Features

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Securing your OT network

(13/09/2021)
Matt Lundberg highlights the importance of locking down your operation technology networks.
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Wireless to the last mile

(13/09/2021)
Alexander Weber discusses the beneficial relationship that IO-Link Wireless and 5G can offer in industrial applications.
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Control and improve fluctuating processes

(07/09/2021)
Martina Walzer discusses how the application of digital capabilities can push the energy and resource transition.


Archive

  1. 07/09/2021 Selecting the right wireless sensor network

    Jonas Berge outlines the importance of selecting a wireless sensor network that can meet the demands of your process application.

  2. 06/09/2021 Wireless connectivity: trends and considerations

    Well-engineered design, which takes into account the physical environment, safety, and security will help make wireless control the new normal in factories and plants around the globe.

  3. 31/08/2021 Digital twinning of the safety lifecycle

    Prasad Goteti and Steve Lindsay explore the benefits of digitally-twinning safety instrumented systems which are responsible for the operating safety in the process industry.

  4. 31/08/2021 Vision inspection solution doesn’t miss a thing

    To make sure that no out-of-specification packaged products leave the factory, one manufacturer relies on customised inspection systems with inspection cameras.

  5. 29/08/2021 Identifying the traps that can impede OT data acquisition

    Oliver Wang highlights the traps that can impede OT data acquisition, slowing down a digital transformation.

  6. 23/08/2021 Having it all!

    Digital transformation and process safety don’t have to be mutually exclusive argues Sophie Silk.

  7. 23/08/2021 The convergence conundrum

    Although a lot is being said about the pro’s and con’s of Operational Technology/Information Technology (OT/IT) convergence, there is often little appreciation of what companies at different stages in their evolution may need to do, argues Edward Kessler.

  8. 23/08/2021 Improving efficiency in the pulp and paper industry

    Anders Nazell explains how it is possible to contribute to an even greener future for the pulp and paper industry, by making small equipment upgrades.

  9. 17/08/2021 Leveraging AI to optimise machine vision configuration

    Traditionally, to identify defects and scratches in production has required the sensitivity and knowledge of technicians with extensive experience. Rising labour costs and shortage of skilled labour has led to automation of processes that once relied on the senses of experienced human workers. 

  10. 17/08/2021 Testing the physical infrastructure

    The role of Ethernet continues to expand, supporting the high speed transfer of data. Mark Mullins describes some simple cable testing options. 

  11. 17/08/2021 The IPC requirements of complex control

    As automation technologies and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) become more commonplace in modern manufacturing, the requirements of control hardware have increased. However, according to Stephen Hayes, managing director Beckhoff UK, the importance of this is often overshadowed by the focus on new sophisticated software.

  12. 10/08/2021 Optimising power consumption through remote monitoring

    According to Moxa to reap the benefits of monitoring PDUs, an energy management system (EMS) needs to collect meter data from PDUs so that operators can control, monitor, and optimise the performance of the PDUs.

  13. 08/08/2021 Making a case for investment in smart factory technology

    Making a major investment – particularly when it involves transformative technologies – can be daunting. Andy Macpherson offers some advice those considering implementing a smart factory strategy.

  14. 01/08/2021 Is digital transformation the key to evolving the manufacturing workforce?

    For manufacturers to attract the best talent, they need to adapt to their environment by making tactical investments in digital solutions, argues Jason Chester.

  15. 23/07/2021 OPC UA heralds a new era for networked weighing technology

    The main aims of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) are cost-efficient and flexible processes. OPC UA creates the necessary conditions for this and provides a common language base for all equipment and systems.

  16. 16/07/2021 Keeping the lifter lifting

    The installation of condition monitoring devices on gearboxes and cable reels allows fruit processing company, Zentis, to monitor the health of a critical pallet lifter to help prevent unplanned downtime and optimise production.

  17. 16/07/2021 Robots speed up chocolate packaging

    Automation of a packaging operation with robotics has increased productivity by 40% at BOLÇI.

  18. 13/07/2021 Structuring with IEC 61131-3: Seven steps to success

    The IEC 61131-3 standard includes powerful structuring tools and can help provide users an excellent way to break a control system down into manageable units for greater overall effectiveness.

  19. 12/07/2021 Adapting to a changing risk landscape

    Paul Taylor explains how IEC-62443 can hold the answer to enhancing cyber resilience in smart factories. 

  20. 05/07/2021 Streaming precise positioning data from valve positioners

    The ability to use existing industrial Ethernet and wireless networks in process manufacturing plants and automation facilities has made data exchange within a facility and even throughout global corporate networks easier than ever.