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Overcoming the obstacles to predictive maintenance

Jos Martin examines the key barriers to the implementation of predictive maintenance technologies, and how these can be alleviated.
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The importance of standardisation

Peter Wenzel, executive director of PROFIBUS & PROFINET International, Germany, highlights the importance of standardisation for data communication technologies.
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Seismic monitoring and protection

Following the Fukushima incident the nuclear industry has a renewed focus on risk mitigation from extraordinary events caused by nature. Control Engineering Europe looks at the trends in seismic monitoring and protection systems, technologies adopted and current best practice driven by these enhanced risk management demands.


  1. 09/04/2019 Getting FITS for a secure future

    Industrial security is a complicated, multifaceted challenge that cannot be solved by simply purchasing the latest technology. Instead, managing the security of industrial control systems and networks requires improving processes, tools and ultimately balancing risk, says Glenn Schulz.

  2. 09/04/2019 The role of robotics in flexible production

    Peter Lange believes that combining the power of mobile robots and cobots is key to making factories more flexible to cope with rapidly changing demands.

  3. 01/04/2019 Putting data to work with predictive maintenance

    Today around two-thirds of manufacturers are gathering data from their production environments, yet relatively few are using it to improve processes or boost productivity and yield, argues Dr Simon Kampa.

  4. 01/04/2019 NIS: not just a compliance exercise

    Phillip J Corner discusses some shortcomings of the NIS directive, arguing that, while it focuses on technology, good governance is equally vital to manage security.

  5. 01/04/2019 Moving from the whiteboard to full deployment

    Lawrence Ross describes how digital experimentation with the IoT leads to innovation and looks at potential solutions for creating a clearer path to innovative IoT.

  6. 25/03/2019 Get smart to stay ahead in food production

    Suzanne Gill finds out where the food industry is on its ‘smart factory’ journey and gets advice about how to make use of new technologies to become more productive and flexible to meet rapidly changing consumer demands.

  7. 25/03/2019 Addressing the people and productivity conundrum

    Laurence Wood discusses how the food industry’s reliance upon manual labour is likely to change in the near future requiring a greater uptake of robotics and automation to help the food industry increase productivity, quality and yield. 

  8. 22/03/2019 GigE Vision and beyond

    Control Engineering Europe finds out how the GigE Vision standard has evolved to ensure it continues to meet rapidly changing image data transfer requirements.

  9. 22/03/2019 Extending the secure edge

    Many business leaders find it hard to understand industrial control system (ICS) cyber security challenges as there are so many factors contributing to their complexity and so cyber security is one of the issues that is delaying adoption of Industry 4.0, says Erik Halthen.

  10. 18/03/2019 Taking a deep dive into gigabit Ethernet

    It is becoming apparent that the reluctance to move beyond 100Mbit Ethernet technology is a very real limiting factor for Industry 4.0 adoption. John Browett, general manager at CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) Europe, argues that the transition to gigabit Ethernet networking technologies has to start now.

  11. 18/03/2019 Shaping the future

    Malte Schlüter looks at the main trends that are currently influencing the manufacturing and packaging industries and which are expected to shape the future.

  12. 18/03/2019 Edge computing and embedded IoT

    Cloud computing has three main limits – latency, connection and cost. Find out how this can be overcome by processing data at the edge.

  13. 11/03/2019 Edge devices as a key to Industry 4.0

    The implementation of Industry 4.0 continues to focus on the linking of industrial production to the internet and the Cloud, and this has transformed the Internet of Things (IoT) into the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), according to Gavin Stoppel.

  14. 11/03/2019 Digital twins speed up the commissioning process

    Tronrud Engineering produces automation solutions and machines. Among other things, this Norwegian machine building company has made a name for itself with its packaging machines. In developing and commissioning these machines, the company is now taking a completely new direction. Annemarie Loetzsch reports.

  15. 04/03/2019 Education is key to keeping industry 4.0 moving forward

    Suzanne Gill asked a cross-section of automation vendors where they believe the manufacturing sector is on its Industry 4.0 journey and, importantly, what obstacles still need to be overcome.

  16. 25/02/2019 Keeping pace with the digital transformation

    Suzanne Gill finds out more about the changing role of SCADA systems and asks what features are needed to ensure that this technology keeps pace with the demands of the digital factory of tomorrow.

  17. 25/02/2019 Automating a handcrafted process

    Denby Pottery’s clay manufacturing times have been halved and productivity has increased since the installation of a new control system.

  18. 25/02/2019 Safe operation of flameproof motors in explosive atmospheres

    Maintenance and inspection of flameproof motors is critical to ensure safe operation. Pedro Maia offers advice on keeping them in good working order.

  19. 18/02/2019 Next generation gateway solutions optimised for the IIoT

    Manufacturers are now gearing up to ride the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) wave. Although the progress has been slow, manufacturers at different stages of their IIoT transformation are already beginning to experience the benefits of digitisation, says Matthew Lee, product manager at Moxa.

  20. 11/02/2019 Laser eyes for robots

    Laser profile sensors act as the ‘eyes’ of a robot and are now being used in a variety of applications, says Chris Jones.