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Will OPC-UA negate the need for multiple gateways? (28/03/2017)
Article image 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.
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OPC UA: Industry 4.0 glue? (13/03/2017)
Article image 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.
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Communication cooperation continues apace (30/01/2017)
Article image Suzanne Gill reports on the latest networking and communication protocol developments.
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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...

Ensuring uninterrupted wireless connectivity for AMH systems 30/08/2016
Jeffrey Ke looks at the challenges of developing wireless communication solutions for automated materials handling systems. Full Story...

OT and IT: bridging the gap 08/08/2016
Jeff Lund comments on the challenges of implementing an IoT initiative and offers tips for ensuring projects succeed.   Full Story...

Wireless sensor network streamlines semiconductor manufacturing 11/07/2016
Ross Yu and Enrique Aceves explain how a wireless real-time monitoring solution has been utilised to squeeze more efficiency out of the semiconductor manufacturing process. Full Story...

Field device information anytime and anywhere 27/06/2016
Control Engineering Europe finds out more about the benefits of HART-IP, the HART protocol rendered over Ethernet. Full Story...

Which antennae for wireless solutions? 14/06/2016
Hans-Joachim Richter offers advice on how to choose the most suitable antennae to help get the best out of wireless technology in industrial applications. Full Story...

From vision to reality: an innovative combination of automation and cloud technology 25/05/2016
For many, the Internet of Things (IoT) is, still a far-off vision. While productivity is set to improve with the increasingly networked, Internet-capable smart devices and the data they provide, specific details on implementation as well as fully developed business models are generally unavailable or have not yet been fully fleshed out. Arno Martin discusses a cloud-based solution which opens up new use cases in the area of system automation. Full Story...

Secure communication is the key 17/05/2016
Anja Moldehn believes that the basis for success of Industry 4.0 is the creation of plant-wide secure and consistent digitisation. Full Story...

A vendor-unifying communication standard 10/05/2016
Suzanne Gill spoke to automation vendors involved in the development of OPC-UA solutions to gather their thoughts on the technology and where it fits into their industry offerings. Full Story...

Smoothing out system integration issues 15/04/2016
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.  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...

IO-Link is key for Industry 4.0 22/12/2015
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. Full Story...

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...



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