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Digital Manufacturing Hinges on Connecting the Machine Tool

February 1, 2018

Via: MFRTech

In the telecommunications industry, the “last mile” is a common figure of speech denoting the final leg or branch of a network that ultimately reaches the end-user customer. Making this connection is typically the most difficult and most expensive portion of the network to complete. In factories and manufacturing plants, the connection to individual machine tools and shopfloor devices is much like this last mile, although the physical hookup is likely to span a short distance—the “last 10 feet” as I have chosen to call it. It’s what it takes to get the wiring cable to the communications port as well as establish an interface with the electronics for data access.

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