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Get smart to stay ahead in food production

(25/03/2019)
Suzanne Gill finds out where the food industry is on its ‘smart factory’ journey and gets advice about how to make use of new technologies to become more productive and flexible to meet rapidly changing consumer demands.
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GigE Vision and beyond

(22/03/2019)
Control Engineering Europe finds out how the GigE Vision standard has evolved to ensure it continues to meet rapidly changing image data transfer requirements.
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Extending the secure edge

(22/03/2019)
Many business leaders find it hard to understand industrial control system (ICS) cyber security challenges as there are so many factors contributing to their complexity and so cyber security is one of the issues that is delaying adoption of Industry 4.0, says Erik Halthen.


Archive

  1. 18/03/2019 Taking a deep dive into gigabit Ethernet

    It is becoming apparent that the reluctance to move beyond 100Mbit Ethernet technology is a very real limiting factor for Industry 4.0 adoption. John Browett, general manager at CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) Europe, argues that the transition to gigabit Ethernet networking technologies has to start now.

  2. 18/03/2019 Shaping the future

    Malte Schlüter looks at the main trends that are currently influencing the manufacturing and packaging industries and which are expected to shape the future.

  3. 18/03/2019 Edge computing and embedded IoT

    Cloud computing has three main limits – latency, connection and cost. Find out how this can be overcome by processing data at the edge.

  4. 11/03/2019 Edge devices as a key to Industry 4.0

    The implementation of Industry 4.0 continues to focus on the linking of industrial production to the internet and the Cloud, and this has transformed the Internet of Things (IoT) into the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), according to Gavin Stoppel.

  5. 11/03/2019 Digital twins speed up the commissioning process

    Tronrud Engineering produces automation solutions and machines. Among other things, this Norwegian machine building company has made a name for itself with its packaging machines. In developing and commissioning these machines, the company is now taking a completely new direction. Annemarie Loetzsch reports.

  6. 04/03/2019 Education is key to keeping industry 4.0 moving forward

    Suzanne Gill asked a cross-section of automation vendors where they believe the manufacturing sector is on its Industry 4.0 journey and, importantly, what obstacles still need to be overcome.

  7. 25/02/2019 Keeping pace with the digital transformation

    Suzanne Gill finds out more about the changing role of SCADA systems and asks what features are needed to ensure that this technology keeps pace with the demands of the digital factory of tomorrow.

  8. 25/02/2019 Automating a handcrafted process

    Denby Pottery’s clay manufacturing times have been halved and productivity has increased since the installation of a new control system.

  9. 25/02/2019 Safe operation of flameproof motors in explosive atmospheres

    Maintenance and inspection of flameproof motors is critical to ensure safe operation. Pedro Maia offers advice on keeping them in good working order.

  10. 18/02/2019 Next generation gateway solutions optimised for the IIoT

    Manufacturers are now gearing up to ride the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) wave. Although the progress has been slow, manufacturers at different stages of their IIoT transformation are already beginning to experience the benefits of digitisation, says Matthew Lee, product manager at Moxa.

  11. 11/02/2019 Laser eyes for robots

    Laser profile sensors act as the ‘eyes’ of a robot and are now being used in a variety of applications, says Chris Jones.

  12. 11/02/2019 Test and the IoT

    While the IoT is increasing device complexity and, in turn, increasing test complexity, it can also greatly enhance automated test workflows says Mike Santori.

  13. 04/02/2019 The road to Industry 4.0 Maturity

    Paul Taylor talks about the Industry 4.0 Maturity Index which was developed to help companies introduce Industry 4.0 in manageable steps.

  14. 29/01/2019 Showing evidence of a shift towards software

    Suzanne Gill reports on some of the highlights of the SPS/IPC/Drives 2018 event, which was held in Nuremberg last November.

  15. 22/01/2019 Remotely proof-testing to improve SIS performance

    Periodic proof-tests are a necessity for level switches that form part of a safety instrumented system (SIS) and partial proof-tests provide a safe way to optimise the time interval between full tests. Marianne Williams compares different ways of performing partial proof-tests.

  16. 14/01/2019 Seamless connectivity from the workpiece to the Cloud

    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.

  17. 07/01/2019 Closing the metering skills gap in oil & gas

    Despite the vital role played by flow meters in the oil & gas industry the meter management sills gap continues to grow, argues Alick MacGillivray.

  18. 07/01/2019 Opening up networks for the future

    John Browett explains why open industrial networks are fundamental components of a smart factory.

  19. 07/01/2019 Sensors: your optimisation friend

    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.

  20. 17/12/2018 Preventing incidents: Effective process safety management

    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.