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Managed switches for critical control networks (16/01/2017)
Article image Future proofed automation and data communications within the oil and gas sector is pivotal in improving operational efficiency and safety, which is why Unipetrol set out to upgrade the network backbones for an ethylene plant.
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Testbed to integrate sensors into smart factories (16/01/2017)
Article image Daniel Walldorf and Michael Hilgner discuss the work which is being undertaken to connect existing sensors to Cloud-based IT systems, to allow them to become part of a smart factory.
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Making alarming improvements (10/01/2017)
Article image Find out how Interconnector UK solved a two-way remote alarm management challenge on a bi-directional gas pipeline.
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Safely keeping pace with the wireless evolution 10/01/2017
As the trend towards wireless safety continues, Neil Dyson highlights the need to ensure that wireless controls are 100% reliable. Full Story...

Controllers for aircraft static and fatigue tests 04/01/2017
The Industrial Group of Moog has delivered aerospace test controller systems for use in the Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation’s Structural Test Lab to run static and fatigue tests on its G500 and G600 business aircraft. Full Story...

Test bench design tips 04/01/2017
HBM looks at the critical variables in the design of new test benches and explains how to cost-effectively optimise test routines and shorten test times. Full Story...

Regulatory compliance as a cyber security strategy tool 04/01/2017
A recently published white paper describes some of the most effective industrial security tools pharmaceutical companies have at their disposal in the era of Industry 4.0. Control Engineering Europe reports. Full Story...

Industrial considerations for Pt 100 sensors 19/12/2016
To achieve the best accuracy and reliability, care is needed with installation of the probe, connections, and choice of the host instrumentation when using Pt100 sensors in industrial applications, says Labfacility. Full Story...

laser triangulation sensors - red or blue? 19/12/2016
Red laser triangulation displacement sensors have been around for some time, while blue laser versions are a newer addition. Before selecting which to use, it is important to understand which type performs best on which target materials, says Chris Jones. Full Story...

A better way to measure bitumen? 19/12/2016
Bitumen is the glue that transforms aggregates into asphalt. It needs to be delivered in accurate doses, which is not possible with traditional mechanical flowmeters. Carl Pinches suggests a solution. Full Story...

From vision to reality: cyber physical systems and factories 19/12/2016
Festo remains at the forefront of Industry 4.0 – from learning to initial applications, from products and solutions to its revolutionary research on BionicANTs. It is helping develop ground-breaking, forward-looking solutions and helping to significantly improve productivity. Full Story...

Cyber security: a threat to Industry 4.0 implementation? 13/12/2016
In 2010 the Stuxnet computer worm was a wake-up call to the industrial world that an ostensibly closed and secure system could be compromised by nothing more than an infected USB memory stick during a routine maintenance procedure. Barry Graham offers advice on ensuring plant network security in an era of the open enterprise. Full Story...

Aiming for flexible finance models 13/12/2016
OEMs are leading the way in the manufacturing supply chain with asset finance, says Brian Foster, head of Industry Finance at Siemens Financial Services in the UK. Full Story...

From vision to reality - Inspiring the 4th industrial revolution 06/12/2016
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. Full Story...

An HMI evolution 06/12/2016
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. Full Story...

SCADA’s role in optimising production 06/12/2016
Brigitte Händler discusses the requirements for a SCADA system in an age of digitisation. Full Story...

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...



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