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Inspection insights

With 2D, 3D, and even deep learning inspections all being realistic product inspection options today, are operators spoilt for choice? Neil Sandhu offers some insight into available solutions.
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HART technology evolves with HART-IP

Paul Sereiko highlights how the HART technology has been developed, alongside other technologies, to allow it to continue to meet the needs of the industry marketplace.
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Addressing the need for more flexible HMLV production lines

Historically HMLV production lines have relied heavily on manual labour, with automation representing something of a programming challenge. However, Oliver Giertz believes that the latest developments in programming are set to change this.


  1. 15/06/2021 Future-proofing control at Drax Power Station

    Suzanne Gill reports on the Drax Power Station decarbonisation journey, focussing in particular on the need for a new supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) solution that would help ensure a more integrated control solution and ensure the operation is future-proofed.

  2. 15/06/2021 Calibration evolves with digitalisation

    Eric van Riet explains how calibration has needed to evolve in line with the digital migration of HART devices.

  3. 15/06/2021 Keeping an eye on the things that drive the IIoT

    Much of the excitement about the Industrial Internet of Things revolves around the data that can be generated. The ‘things’ that gather this data are often overshadowed. Suzanne Gill spoke to device vendors to get their thoughts on the value of ‘things.

  4. 07/06/2021 Calibrating a HART pressure transmitter: top tips

    Heikki Laurila offers advice on calibrating HART pressure transmitters.

  5. 07/06/2021 Robot programming: Keeping it simple!

    As companies look to diversify to help improve sustainability, Nigel Smith explains the importance of robot programming that is simple enough to be refigured to any kind of manufacturing environment.

  6. 07/06/2021 Long live the PLC!

    David Humphrey offers some thoughts on the changing role for a machine control stalwart – the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) – as the industrial technology space continues to evolve at a rapid pace.

  7. 01/06/2021 Why choose radar technology for water monitoring?

    Control engineering Europe finds out more about the benefits of radar technology for level sensing applications in the water sector.

  8. 01/06/2021 The time is right to embrace SPE

    Ruud van den Brink argues that Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) is essential to helping the IIoT drive industrial automation forward and that now is the time to embrace this technology.

  9. 20/05/2021 The time is right to move on from 4-20mA

    In the process industry 4-20 mA technology is still the standard. New technologies will need to measure up, above all to its simplicity and reliability. Ethernet-APL, an enhanced physical layer for single-pair Ethernet (SPE) based on 10BASET1L, looks set to achieve this. Ronny Becker and Andreas Hennecke report.

  10. 19/05/2021 Increasing safety and optimising tank usage

    Victoria Lund Mattsson explains how modern tank gauging systems not only provide accurate and reliable level measurements, but also prevent overfills and predict roll-overs in cryogenic tanks storing LNG.

  11. 18/05/2021 Securing smart manufacturing and workforce confidence

    Glenn Schulz highlights the importance of real-time IT/OT data access when it comes to improving efficiency and productivity.

  12. 10/05/2021 Convergence considerations

    Control Engineering Europe finds out what technologies and innovations are needed to make OT/IT convergence a reality for manufacturers.

  13. 10/05/2021 SPE: Enabling reliable IIoT infrastructure

    Stuart McKay, explains more about the benefits that Single-pair Ethernet (SPE), the latest development in Ethernet data communications, looks set to bring to the industrial sector.

  14. 04/05/2021 The importance of a national measurement system

    Dr Martin Hanton highlights the importance of flow measurement accuracy in the energy sector which makes traceability, along with supporting documentary standards and regulatory regimes vital.

  15. 04/05/2021 Deep learning opens up new possibilities

    Control Engineering Europe looks at some of the latest machine vision technology advances.

  16. 26/04/2021 Smart level sensing solution for remote stock monitoring

    Doug Anderson discusses a new breed of battery powered, IIoT sensors that are helping streamline the task of remote monitoring of stock.

  17. 20/04/2021 One voice, one vision

    While UK manufacturers seek to recalibrate from one of the most challenging financial years in a generation, the emergence of new machine vision technology is driving the greater adoption of automated inspection technology and vision-guided robot systems, says Neil Sandhu.

  18. 20/04/2021 5G starts to roll out

    Control Engineering Europe spoke to Sander Rotmensen, director industrial wireless communication at Siemens Digital Industries about 5G technology.

  19. 20/04/2021 Taking steps to ensure secure OT environments

    What can engineers do to protect their processes and plants from cyberattack? Suzanne Gill asked for suggestions from a variety of industry specialists.

  20. 12/04/2021 Save money and installation time with seamless connectivity

    Connectivity in automation technology must be regarded as a whole – from the workpiece all the way to the cloud. With seamless connectivity, the mechanical, electrical and intelligent interfaces all need to be taken into account, for all components. Fredrik Stal from Festo SE & Co KG explains more.