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From vision to reality - Inspiring the 4th industrial revolution (06/12/2016)
Article image Self-organising and self-learning manufacturing networks are still visionary. A first approach to this vision is the BionicANTs research project from Festo’s Bionic Learning Network which reflects networked and collective behaviour. Industrial applications bear certain aspects of this approach.
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An HMI evolution (06/12/2016)
Article image André Hartkopf explains how today’s HMIs have evolved into sophisticated computer systems capable of acting as automation gateways for controlling and monitoring an industrial process – remotely if necessary – which can save time in commissioning, maintenance and production.
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SCADA’s role in optimising production (06/12/2016)
Article image Brigitte Händler discusses the requirements for a SCADA system in an age of digitisation.
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The importance of drive train efficiency 06/12/2016
Manufacturers today are chasing efficiency figures which could only have been dreamed of 10 years ago. However, it is important to look beyond the motor for increased drive train efficiencies.  Full Story...

Driving improvement with proactive network management 28/11/2016
An exploration of three best practices for determining what to measure to allow management and operations to effectively and efficiently run the entire industrial network.  Full Story...

Gaining control through automation 28/11/2016
Barry Graham discusses the benefits that today’s control systems can offer the food and beverage industry sector and outlines the far-reaching potential of today’s control systems.  Full Story...

3D time of flight cameras smarten up driverless-vehicles 28/11/2016
Control Engineering UK looks at how driverless-vehicles are getting smarter, thanks to the use of time-off-flight cameras which are bestowing them with a greater awareness of their surroundings.  Full Story...

Hyperspectral imaging is coming of age! 28/11/2016
Rob Webb explains why you may soon be hearing more about hyperspectral imaging, or chemical colour imaging. Full Story...

Are you ready to move to the Cloud? 21/11/2016
As we enter the era of the smart factory, Johannes Petrowisch discusses the benefits of cloud computing for the manufacturing industry. Full Story...

PC-controlled image processing ensures Billy quality 21/11/2016
IKEA Industry Poland produces furniture boards that are automatically film-laminated. The edges are particularly critical and it is necessary to precisely check quality. This is being undertaken  by automated inspection system incorporating vision software.  Full Story...

Overcoming single-point temperature sensing limitations 21/11/2016
Suzanne Gill reports on the potential uses for distributed temperature sensing technology in a host of new application areas. Full Story...

Exploring the benefits of Raman technology 15/11/2016
Control Engineering Europe looks at Raman spectroscopy, which is still considered by many to be a rather exotic technonology. Despite this it is starting to gain fans in the process sector for in-situ sample measurement. Full Story...

Drive solution overcomes costly EMC issues 15/11/2016
When a winch controlling a high-powered drill broke down on a ship mining samples off the coast of Japan a rapid solution was needed because downtime was costing the company $30,000 every day. Full Story...

OEM’s: are you prepared for PaaS? 07/11/2016
Bob Hillier discusses the concept of PaaS and the software tools that can help OEMs make the move to this new sales model. Full Story...

High precision components for gearbox test rigs 07/11/2016
French test systems experts BIA rely on multiple motors and drive systems to help achieve accurate results. Full Story...

Adding engineering technology to the OT/IT mix 01/11/2016
Bhupinder Singh discusses the important role that digital engineering models can play, alongside operation and  information technology, to deliver actionable intelligence from asset performance modelling. Full Story...

Making the most of the IIoT 01/11/2016
Martin Jones, general manager at Moxa Europe, discusses the challenges and opportunities that the IIoT presents for the control engineer. Full Story...

Safely measuring bulk materials 23/10/2016
Throughout plant operations at Lafarge Tarmac, process instruments gives the instrumentation needed to operate safely and efficiently. Full Story...

WirelessHART: secure by design 23/10/2016
Data security is critical to the successful deployment of field instruments in plant applications. Suzanne Gill asked a variety of automation vendors for their views on WirelessHART security and their own strategies to ensure network security. Full Story...

Growing reliance on data analytics 16/10/2016
A recent survey of senior manufacturing executives has highlighted the fact that manufacturers are banking on data analytics – a key component of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – to help navigate difficult business conditions, despite many planned technology investments in other areas being delayed.  Full Story...

PC-based control holds the key! 16/10/2016
Making key and locking mechanisms requires the use of very high-precision production technology that needs to be able to compensate for temperature fluctuations, even of a few degrees.  Full Story...

Rise of the cobot 16/10/2016
Suzanne Gill takes a look at the cobot. Finding out how safety can be assured and looking at where this new breed of robot is being employed. Full Story...

Simplifying robot and machine interaction 10/10/2016
Efficient industrial manufacturing relies on the interaction between machines and robots. Programming, control and error elimination for the two systems has, traditionally, been carried out separately. A situation which is changing.  Full Story...



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