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Proof of Industry 4.0 payback (20/04/2018)
Article image Eberhard Klotz explains what contribution Industry 4.0 is already making to the booming automation technology sector and demonstrates how it is already offering a pay back.
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Mobile robots: supporting lean objectives (12/04/2018)
Article image Control Engineering Europe finds out how a new breed of robots – autonomous mobile robots – are supporting lean approaches to production on today’s more dynamic plant floors.
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Overcoming the security challenge (08/04/2018)
Article image Connectivity is often seen as a significant challenge to plant security, and in the new era of IIoT it is vital that security considerations are prioritised. Suzanne Gill reports.
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Machine vision programming: There’s an App for that! 02/04/2018
Neil Sandhu takes a look into the future of machine vision programming; and sees a more flexible, cost-effective solution appearing over the horizon. Full Story...

Achieving the goal of profitable efficiency 02/04/2018
Peter Martin discusses a new approach to achieving profitable efficiency by ceding profitability control to process control. It represents one new approach that is said to realise 100% ROI in a short time, often under six months, with sustainable results that last and improve over the years. Full Story...

Finding the perfect wireless frequency 02/04/2018
Scott Keller, founder and CEO at SignalFire Wireless Telemetry, offers some advice on determining the best wireless frequency for remote monitoring and control systems. Full Story...

Mastering the Industry 4.0 security challenge 25/03/2018
Factory and process automation are now reaching new levels of integration which opens the way to considerably higher degrees of efficiency, process control and flexibility. However, it also calls for increased security to protect the whole factory from malware and unauthorised intrusion, says Maximillian Korff. Full Story...

The role of valve actuation in a VOC emission control system 25/03/2018
Minimising the emissions of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) from oil tankers during the fluctuating ambient conditions experienced during sea voyages is vitally from both environmental and commercial points of view. Full Story...

Simplifying product selection and configuration of control voltage distribution solutions 19/03/2018
As automation systems and control panels become more complex, the challenges associated with designing and implementing effective and convenient control voltage distribution systems increase dramatically. However, recent developments in terminal technology and design software provide the answer, says Peter Croucher of Weidmüller. Full Story...

Zero-defect production: pipedream or possibility? 19/03/2018
Zero-defect production must surely be the ultimate goal of every manufacturer. Control Engineering Europe finds out what role RFID technology has in bringing this closer reality.  Full Story...

Safe position monitoring 12/03/2018
Control Engineering Europe looks at the importance of international standards when it comes to the specification of protection devices on machinery. Full Story...

IEC 60067-19 explained 12/03/2018
Dr Martin Killeen outlines the requirements of the international Repair, Overhaul and Reclamation of Hazardous Area Equipment standard IEC 60079-19, and highlights how it impacts both service providers and end users. Full Story...

Phased modernisation offers time and cost savings 03/03/2018
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...

Setting AGVs free 26/02/2018
Marco Reichenbächer explains how AGVs can be freed from their traditional guidance system limitations through the use of wireless communication technology. Full Story...

Investing in your plant’s future today 26/02/2018
Suzanne Gill reports on the issues surrounding industrial digitalisation, and finds out why it is vital to put in the groundwork now to ensure a smarter factory in the future. Full Story...

Manufacturing trend predictions for 2018 and beyond 23/02/2018
Sean Riley, global industry director for manufacturing and transportation at Software AG, offers his predictions on key manufacturing trends for the coming years. Full Story...

Overcoming interoperability issues in smart factories 16/02/2018
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. Full Story...

Automating parts delivery in an automotive plant 16/02/2018
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Digital transformation is the only option 11/02/2018
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. Full Story...

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...



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