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Achieving quick ‘green’ wins from steam systems

(06/12/2021)
As businesses rise to an increasingly complex set of energy and sustainability challenges, the need for sustainable solutions is greater than ever. Michael Hyde offers some insight into what can be done today to optimise steam systems.
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Bottling plant upgrade goes with a swing

(06/12/2021)
Find out how Grolsch is placing its iconic swing tops on bottles at speeds of around 3,800 bottles per hour.
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Robots help remove the barriers to productivity

(30/11/2021)
ZND UK, a fencing and barrier manufacturer, has within 10 years moved from a mostly manual manufacturing set up to having two automated production lines and a variety of robots. This has resulted in a five-fold increase in productivity.


Archive

  1. 30/11/2021 Speeding things up with a digital twin

    Suzanne Gill spoke to some industry experts to find out more about how and why industry is adopting digital twin technology.

  2. 29/11/2021 Automated quality inspection solution for fasteners

    Universal Robots has helped Stanley Engineered Fastening to introduce robotic quality inspection using cobots in its Warrington facility in the UK.

  3. 22/11/2021 Robotics helps to upskill workers

    Stuart Coulton explains how the adoption of robotics in the manufacturing sector can affect jobs – and how can it result in the creation of new and upskilled jobs.

  4. 22/11/2021 New developments in secure networking

    Simatic S7-1500 Advanced Controllers are optimally equipped for the digital transformation. With optimised firmware, they are. setting new standards for functionality, convenience, availability, and security – especially as part of a larger network. 

  5. 22/11/2021 Does more need to be done for cyber security?

    Claire Price discusses the current cyber security risks and what the manufacturing and engineering sectors can do to keep their new systems safe?

  6. 16/11/2021 Upgrading legacy alarms

    Ian Loudon explains how Uganda’s largest generator of electricity was able to upgrade its safety-critical alarm systems without having to overhaul the entire site infrastructure.

  7. 16/11/2021 Is digital twin technology a game changer?

    Chad Stoecker highlights some of the business benefits of digital twin technology.

  8. 09/11/2021 Cutting back on controllers

    Integrating a single, motion-centric coordinator to control a machine and robots can provide advantages in development time, cost and performance compared to separating PLC and robot control functions. Dave Greensmith explains. 

  9. 01/11/2021 Ethernet: moving to field level

    We find out from the ODVA how Ethernet is cost-effectively traversing the last mile to field devices in industrial applications.

  10. 25/10/2021 SCADA speeds up the digital transformation journey

    Richard Carpenter, general manager product management for automation and control products at Emerson, answered a series of questions as part of a discussion to explain how the latest SCADA solutions can deliver a range of benefits for users. 

  11. 25/10/2021 Mobility technology secures open automation

    Find out how FDT 3.0-based solutions can help industrial personnel work smarter, faster, safer and more effectively. 

  12. 19/10/2021 How do variable speed drives save energy?

    Marek Lukaszczyk explains why using a VSD can help save money and the environment in a number of popular applications.

  13. 19/10/2021 Sustainability: It’s time to get on with it!

    With net zero deadlines getting closer, more emphasis is being put on the need to cut carbon footprints. Claire Price explains why companies need to act now.

  14. 19/10/2021 Water treatment plant boosted by actuators for ultrafiltration processes

    A water treatment plant in Texas has ordered hundreds of Rotork’s K-TORK rotary vane actuators for use in its ultrafiltration system.

  15. 12/10/2021 Is it time to switch to non-invasive measurement?

    Thermowells have long been considered the best solution for measuring temperature in industrial applications. Dr. Guruprasad Sosale explains how developments in non-invasive temperature measurement are offering new possibilities for comparable performance while cutting the time, cost and disruption associated with setting up new measurement points.

  16. 12/10/2021 The pandemic effect

    Ravi Gopinath discusses the effects that the past 18 months have had on the speed of digitalisation across the industrial sector.

  17. 11/10/2021 Variable speed drives for safer operations

    WEG has released a free whitepaper including architecture design examples for implementing VSDs in different safety systems. 

  18. 04/10/2021 Why analyse machinery vibration?

    Jason Tweedy discusses the benefits of vibration monitoring and analysis.

  19. 04/10/2021 Industry 4.0: how the concept became a reality

    Nick Elkin discusses how the idea of implementing technology into manufacturing processes has revolutionised production across the globe.

  20. 04/10/2021 Edge computing: overcoming the barriers to adoption

    Martin Thunman discusses the advantages, obstacles and future outlook for edge computing.