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Features

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A profitably disruptive energy strategy

(19/08/2019)
The basic configuration of electrical power systems for industrial and commercial applications has altered little for decades. A disruptive new technology – hybridisation – is expected to change this, according to Steve Moore.
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Machine vision starts to think for itself

(17/08/2019)
Yonatan Hyatt discusses one of the latest developments in machine vision which sees the technology starting to think for itself.
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Meeting level measurement challenges with radar

(17/08/2019)
Denny Nelson explains how the latest non-contacting radar transmitters can overcome food processing challenges using frequency modulated continuous wave technology.


Archive

  1. 12/08/2019 Taking steps to implement AI

    Tim Foreman argues that companies should be looking to benefit from the potential of technologies such as ‘AI at the Edge’ strategically and thoughtfully for business success and competitive advantage.

  2. 12/08/2019 Electric actuators supplied to Korean fuel cell power plant

    Rotork linear actuators have been selected to control the flow of hydrogen gas at a fuel cell power plant in South Korea.

  3. 05/08/2019 What is rate-predictive control?

    A new non-PID control algorithm, rate-predictive control (RPC), is adaptive to changes in process gain. This is helpful, says Allan Kern, given the difficult history of loop tuning, auto-tuning, and model maintenance.

  4. 28/07/2019 Robotics helps improve on tradition

    The use of automated production cells by Wade Ceramics provides a good demonstration of how automation technology can be combined with traditional manufacturing processes to deliver increased output, improved quality and consistency.

  5. 22/07/2019 Key criteria for industrial drive specification

    Paul Streatfield explores the most recent criteria for industrial drive specification, which helps machine builders meet the challenges posed by today’s industrial requirements.

  6. 15/07/2019 Starting a revolution with smart devices

    Mike Loughran discusses the migration path for introducing smart devices to a legacy system to enable IIoT. 

  7. 08/07/2019 Efficient motion system engineering reduces motor costs

    Configuration using PC-based control software, EtherCAT networks, integrated drives, and one-cable technology (OCT) can simplify motion control system design and reduce servomotor costs, says Matt Prellwitz.

  8. 08/07/2019 Matching an air motor to an application

    Franck Roussillon offers some advice on how to match the most suitable air motor to an application.

  9. 01/07/2019 When flexibility is vital

    To ensure it gets the perfect testing equipment to meet its very specific needs, Hager builds its own test machinery. To do this it needed chose the optimum installation concept for the automated machines.

  10. 01/07/2019 Virtually the next step in machine maintenance

    George Walker explains how virtual reality could redefine industrial maintenance.

  11. 25/06/2019 Cobots: Putting safety first

    Collaborative robots (cobots) are starting to be accepted within the manufacturing sector. However, safety is still a concern for many. Suzanne Gill finds out how this issue is being addressed.

  12. 25/06/2019 Everything you ever wanted to know about Modbus

    After 30 years Modbus is still one of the most popular industrial networks, despite its simplicity. This could just be the reason for its popularity: just bits and bytes, understood by every programmer. But getting a new network to work is not always simple. Rob Hulsebos aims to make all things Modbus a bit clearer.

  13. 17/06/2019 Control perfection: Industrial controls for the digital transformation

    Powerful industrial controls are an important part of the digital transformation in industrial companies. With its comprehensive Sirius portfolio, Siemens can provide the right solutions for this, as Carolin Meuschel explains.

  14. 08/06/2019 Are cobots inherently safe?

    Nigel Smith comments on some common misconceptions about collaborative robot safety.

  15. 03/06/2019 PLC addresses malting process reliability issues

    A new control system has offered malting company, Crisp, with some impressive process improvements.

  16. 03/06/2019 Making things work as part of the IIoT

    Sensors are on the front line of the data gathering process which is vital for the IIoT. Control Engineering Europe shines a spotlight on these ‘things’ and their implementation in successful IIoT projects.

  17. 28/05/2019 Making way for effortless customisation

    Lee Sullivan explains how automotive manufacturers can embrace easy customisation by using automation software.

  18. 28/05/2019 Accuracy of floating crane hoist improved with variable speed drive

    The main hoist of a crane vessel capable of lifting more than 80 tonnes of load can now operate more precisely and accurately following the installation and commissioning of a heavy-duty Optidrive P2 variable frequency drive from Invertek Drives.

  19. 21/05/2019 Gaining an edge in automation

    Edge computing advances give users more options for architecting automation systems, flexible communications and programming choices, says Benson Hougland.

  20. 21/05/2019 Interface measurement through thick and thin

    Denny Nelson explains how the latest guided wave radar technology can improve interface level measurement accuracy by halving the minimum detectable thickness of the upper product.