Author Archives: Will Healy III

Capture vs Control – The Hidden Value of True IIoT Solutions

A few months ago a customer and I met to discuss their Industry 4.0 & IIoT pilot project.  We discussed technology options and ways to collect data from the existing manufacturing process.  Options like reading the data directly from the … Continue reading

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How to Balance the IIoT Success Equation

What are the key components to being successful when implementing Industrial IoT?  There are three major components to consider when beginning your pilot project for Industry 4.0: Strategy, Data & Action.  With a clear understanding of each of these components, … Continue reading

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Why everyone in manufacturing should host a Manufacturing Day Event

As we wrap up our second annual manufacturing day event at Balluff (Oct 7th 2016), I am motivated to see so many kids and adults excited about manufacturing. This is an amazing industry to be a part of and as … Continue reading

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IMTS 2016 Review: IO-Link Enables Industry 4.0 Installations

We have been talking about IO-Link for a long time.  The benefits to manufacturers like “hot-swapping” a smart device.  One of the benefits for machine builder is reducing commissioning time.  So it was not surprising to me to find IO-Link on the exhibit floor … Continue reading

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Industry 4.0 & IIoT, who cares?!?! You should.

(If you aren’t sure what Industry 4.0 or IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) are, take a look at these previous blog entries.) I’m amazed at all the research published each week presenting the value Industry 4.0 and IIoT are bringing … Continue reading

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The basics of IP69K Washdown explained

Ask 10 engineers working in Food & Beverage manufacturing what “washdown” means to them and you will probably get about 12 answers.  Ask them why they wash down equipment and a more consistent answer appears, everyone is concerned about making … Continue reading

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Recap of our top 5 posts of 2015

As we wrap up the old and begin to open up the new, let’s take a moment to reflect on what this past year has brought us.  Apart from the triumphs and the hard lost battles, we want to bring … Continue reading

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You Should be Participating in #MFGday!

Wow! Talk about a fun, energizing and educational event for employees, students and the community. Balluff just completed our first year participating in Manufacturing Day as a host company. We had over 100 students, kids, parents, teachers, customers and retirees … Continue reading

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BAH!! How do I detect a weld nut?!?!

In automated manufacturing, part quality issues are a weekly discussion and this continues to be true in most weld shops across North America. One of the more common issues that I encounter in discussions with customers involves nuts being welded … Continue reading

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How Manufacturing Can Easily Invest in STEM Programs

I continuously hear from manufacturers, machine builders and integrators across our industry that they can’t find qualified people for the job openings they have.  Technicians or Engineers, Controls or Mechanical, all positions are in short supply and heavy demand. “The … Continue reading

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