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Keeping the Heinz lines moving (24/09/2018)
Article image A major upgrade project at the Kraft Heinz plant in Wigan has seen more than 100 variable speed drives installed to control conveyors in the pasta filling line production area. Find out more about this project.
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Smart factories: Stepping into the future (23/09/2018)
Article image Andrew Minturn explores how new technologies can revolutionise traditional processes to maximise manufacturers’ potential in an increasingly digitised global marketplace.
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Robotics: a cure for your production headaches? (18/09/2018)
Article image Mike Wilson looks at the most common headaches faced by food & beverage companies and explains how they can be solved by the latest robotic automation technology. 
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Efficient connections for the Ex zone 18/09/2018
Howard Forryan argues the case for the use of Ex connectors, in place of hard-wired solutions, in hazardous areas. Full Story...

Looking into the future of control systems 10/09/2018
Bob Halgren, DeltaV product director at Emerson, comments on process control systems of the future in an Industry 4.0 era. Full Story...

Ethernet moves a bit closer to the field 10/09/2018
The latest developments to the Advanced Physical Layer project to enable Ethernet to the Field were reported at ACHEMA by three leading standards-based organisations for suppliers of process automation. Suzanne Gill reports. Full Story...

Are you ready for the new breed of workwear? 04/09/2018
Control Engineering Europe reports on the launch of an exoskeleton solution to help reduce fatigue in factory workers. Full Story...

Who’s winning the robot race? 27/08/2018
Nigel Smith looks at who is leading the way in the race for automated production. Full Story...

Valves in delayed coking units – why they matter 24/08/2018
Refineries need to improve profitability to stay competitive in today’s market. Delayed coking for heavy and sour oil refineries is potentially one of the most profitable operations available to refiners, says Raimar Hellwig. Full Story...

Mobile maintenance: proof of Industry 4.0 payback 20/08/2018
Eberhard Klotz, head of the Industry 4.0 campaign at Festo, demonstrates what contribution Industry 4.0 is already making to the booming automation technology sector today. He highlights the potential improvements in performance and quality of maintenance teams – and thus OEE figures – with rapid return on investment times. Full Story...

Monitoring an aggressive environment: staying ahead of the curve 13/08/2018
Maintenance managers working within aggressive environments need to adopt a different approach to traditional condition monitoring methods according to David Manning-Ohren. Full Story...

The key to effective cyber security 13/08/2018
Derek Lane, automation manager at WAGO, explains how IT and OT convergence can help protect against cyber threats. Full Story...

Improving pharmaceutical productivity 13/08/2018
Howard Forryan explains how predictive maintenance can help to reduce production line downtime in the pharmaceutical industry. Full Story...

Is wireless data the key to effective MES? 07/08/2018
As manufacturers look to make the most of manufacturing execution systems (MES) to improve efficiency, James Wood explains that companies are still held back by traditional Factory processes. Full Story...

AGV protective fields – does size matter? 07/08/2018
Dr Martin Kidman looks at safety laser scanner technologies which are a vital component of AGVs. Full Story...

Safety can now pay its way! 30/07/2018
Arguably, information is the most powerful tool in manufacturing today, with data being made available from the component to enterprise level and converted into information-enabled management tools. But, what effect is this having on machine safety? Full Story...

Butterfly valves take control 23/07/2018
Mark Nymeyer discusses the advantages and limitations of butterfly valves, and highlights developments that are making them more suitable for flow control. Full Story...

Artificial intelligence in the food industry 17/07/2018
Stephanie Duvault-Alexandre explains what artificial intelligence (AI) might mean for the food processing industry. Full Story...

Improving packaging line data collection 17/07/2018
Control Engineering UK finds out how Molson Coors has upgraded its packaging production system to benefit from improved data collection to allow it to fault find a single machine or across entire production areas. Full Story...

Rethinking the optical sensor 17/07/2018
In response to feedback from industry customers SICK has recently upgraded its optical sensor technology to meet industry needs today and in the future. Full Story...

Solenoid control without the bang 10/07/2018
Paul Hobden looks at the challenges surrounding process control in potentially explosive atmospheres and how they can be overcome. Full Story...

Toyota sees the benefits of increased data transparency 09/07/2018
Toyota upgraded its communication networks to an open, gigabit Ethernet technology to help it increase the availability of its production lines and improve the transparency of data. Full Story...

Servitisation: making data pay 09/07/2018
Tim Clark, head of manufacturing solutions, SAS UK & Ireland, talks about how data can make money for manufacturing companies. Full Story...



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