Siemens re-imagines Santa’s workshop if it were optimized with modern automation.
Call it the Industrial Internet of Toys (IIoT). Or if you're in Germany, call it Industry Ho-Ho-Ho.
Tis the season to be jolly, and the manufacturing sector should be no exception. In that spirit, Siemens has created an animated look at how Santa's North Pole workshop runs today with.
The interactive video package is complete with automated assembly lines, machine vision systems to separate the naughty toys from the nice ones, the design and optimization of new toy prototypes and even wind systems to help power the factory.
While it's a promotional presentation for Siemens' automation and software solutions, it's also an entertaining way to come at the subject.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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