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Improving maintenance outcomes with machine learning (16/10/2017)
Article image Mike Brooks proposes the use of machine learning software to improve plant reliability and to reduce unplanned downtime.
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The journey to becoming an enabling technology (15/10/2017)
Article image As the UKIVA celebrates its 25th anniversary Paul Wilson takes us through the machine vision journey the association has presided over and takes a look into the next 25 years of machine vision too.
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Will there be room for CNC and PLCs in the factory of the future? (15/10/2017)
Article image As automation in manufacturing increases control systems are having to become increasingly complex and efficient.  We investigate what role different industrial controllers might have to play in the future.
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Aiming for a more flexible future 07/10/2017
The rising demand for personalised manufactured goods means that companies now need a shop floor that is agile enough to meet fast-changing production line requirements, says Rob Stoppek, Vice President, Motion Systems Group Europe, Parker Hannifin. Full Story...

Treating the causes not the symptoms 07/10/2017
Learning from your mistakes can be expensive in the processing industry. Implementing a Functional Safety Management system allows failures to be anticipated and avoided. Full Story...

Cobots: addressing current issues 29/09/2017
Control Engineering Europe looks at some of the current issues related to the use of collaborative robots in the manufacturing environment. Full Story...

Cooler cabinets at less cost 24/09/2017
Suzanne Gill recently found out about the energy saving benefits of an innovative passive air cooling solution for control cabinets. Full Story...

Speeding up Modbus/TCP 24/09/2017
Rob Hulsebos argues that Modbus/TCP users should think carefully before migrating to a more modern, Ethernet-based protocol, purely to increase speed. Full Story...

Mobile robots: a game changer for flexible manufacturing? 18/09/2017
Suzanne Gill finds out more about the potentially vital work that mobile robotics will play in the factory of the future. Full Story...

OEM size doesn’t matter when it comes to Industry 4.0 18/09/2017
Many smaller machine builders may feel that smart factory technology is not relevant for them. However this could not be further from the truth, particularly when it comes to choosing a PLC, says Rami Hanan, VP of sales and marketing at Unitronics. Full Story...

Robotics: Getting the best of both worlds 10/09/2017
Collaborative robots deliver on the promise of reduced investment costs, simple programming and inherent safety. The compromise, of course, is that they cannot offer the performance of traditional industrial robotics. But, suppose it was possible to have the best of both worlds? Oliver Giertz defines ‘cooperative robotics’. Full Story...

Safety and security: a joint endeavour 10/09/2017
There is a need to understand the interaction between safety and security in production processes, says Dr Alexander Horch. Full Story...

HART holds its own in the race to Industry 4.0 04/09/2017
Suzanne Gill finds out what role the now ubiquitous HART protocol might have to play in factories and processing plants of the future, as more enterprises look to reap the benefits promised by Industry 4.0. Full Story...

Taking a system-based approach to improving productivity 28/08/2017
Jack Payne explains how a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) can drive a proactive culture and enable food and beverage manufacturers to improve communication, efficiency, and profitability; as long as the workforce is fully engaged. Full Story...

Nestlé smartens up its legacy equipment 28/08/2017
Ralf Hagen, engineering manager E&A/MES, Nestlé Germany,recently spoke about the importance of data gathering, even from legacy machinery. Control Engineering Europe reports. Full Story...

Your flexible friend in the food factory 28/08/2017
Suzanne Gill finds out where thermal imaging technology can help around the factory. Full Story...

When size matters 23/08/2017
An innovative compact control solution was specified for use on an equally innovative photochromic lense coating technology. Control Engineering Europe finds out more. Full Story...

Robotics: Getting the best of both worlds 23/08/2017
Collaborative robots deliver on the promise of reduced investment costs, simple programming and inherent safety. The compromise, of course, is that they cannot offer the performance of traditional industrial robotics. But, suppose it was possible to have the best of both worlds? Oliver Giertz defines ‘cooperative robotics’. Full Story...

An integrated network for the IIoT era 21/08/2017
Haruyuki Otani discusses the current IT system trends in manufacturing industry and explains how CC-Link IE can help alleviate issues at the field level. Full Story...

Cloud-based continuous monitoring solution 16/08/2017
Yokogawa Electric Corporation has developed a hot spring monitoring system solution based on its Industrial IoT (IIoT) architecture and which works on Microsoft's Azure IoT Suite. Full Story...

Demonstrating the benefits of transmission of data to the cloud 16/08/2017
Industry 4.0 success relies on capturing, transmitting and processing data. This means that connectivity is now a vital requirement for all equipment and is the reason that Rittal has incorporated communication capabilities into its new cooling units and chillers. Full Story...

Putting big data into context 06/08/2017
Engineers at process plants are now awash with data from a variety of sources. Michael Risse explains how analytics can be used to create actionable insights from this data to improve business outcomes. Full Story...

Simple changes can optimise steam systems 31/07/2017
Dave Bird explains how implementing simple efficient measures can significantly reduce energy consumption. Full Story...



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