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For a limited time new customers save 15% off electrical safety & maintenance courses.* NEWS A Frost & Sullivan report predicts that Cloud-robotics technology will lead to smart robots that drive down the cost of manufacturing. Research: Cloud to Empower Robots * Visit for complete offer details. *This special offer does not apply to courses already purchased and excludes NFPA 70E Electrical Safety, Maritime Electrical Safety and Circuit Breaker Maintenance Insulated-Case. This offer can not be used or added to any other existing discounts and only applies toward AVO Training's open enrollment courses purchased and attended through August 31, 2015. A new report from research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan (frost. com), Mountain View, CA, suggests that the Cloud will play an increasingly important role in how manufacturing robots function. The firm said that the use of Cloud robotics-which integrates Cloud-computing technology in robots-has gained use globally, and that the process will make future robots more productive and efficient. Its report, Innovations in Cloud Robotics, says this will take place through a robot's use of the Internet to augment its capabilities, mainly by off-loading computation and providing services on demand. The report predicts that Cloud robotics will lead to the development of smart robots that have higher computing efficiency and consume less power, attributes that would drive down the cost of manufacturing. Frost & Sullivan note that innovations in Cloud robotics have been driven by large companies such as Google and IBM, with assistance from several research institutes. The company also predicts that Cloud-robotics technology will become a catalyst for the emergence of a mainstream consumer-robot marketplace. Photo: Rethink Robotics Inc., Boston VIBRALIGN Sold to France's ACOEM Group Call 877-594-3156 14 | MAINTENANCE TECHNOLOGY VIBRALIGN, a Richmond, VA-based maker of laser-alignment products, has been acquired by ACOEM Group, based in Lyon, France. ACOEM serves the environmental, industrial, and defense sectors with products that include monitoring solutions for noise, vibration, and pollution; monitoring and alignment tools for rotating machinery; and gunfire-detection systems. Founded in 1983, VIBRALIGN provides shaft-alignment solutions and offers field services, training, and a range of laser-alignment tools. The company is the exclusive U.S. distributor for ACOEM's Fixturlaser alignment systems and ONEPROD condition-monitoring systems. ACOEM Group also has two sites in Asia and a subsidiary in Brazil. JUNE 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maintenance Technology June 2015

My Take
For On The Floor
Compressed Air Challenge
Friction, Fluid Optimize High-Inertia Systems
Improved Culture Cuts Downtime
Maximimize Power-Plant Skills
Gateways Make Systems Multilingual
Technology Showcase
Lubrication Checkup

Maintenance Technology June 2015