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HART-IP: simplifying data exchange (25/09/2016)
Article image Control Engineering Europe reports on HART-IP which is helping ensure that 4-20mA devices continue to have something to offer in an increasingly digital world. 
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The smart way to visualise hazards (25/09/2016)
Article image John Martin explains what needs to be considered when preparing a bow tie analysis – a diagram that visualises risk in a single, simple graphical format.
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Benefits of a predictive maintenance solution for PROFIBUS networks (21/09/2016)
Article image Optimising network performance, through the use of a continuous maintenance system, can offer huge cost and energy savings. It also plays a key role in the success of Industry 4.0, smart factories and smart cities.
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Focussing on a collaborative future 21/09/2016
As highlighted throughout its 2016 European User Conference, Yokogawa sees collaboration as vital to ensuring sustainable growth and operational excellence for itself, its partners and its customers. Suzanne Gill reports. Full Story...

Energy saving benefits of low-friction pipes 14/09/2016
Rich Pedley discusses the improved pump efficiencies that are possible when coupled with  plastic pipework systems. Full Story...

FDT optimises sensor to cloud computing with OPC UA 13/09/2016
Suzanne Gill spoke to Glenn Schulz, managing director at FDT Group, to catch up on technology developments. Full Story...

Ensuring reliability and accuracy with GWR 06/09/2016
Thomas Rundqvist explains how combined chamber/guided wave radar units provide a pre-assembled and ready-to-install solution that can simplify level instrumentation commissioning. Full Story...

Cyber security requires buy-in at all levels 06/09/2016
Cevn Vibert explores the changing face of cyber-attacks and explains why security needs to be a priority throughout the industrial IT supply chain. Full Story...

Ensuring uninterrupted wireless connectivity for AMH systems 30/08/2016
Jeffrey Ke looks at the challenges of developing wireless communication solutions for automated materials handling systems. Full Story...

A new approach to flow meter calibration 30/08/2016
Neil Bowman suggests some alternatives to traditional set-time based calibration strategies. Full Story...

A perfect storm of technologies get the best out of data 23/08/2016
Big data is just one of a host of popular industry buzz words. When put together with other enabling technologies such as IIoT and the Cloud the benefits of big data really start to become apparent. Suzanne Gill reports. Full Story...

Tracing sources of error in plant operation 16/08/2016
Time and money is being lost at production plants due to problems not being fixed in a timely fashion. Faults can often be identified, rectified, and prevented from recurring by tracing mechanical errors with specialised high-speed recording cameras. Full Story...

OT and IT: bridging the gap 08/08/2016
Jeff Lund comments on the challenges of implementing an IoT initiative and offers tips for ensuring projects succeed.   Full Story...

ID and vision solutions for contact lens packaging 08/08/2016
Janina Guptill and Jan Grootjans discuss a joint project to develop an ID and vision solution for a packaging machine for contact lenses. Full Story...

Understanding capacitance level measurement 02/08/2016
In process industries the measurement of flow, temperature, weight, pressure, and level are critical to ensure a safe and efficient business as well as a quality end product. The use of these instruments is crucial to ensure the highest quality, says Matt Morrissey.  Full Story...

Ensuring calibration compliance for critical heat treatment process 25/07/2016
Peter Sherwin discusses a project that aimed to develop specific software solutions to fully manage the calibration and compliance of the thermal treatment process required for most aircraft components. Full Story...

ISO9001 changes and their effect on calibration processes 19/07/2016
Heikki Laurila explores the changes in the 2015 revision of ISO9001 and explains how these changes affect calibration processes. Full Story...

Prioritising storage tank maintenance 19/07/2016
Tim Bradshaw, general manager at Mistras Group, UK operations, explains how risk-based inspection systems and advanced non-destructive testing methods are helping storage tank owners comply with increasingly stringent regulations, as well as reducing maintenance costs. Full Story...

Dynamic simulation benefits across the plant lifecycle 11/07/2016
Miquel Angel Alós explains how dynamic simulation can help maximise plant performance and deliver cost savings on new plant projects. Full Story...

Wireless sensor network streamlines semiconductor manufacturing 11/07/2016
Ross Yu and Enrique Aceves explain how a wireless real-time monitoring solution has been utilised to squeeze more efficiency out of the semiconductor manufacturing process. Full Story...

Track and trace from farm to fork 04/07/2016
Robert Brooks examines how automation in the food and beverage production supply chain can help to deliver increased visibility and traceability. Full Story...

A business case for integrated robotic vision 04/07/2016
Steve Capon explains how integrated vision technology can help businesses respond to evolving market requirements more easily and package more complex shaped products.  Full Story...

Solutions for intelligent motion systems 27/06/2016
Industry 4.0 will soon start to place greater demands on sensors, which have a increasingly important role to play. This is already starting to be seen in intralogistics applications. Full Story...



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