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Comms/networks

Finding the perfect wireless frequency (02/04/2018)
Article image Scott Keller, founder and CEO at SignalFire Wireless Telemetry, offers some advice on determining the best wireless frequency for remote monitoring and control systems.
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Setting AGVs free (26/02/2018)
Article image Marco Reichenbächer explains how AGVs can be freed from their traditional guidance system limitations through the use of wireless communication technology.
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Investing in your plant’s future today (26/02/2018)
Article image Suzanne Gill reports on the issues surrounding industrial digitalisation, and finds out why it is vital to put in the groundwork now to ensure a smarter factory in the future.
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Overcoming interoperability issues in smart factories 16/02/2018
A whitepaper written by Edward Lin, product manager at Moxa, discusses challenges faced by systems integrators today with OT-to-OT, OT-to-IT, and OT-to-IIoT interoperability. It also looks at the solutions available to ensure non-stop connectivity throughout converged networks. Control Engineering Europe reports. Full Story...

Understanding the requirements of industrial Ethernet cables 06/11/2017
Ethernet plays a major role in today’s automation systems to pass data through the system at high rates. The digital performance of a network is subject to the active devices within it, such as the switches and controllers. However, it is the passive devices such as cable and connectors which can ultimately determine the performance of a network. Full Story...

Speeding up Modbus/TCP 24/09/2017
Rob Hulsebos argues that Modbus/TCP users should think carefully before migrating to a more modern, Ethernet-based protocol, purely to increase speed. Full Story...

HART holds its own in the race to Industry 4.0 04/09/2017
Suzanne Gill finds out what role the now ubiquitous HART protocol might have to play in factories and processing plants of the future, as more enterprises look to reap the benefits promised by Industry 4.0. Full Story...

An integrated network for the IIoT era 21/08/2017
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. 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...

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...

Cost-effectively bringing Ethernet to the edge 30/05/2017
Control Engineering Europe reports on how the Ethernet interface can be reduced in size, power, and cost to allow it to be incorporated into edge devices such as sensors and actuators.  Full Story...

An enabler for smart operations 19/05/2017
The FDT Group is currently working on the development of an FDT IIoT server to empower the intelligent enterprise and simplify the ecosystem exchange. Control Engineering Europe finds out more. Full Story...

Field Device Integration – built to last 02/05/2017
Control Engineering Europe gets up to date on the latest developments for FDI, which aims to harmonise EDDL device integration languages. Full Story...

Will OPC-UA negate the need for multiple gateways? 28/03/2017
Factory operators who need to integrate machines from different suppliers often still face the dilemma that those machines cannot communicate naturally with each other. Therefore the integration – both of a new plant, or integrating new machines into existing infrastructures – is still a challenge. Full Story...

OPC UA: Industry 4.0 glue? 13/03/2017
OPC-UA technologies are developing fast! Suzanne Gill caught up with some automation vendors to find out more about their latest OPC-UA technology developments. Full Story...

Communication cooperation continues apace 30/01/2017
Suzanne Gill reports on the latest networking and communication protocol developments. Full Story...

Managed switches for critical control networks 16/01/2017
Future proofed automation and data communications within the oil and gas sector is pivotal in improving operational efficiency and safety, which is why Unipetrol set out to upgrade the network backbones for an ethylene plant. Full Story...

Testbed to integrate sensors into smart factories 16/01/2017
Daniel Walldorf and Michael Hilgner discuss the work which is being undertaken to connect existing sensors to Cloud-based IT systems, to allow them to become part of a smart factory. Full Story...

Driving improvement with proactive network management 28/11/2016
An exploration of three best practices for determining what to measure to allow management and operations to effectively and efficiently run the entire industrial network.  Full Story...

Are you ready to move to the Cloud? 21/11/2016
As we enter the era of the smart factory, Johannes Petrowisch discusses the benefits of cloud computing for the manufacturing industry. Full Story...

Making the most of the IIoT 01/11/2016
Martin Jones, general manager at Moxa Europe, discusses the challenges and opportunities that the IIoT presents for the control engineer. Full Story...

WirelessHART: secure by design 23/10/2016
Data security is critical to the successful deployment of field instruments in plant applications. Suzanne Gill asked a variety of automation vendors for their views on WirelessHART security and their own strategies to ensure network security. Full Story...

HART-IP: simplifying data exchange 25/09/2016
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.  Full Story...



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