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Looking on the bright side (21/03/2017)
Article image A whitepaper looks into the causes of image brightness variation in machine visions applications and offers some possible solutions.
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An uncertain solution to optimise flow meter management (21/03/2017)
Article image Calibration and maintenance can offer some money-saving opportunities for the oil and gas industry by making better use of available data, says Craig Marshall.
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OPC UA: Industry 4.0 glue? (13/03/2017)
Article image OPC-UA technologies are developing fast! Suzanne Gill caught up with some automation vendors to find out more about their latest OPC-UA technology developments.
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OPC UA sees record growth in adoption 13/03/2017
In 2016 OPC UA experienced record growth in adoption, with industry analysts now forecasting that adoption will exceed 120 million installations by the end of 2017. Full Story...

Proof testing: calibration by a different name? 13/03/2017
Today, the focus in the oil and gas industry is clearly on operational excellence – and many operators have already managed to dramatically reduce their operating costs dramatically. Andy Morsman discusses how this situation is affecting the world of calibration? Full Story...

Wireless I/O employed to streamline security 10/03/2017
A wireless I/O solution, supplied by ProSoft Technology, has helped a construction company to streamline entrance security and has allowed it to better optimise its resources. Full Story...

Developing a process to make more informed decisions 06/03/2017
Big Data can help synthesise information and provide users with the data needed to make informed, intelligent decisions. Developing a process that benefits everyone in the plant from the top on down is crucial, says Patty Feehan. Full Story...

Moving towards the future one step at a time 06/03/2017
It will come as no surprise to hear that system integrators have an important role to play in the engineering cycle, delivering turnkey control solutions to their end-user customers. They also offer valuable engineering knowledge, together with application know-how. Suzanne Gill reports on their role in helping to prepare industry for the future. Full Story...

Ensuring consistent identification 27/02/2017
Tracing components through the entire production process and then analysing the data to help optimise production has been a goal in the industrial environment for some time. High-precision processes can be improved by implementing component identification with UHF RFID technology, says Ingo Hecker. Full Story...

System solutions for application-optimised explosion protection 27/02/2017
Mastering the increasingly complex explosion protection technologies requires expert knowledge, which is leading to increasing reliance on single source solutions, according to Thomas Kasten. Full Story...

RFID’s role in manufacturing logistics 21/02/2017
Howard Forryan explains how advances in RFID technology can be utilised to improve manufacturing logistics systems. Full Story...

SCADA and the cloud: a perfect partnership? 21/02/2017
Suzanne Gill reports on the changing role of SCADA systems as we enter the era of smart manufacturing and IIoT. Full Story...

Staying ahead of the regulations 14/02/2017
All new motors placed on the market – between 0.75 kW to 375 kW – are now required to meet the IE3 efficiency level. Control Engineering Europe finds out what needs to be done to stay ahead of the regulations. Full Story...

Supporting the digital transformation 14/02/2017
Hartmut Pütz, president Factory Automation EMEA at Mitsubishi Electric Europe, talks about the digital transformation of industry, focussing on its effect on manufacturing businesses, especially at a production level. Full Story...

Sticking to the speed limit 06/02/2017
Despite the fact that speed monitoring is often essential for safe control of a machine and to protect the operator, it is often overlooked when considering safety on machinery. Dr Martin Kidman offers advice on the permissible safe limits of operation. Full Story...

The rise and rise of RFID 06/02/2017
The development of RFID systems for use in industrial environments has come a long way since its first teetering steps in the 1970’s. Each new development since then has aimed to improve performance and extend the possibilities for a variety of applications, says George Perkins. Full Story...

Taking a glimpse into the future of the food production process 06/02/2017
Ever wondered what the food manufacturing environment might look like in the future? Suzanne Gill spoke to some key industry vendors to get their thoughts.  Full Story...

Bluetooth – back to the future? 06/02/2017
Is the process industry ready for instrument adjustment and diagnosis with Smartphones or Tablets? Full Story...

Control systems: repair or replace? 30/01/2017
Nick Boughton discusses best practice for obsolescence management from a systems integrator point of view. Full Story...

Communication cooperation continues apace 30/01/2017
Suzanne Gill reports on the latest networking and communication protocol developments. Full Story...

Sticking to the speed limit 23/01/2017
Despite the fact that a speed monitoring system is often essential for safe control of a machine and to protect the operator, it is often overlooked when considering safety on machinery. Dr Martin Kidman offers advice on the permissible safe limits of operation. Full Story...

Firewalls: vital for a successful security model 23/01/2017
Tobias Heer, Oliver Kleineberg and Jeff Lund discuss firewalls – what they are and what they do. Full Story...

Managed switches for critical control networks 16/01/2017
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. Full Story...



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