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11/21/2017

Thailand-based restaurant operator Food Passion has partnered with Smart ID Group to introduce a collection of small kitchen appliances including blenders, mini ovens, kettles and toasters this week.

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Bangkok Post
11/21/2017

Plum, which is available at Williams Sonoma, is an appliance that serves glasses of chilled wine and keeps two bottles of vino fresh for up to 90 days after opening. The appliance uses a motorized needle to pierce the cork and pressurize the bottle with argon gas to keep air out.

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11/21/2017

Coffee drinkers who are looking to simplify their vitamin regimen may appreciate VitaCup, a coffee pod that brews doses of vitamin D3, antioxidants and five B vitamins right into their morning java. The recyclable pods come in five coffee flavors and a green tea.

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The Daily Meal
11/21/2017

The first step to automation includes planning the robotic cell and acquiring supplementary materials such as sensors and tools, writes Samuel Bouchard of Robotiq. The integration phase involves assembly, programming and installation, he writes.

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Machine Design
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11/21/2017

Every dollar spent on quality efforts results in a $16 cost reduction, according to a Center for Economic and Business Research study. The cost components of a comprehensive quality program are prevention, appraisal, internal failure and external failure.

11/21/2017

Edge computing is more reliable and provides more bandwidth than cloud computing, among other advantages, Michael Alba writes. He cautions against abandoning cloud computing, which is necessary to provide centralized control.

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Engineering
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11/21/2017

Wireless interoperability gateways can improve industrial internet of things connectivity, writes Bert Williams of ABB Wireless. Once data is collected, intelligence from advanced cloud platforms can be used to make decisions, he writes.

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Automation
11/21/2017

Greg Heinemann, CEO of Metro Mold & Design in Rogers, Minn., emphasizes employee empowerment and careful analysis of technology investment. "If you hired them for the job today, don't just prepare them for the job they're doing today but also for their job they're going to do tomorrow," he says.

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IndustryWeek
11/21/2017

Determining return on investment for labor-reducing systems accurately involves in-depth examinations of total equipment costs, total employee costs and efficiency, Jeff Kerns writes. He also discusses what several companies are offering as solutions.

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Machine Design
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11/20/2017

The days leading up to Thanksgiving can be stressful for Instacart and other grocery delivery services, as first-time customers sign on for the convenience and a chance to avoid supermarket crowds. Satisfied newbies turn into loyal long-term customers, companies say, while glitches can turn consumers off on the service forever.