Autonomous Vehicles: Influencing the Modern Factory

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Dec 8, 2020 3:06:04 PM

Technology has always strived to make life better and easier for the general population. Whether it’s air conditioning keeping you cool on a warm summer day or a cell phone streamlining communication and interaction with the world, technology’s goal has remained unchanged. An emerging example of technology’s ability to simplify the world around us is in autonomous vehicles. Below we’ll walk through the basics of autonomous vehicles, the advantages they provide, and how your business can possibly leverage them in the future to enhance productivity.

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Topics: productivity

Intelligent and Smart Spaces: Influencing the Modern Factory

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Sep 15, 2020 3:30:34 PM

As the technology and machinery involved in manufacturing processes become smarter and more advanced, so too does the factory environment. Intelligent spaces, or smart spaces, are “physical locations equipped with networked sensors to give owners, occupants, and managers more and better information about the condition of those locations and how they’re used." Below we’ll discuss the benefits of a smart space in the factory environment as well as some pertinent examples of technology being utilized to make a factory smart.

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Topics: productivity, IoT, Sensors

The Internet of Things: Influencing the Modern Factory

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Sep 1, 2020 3:41:07 PM

The Internet of Things is a system of interrelated computing devices with the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-machine interaction. In a factory setting, the Internet of Things is even more specialized, denoted as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Below, we’ll discuss the specific advantages of IIoT and how utilizing this new interconnective technology influences the modern factory environment by saving time, energy, and money.

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Topics: productivity, IoT

The Competitive Value of Machine Safety

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Feb 18, 2020 3:00:00 PM


The value of Machine Safety extends far beyond safe plant operations and reduced compensation costs. The concept is essentially a kick-starter for productivity and innovation, while simultaneously providing worthy data that can be used to gather insights into operations. There are multiple ways in which installation of machine safety apparatus – software and hardware – can sharpen the competitive edge of an organization.

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Topics: Machine Safety, Safety, productivity

Top 5 Ways to Increase Engineering Productivity

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Nov 7, 2018 1:50:51 PM

Working a 9 – 5 engineering job? An 8-hour day for five or six days a week can have a daunting effect on one’s mind, making it difficult to maintain peak productivity. This combined with distractions and poor planning can further degrade an engineer’s ability to think critically and efficiently. Here are five tips to help boost your productivity and get more work done without venturing into the after-hours territory.

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Topics: productivity

Emergency Stop and Stop Controllers

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Oct 15, 2018 3:59:59 PM


Ever been in one of those situations where you wished you just had a ‘pause’ button? Accidents on the plant floor can cause irreparable damage to equipment and personnel that can adversely affect your company’s productivity, profitability and safety.

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Topics: Machine Safety, productivity, Banner Engineering, robotics, profitability

How to Implement a Smart Manufacturing Approach

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Aug 31, 2017 11:28:03 AM

The manufacturing industry has been keen on getting on board with the Industry 4.0 trend, and while the entire idea is enticing, the details aren’t that simple. The Smart Factory promises intelligent decisions based on the data connected from various devices and assets. This is both a blessing and a curse since interconnectivity introduces greater complexity, need for greater management and foolproof network security requirements.

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Topics: Industry News, productivity, industry 4.0

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