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RFID’s role in manufacturing logistics (21/02/2017)
Article image Howard Forryan explains how advances in RFID technology can be utilised to improve manufacturing logistics systems.
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SCADA and the cloud: a perfect partnership? (21/02/2017)
Article image Suzanne Gill reports on the changing role of SCADA systems as we enter the era of smart manufacturing and IIoT.
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Staying ahead of the regulations (14/02/2017)
Article image All new motors placed on the market – between 0.75 kW to 375 kW – are now required to meet the IE3 efficiency level. Control Engineering Europe finds out what needs to be done to stay ahead of the regulations.
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Supporting the digital transformation 14/02/2017
Hartmut Pütz, president Factory Automation EMEA at Mitsubishi Electric Europe, talks about the digital transformation of industry, focussing on its effect on manufacturing businesses, especially at a production level. Full Story...

Sticking to the speed limit 06/02/2017
Despite the fact that speed monitoring is often essential for safe control of a machine and to protect the operator, it is often overlooked when considering safety on machinery. Dr Martin Kidman offers advice on the permissible safe limits of operation. Full Story...

The rise and rise of RFID 06/02/2017
The development of RFID systems for use in industrial environments has come a long way since its first teetering steps in the 1970’s. Each new development since then has aimed to improve performance and extend the possibilities for a variety of applications, says George Perkins. Full Story...

Taking a glimpse into the future of the food production process 06/02/2017
Ever wondered what the food manufacturing environment might look like in the future? Suzanne Gill spoke to some key industry vendors to get their thoughts.  Full Story...

Bluetooth – back to the future? 06/02/2017
Is the process industry ready for instrument adjustment and diagnosis with Smartphones or Tablets? Full Story...

Control systems: repair or replace? 30/01/2017
Nick Boughton discusses best practice for obsolescence management from a systems integrator point of view. Full Story...

Communication cooperation continues apace 30/01/2017
Suzanne Gill reports on the latest networking and communication protocol developments. Full Story...

Sticking to the speed limit 23/01/2017
Despite the fact that a speed monitoring system is often essential for safe control of a machine and to protect the operator, it is often overlooked when considering safety on machinery. Dr Martin Kidman offers advice on the permissible safe limits of operation. Full Story...

Firewalls: vital for a successful security model 23/01/2017
Tobias Heer, Oliver Kleineberg and Jeff Lund discuss firewalls – what they are and what they do. Full Story...

Managed switches for critical control networks 16/01/2017
Future proofed automation and data communications within the oil and gas sector is pivotal in improving operational efficiency and safety, which is why Unipetrol set out to upgrade the network backbones for an ethylene plant. Full Story...

Testbed to integrate sensors into smart factories 16/01/2017
Daniel Walldorf and Michael Hilgner discuss the work which is being undertaken to connect existing sensors to Cloud-based IT systems, to allow them to become part of a smart factory. Full Story...

Making alarming improvements 10/01/2017
Find out how Interconnector UK solved a two-way remote alarm management challenge on a bi-directional gas pipeline. Full Story...

Safely keeping pace with the wireless evolution 10/01/2017
As the trend towards wireless safety continues, Neil Dyson highlights the need to ensure that wireless controls are 100% reliable. Full Story...

Controllers for aircraft static and fatigue tests 04/01/2017
The Industrial Group of Moog has delivered aerospace test controller systems for use in the Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation’s Structural Test Lab to run static and fatigue tests on its G500 and G600 business aircraft. Full Story...

Test bench design tips 04/01/2017
HBM looks at the critical variables in the design of new test benches and explains how to cost-effectively optimise test routines and shorten test times. Full Story...

Regulatory compliance as a cyber security strategy tool 04/01/2017
A recently published white paper describes some of the most effective industrial security tools pharmaceutical companies have at their disposal in the era of Industry 4.0. Control Engineering Europe reports. Full Story...

Industrial considerations for Pt 100 sensors 19/12/2016
To achieve the best accuracy and reliability, care is needed with installation of the probe, connections, and choice of the host instrumentation when using Pt100 sensors in industrial applications, says Labfacility. Full Story...

laser triangulation sensors - red or blue? 19/12/2016
Red laser triangulation displacement sensors have been around for some time, while blue laser versions are a newer addition. Before selecting which to use, it is important to understand which type performs best on which target materials, says Chris Jones. Full Story...

A better way to measure bitumen? 19/12/2016
Bitumen is the glue that transforms aggregates into asphalt. It needs to be delivered in accurate doses, which is not possible with traditional mechanical flowmeters. Carl Pinches suggests a solution. Full Story...

From vision to reality: cyber physical systems and factories 19/12/2016
Festo remains at the forefront of Industry 4.0 – from learning to initial applications, from products and solutions to its revolutionary research on BionicANTs. It is helping develop ground-breaking, forward-looking solutions and helping to significantly improve productivity. Full Story...



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