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An integrated network for the IIoT era (21/08/2017)
Article image Haruyuki Otani discusses the current IT system trends in manufacturing industry and explains how CC-Link IE can help alleviate issues at the field level.
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Cloud-based continuous monitoring solution (16/08/2017)
Article image Yokogawa Electric Corporation has developed a hot spring monitoring system solution based on its Industrial IoT (IIoT) architecture and which works on Microsoft's Azure IoT Suite.
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Demonstrating the benefits of transmission of data to the cloud (16/08/2017)
Article image Industry 4.0 success relies on capturing, transmitting and processing data. This means that connectivity is now a vital requirement for all equipment and is the reason that Rittal has incorporated communication capabilities into its new cooling units and chillers.
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Putting big data into context 06/08/2017
Engineers at process plants are now awash with data from a variety of sources. Michael Risse explains how analytics can be used to create actionable insights from this data to improve business outcomes. Full Story...

Simple changes can optimise steam systems 31/07/2017
Dave Bird explains how implementing simple efficient measures can significantly reduce energy consumption. Full Story...

Brushed or brushless? DC motor choices 31/07/2017
Amir Janjua offers advice on choosing a brushed or brushless DC motor. Full Story...

Making vertical farming viable 23/07/2017
Control Engineering UK looks at the role that machine control has played in helping make vertical farming a commercially viable option.  Full Story...

Highlighting the risks to industrial networks 23/07/2017
Barak Perelman highlights the numerous risks facing industrial control systems today. He argues that real-time visibility is key to better security. Full Story...

Robot removes heavy lifting and extends scope of work 23/07/2017
A UR10 robot arm from Universal Robots (UR) is helping printing company, InPrint, to pick and place print plates, reducing non-productive wait time while improving the work environment and freeing up two labour hours in capacity per day.  Full Story...

Using data analytics to offer predictive maintenance services 17/07/2017
Suzanne Gill reports on the launch of a new service offering from Tetra Pak, which makes use of equipment data and advanced analytics to predict machine errors. Full Story...

Safety-conscious drives meet safety standards 17/07/2017
In the last decade, updated safety standards have made it possible for electronic safety functions to be built directly into the drives which control motor and machinery movements in industrial processes. Mikko Ristolainen explains how this approach simplifies things for designers and machine builders, while also providing higher overall safety and protection levels. Full Story...

Welcome to the future of Industrial Ethernet diagnostics 10/07/2017
Reducing downtime and increasing productivity is an important topic for all engineers today. To help system users prevent issues occurring in their network, PROCENTEC has introduced Atlas as its solution to Industrial Ethernet diagnostics. Full Story...

Make sure your enclosures are summer ready 10/07/2017
High temperatures are the most common cause of sensitive electrical and electronic components tripping or even failing, so users of manufacturing automation systems need to ensure that they are prepared for the summer heat and, if necessary, should arrange for an inspection of their equipment to check the level of risk, according to Jason Swann. Full Story...

Moving to a wireless remote monitoring system 09/07/2017
Scott Keller offers advice on what needs to be considered when moving from a wired remote monitoring solution to a wireless one. Full Story...

Keeping engineers in the loop to reduce bugs 03/07/2017
Jonathan Wilkins explains how hardware in the loop (HIL) simulation can reduce bugs in control systems.  Full Story...

Starting the smart factory journey 03/07/2017
Every journey starts with a single step. Suzanne Gill finds out what organisations need to do start the journey to becoming a smart factory. Full Story...

When and where will Industry 4.0 actually happen? 03/07/2017
Chris Evans evaluates the current status is Industry 4.0 realisation. Full Story...

Electromagnetic Work Regulations explained 26/06/2017
Paul Taylor explains what is required to ensure compliance with the recently introduced Electromagnetic Work regulations. Full Story...

Linking outcomes and opportunities 26/06/2017
Brian Foster, head of Industry Finance at Siemens Financial Services in the UK discusses an emerging business model which links payment for equipment and technology to resulting business benefits. Full Story...

Looking at the human side of the smart factory 20/06/2017
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. Full Story...

Integrated industry and the future of smart factories 08/06/2017
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. Full Story...

The new easy – digitalisation down to the field level 05/06/2017
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. Full Story...

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...



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