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What Is Industry 4.0, Anyway?

The four industrial revolutions: (1) Mechanization through water and steam power. (2) Mass production and assembly lines powered by electricity. (3) Computerization and automation. (4) Smart factories and cyber-physical systems. If you’ve been to a trade show or read an op-ed on manufacturing in the past few years, chances are you’ve seen the terms ‘Industry

GE Sees Potential in ‘Self-Inspecting’ Metal Additive Manufacturing Systems

General Electric (GE) reports that researchers at its Additive Research Lab, GE Global Research, Niskayuna, New York, USA, are working to combine computer vision and machine learning to develop a type of metal Additive Manufacturing system with the ability to self-inspect its manufacturing process in real-time. According to GE, the eventual goal of the project

Virtual Reality for Defense Less About ‘Reality’ Than Results

From audiences ducking to ‘avoid’ moving objects on the screen to gamers suffering motion sickness when using the latest headsets, the gap between reality and simulation is slowly disappearing. The defence world has identified the benefits of this. The market is teeming with solutions that exploit VR for military operations, primarily in order to benefit