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Next generation gateway solutions optimised for the IIoT (18/02/2019)
Article image 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.
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Laser eyes for robots (11/02/2019)
Article image Laser profile sensors act as the ‘eyes’ of a robot and are now being used in a variety of applications, says Chris Jones.
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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.
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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...

Revisiting a forgotten flow solution 05/12/2018
Fraser Higgins explains why variable area flowmeters should not be overlooked when a simple yet versatile flowmetering solution is required. Full Story...

Seeking solutions in the virtual world 05/12/2018
The development by Hosokawa Micron of its digital twin processing plant was a significant milestone on its digital journey. Find out how it has enabled the company to offer new services to its customers. Full Story...

Engineer-friendly CMMS is the right ingredient for CP Foods 05/12/2018
CP Foods UK has selected Spidex’s Mainsaver CMMS to support best-practice maintenance at its production facility in Newmarket. Full Story...

A unified solution for enterprise-wide data exchange 25/11/2018
Industrial organisations are now able to bring systems, applications and devices together in a unified architecture to exchange information throughout the enterprise thanks to the integration of FDT and OPC UA standards. Full Story...

TSN: tomorrow’s information superhighway? 19/11/2018
Markus Weinländer provides examples of cloud-based quality control to demonstrate the possibilities of Time Sensitive Networking (TSN). Full Story...

Bringing clarity to maintenance management 12/11/2018
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. Full Story...

Rapid corrosion test for stainless steels 05/11/2018
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. Full Story...

Audit-proof self-calibrating thermometer 30/10/2018
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.  Full Story...

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...



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