Why USB Is So Popular (And Why Legacy Ports Still Matter)

Today, it’s almost impossible to imagine a world without USB. The technology is so ubiquitous that power outlets in new homes often feature USB ports in addition to traditional AC sockets. Twenty years ago, however, the idea that a simple “computer port” would become a major part of our daily lives…


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4 Routes to Help Automakers’ Sustainability Efforts

Sustainability and other “green practices” are part of many industries’ strategic goals around the globe. Car manufacturing, especially, has it high on their objective list since transportation is the number one source of greenhouse gas emissions. Being an environmentally-conscious company…


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Does Better Cooling in a PC Improve Performance?

Not only does a cool computer work better, a hot computer is a sign of imminent–and expensive–damage. PCs generate heat, which slows performance and even damages components over time. Cooling systems keep PCs alive in normal circumstances: in extreme situations, PCs slow down and stop working when…


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Best Practices for Manufacturers When Going Green

You already know that going green involves redesigning a single product or process at your facility to make it more environmentally-friendly. And that being sustainable is looking at a product’s entire life-cycle as a whole, like sourcing goods composed of recyclable materials, processed locally in…


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6 Manufacturing Trends Sure to Pick Up (More) Steam in 2021

It took some doing and a whole lot of adapting, but we’ve finally managed to make it to the other end of 2020. Though many manufacturers can’t say they aren’t worse for wear for the experience, they were able to draw quite a few insights as a result of having their status quo challenged and…


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The Role of Industrial Computers in Industrial Automation

Industrial automation, as the name suggests, refers to using industrial computers in order to  automate industrial processes. It may be understood as an umbrella term for computer automation of design, manufacturing and monitoring processes and techniques, across the industrial spectrum, be it…


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Policies That Could Change the Manufacturing Industry Overnight

There’s no denying that automation is the future of manufacturing: it would be impossible, considering its pretty much the present of manufacturing as well. And while news that “all robots will replace our jobs” in the next few years is generally overblown, it’s assured that there are profound…


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Why Your Factory Needs Wireless Industrial Automation

Manufacturing plants can be a twisted snarl of machines, conveyor belts, robots, and cables. These busy floors become hard to navigate and nearly impossible to troubleshoot: if the line goes down, it becomes a titanic effort to trace every cable and point of connection. This impedes repair, which…


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How Do Industrial Computers Survive Extreme Heat, Cold, and Humidity?

Computers have penetrated every commercial, leisure, and industrial endeavor: they’re as ubiquitous as oxygen and just as necessary. However, not every venture takes place in a perfectly climate-controlled environment of ideal humidity and temperature. In fact, most manufacturing and industrial…


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How the Mining Industry Has Embraced the Drone Revolution

There are few industries older than mining — agriculture and pottery have slim leads. However, the age of an industry has no bearing on how well it can embrace modern technology. Mine sites across the world have leaned into the future of digital mapping and imaging. They’ve combined the use of…


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