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Being certain about the direction for improved performance (20/04/2018)
Article image Suzanne Gill reports on the Emerson Global Users Exchange 2018 event, which discussed how the process industry can make huge improvements by aiming for top-quartile performance.
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Industry 4.0: time to start thinking small! (12/04/2018)
Article image The debate surrounding Industry 4.0 is too theoretical and risks leaving lower tier suppliers and smaller manufacturers behind, argues Steve Askins, UK engineering director at ERIKS.
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Defence-in-depth for SMEs (12/04/2018)
A Whitepaper from Wago, entitled ‘IT Security in Production Facilities,’ highlights some of the main threats to automation systems used by small and medium enterprises (SMEs). It goes on to offer a 10-point plan to protect information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) from cyber intrusion.
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Online guide to strain measurement 12/04/2018
HBM Test and Measurement has launched a strain measurement online guide which focusses on the selection, installation, data acquisition, and analysis of electrical as well as optical strain gauges. Full Story...

CMOS image sensor creators now represented in the UK and Ireland 12/04/2018
Alrad Imaging now represents Caeleste in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Caeleste is a one stop shop for design, manufacture, assembly and test of custom CMOS image sensors  Full Story...

Secure data exchange: OPC UA guidelines 08/04/2018
A whitepaper entitled ‘Practical Security Recommendations’ offers guidance for industry on ensuring secure data exchange and communication. Full Story...

Siemens acquires real-time locating system solutions 08/04/2018
Siemens has acquired Agilion GmbH, a supplier of industrial Real-Time Locating Systems (RTLS) focusing on applications in production, logistics and maintenance. Full Story...

Webinar introduces new signal conditioner 08/04/2018
Following the launch of its new ClipX amplifier, HBM has organised a webinar – Advantages of Digital Force Measurements –  which will take place on Thursday 19th April 2018 at 9am (GMT). Full Story...

Nominees sought for the FieldComm Group 2018 Plant of the Year Award 02/04/2018
FieldComm Group is actively seeking qualified nominees for the 2018 Plant of the Year Award. Full Story...

HERMES AWARD 2018: Nominees announced 02/04/2018
Five nominees for the HERMES AWARD 2018 have been selected by an independent jury headed by Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster, managing director of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). Full Story...

Programme launched to tackle industrial cybersecurity challenges 02/04/2018
Applied Risk has launched a programme to help industrial operators and suppliers across Europe achieve compliance with IEC 62443 standards, increasing preparedness for the EU Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems (the NIS Directive), due to come into effect in May of this year. Full Story...

New Whitepaper: Global data availability in the context of Industry 4.0 25/03/2018
The core business of Industry 4.0 is to make information available from diverse sources and to link this information. This whitepaper explores how sensor data can be made globally available. Full Story...

Covestro chooses software-as-a-service model to achieve top quartile performance 25/03/2018
Chemical manufacturer, Covestro, has selected Emerson to provide it with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies to help it minimise risk and improve uptime across nine high-utilisation plants. Full Story...

OT vulnerabilities on the rise 25/03/2018
A recent report from cybersecurity management company, Skybox Security, identified a 120% increase in new vulnerabilities specific to operational technology (OT) compared to the previous year. Full Story...

Whitepaper: Helpful information about Industry 4.0 and digitalisation 23/03/2018
Are you ready for the digital transformation? Do you have open questions about how to fulfil the necessary tasks? If so take a look at the latest whitepaper from Lenze which offers help, guidance and tips about the next steps you need to take. Full Story...

Digital transformation takes centre stage at SENSOR+TEST 2018 19/03/2018
The intelligence and communication capability of sensors, measurement and test systems is continuously growing and SENSOR+TEST 2018, will be addressing this development with its special topic ‘Sensor and Measuring Technology in the Industrial Internet’, and also with a ‘Digital Transformation’ topic area. Full Story...

Combining robotic technologies for low-cost automation solutions 19/03/2018
The term ‘low-cost robotics’ refers to robotic production enabled by simple and affordable automation components. Depending on the scope of the application, entire processes can be automated. To demonstrate how this can be achieved, igus has combined its robolink, drylin E and energy chain technologies to produce a multi-axis articulated pick & place unit. Full Story...

Security in operational technology 12/03/2018
Jalal Bouhdada, founder and principal ICS Security Consultant for Applied Risk, offers some thoughts on operational technology (OT) security trends for 2018. Full Story...

EEF launches approved course for auditing new Health & Safety Standard –  ISO 45001 12/03/2018
UK manufacturers now have the opportunity to become certified to the world’s first globally recognised health & safety standard with the opportunity to train their internal auditors via a new course being launched by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation. Full Story...

Lack of expertise poses a barrier to seeing the benefits of digitalisation 03/03/2018
In a recent survey undertaken by AspenTech over 400 energy industry managers and executives were asked for their thoughts about the impact of analytics and big data on the energy business in the next 24 months. Improving reliability was found to be the key objective for upstream and downstream companies as well as the engineering, procurement & construction (EPC) firms that serve them. Full Story...

Hosokawa and Siemens collaborate on digital technology project 03/03/2018
With the ‘Made Smarter Review’ calling for the widespread adoption of industrial digitalisation to boost the UK’s manufacturing sector, MindSphere – Siemens open cloud IoT operating platform – has been specified on a digital technology project designed to further optimise production and processing performance for Hosokawa Micron (HML). Full Story...

B&R expands its Gilgenberg site 03/03/2018
B&R is investing in its Gilgenberg site, located near its Austrian headquarters in Eggelsberg. The expansion will add new offices, training rooms and production space to the facility. A new logistics hall has also been opened at the site. Full Story...

Secure and seamless communication with POWERLINK and OPC UA 26/02/2018
A joint announcement by the OPC Foundation and the Ethernet POWERLINK Standardization Group (EPSG) confirmed that an OPC UA companion specification is now available for POWERLINK. Full Story...



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