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The dawn of a new manufacturing frontier? (03/05/2016)
Article image Martin Griffiths, senior LabVIEW architect at Metis Automation, specialist software engineers, discusses the evolution of manufacturing processes and the dawn of the next stage – mass customisation.
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Seeing the light (22/04/2016)
Article image The quality of lighting can make or break a machine vision system. Control Engineering Europe takes a look at a solution which fully integrates lighting control into the other elements of a vision solution.
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Smoothing out system integration issues (15/04/2016)
Article image Control Engineering Europe reports on the recent introduction of a multi-vendor solution which aims to ensure system integration in real-life situations through an extensive pre-testing program. 
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Panel downsizing: help is at hand 13/04/2016
Jodie Commercial discusses how a new breed of compact panel components can help to address panel builders downsizing challenges. Full Story...

Mobile devices - Taking things slowly 13/04/2016
Suzanne Gill reports on the use of mobile devices in industrial applications. It appears to be a slow-burn technology on the plant floor and there are some hurdles that need to be overcome before mobile devices become more widely used. Full Story...

Avoiding software development nightmares 05/04/2016
Tim Fellows, a certified LabVIEW developer and system integrator at LiveWires Automation, discusses how to avoid problems during software development. Full Story...

Managing change in alarm rationalisation 29/03/2016
It is essential to manage change when making modifications to process alarms and alarm systems. Management of Change (MoC) should,  therefore,  be a fundamental process within the alarm management lifecycle, argues Ian Brown. Full Story...

Radar level transmitter developments 22/03/2016
Doug Anderson explains how radar level transmitter technology has developed over the years to become an easy to use and predictably accurate process level measurement solution. Full Story...

The next step in collaborative robots 15/03/2016
Suzanne Gill reports on the UK launch of YuMi, a new dual-arm, seven-axis robot which is able to work alongside humans, without the need for safety guarding. Full Story...

Partial stroke testing solution 08/03/2016
Richard Harvey examines the strengths and weaknesses of traditional partial stroke testing solutions and looks at where new technology is enabling advancement. Full Story...

Drive system helps maximise oil and gas field productivity 08/03/2016
A bespoke variable speed drive system has been designed by WEG to help with extraction from some of Oman’s older oil fields, where the natural pressure is beginning to fade. Full Story...

PACs evolve to meet changing needs 01/03/2016
Control Engineering Europe reports on the new breed of Ethernet-enabled Process Automation Controllers (PACs) which have evolved to help the process industry meet the need for greater plant flexibility and reliability, while also addressing new industry threats. Full Story...

Interconnectivity and data: laying foundations for the IIoT 23/02/2016
Darek Kominek, senior product marketing manager at Matrikon (Honeywell Process Solutions), discusses the importance of taking a holistic approach to capitalise on the benefits of the IIoT. Full Story...

Control system solution for remotely operated vehicle 16/02/2016
Lewis Gear, of systems integrator TBG Solutions, discusses how the company has helped one customer to create a reliable and flexible control system for a new class of subsea remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Full Story...

Data analysis: a key requirement for IIoT 09/02/2016
Suzanne Gill reports from the 27th Honeywell User Group EMEA event, where a proliferation of data analysis solutions were on display, all designed to help industry benefit from the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Full Story...

Delivering IE4 savings for a Zone 1 application 02/02/2016
Applications in explosion hazardous areas are currently exempt from the EU regulations on minimum energy efficiency. This can put industries such as petrochemical, oil and gas and mining at a disadvantage when trying to improve overall site efficiency. Control Engineering Europe looks at one company who has overcome this disadvantage. Full Story...

Secure data connection for remote maintenance 26/01/2016
The specialist brewery system supplier, GEA, employs remote maintenance as part of its solution, to ensure a high level of plant availability and efficient plant operation. Security of data connections plays an important role in the process. Full Story...

Improving level measurement in tall vessels 19/01/2016
Pawel Czoczys explains how the latest digital differential pressure level technology is able to solve many of the problems traditionally experienced when using differential pressure measurements to monitor levels in tall vessels or towers.  Full Story...

EN 61800-5-2: more than just Safe Torque Off 19/01/2016
Ross Fenion offers an insight into the application of the safe motion standard EN 61800-5-2.  Full Story...

Process gases: flaring alternatives 12/01/2016
Torsten Haug discusses a high-performance measuring system with fast response time which enables problem-free utilisation of process gases in many industry sectors. Full Story...

Standardising and simplifying device to host integration with FDI 05/01/2016
You should expect to start hearing a lot more about FDI in 2016, as products that support this new device integration standard start to come to market. Control Engineering Europe reports on its journey so far. Full Story...

Driving forward with efficiencies 04/01/2016
Control Engineering Europe looks at a selection of applications in which variable speed drives have offered production or energy saving efficiencies. Full Story...

Understanding and controlling foam 22/12/2015
Optimised foam control and reduced process costs can be achieved through the use of a measurement solution developed specifically for the task, says Steve Gallagher. Full Story...



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