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Seamless connectivity from the workpiece to the Cloud (14/01/2019)
Article image As well as being an expert in mechanics and pneumatic motion technology, Festo offers a range of electric automation solutions, including its most recent launch of the latest motion controller technology with seamless integration into leading host environments. Eberhard Klotz, head of the Festo Industry 4.0 campaign explains.
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Closing the metering skills gap in oil & gas (07/01/2019)
Article image Despite the vital role played by flow meters in the oil & gas industry the meter management sills gap continues to grow, argues Alick MacGillivray.
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Opening up networks for the future (07/01/2019)
Article image John Browett explains why open industrial networks are fundamental components of a smart factory.
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Sensors: your optimisation friend 07/01/2019
Getting the balance right between an optimised process and product safety is a fine line that engineers have to walk every day. We spoke to Thomas Hedemark, industry sector manager at BAUMER A/S for advice on how sensors can help get this balancing act right. Full Story...

Preventing incidents: Effective process safety management 17/12/2018
To prevent dangerous process incidents from occurring, facilities should employ effective communication, provide workers with appropriate training, and have strong and up-to-date policies and procedures in place. Gregory Hale highlights 11 key principles. Full Story...

How far can I measure with a thermal imaging camera? 17/12/2018
To make an assessment about the best thermal imaging camera for an application several factors need to be considered, including resolution, instantaneous field of view (IFOV), lenses, the size of the object and more, says Andrew Baker. Full Story...

Industrial Ethernet switches: to manage or not? 10/12/2018
To make traditional industrial networks ready for Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications device connectivity is key. Suzanne Gill asks how smart or manageable networking devices need to be, and is there a place for unmanaged switches in the IIoT? Full Story...

Are you ready to join the robotic revolution? 10/12/2018
The transition to Industry 4.0 promises to hypercharge manufacturing capabilities and it is essential that manufacturers respond to this transition and start investing in the change, says Scott Fawcett, divisional managing director at Essentra Components. Full Story...

Revisiting a forgotten flow solution 05/12/2018
Fraser Higgins explains why variable area flowmeters should not be overlooked when a simple yet versatile flowmetering solution is required. Full Story...

Seeking solutions in the virtual world 05/12/2018
The development by Hosokawa Micron of its digital twin processing plant was a significant milestone on its digital journey. Find out how it has enabled the company to offer new services to its customers. Full Story...

Engineer-friendly CMMS is the right ingredient for CP Foods 05/12/2018
CP Foods UK has selected Spidex’s Mainsaver CMMS to support best-practice maintenance at its production facility in Newmarket. Full Story...

A unified solution for enterprise-wide data exchange 25/11/2018
Industrial organisations are now able to bring systems, applications and devices together in a unified architecture to exchange information throughout the enterprise thanks to the integration of FDT and OPC UA standards. Full Story...

TSN: tomorrow’s information superhighway? 19/11/2018
Markus Weinländer provides examples of cloud-based quality control to demonstrate the possibilities of Time Sensitive Networking (TSN). Full Story...

Bringing clarity to maintenance management 12/11/2018
Big Bear has deployed a new CMMS to help it improve productivity and to provide its engineers and maintenance teams with greater clarity to help identify and address operational issues in a timely way. Full Story...

Rapid corrosion test for stainless steels 05/11/2018
Stainless-steel piping and tanks have a passive layer that protects them from corrosion. If this layer is incompletely formed or damaged, it can pose problems. Dr Helga Leonhard and Jens Lehmann discuss a rapid test that can be used to check the condition of the passive layer. Full Story...

Audit-proof self-calibrating thermometer 30/10/2018
Control Engineering Europe reports on the 2018 HERMES Award winning thermometer which is able to continuously calibrate itself in the ongoing process using IIoT technology.  Full Story...

To cloud or not to cloud? 30/10/2018
Martyn Williams explains how today’s large scale data acquisition requires new methods of storage, and why the security requirements of cloud-based systems are so complex. Full Story...

Liberating robots with vision 23/10/2018
Neil Sandhu explains the important role played by vision, to enable robotics to offer solutions in many more application areas. Full Story...

Wireless network considerations 23/10/2018
Ross Yu explains the importance of data reliability and network security in IIoT applications, examines real-life case studies, and discusses key considerations when selecting an IIoT wireless solution. Full Story...

Using the cloud to meet certification requirements 14/10/2018
Arno Martin Fast explains how Ricola has utilised cloud computing alongside its tried-and-tested automation technology to provide a cost-effective solution to meet stringent certification requirements to allow it to export its products across the globe. Full Story...

The analytical advantage of sharing 14/10/2018
Stephen Ludlow, principal technology consultant at SAS UK & Ireland, believes that to get the most from predictive analytics it is important to share data and insights throughout an organisation. Full Story...

Personalising the manufacturing process 07/10/2018
Faouzi Grebici shares his vision of an autonomous and intelligent manufacturing approach where the three key functions of transformation, transfer and transportation are harmonised to provide optimum agility. Full Story...

Finding energy saving opportunities 30/09/2018
Sustainability is more than just a slogan for German chocolate manufacturer RITTER SPORT. The company works continuously to minimise the environmental impact of its production methods and strives to conduct its business responsibly to benefit both people and the environment. This includes the implementation of advanced energy management. Full Story...



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