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44 The PCB Magazine • September 2017 The Internet of Things and Machines: Linking Machines to Machines Linking industrial machinery, robots, and systems to- gether holds considerable potential. However, it also requires a high level of security to avoid both break- downs and break-ins. Before, it was 3D Printing: Now Additive Manufacturing is the New Black "Additive Manufacturing is a hot topic in the manu- facturing industry worldwide at the moment. Com- panies are looking for ways in which they can pro- duce products and prototypes fast and in more cost-efficient ways," says Guido T osello, associate professor at DTU Mechanical Engineering, at the in- novation conference. 3D Printing Market W orth $23.79 Billion by 2025 The global 3D printing (3DP) market is estimated to reach USD 23.79 billion by 2025, according to the new report conducted by Grand View Research Inc. Also called additive manufacturing (AM), this tech - nology is referred to as a procedure that produces parts through the successive addition of layers of materials in various 2D shapes. Fighting Dehydration with Wearables and Big Data Dehydration is one of the most common causes of death among young children in the developing world—particularly during the hot summer months. ETH Professor Walter Karlen and his team of re - searchers have developed an inexpensive mobile de- vice that could be used by laypeople to more effec- tively treat dehydration. Heat-Conducting Plastic Could Lead to Lighter Electronics, Cars Advanced plastics could usher in lighter, cheaper, more energy-efficient product components, includ- ing those used in vehicles, LEDs and computers—if only they were better at dissipating heat. Global Market for Smart Manufacturing Solutions to Top $320 Billion by 2020 Industry 4.0 is a concept that has attracted a lot of attention in the global marketplace since its emer- gence in 2012. Following this conceptual frame- work, manufacturing companies in various indus- tries have embarked on a mission to transform their operations by deploying smart technologies. Foxconn, Keyssa, and Samsung Introduce Disruptive 'Connected World' Smartphone Ecosystem A group of leading technology companies and Keys- sa investors announced a 'Connected World' initia- tive focused on extremely high-speed data transfer between mobile devices and the increasing number of connected devices. Gartner Releases 'Hype Cycle for the Digital Workplace, 2017' Digital business execution is requiring more frequent and complex decision making, continuous problem solving and rapid pattern recognition, all of which re- quire workforce digital dexterity. In most organizations, however , responsibility for helping employees develop the desire and ability to exploit a wide range of trans- formative technologies—highlighted in the Gartner Inc. "Hype Cycle for Digital W orkplace, 2017"—does not have to rest with any group or individual. Wearable Devices' Expansion to Industrial Sector Thrives with Addition of Advanced Sensors and Software The emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) and workers' need for real-time data, monitoring and tracking are boosting the development of wearable technologies for the industrial sector. With the tech- nology crossing the concept phase, stakeholders in manufacturing, logistics and warehousing, construc- tion, mining, oil & gas, retail and healthcare indus- tries are eager to incorporate it into their portfolios. China Still Leading the Global Smart Meter Market with 68% of Tracked Installations A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the state of the global utility electric smart meter mar- ket, tracking data related to customer endpoints, me- ter manufacturers, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) communications vendors, systems integrators, and meter data management (MDM) vendors. Electronics Industry News Market Highlights

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