Industry 4.0 & IIoT

Open IIoT guest contributor and CTO at Xaminai, Dr Adrian Johnston, lays out what AI entails, how it works, and what these learnings could mean for the future-thinking workplace.

SMC Corporation says it is keeping its finger on the ‘IIoT pulse’ and taking a holistic approach to product upgrades as part of its commitment to Industry 4.0.

The move is a major step in Syntegon’s effort to introduce AI to pharmaceutical visual inspection.

Woolworths Group’s supply-chain arm, Primary Connect, has selected Dematic to supply an automated fulfilment system for the new National Distribution Centre at the Moorebank Logistics Park in Sydney.

Agricultural Picking Technology has collaborated with Kay Brothers to extend the capability of its picking application, AgPick, to analyse operational costs and improve profitability.

Krones says it has developed what it describes as an evolutionary quantum leap in inspection technology, by employing deep AI learning for empty bottle inspection.

Machinery manufacturer Windmöller & Hölscher has released a new internet of things system called Ruby that aims to digitise the value chain in the packaging industry.

For many businesses, smart factories have brought renewed focus to industrial networking capabilities. Wireless is invaluable for any industry that uses motion applications with communication cables.

The Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA) Smart Packaging Virtual Congress takes place this week, on Thursday 10 September.

Matthews Intelligent Identification has realised early-adopter benefits in its digital transformation programme this year as it accelerates the advanced stages of its multi-year strategy.

For FMCG manufacturers looking at investing in automation, there's a new way to access packaging automation technology that avoids major up-front investment. Phillip Biggs of Foodmach discusses how Industry 4.0 technology is unlocking a new service model.

Open IIoT is launching an informative webinar series called Get the Smarts: Scaling Up. It will run from 20 August through 15 October, with industry leaders speaking on topics related to local manufacturing.

In the industrial sector, 3D printing is a major issue for the future, alongside robotics, digitalisation, and machine learning. Krones has conducted research into its uses in packaging machinery.

On 15 and 16 July, Festo will open its doors for an interactive live experience on an innovative platform, with a virtual exhibition focusing on smart, flexible and digital automation.

RMIT, Siemens and Festo have signed an MoU to explore areas of co-operation to help drive workforce transformation for Industry 4.0 in the Australasian region.

OnRobot, the maker of tools for collaborative applications, is releasing a smart, screwdriver that allows manufacturers to automate a wide range of assembly processes.