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The Digitally Connected Factory

The digitally connected factory is rapidly becoming a reality, thanks to huge leaps in affordable data handling capabilities. The next step, says Dan Janka, president of Mazak Corp., is to develop apps that can tap the vast database created by connected machines.

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The digitally connected factory is rapidly becoming a reality, thanks to huge leaps in affordable data handling capabilities.

The components necessary to build truly connected “smart factories” are available today. The next step, says Dan Janka, president of Mazak Corp., a major global supplier of advanced manufacturing systems, is to develop apps that can tap the vast database created by connected machines and deliver usable tools to move manufacturing productivity to the next level.

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