Author Archive for Bob Gill

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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Saying Goodbye to 2G Connections

So last Saturday was April 1, which as everyone knows is April Fool’s Day. But if you woke up in Singapore and wondered why you could no longer use your mobile phone, it was not down to someone playing a prank. Rather, April 1 was the date selected by Singapore to terminate its 2G GSM […]

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Mercedes Moves to Smart Manufacturing

The automotive industry is currently undergoing its most dramatic changes since the invention of the automobile. That’s according to Eckart Mayer, president and CEO, Mercedes-Benz Taiwan, who spoke at this month’s inaugural TIMTOS Summit, themed Connecting to the Future and which was held in Taipei as an accompanying event to the TIMTOS exhibition, the second largest machine […]

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