Author Archive for Bob Gill

Tales from the Industry of Things

The increasing number of IoT related events on the calendar should not have escaped notice. Here in Singapore, for instance, we have gone from having none in 2013, one in 2014, and for this year, well, I need two hands to count the number of IoT conferences on the 2017 calendar. Still, at least for […]

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Designing the Digital Factory

While an increasing number of manufacturers are keen to digitalize their factories to remain competitive, many lack the knowledge and expertise to effectively achieve this. That is the broad rationale behind Siemens’ decision to set up its ZerOne.Design, Digital Factory Manufacturing Design Consultancy. The term ZerOne, by the way, is derived from the two digital states of […]

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IIoT: A New Cutting Edge for Machine Tools

It is usually not too difficult to locate the machine tool trade show halls in the typically expansive industrial exhibition complex. Just walk in the direction of that insistent whirring and earnest banging coming from machines milling, drilling, shearing and stamping metal parts. Indeed, when I recall my first visit to an international metalworking show, […]

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When Data Becomes the New Oil

If you took a quick glance at the May 6 cover of The Economist with its picture of several offshore oil rigs and accompanying text proclaiming The World’s Most Valuable Resource, you could be forgiven for thinking that this was yet another story about the oil & gas industry. Upon closer inspection, however, it’s office buildings […]

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The Digital Factory: Seeing is Believing

The fact that manufacturing constitutes 20 percent of Singapore’s economy (by GDP) often comes as a surprise to visitors flying into this 277-square-mile tropical island for a vacation or to attend one of the many conferences and exhibitions that take place here. But indeed, drive a short distance away from the retail palaces on Orchard Road and […]

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