
    John Murdoch   explains that with near full employment in North America the costs of labor in a distribution center is quickly approaching $18 per hour, nearly double from the 2010 rate. At lower wages, it was more difficult to cost-justify the automation expense. Now with much higher labor rates ....
    Eliminating the Automation Bias
    John Hayes   explains that representing an AGV vendor is often a conflict of interest. The end-user customer's interests may not align with the AGV vendor's interests. The only way to avoid these conflicts is a vendor agnostic approach to automation. Rather than entering an automation conversation with a pre-designated solution, there are steps to clearly recognize the best-practices, the leanest solutions, the most rapid return-on-investment (ROI), while avoiding the landmines and confusing games played by many AGV salespeople.
    Future Trends in Control and Process Automation in the MET Industry
    Anup Varghese   reveals that The Media, Entertainment and Telecom (MET) industry utilises control and process automation equipment and services mainly at amusement parks and theme parks. Control automation equipment such as motion and ride control systems, emergency shutdown systems, show/audio controls and continuous regulatory control are used in roller coasters, motion theatres, snow worlds etc.
    Top 5 Reasons Why ERP Implementations Fail
    Jason Rourke   reveals when listening to fears and concerns about ERP solutions, implementation is usually on the top of most lists. Yes, it can be daunting, but it is the cornerstone of the overall project. So why do implementations fail? Below is our countdown of the most common ERP implementation errors and how to avoid them.
    Smart On-Demand Integration
    Faheem Ismat   reveals on-demand integration means automating business processes by linking enterprise programs, which have operated independently in the past, to provide comprehensive services to the business by increasing productivity and at the same time decreasing operational cost. Despite the trend toward acquiring application portfolios from a single supplier or from a limited number of suppliers, few organizations are able to have all of their application portfolio requirements using a single source. Heterogeneous IT portfolios are norm and will stay like that.
    What is OPC in 2010? It is all about the Tag
    Nathan Pocock   talks that OPC is still the connectivity standard for Process Control, for ADI, a part of FDI and FDT and STILL the connectivity standard for manufacturing, and PLCs. OPC is a Unified Architecture, and OPC is an Express Interface. OPC is three letters that are a lot of things to a lot of different people, but what it really boils down to is moving data and the Tag. Yes the Tag. Everything in OPC revolves around the Tag.
    Catching the Process Fieldbus : An Interview with James Powell
    James Powell   talks about how the world of industrial commutations appears as a multilayered, multidimensional, occasionally confusing mixture of fieldbuses, software packages, and media. He shows in his book "Catching the Process Fieldbus" that when industrial communications is understood and then installed with forethought and care, network operations are both beneficial and painless.
    OPC UA: An End-User's Perspective
    Randy Kondor   reveals OPC UA (Unified Architecture) represents the OPC Foundation’s most recent set of specifications for Process Control and Automation system interconnectivity. This paper explains OPC UA from the perspective of the organization that will benefit from the connectivity, in other words: the End User. The first form of OPC relied on DCOM for its data transportation, which was very powerful and versatile, but

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