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Internet of Things: industry opportunities (01/09/2015)
Article image Ulrich Wallenhorst, chief technology officer of TE Connectivity's Industrial business unit, comments on how the Internet of Things is driving industry forward. 
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Avoiding vibration-induced issues (24/08/2015)
Article image Neil Parkinson discusses the use and benefits of operating deflection shape analysis to interpret machine vibration issues.
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Optical sensing improves dissolved oxygen control (13/08/2015)
Article image Developments in dissolved oxygen sensing technology are opening up new possibilities for accurate measurement and energy and maintenance costs savings in aeration processes. Jonathan Penn explains how. 
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Network security landscape changes 13/08/2015
Industries as diverse as manufacturing, processing, refining, power generation, and food and drink processing are all considering ways to improve the security of their plant and control systems. John Browett of CLPA (CC-Link Partners Association) considers the current position and looks at how to mitigate potential threats. Full Story...

Project delivery optimisation – a new methodology 11/08/2015
Honeywell Process Solutions is suggesting a paradigm shift in the way projects are implemented is required to get the type of capital efficiency that industrial businesses need to achieve in today’s competitive, tight-margin environment. Full Story...

Ceramic measurement benefits 03/08/2015
Pressure sensor manufacturers are now widely employing ceramic materials because it can offer some real advantages for a range of measurements. Full Story...

The rise of Ethernet 29/07/2015
In 2013, Ethernet technology celebrated its 40th birthday. Over this period, collaboration innovation in all sectors of the world – academia, business, government and consortia – have led to ubiquitous adoption of the technology.  Katherine Voss, president and executive director at ODVA, offers her views on technology developments. Full Story...

Are we ready for wireless meshes? 21/07/2015
Tim Taberner, of B+B SmartWorx, looks at the traditional problems of using wireless mesh networks in industrial applications, and suggests a solution. Full Story...

Fieldbus payback from the commissioning stage 14/07/2015
Andreas Hennecke, product marketing manager Fieldbus Technology at Pepperl+Fuchs, looks at why using a fieldbus as the infrastructure to power instrumentation requires customised working processes He also looks at the benefits it can offer to both planners and plant engineers. Full Story...

Magnetic levitation solution for PCB production 14/07/2015
Paul Streatfield, from Bosch Rexroth, examines a potential solution to particulate contamination on PCB production lines that combines linear drives and magnetic levitation. Full Story...

Determining measurement uncertainty 07/07/2015
Evelyne Lösch, technical trainer at HBM, explains the GUM-based approach for evaluating measurement uncertainty and explains the advantages of adopting a common approach. Full Story...

Secure remote service benefits 30/06/2015
For OEMs, offering secure remote service capabiltites for equipment can offer cost-saving benefits for all, as one equipment manufacturer has discovered. Full Story...

Industrial WLAN enables mobile monitoring 23/06/2015
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. Full Story...

Industry 4.0 needs smart devices 05/06/2015
Lance Croutear, business unit manager Factory Automation, at Bosch Rexroth comments on the need for smart devices to ensure Industry 4.0 success. Full Story...

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...



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