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Overcoming interoperability issues in smart factories (16/02/2018)
Article image A whitepaper written by Edward Lin, product manager at Moxa, discusses challenges faced by systems integrators today with OT-to-OT, OT-to-IT, and OT-to-IIoT interoperability. It also looks at the solutions available to ensure non-stop connectivity throughout converged networks. Control Engineering Europe reports.
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Automating parts delivery in an automotive plant (16/02/2018)
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Digital transformation is the only option (11/02/2018)
Article image Suzanne Gill spoke to Jürgen Brandes, CEO of Siemens Process Industries and Drives Division, to get his thoughts on the digitalisation journey for the process industries.
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Industry 4.0: A process control optimisation solution? 11/02/2018
Almost every industrial process is capable of adopting aspects of Industry 4.0 – the interconnection and digitisation of products, business models and value chains, says Paul Trevitt. As more manufacturers and businesses adopt the principles and more common protocols are implemented, so the benefits become more accessible. Full Story...

Maintenance-free 3D printed grippers make bespoke packaging machines cost effective 11/02/2018
Carecos Kosmetik GmbH, a contract manufacturer of cosmetic products, has its own packaging machines and, for each new product being packaged, it needs to develop a specific gripper to pick up the lid and screw it onto the bottle. Full Story...

RFID boosts PCB production 09/02/2018
The PCB industry is faced with multi-layered challenges in the areas of continuous improvement of production processes and the optimisation of quality. Gavin Stoppel, product manager at HARTING, believes that UHF RFID can provide the solution. Full Story...

Network convergence is key to IIoT success 05/02/2018
To reap the benefits of smart manufacturing relies on the networks which carry data. Scot Wlodarczak argues that this requires a great deal of thought to be given to how to converge all the plant networks into a single, deterministic one. Full Story...

Ensuring concentricity of precision gears 02/02/2018
In order to meet the exceptionally tight tolerances required of spindles and shafts inside its miniature power transmission systems and motor gearboxes, Rotalink needed to find an accurate and repeatable measurement solution. Full Story...

Phased modernisation offers time and cost savings 28/01/2018
A phased control system modernisation solution for a production line has offered a better return on investment for one castings Manufacturer. Control Engineering Europe reports. Full Story...

Selecting an inline thickness measurement system 21/01/2018
A number of important factors need to be considered when selecting an in-process system for measuring the thickness of film, plate or sheet materials, says Chris Jones. Full Story...

Gold processing plant chooses non-nuclear density measurement solution 15/01/2018
To improve the filtering stage of a mineral processing plant in Peru Compañía Minera Poderosa S.A. needed to find a solution to measure and control the slurry density in the discharge pipe line of a tailings thickener. Full Story...

Why your DC motor might fail 14/01/2018
Control Engineering UK finds out more about the factors that have a role to play in DC motor failure. Full Story...

Radar level sensor keeps chemicals safe 14/01/2018
Control Engineering Europe finds out how radar level sensor is offering a safe solution for chemical storage for a UK-based waste-to-energy plant. Full Story...

Challenge Gems with your most demanding applications 07/01/2018
Gems understand that standard products are not always the best solution. The company provides outsourced design and development services including custom components and feasibility studies. A Gems program manager structures each project to meet individual needs, timing and budget, making the company the ideal partner for your next development cycle. Full Story...

Level measurement for overfill prevention applications 07/01/2018
There is no ‘one size fits all’ level measurement technology for overfill prevention systems, says Christoffer Widahl. Full Story...

Machine control for today and tomorrow 18/12/2017
Suzanne Gill collects the thoughts of solution providers relating to current trends and the most important requirements for successful machine control solutions today. Full Story...

Measuring torque with angle sensors 12/12/2017
Dr Darran Kreit discusses a technique for measuring torque with angle sensors which was first used in the 1950s. Although it offers many advantages, the technique had fallen out of fashion but is now making a comeback due to new developments in inductive angle sensors. Full Story...

Reducing waste and improving productivity 04/12/2017
Daniela Verhaeg explains how developments in product inspection systems can contribute to waste reduction and help to improve productivity in bulk food applications. Full Story...

Overcoming the barriers to energy efficiency 04/12/2017
The drive towards energy efficiency is not as straightforward as it might appear and it is important to recognise and overcome any barriers to reap the benefits, says Heikki Kervinen. Full Story...

Testing: collaborate for better design outcomes 04/12/2017
Andrew Newton, MD of electromechanical design company, Magnet Schultz, shares his advice on testing within collaborative development projects. Full Story...

Making commercial production of battery modules feasible 24/11/2017
Control Engineering UK finds out how Horizon Instruments overcame the challenges of developing a high-speed cell picker system, as part of the AMPLiFII (Automated Module-to-pack Pilot Line for Industrial Innovation) project. Full Story...

Decentralised Industry 4.0 automation platform 20/11/2017
At this year’s SPS/IPC/Drives exhibition visitors will be able to experience the flexibility of Festo’s Multi-Carrier-System (MCS) for intralogistics with batch sizes down to one. Also on display will be Festo's new IP20 and IP65 rated automation platforms with IoT gateways and a direct link to a cloud. Full Story...

What is the smallest speed increment that can be set on a servo motor? 12/11/2017
Andrew Fallows considers this frequently asked question on the issue of speed control and offers some advice to engineers. Full Story...



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