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Reducing waste and improving productivity (04/12/2017)
Article image Daniela Verhaeg explains how developments in product inspection systems can contribute to waste reduction and help to improve productivity in bulk food applications.
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Overcoming the barriers to energy efficiency (04/12/2017)
Article image The drive towards energy efficiency is not as straightforward as it might appear and it is important to recognise and overcome any barriers to reap the benefits, says Heikki Kervinen.
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Testing: collaborate for better design outcomes (04/12/2017)
Article image Andrew Newton, MD of electromechanical design company, Magnet Schultz, shares his advice on testing within collaborative development projects.
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Making commercial production of battery modules feasible 24/11/2017
Control Engineering UK finds out how Horizon Instruments overcame the challenges of developing a high-speed cell picker system, as part of the AMPLiFII (Automated Module-to-pack Pilot Line for Industrial Innovation) project. Full Story...

Decentralised Industry 4.0 automation platform 20/11/2017
At this year’s SPS/IPC/Drives exhibition visitors will be able to experience the flexibility of Festo’s Multi-Carrier-System (MCS) for intralogistics with batch sizes down to one. Also on display will be Festo's new IP20 and IP65 rated automation platforms with IoT gateways and a direct link to a cloud. Full Story...

What is the smallest speed increment that can be set on a servo motor? 12/11/2017
Andrew Fallows considers this frequently asked question on the issue of speed control and offers some advice to engineers. Full Story...

Implementing Industry 4.0 – top tips 12/11/2017
The term ‘Industry 4.0’ has quickly become a hot topic. Steve Askins offers guidance to help cut through the hype. Full Story...

Finding common ground in IT and OT convergence 06/11/2017
The interconnection of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) is a source of new opportunities and challenges. With increasingly automated and robotic supply chains, manufacturing and engineering companies are becoming more connected, but this exposure to external data flows inevitably leads to new risks, says Robert Wakim. Full Story...

Connector contributes to production process savings on automotive assembly line 06/11/2017
HARTING’s Han ES Press connector, which offers fast tool-less termination based on an cage-clamp design, is playing a key part in minimising installation time for motorised safety roller shutter door guard systems for the robotic assembly cells in an automotive assembly line. Full Story...

Understanding the requirements of industrial Ethernet cables 06/11/2017
Ethernet plays a major role in today’s automation systems to pass data through the system at high rates. The digital performance of a network is subject to the active devices within it, such as the switches and controllers. However, it is the passive devices such as cable and connectors which can ultimately determine the performance of a network. Full Story...

Motor efficiency: aiming high 30/10/2017
Brian Bannister argues that it is better for OEMs to build in compliance to electric motor energy efficiency requirements now, to avoid the need for future product redesigns, and to provide customers with immediate energy saving benefits. Full Story...

Drives smarten themselves up 22/10/2017
Mike Lomax examines the role of intelligent drive systems in optimising machine configuration and performance and aiding the adoption of Industry 4.0. Full Story...

Improving maintenance outcomes with machine learning 16/10/2017
Mike Brooks proposes the use of machine learning software to improve plant reliability and to reduce unplanned downtime. Full Story...

The journey to becoming an enabling technology 15/10/2017
As the UKIVA celebrates its 25th anniversary Paul Wilson takes us through the machine vision journey the association has presided over and takes a look into the next 25 years of machine vision too. Full Story...

Will there be room for CNC and PLCs in the factory of the future? 15/10/2017
As automation in manufacturing increases control systems are having to become increasingly complex and efficient.  We investigate what role different industrial controllers might have to play in the future. Full Story...

Aiming for a more flexible future 07/10/2017
The rising demand for personalised manufactured goods means that companies now need a shop floor that is agile enough to meet fast-changing production line requirements, says Rob Stoppek, Vice President, Motion Systems Group Europe, Parker Hannifin. Full Story...

Treating the causes not the symptoms 07/10/2017
Learning from your mistakes can be expensive in the processing industry. Implementing a Functional Safety Management system allows failures to be anticipated and avoided. Full Story...

Cobots: addressing current issues 29/09/2017
Control Engineering Europe looks at some of the current issues related to the use of collaborative robots in the manufacturing environment. Full Story...

Cooler cabinets at less cost 24/09/2017
Suzanne Gill recently found out about the energy saving benefits of an innovative passive air cooling solution for control cabinets. Full Story...

Speeding up Modbus/TCP 24/09/2017
Rob Hulsebos argues that Modbus/TCP users should think carefully before migrating to a more modern, Ethernet-based protocol, purely to increase speed. Full Story...

Mobile robots: a game changer for flexible manufacturing? 18/09/2017
Suzanne Gill finds out more about the potentially vital work that mobile robotics will play in the factory of the future. Full Story...

OEM size doesn’t matter when it comes to Industry 4.0 18/09/2017
Many smaller machine builders may feel that smart factory technology is not relevant for them. However this could not be further from the truth, particularly when it comes to choosing a PLC, says Rami Hanan, VP of sales and marketing at Unitronics. Full Story...

Robotics: Getting the best of both worlds 10/09/2017
Collaborative robots deliver on the promise of reduced investment costs, simple programming and inherent safety. The compromise, of course, is that they cannot offer the performance of traditional industrial robotics. But, suppose it was possible to have the best of both worlds? Oliver Giertz defines ‘cooperative robotics’. Full Story...



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