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3-D printing finds unique place in manufacturing

Despite drawbacks, 3-D printing will continue to revolutionize design, development and production of unique, low-volume complex parts.


The Internet of Things: Big deal, big demands, big value

The IoT has become a big deal -- but it must be met with responsibility. Manufacturers need to ensure they are deploying the technology because it adds value, not just to follow a trend.


IoT and the battle cry for security and governance

While the Internet of Things is still in its infancy, an opportunity exists to build in new approaches to security, if companies start preparing now.


Manufacturing and the Industrial Internet of Things

An expert has seen what tomorrow's factory will look like and he believes the Industrial Internet of Things will be its eyes and ears.

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