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Why store your data in the Cloud? (21/04/2015)
Article image Many manufacturing companies now have many terabytes (TB) of production information to store. Johannes Petrowisch, partner account manager at COPA-DATA, looks at the issues surrounding big data archiving. 
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Ensuring reliable identification (14/04/2015)
Article image Having the ability to track and trace products throughout the entire supply chain can offer huge benefits and this is where UHF RFID systems display their strengths, says Ingo Hecker, product manager RFID systems at Siemens Process Automation.
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Rethinking IoT (07/04/2015)
Article image Tim Taberner, global product manager – Advanced IoT Gateways for B+B SmartWorx says it is time to rethink our approach to the Internet of Things.
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Water industry solutions on display 07/04/2015
Mitsubishi Electric is set to present a portfolio of solutions designed for the water industry at the ‘PUMPENplatz’ at Hanover trade fair next week.  Full Story...

Smart devices: configuration or calibration? 31/03/2015
Control Engineering Europe spoke to Jan-Henrik Svensson, VP sales & marketing at Beamex about the issues surrounding the calibration of smart devices.  Full Story...

Ensuring industrial wireless security 24/03/2015
Julia Santogatta, director of wireless initiatives at Belden, looks at the security concerns associated with wireless networks, and explains how these can be overcome.  Full Story...

Functional safety considerations on modification projects 17/03/2015
A new Emergency Shutdown system is being developed for use on a North Sea oil platform to ensure that process modifications still adhere to IEC 61508 requirements. Full Story...

Pressure sensors, transducers and transmitters – what’s the difference 17/03/2015
American Sensor Technologies discusses the difference between pressure sensors, pressure transducer and transmitters. Full Story...

DCS migration – planning is key 10/03/2015
A recent white paper from US-based systems integrator, Maverick Technologies, details the best approach for DCS migration, starting with justification and ending with commissioning and startup.  Full Story...

Visualising the control room of the future 03/03/2015
Many control room engineers are working in an uncomfortable environment with outdated equipment. Tightening margins and higher production targets further add to the pressure on them and it is important that operators have the tools they need to meet the demands of their job, and enable them to add value to the process operation, says Bruce Calder, vice president of Technology at Honeywell Process Solutions. Full Story...

A stepped approach to securing automation systems 24/02/2015
Professor Dr. Frithjof Klasen, a member of the Managing Board of the PROFIBUS Nutzerorganisation e.V. (PNO), discusses problems surrounding security for automation systems and explains how guidelines from communication technology organisations, such as PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI), can be helpful. Full Story...

Design guide helps reduce machine running costs 24/02/2015
A new Design Guide from Techdrives aims to help industrial designers and specifiers to reduce the running costs of their machines.The 30 page document focusses on energy savings in the drive train – motors, drives and gearboxes. Full Story...

Eliminating downtime caused by lightning strikes 17/02/2015
Control Engineering Europe looks at the journey taken by Tüpras Kirikkale petroleum refinery to ensure its plant is better protected from downtime due to lightning stikes in the future. Full Story...

Pneumatic automation solution for water pumping station 10/02/2015
Guernsey Water has made the decision to use a pneumatic automation solution for the control of a remote pumping station.  CE UK finds out more. Full Story...

High-speed vision system inspects high technology web 03/02/2015
A bespoke high-speed vision inspection system has been developed for a manufacturer of high technology web that is fabricated for use in green energy projects.  Full Story...

Improving flowmeter calibration accuracy 27/01/2015
Dr Norman Glen, principal consultant at NEL, explains how the use of synthetic reference fluids can help improve flowmeter calibration accuracy.  Full Story...

Robots eat their way into the food sector 19/01/2015
To date there have been few applications that have employed robots in the food processing industry. Chris Evans, of Mitsubishi Electric, believes that this is now changing and predicts that in five years time they will be considered very much the norm. Full Story...

How often should instruments be calibrated? 19/01/2015
Plant efficiency can be improved and costs reduced by performing calibration history trend analysis. It can help to define which instruments can be calibrated less frequently and which should be calibrated more frequently. Calibration history trend analysis is only possible with calibration software that provides this functionality, says Beamex.  Full Story...

FDI and FDT: working together for limitless integration 12/01/2015
Glenn Schulz, managing director of the FDT Group, recently spoke about the emerging FDI standard and explained how it will sit comfortably alongside the existing FDT standard. Suzanne Gill reports. Full Story...

Centralised or decentralised - which way to go? 06/01/2015
Arne Linder, product manager at KOLLMORGEN, looks at the benefits and barriers to the use of centralised and decentralised servo technologies. Full Story...

Plant engineering software helps improve interoperability in power system engineering 16/12/2014
Plant engineering software is helping ENERGOPROJEKT Katowice SA (EPK), a power system engineering specialist, to optimise engineering workflows and offer shorter times to market. Full Story...

Thermal imaging and dimensional measurement of microelectronics 09/12/2014
Chris Jones, managing director at Micro-Epsilon UK, discusses how the latest thermal imaging cameras and confocal displacement sensors are helping with the inspection of a variety of electronic devices, circuit boards and MEMS. Full Story...

PLC adds value to modernised rice filling machine 09/12/2014
When it needed to modernise an outdated rice-filling machine, Impasa Automation also wanted to take the opportunity to create a customised display for its customer. Full Story...



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