automation

Peace vs. war: what UAVs and automation tell us about the next generation of connector technology

UAVs have been employed by the military for years, and their sophistication is increasing.   Smaller and lighter components are allowing designers to give military UAVs more capabilities, and have brought previously exclusively military technologies like UAV-mounted cameras to consumer drones. As sensor technology gets smaller, lighter, and cheaper, more and more mechanical processes can Read More >>

Interconnects to Enable Industry 4.0

How to take a full-system approach to designing your industrial application that will speed time to market, reduce overall development costs, and future-proof your design from an interoperability standpoint—interconnects to enable Industry 4.0 sooner.   Industry 4.0 offers the potential for incredible gains in productivity and efficiency within the factory environment. To realize this potential, Read More >>

Ready, Set, Go

Plug-and-Produce in a Modern Industrial Marketplace

“Plug-and-play” products have risen in popularity due to their ease of use and reliable, foolproof operation. The practical extension of this concept, when applied to the whole industrial automation process, has given way to a new term: “plug-and-produce.”   No matter the line of business, the pursuit of profitability and the desire to produce affordable Read More >>

Miniature sensors

Connector Manufacturers Connect to Sensors

The marriage of high-reliability connectors and sensors brings a new facet of connectivity to the interconnect industry.   Connector Manufacturers Connect to Sensors The physical and digital worlds are merging and sensors of all types are on the front line of that evolution. The emerging Internet of Things is essentially a network of connected sensors Read More >>

What is SHaaS? And Why Should You Care?

A Comcast survey shows that homeowners want a smart home, but they want services, not a collection of connected devices. What do design engineers need to know about SHaaS when specifying interconnects for these systems?   In April 2016, Comcast released a report entitled, The Safe & Smart Home: Security in the Smart Home Era, Read More >>

M.2 card edge connectors

M.2 Connectors for Sleek Smart Home Electronics

Due to the especially personal nature of homes, smart home electronics must be user-friendly, aesthetically pleasing, and as subtle as possible. The new M.2 connector is designed for use with a wider range of module widths and lengths, and especially smaller computer expansion cards that operate at faster transfer speeds.   Intelligent devices are exploding Read More >>

Intelligent Buildings and Smart Homes: Solving for Connectivity

With technology costs decreasing, growing consumer interest in connected home applications, and greater reliance on the efficiency of the Cloud, solutions for home and commercial building automation become more sophisticated and accessible. Intelligent Buildings and Smart Homes The global home automation market now encompasses all controllable elements in the modern home. Connected lighting, appliances, entertainment, and Read More >>

Tech at Work: Cisco’s Digital Ceiling

Cisco’s Digital Ceiling, which aims to bring together the many networks within a building, wouldn’t work without connector and cable provider partners.   The Digital Ceiling, launched earlier this year by Cisco, marries the many networks within a building, including lighting, heating, cooling, and video, to one network platform. Because both connection and cabling solutions play Read More >>

Connecting LEDs to IoT

New Molex Partnerships Connect LEDs to the Internet of Things

As a member of Cisco’s Digital Ceiling partner community and the EnOcean Alliance, Molex is involved in helping customers embrace digital transformation of their buildings and facilitating the Internet of Things. Molex LLC confirmed its participation in the Cisco Digital Ceiling partner community, which debuted at Cisco Live! Berlin. Developer of the Transcend Network Connected LED Lighting Read More >>

OFC trade show

Hannover Messe 2016 Preview: The Factory of the Future

Keeping with the fair’s theme of “Integrated Industry – Discover Solutions,” Hannover Messe 2016 visitors will discover promising ideas to make their factories and energy systems smart by means of digital technology.      Only in Hannover can you find five leading international trade fairs taking place at the same time, under one roof. All Read More >>

What’s Brewing in Factory Automation?

Are craft beer and automation compatible? While the beverage industry long ago automated manufacturing and packaging operations, today’s craft breweries pride themselves on the personal touch. Is there a place for factory automation in small-batch brewing?   Over the past fifteen years or so, the American beer market has seen a rapid expansion of small Read More >>

Industrial Robotics: Connectors at work

Connectors at Work: Industrial Robots

We’re introducing a new feature in this issue. “Connectors at Work” highlights a specific application and explains which connectors are most beneficial for system performance. First up, Bob Stanton of Omnetics looks at industrial robots.   Industrial robotics are helping to revive automated manufacturing significantly. The development of new end-of-arm (EOA) instruments enables systems that can handle Read More >>