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Taking a deep dive into gigabit Ethernet (18/03/2019)
Article image 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.
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Shaping the future (18/03/2019)
Article image Malte Schlüter looks at the main trends that are currently influencing the manufacturing and packaging industries and which are expected to shape the future.
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Edge computing and embedded IoT (18/03/2019)
Article image Cloud computing has three main limits – latency, connection and cost. Find out how this can be overcome by processing data at the edge.
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Edge devices as a key to Industry 4.0 11/03/2019
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. Full Story...

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

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

Keeping pace with the digital transformation 25/02/2019
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. Full Story...

Automating a handcrafted process 25/02/2019
Denby Pottery’s clay manufacturing times have been halved and productivity has increased since the installation of a new control system. Full Story...

Safe operation of flameproof motors in explosive atmospheres 25/02/2019
Maintenance and inspection of flameproof motors is critical to ensure safe operation. Pedro Maia offers advice on keeping them in good working order. Full Story...

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

Laser eyes for robots 11/02/2019
Laser profile sensors act as the ‘eyes’ of a robot and are now being used in a variety of applications, says Chris Jones. Full Story...

Test and the IoT 11/02/2019
While the IoT is increasing device complexity and, in turn, increasing test complexity, it can also greatly enhance automated test workflows says Mike Santori. Full Story...

The road to Industry 4.0 Maturity 04/02/2019
Paul Taylor talks about the Industry 4.0 Maturity Index which was developed to help companies introduce Industry 4.0 in manageable steps. Full Story...

Showing evidence of a shift towards software 29/01/2019
Suzanne Gill reports on some of the highlights of the SPS/IPC/Drives 2018 event, which was held in Nuremberg last November. Full Story...

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

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

Closing the metering skills gap in oil & gas 07/01/2019
Despite the vital role played by flow meters in the oil & gas industry the meter management sills gap continues to grow, argues Alick MacGillivray. Full Story...

Opening up networks for the future 07/01/2019
John Browett explains why open industrial networks are fundamental components of a smart factory. Full Story...

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...



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