Here's a weekly overview of some of the happenings around the industrial world. Enjoy!
Data, data, and more data
Siemens AG will use Teradata technology to boost its manufacturing processes and product quality. The technology is being used to combine and analyze data from sensors, the manufacturing process, machine data, and from a variety of source systems. Siemens is going so far as to implement a Teradata Unified Data Architecture that enables increasingly complex analytics so that Siemens can combine industrial data, including big data, with conventional data and analyze it from all angles.
Yes, it is rocket science
MakerCon is coming up again at the Oracle Conference Center in the near-Silicon Valley town of Redwood City, May 13 and 14. The conference focuses on bringing products to market, therefore involving global manufacturing, design, marketing, distribution, and raising funds. The program manager of Citizens in Space and founder of the US Rocket Academy, Edward Wright, will speak on Citizen Science and Citizen Space Exploration. The Citizens in Space organization has a contract for 10 flights on the Lynx spacecraft being built by XCOR Aerospace.
MIT Technology Review unveils technology breakthroughs
The MIT Technology Review just unveiled the top technology breakthroughs during the past 12 months. Included in the bunch are agile robots from Boston Dynamics, Honda, and Schaft; agricultural drones with 3D Robotics, PrecisionHawk, and Yahama; and, of course, microscale 3D printing with Jennifer Lewis of Harvard, Keith Martin of Cambridge, and Michael McAlpine of Princeton. Also included, ultraprivate smartphones, with Blackphone, Cryptophone, and Open Whisper Systems. Now, I wonder why that's included...
And now there are five
OMRON just opened its global fifth Automation Center (ATC), and the first one in India. The center will showcase OMRON's expertise in sensing and control. The centers provide hands-on exposure across many industries such as packaging, special purpose machines, automotive, and textile, and focuse on productivity, quality, efficiency, and safety. Spread over 3,750 square feet, the facility hosts more than 10 experts as software, hardware, and application specialists dedicated to the ATC.