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Virtually optimised processes

In an era where time-to-market is a critical factor for success, more and more manufacturers are turning to digital twin technology to optimise their processes and reduce waste and unexpected downtime. Suzanne Gill reports.
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Optimising instrument performance through enhanced condition monitoring

David Lincoln looks at how developments in condition monitoring technology for measurement instruments are opening up new opportunities for enhanced performance across a range of industrial applications.
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MES and MOM explained

Mike Bradford explains the differences between MOM (Manufacturing Operations Management) and MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems) and looks at why they are used side by side.


  1. 20/11/2023 It’s time to put aside any data fears

    David Bean argues that data analysis holds the key to effective energy management.

  2. 20/11/2023 Disruption-free DCS migration

    Roel Mulder explains how migration from old to new Distributed control systems (DCS) can be achieved in a risk-free and pain-free way.

  3. 08/11/2023 Robots and robot controller safety

    Stewart Robinson discusses the steps that need to be taken to ensure safe and reliable robotic solutions for industrial applications.

  4. 07/11/2023 A foundation for faster and more productive machine builds

    Digital twins enable components and machines to be rapidly developed virtually, before any hardware is produced, enabling hardware and software testing and system integration at a very early stage. Steve Sands explores how digital twin technology is progressing and the benefits it can deliver.

  5. 06/11/2023 Aiming for disruption-free DCS upgrades

    Jens Scheib discusses how modern Distributed Control Systems can offer a pain-free pathway to continuous improvement for process industries.

  6. 06/11/2023 The benefits of decentralised automation

    Decentralised automation concepts can result in seamless integration of servo drives, bringing the power supply and the devices to where they are needed. Using this approach, the control cabinet becomes obsolete, argues Christian Kübler.

  7. 30/10/2023 Updating SCADA software for greater cybersecurity

    Process Safety Solutions (PSS), a partner system integrator of Panorama, was tasked with maintaining and upgrading SCADA applications at the St Fergus Gas Terminal in Scotland, which is managed by Px Group.

  8. 30/10/2023 Multiple device management advice

    Suzanne Gill asked two International standards organisations to offer some advice to control engineers about how they can simplify the task of multiple device management in the industrial environment – and of managing legacy devices in particular.

  9. 24/10/2023 The digital evolution continues

    Have the goals of industrial digitalisation changed? And what might the next be disruption be in the digitalisation journey? Suzanne Gill reports.

  10. 23/10/2023 Making manufacturing more sustainable…right now

    Owain Betts explains the important role that Variable Frequency Drives are already playing in helping manufacturers adopt more sustainable practices.

  11. 23/10/2023 The AI advantage for cheese production

    Find out how AI technology has helped a cheese producer optimise its yields using real-time data to rapidly detect process variations due to varying milk quality.

  12. 17/10/2023 HMIs boost connectivity by integrating devices and MES

    To meet growing demands, a motor manufacturer plans to create an additional production line, which has presented it with a good opportunity to digitise its manufacturing process, specifically the integration of a MES to help optimise operation and increase productivity. A top priority was to find a solution that could facilitate MES integration with a plethora of legacy equipment.

  13. 09/10/2023 Looking into the future of SCADA

    Control Engineering Europe spoke with Kyle Reissner, VP Product Management at ICONICS, about supervisory control and data acquisition software.

  14. 09/10/2023 Unleashing the power of robotics to unlock the future of automation

    In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, manufacturers are navigating a complex terrain fraught with challenges such as labour shortages, an expanding skills gap, and intense global competition. Amidst these pressures, businesses are striving for greater efficiency, sustainability, and operational excellence.

  15. 02/10/2023 Moving beyond data crunching

    Suzanne Gill reports on the role that machines have to play in enabling smart manufacturing and more interconnected factories.

  16. 02/10/2023 Safely increasing plant availability with flexible test cycles

    Find out how the automation team at chemical company, Evonik has succeeded in safely extending the partial stroke test cycle, from one to three years, increases the economic efficiency of the plant.

  17. 02/10/2023 Wirelessly enabling digitalisation

    Industrial wireless communication solutions have helped enable digitalisation for one tyre manufacturer.

  18. 22/09/2023 Securing OT with the help of IT cybersecurity best practices

    With digital transformation comes the need for robust cyber security specific to the OT domain. Looking to the IT domain can offer solutions, argues Lee Carter.

  19. 22/09/2023 Taking a holistic approach to process safety

    Process safety refers to the comprehensive measures taken to minimise risks and hazards in industrial processes, ensuring that they run reliably and without accidents or incidents.

  20. 18/09/2023 Simplified PLC replacement minimises downtime

    Ageing technology that increasingly fails and/or parts becoming hard to source is the usual driver for updating a control system and this was why systems integration company, Sigma was tasked with updating the control system of a treatment line at the Peschiera Borromeo municipal wastewater treatment plant.