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Secure remote service benefits (30/06/2015)
Article image For OEMs, offering secure remote service capabiltites for equipment can offer cost-saving benefits for all, as one equipment manufacturer has discovered.
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Industrial WLAN enables mobile monitoring (23/06/2015)
Article image CP Kelco is in the process of rolling out a controller-based, wireless network in its Danish factory. Working with iPads and QR codes, it is hoped that this will deliver a significant reduction in costs and time as well as offering greater flexibility.
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Industry 4.0 needs smart devices (05/06/2015)
Article image Lance Croutear, business unit manager Factory Automation, at Bosch Rexroth comments on the need for smart devices to ensure Industry 4.0 success.
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Rapid pick and place solution for sweetcorn cobs 05/06/2015
A UK factory trial involving a FANUC M-10iA series robot and vacuum gripper technology has proved that it is possible to pick and place sweetcorn cobs at speeds of 180 packs per minute. Full Story...

Product inspection: guides to regulatory compliance 05/06/2015
A series of free-to-download product inspection guides, published by METTLER TOLEDO, provide useful information to help engineers understand and maintain compliance with regulatory standards and ensure product safety. Full Story...

Top 10 tips for condition monitoring 05/06/2015
Condition monitoring of plant is now a common method of preventing failure of critical equipment and maximising uptime. However, David Manning-Ohren, of ERIKS UK believes that many engineers are making some basic and costly mistakes. Full Story...

When operations and maintenance see eye-to-eye 02/06/2015
Operations and maintenance staff can work more effectively together if they use the same plant data, says Will Leonard, Oil, Gas & Petrochemical UK marketing manager for ABB.  Full Story...

Profinet diagnostics: organisational issues 26/05/2015
Dr Christopher Anhalt, senior product manager diagnostics at Softing Industrial Automation, discusses the organisational issues surrounding Profinet network diagnostics.  Full Story...

Error free logic design 19/05/2015
Suzanne Gill reports on a software solution which replaces legacy paper-based design workflow – eliminating errors during the creation of automation logic and validating it according to IEC61131-3.  Full Story...

Benefitting today from the IIoT 12/05/2015
Brian Oulton, vice president strategic marketing – industrial at Belden, explains how to gain benefit from the Industrial Internet of Things right now – by weaving the IIoT into daily work processes.  Full Story...

The role of RFID in the smart factory 05/05/2015
RFID technology will have a big role to play in the smart factory of the future, enabling ‘things’ to communicate in real-time with manufacturing systems. Full Story...

Taking a collaborative approach to cyber security 28/04/2015
At the last Yokogawa user conference, Tyler Williams, manager PCD IT security for Shell Global Solutions, who is responsible for cyber security activities in automation and control system environments, explained the company’s cyber security journey. Suzanne Gill reports. Full Story...

Why store your data in the Cloud? 21/04/2015
Many manufacturing companies now have many terabytes (TB) of production information to store. Johannes Petrowisch, partner account manager at COPA-DATA, looks at the issues surrounding big data archiving.  Full Story...

Ensuring reliable identification 14/04/2015
Having the ability to track and trace products throughout the entire supply chain can offer huge benefits and this is where UHF RFID systems display their strengths, says Ingo Hecker, product manager RFID systems at Siemens Process Automation. Full Story...

Rethinking IoT 07/04/2015
Tim Taberner, global product manager – Advanced IoT Gateways for B+B SmartWorx says it is time to rethink our approach to the Internet of Things. Full Story...

Water industry solutions on display 07/04/2015
Mitsubishi Electric is set to present a portfolio of solutions designed for the water industry at the ‘PUMPENplatz’ at Hanover trade fair next week.  Full Story...

Smart devices: configuration or calibration? 31/03/2015
Control Engineering Europe spoke to Jan-Henrik Svensson, VP sales & marketing at Beamex about the issues surrounding the calibration of smart devices.  Full Story...

Ensuring industrial wireless security 24/03/2015
Julia Santogatta, director of wireless initiatives at Belden, looks at the security concerns associated with wireless networks, and explains how these can be overcome.  Full Story...

Functional safety considerations on modification projects 17/03/2015
A new Emergency Shutdown system is being developed for use on a North Sea oil platform to ensure that process modifications still adhere to IEC 61508 requirements. Full Story...

Pressure sensors, transducers and transmitters – what’s the difference 17/03/2015
American Sensor Technologies discusses the difference between pressure sensors, pressure transducer and transmitters. Full Story...

DCS migration – planning is key 10/03/2015
A recent white paper from US-based systems integrator, Maverick Technologies, details the best approach for DCS migration, starting with justification and ending with commissioning and startup.  Full Story...

Visualising the control room of the future 03/03/2015
Many control room engineers are working in an uncomfortable environment with outdated equipment. Tightening margins and higher production targets further add to the pressure on them and it is important that operators have the tools they need to meet the demands of their job, and enable them to add value to the process operation, says Bruce Calder, vice president of Technology at Honeywell Process Solutions. Full Story...

A stepped approach to securing automation systems 24/02/2015
Professor Dr. Frithjof Klasen, a member of the Managing Board of the PROFIBUS Nutzerorganisation e.V. (PNO), discusses problems surrounding security for automation systems and explains how guidelines from communication technology organisations, such as PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI), can be helpful. Full Story...



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