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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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Standardising and simplifying device to host integration with FDI (05/01/2016)
Article image 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.
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IO-Link is key for Industry 4.0 (22/12/2015)
Article image Industry 4.0 will only become reality via standardised communication interfaces. For this reason IO-Link has a prominent role with simple sensors, whereas Ethernet and Ethernet-based field buses are more prominent with sensors that are more high-performance and bigger, says Gary Hockin, Leuze electronic UK national sales manager.
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Connector solutions for high speed data transfer 15/12/2015
Sebastian Richter and Alexander Hornauer explain the importance of specification of the right Industrial Ethernet connection solutions to ensure they can cope with harsh industrial environments. Full Story...

IO-Link: Getting straight to the point 23/11/2015
Standardised IO-Link technology makes communication with sensors and actuators simple and economical. This low-cost connection technology, with three or five conductors, achieves point-to-point connection without the need for complex wiring and with minimal material requirements.  Full Story...

HART at the speed of Ethernet 13/11/2015
Thomas Hilz, market segment manager at Softing Industrial Automation, discusses HART-IP, and explains why it is a groundbreaking technology and not just one protocol among many. Full Story...

PROFINET – a solution platform for process automation? 04/11/2015
A recent Whitepaper from PROFIBUS and PROFINET International (PI) details the functions and capabilities of PROFINET that meet the demands of the process automation industry, and highlights work being undertaken to a create a solution platform for process automation.  Full Story...

Fieldbus: a vital element in IIoT 20/10/2015
Suzanne Gill reports on the vital role of fieldbus technologies, such as HART and FOUNDATION Fieldbus, in the success of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0. Full Story...

Wireless compliance considerations 22/09/2015
Neil Dyson discusses the compliance issues surrounding the addition of wireless technology to OEM machines. Full Story...

Meeting the requirements of Industry 4.0 08/09/2015
Suzanne Gill finds out what CC-Link IE has to offer those looking to reap the benefits of smarter factories and to achieve the goals set by the Industry 4.0 initiative. Full Story...

Internet of Things: industry opportunities 01/09/2015
Ulrich Wallenhorst, chief technology officer of TE Connectivity's Industrial business unit, comments on how the Internet of Things is driving industry forward.  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...

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...

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...

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...

A stepped approach to securing automation systems 24/02/2015
Professor Dr. Frithjof Klasen, a member of the Managing Board of the PROFIBUS Nutzerorganisation e.V. (PNO), discusses problems surrounding security for automation systems and explains how guidelines from communication technology organisations, such as PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI), can be helpful. Full Story...

FDI and FDT: working together for limitless integration 12/01/2015
Glenn Schulz, managing director of the FDT Group, recently spoke about the emerging FDI standard and explained how it will sit comfortably alongside the existing FDT standard. Suzanne Gill reports. Full Story...

CC-Link opens up Asian markets for measurement specialist 07/11/2014
In a recent video made with the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA), sensors and measurement specialist HBM Test and Measurement (HBM) has developed a CC-Link gateway module, which allows a single PLC to collect live data from multiple load cells. Full Story...

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Profibus: small installation benefits 02/09/2014
The ability of Profibus to connect to an instrument remotely is generally considered to be a feature employed only in larger plants. However, this situation is now changing, according to James Powell, business developer, PI Communications at Siemens Industry Automation. Full Story...



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