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Japan's top robot makers link platforms for smart factories

Fanuc, Mitsubishi Electric and DMG Mori let manufacturers share data across sites

"Internet of things" technology is a backbone of smart factories. (Photo by Masashi Isawa)

TOKYO -- Factory automation equipment makers Fanuc, Mitsubishi Electric and DMG Mori will interconnect their systems for managing production data to better serve manufacturers and raise the profile of Japanese competitors in this field.

The race to build factories of networked machines forms a key part of the "internet of things," a field of competition among global industrial groups like General Electric and Siemens as well as Chinese names.

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