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Optimising productivity for warehouse packing (10/06/2018)
Article image An industrial edge computer is being used in warehouse packing operations to help optimise workflow.
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Change management and people are key to a successful digitalisation transformation (10/06/2018)
Article image Suzanne Gill was at the Emerson Global Users Exchange 2018 in March, where Mike Train, executive president for Emerson Automation Solutions, talked about the importance of people in the digital transformation process.
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FDT standard gains mobility (04/06/2018)
Article image Control Engineering Europe reports on the latest developments from the FDT Group, which is advancing its open standard for enterprise-wide network and asset integration.
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Addressing old challenges with new controllers 04/06/2018
Suzanne Gill looks at the features of modern machine controllers that can offer benefits in food industry applications. Full Story...

IT and OT collaboration is vital for a secure Industry 4.0 04/06/2018
Increasing connectivity of machines and equipment is offering manufacturers competitive advantage by producing goods more efficiently. However, the only way that Industry 4.0 can succeed is when IT and OT collaborate on an overarching security approach, argues Anja Dienelt. Full Story...

Total productive maintenance: where to start? 29/05/2018
Jonathan Wilkins explains the three core concepts of total productive maintenance (TPM) which are necessary for any manufacturer striving for a lean manufacturing model. Full Story...

I/O in the era of Industry 4.0 29/05/2018
Control Engineering Europe finds out about I/O device developments which ensures they are prepared to work as part of a digital enterprise. Full Story...

Future-proofed telemetry set to soar? 23/05/2018
Rory Dear looks at the industrial telemetry journey so far and he has high hopes for its future. Full Story...

Adding modularity and versatility to field testing 20/05/2018
Clive Davis talks about a new portable test instrument which combines features of a general-purpose oscilloscope and those of a data acquisition recorder. Full Story...

Getting the right tool for the job 20/05/2018
Michael Risse gives advice on evaluating advanced analytical solutions to help ensure you have a tool that meets the very particular requirements of the process industry. Full Story...

Automating control panel design 13/05/2018
We find out how one panel builder has been able to increase its productivity by around 70%. Full Story...

Efficient steam system offers more sustainable operation 13/05/2018
Following a steam system audit, a complete re-design of a dated system has helped a metal refiner to improved production levels, operate in a more sustainable way, and reduce energy costs by up to 60%. Full Story...

Finding the key to productivity improvement 13/05/2018
Suzanne Gill reports on the productivity conundrum facing the food industry and looks at an OEE tool which can identify areas in the food factory where improvements can be made. Full Story...

Mastering the Industry 4.0 security challenge 13/05/2018
Factory and process automation are now reaching new levels of integration which opens the way to considerably higher degrees of efficiency, process control and flexibility. However, it also calls for increased security to protect the whole factory from malware and unauthorised intrusion, says Maximillian Korff. Full Story...

Controlling machine vision light output intensity 10/05/2018
Jools Hudson explains the importance of lighting control in machine vision applications. Full Story...

Direct current to the rescue 04/05/2018
Control Engineering Europe finds out more about a new approach to energy efficiency and system cost optimisation through the use of a DC grid. Full Story...

Moving up to the next level with AI 04/05/2018
Employing artificial intelligence within the manufacturing process is the key to taking a business to the next level in the era of Industry 4.0, says Tim Clark. Full Story...

Machine learning can drive productivity improvements 04/05/2018
John Hague, senior vice president and general manager of asset performance management at AspenTech, believes that low-touch machine learning is now driving the value of asset performance management. Full Story...

Which encoder? 29/04/2018
Mark Howard looks at the merits of shaft encoders and bearingless encoders and where design engineers might deploy each type. Full Story...

Using data to predict the future 29/04/2018
Jan Larsson and Ravi Shankar argue that predictive engineering analytics is about much more than just big data. Full Story...

Proof of Industry 4.0 payback 20/04/2018
Eberhard Klotz explains what contribution Industry 4.0 is already making to the booming automation technology sector and demonstrates how it is already offering a pay back. Full Story...

Mobile robots: supporting lean objectives 12/04/2018
Control Engineering Europe finds out how a new breed of robots – autonomous mobile robots – are supporting lean approaches to production on today’s more dynamic plant floors. Full Story...

Overcoming the security challenge 08/04/2018
Connectivity is often seen as a significant challenge to plant security, and in the new era of IIoT it is vital that security considerations are prioritised. Suzanne Gill reports. Full Story...



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