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Looking at the human side of the smart factory (20/06/2017)
Article image Suzanne Gill spoke to Faouzi Grebici, who believes that Industry 4.0 success will rely on the buy-in of the people on the shop floor.
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Integrated industry and the future of smart factories (08/06/2017)
Article image Commonly known as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) or Industry 4.0, Integrated Industry is the concept of a fully connected manufacturing system, where there is communication at each stage of the production process, says Gavin Stoppel of Harting.
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The new easy – digitalisation down to the field level (05/06/2017)
Article image The digitalisation of a process will result in challenges. Higher data transfer rates will become as indispensable as more flexible architectures or the integration of wireless communication. However, with Profinet, an Ethernet-based standard is entering the process industries that masters all the challenges and impresses with its ease of use.
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Safety first: How Industry 4.0 can optimise safety 05/06/2017
Andrew Minturn discusses the role of the human in Industry 4.0 and how to ensure safety. Full Story...

Intelligent wiring helps make control solution smarter 30/05/2017
An aging barrel feeding system, which forms part of a polyurethane production process, has been brought up to date with the addition of new operator panels connected back to a central PLC control via an intelligent wiring system.  Full Story...

Cost-effectively bringing Ethernet to the edge 30/05/2017
Control Engineering Europe reports on how the Ethernet interface can be reduced in size, power, and cost to allow it to be incorporated into edge devices such as sensors and actuators.  Full Story...

Getting the frequency right 30/05/2017
Low and mid frequency non-contacting radar devices can now be complemented by high frequency technology. Per Skogberg explains which of these might be the right solution for a particular level measurement application.  Full Story...

Cost-saving tips for process automation applications 22/05/2017
Festo offers some tips to enable specifiers to achieve significant cost savings by more closely matching valves and actuators to their specific requirements. Full Story...

The flow meter: a role in Industry 4.0 success? 22/05/2017
José Leonett discusses the changing flow metering needs of the process industry to allow it to meet current and future challenges. Full Story...

An enabler for smart operations 19/05/2017
The FDT Group is currently working on the development of an FDT IIoT server to empower the intelligent enterprise and simplify the ecosystem exchange. Control Engineering Europe finds out more. Full Story...

Controlling water supply measurement 15/05/2017
Effective management of water metering networks is crucial to ensure that the required accuracy is attained, says Alick MacGillivray. Full Story...

Self diagnostics: an enabler for predictive maintenance 15/05/2017
Control Engineering Europe reports on the use of level measurement devices which are able to monitor build up and automatically alert maintenance personnel when cleaning is required. Full Story...

The digitalisation of pneumatics 15/05/2017
At Hannover Messe, Suzanne Gill spoke to Marcio Lopes da Silva, product manager at Festo, about the latest pneumatic developments from the company. Full Story...

Increasing robot productivity 09/05/2017
Control Engineering Europe looks at how advanced sensing solutions can help increase robot productivity. Full Story...

Considering feedback sensing for position and speed 09/05/2017
Urs Kafadar discusses encoder properties and their selection for position and speed control applications. Full Story...

Considering power quality in food processing applications 08/05/2017
Steve Hughes explains how electrical engineers can protect food manufacturing plants from power quality problems. Full Story...

Remote services can improve drive maintenance planning 03/05/2017
Control Engineering Europe reports on how increasing use of the Internet of Things (IoT) concept by a drives manufacturer is offering advantages for its customers – including improved data analysis, increased productivity and enhanced reliability. Full Story...

A pneumatic revolution in automation? 03/05/2017
The Festo VTEM Motion Terminal heralds the beginning of a new era, catapulting pneumatics into the era of Industry 4.0 – with apps that can replace over 50 individual components. The latest developments in piezo technology and software have made this possible. Full Story...

Field Device Integration – built to last 02/05/2017
Control Engineering Europe gets up to date on the latest developments for FDI, which aims to harmonise EDDL device integration languages. Full Story...

Optimising graphics for mobile devices 26/04/2017
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. Full Story...

Never ignore your instruments 26/04/2017
Alan Hunt warns of the danger of ignoring what your instruments are telling you.  Full Story...

The open world of automation 26/04/2017
Frank Walde talks us through a new open control platform that forms the basis for a flexible, and future-proof controller generation. Full Story...

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...



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