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Features

Optimising graphics for mobile devices (26/04/2017)
Article image Scott Kortier examines best practices for interfacing mobile devices to automation systems through PC-based and embedded HMIs to provide the required access controls, security and viewing experience.
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Never ignore your instruments (26/04/2017)
Article image Alan Hunt warns of the danger of ignoring what your instruments are telling you. 
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The open world of automation (26/04/2017)
Article image Frank Walde talks us through a new open control platform that forms the basis for a flexible, and future-proof controller generation.
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Non-contact colour sensor considerations 18/04/2017
There are several things that need to be considered before purchasing or specifying a non-contact colour sensor, including accuracy, the type of surface or object being measured, environmental conditions and mechanical set up, says Stephen Smith. Full Story...

Seeing a bright future for calibration 18/04/2017
At the inauguration of new facilities at Beamex headquarters in Finland, Jan-Henrik Svensson, CEO of the company, talked about the changing role for calibration in the factories of the future. Full Story...

ATEX and the control panel 18/04/2017
Control Engineering Europe finds out more about the creation of unique control panels which are suited to use within hazardous environments. Full Story...

Taking a risk-based approach to optimise efforts 10/04/2017
Find the right calibration schedule and comply with the ISO 9001 risk-based thinking approach.   Full Story...

Addressing the big data knowledge gap 10/04/2017
Leor Barth warns that SME manufacturers need to properly identify and analyse actionable data to ensure they remain competitive.  Full Story...

Drum motors: conveyor system benefits 03/04/2017
Chris Middleton explains why you should consider replacing geared motors on conveyor systems with drum motors. Full Story...

A sensor solution with Industry 4.0 capabilities 03/04/2017
The result of collaboration between Microsoft and Leuze electronic has been the creation of a sensor whose process data and metadata can be transferred directly to the Azure Cloud via OPC-UA without the need for an intermediate gateway. Full Story...

Putting the focus on IIoT security 03/04/2017
There are ways for companies to get an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) project initiated while overcoming security challenges, but that requires a culture change and a different mindset, says Eric Byres. Full Story...

Avoiding the big bang! 28/03/2017
Mark Shannon explains why food manufacturers need to be taking dust explosion risks seriously. Full Story...

Will OPC-UA negate the need for multiple gateways? 28/03/2017
Factory operators who need to integrate machines from different suppliers often still face the dilemma that those machines cannot communicate naturally with each other. Therefore the integration – both of a new plant, or integrating new machines into existing infrastructures – is still a challenge. Full Story...

Reflecting on 40 years of test and measurement 28/03/2017
Dr James Truchard, CEO and co-founder of National Instruments (NI), talks about the changes he has seen in test and measurement technology in the past 40 years. Full Story...

Looking on the bright side 21/03/2017
A whitepaper looks into the causes of image brightness variation in machine visions applications and offers some possible solutions. Full Story...

An uncertain solution to optimise flow meter management 21/03/2017
Calibration and maintenance can offer some money-saving opportunities for the oil and gas industry by making better use of available data, says Craig Marshall. Full Story...

OPC UA: Industry 4.0 glue? 13/03/2017
OPC-UA technologies are developing fast! Suzanne Gill caught up with some automation vendors to find out more about their latest OPC-UA technology developments. Full Story...

OPC UA sees record growth in adoption 13/03/2017
In 2016 OPC UA experienced record growth in adoption, with industry analysts now forecasting that adoption will exceed 120 million installations by the end of 2017. Full Story...

Proof testing: calibration by a different name? 13/03/2017
Today, the focus in the oil and gas industry is clearly on operational excellence – and many operators have already managed to dramatically reduce their operating costs dramatically. Andy Morsman discusses how this situation is affecting the world of calibration? Full Story...

Wireless I/O employed to streamline security 10/03/2017
A wireless I/O solution, supplied by ProSoft Technology, has helped a construction company to streamline entrance security and has allowed it to better optimise its resources. Full Story...

Developing a process to make more informed decisions 06/03/2017
Big Data can help synthesise information and provide users with the data needed to make informed, intelligent decisions. Developing a process that benefits everyone in the plant from the top on down is crucial, says Patty Feehan. Full Story...

Moving towards the future one step at a time 06/03/2017
It will come as no surprise to hear that system integrators have an important role to play in the engineering cycle, delivering turnkey control solutions to their end-user customers. They also offer valuable engineering knowledge, together with application know-how. Suzanne Gill reports on their role in helping to prepare industry for the future. Full Story...

Ensuring consistent identification 27/02/2017
Tracing components through the entire production process and then analysing the data to help optimise production has been a goal in the industrial environment for some time. High-precision processes can be improved by implementing component identification with UHF RFID technology, says Ingo Hecker. Full Story...



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