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Hydroline uses humour and creativity to improve attractiveness of industrial work

Finnish manufacturer of hydraulic cylinders overwhelmed by number of applications as a result of a recruitment campaign on Facebook

Hydroline is a rapidly growing family-owned hydraulic systems company based in the town of Siilinjärvi in eastern Finland. They are well aware of the need for new solutions to convince people that factories can be appealing and inspiring working environments. Companies across the manufacturing sector struggle to attract skilled workers and thus try to reinvent themselves to improve their image and to demonstrate to workers that a career in manufacturing can be a viable option for them. Read more

Fitbit wearables to be used in ‘All of Us’ Research Programme

Fitbit devices will be the first wearables used in this ambitious longitudinal study that aims to collect the baseline characteristics of at least 1 million Americans.  In this article, which was published on http://www.mobihealthnews.com, author Dave Muoio reports on how the devices will be employed in the US research programme. 

 

Fitbit devices will be the first wearables used in the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program, an ambitious longitudinal study ultimately aiming to collect the baseline characteristics of 1 million or more Americans.  Read more

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Factory2Fit Spotlight – Dr Frank Frauenhoffer

Factory2Fit Spotlight Feature

Dr Frank Frauenhoffer

Managing Director & Founder, Amorph Systems (AMS)

Today, we’re shining the F2F spotlight on Dr Frank Frauenhoffer – Managing Director and Founder of Amorph Systems in Germany – one of the three SME partners in project. Frank describes the expertise that AMS brings to Factory2Fit and the role they play. 

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Factory2Fit Spotlight Feature – Senior Researcher Cemalettin Öztürk

Factory2Fit Spotlight Feature

Senior Researcher Cemalettin Öztürk

United Technologies Research Centre Ireland Limited (UTRC Ireland)

We recently spoke to Cemalettin Öztürk, Senior Researcher with UTRC Ireland, about his role in Factory2Fit and his views on the project.

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Factory2Fit Spotlight Feature – R&D Manager Fernando Ubis

Factory2Fit Spotlight Feature

Research and Development Manager Fernando Ubis

Visual Components

We recently caught up with Fernando Ubis, Research and Development Manager with Visual Components, at the company’s headquarters in Espoo, Finland. Visual Components is a leading global provider of 3D factory simulation software that offers machine builders, system integrators, and manufacturers a simple, quick, and highly cost-effective way to build and simulate their total process solutions.

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Factory2Fit Spotlight Feature – New Product Launch Manager Thomas Walter

Factory2Fit Spotlight Feature

New Product Launch Manager Thomas Walter

Continental Automotive GmbH

This week we spoke to Thomas Walter, New Product Launch Manager with Continental Automotive’s Industrial Engineering department, about his role in Factory2Fit.

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Factory2Fit Spotlight Feature – Research Assistant Kostas Apostolakis

Factory2Fit Spotlight Feature

Research Assistant Kostas Apostolakis

Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH)

This week we spoke to Kostas Apostolakis, Research Assistant from the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), about his role in Factory2Fit and his views on the project.

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Introducing ‘Co-Bots’

Ever heard of a ‘co-bot’? It’s a robot who becomes your co-worker – working hand-in-hand with you to complete tasks. In this article, originally published on www.autonews.com, author Zac Palmer looks at some automotive factories using co-bots to help workers get more jobs done faster. Watch the video below to see a co-bot in action.

 

To read the original article, visit: http://www.autonews.com/article/20160715/BLOG06/307169999/fist-bumps-and-shock-installation-ford-co-bots-do-it-all

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What is A ‘SMART FACTORY’?

The emerging industrial environment is often referred to as the ‘Smart Factory’. But what exactly does the term mean? In this article, which was published by Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) on www.industrie4.0.gtai.de, they explore the ‘Smart Factory’ concept as defined in Industrie 4.0 (the German strategic initiative to establish Germany as a lead market and provider of advanced manufacturing solutions).

 

Smart Factory

 

The merging of the virtual and the physical worlds through cyber-physical systems and the resulting fusion of technical processes and business processes are leading the way to a new industrial age best defined by the “smart factory” concept.

 

The merging of the virtual and the physical worlds through cyber-physical systems and the resulting fusion of technical processes and business processes are leading the way to a new industrial age best defined by the “smart factory” concept.

 

The deployment of cyber-physical systems in production systems gives birth to the “smart factory.” Smart factory products, resources and processes are characterized by cyber-physical systems; providing significant real-time quality, time, resource, and cost advantages in comparison with classic production systems.

 

The smart factory is designed according to sustainable and service-oriented business practices. These insist upon adaptability, flexibility, self-adaptability and learning characteristics, fault tolerance, and risk management.

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