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Bringing clarity to maintenance management (12/11/2018)
Article image 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.
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Rapid corrosion test for stainless steels (05/11/2018)
Article image 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.
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Audit-proof self-calibrating thermometer (30/10/2018)
Article image 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. 
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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...

Keeping the Heinz lines moving 24/09/2018
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. Full Story...

Smart factories: Stepping into the future 23/09/2018
Andrew Minturn explores how new technologies can revolutionise traditional processes to maximise manufacturers’ potential in an increasingly digitised global marketplace. Full Story...

Robotics: a cure for your production headaches? 18/09/2018
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.  Full Story...

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...



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