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Predicting the end of unplanned downtimes

Any unscheduled downtime will cause a major headache for engineers in the food and beverage manufacturing sector. John Rowley believes that predictive maintenance can offer a solution.
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Time to take the next steps on the Industry 4.0 journey

According to automation vendors there is still some way to go before industry starts to reap the benefits promised by Industry 4.0. The next step is the adoption of a variety of enabling technologies. 
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Man and machine working collaboratively

Josep Lario, EMEA product marketing manager, Software, at Omron, comments on how industry is overcoming the challenges associated with the move towards greater collaboration between man and machine.


  1. 06/10/2019 All change to reap the full potential of Industry 4.0

    Philipp Jauch believes that change to both machinery and business models are needed to allow us to really see the full potential of Industry 4.0.

  2. 30/09/2019 Tools to help deliver a digital future

    Industry 4.0 has now moved well beyond the concept stage although there is still a long way to go. The next generation 5G wireless networks and the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be crucial elements to enable Industry 4.0 to be wholly implemented, says Steve Sands.

  3. 30/09/2019 On the path to zero

    Manufacturers are having to move beyond traditional cost reduction strategies when it comes to energy. Instead there is a move towards cost avoidance, says Vincent de Rul.

  4. 21/09/2019 Moving towards pay-as-you-go production

    Paul Hingley believes that servitisation is set to transform every aspect of modern manufacturing.

  5. 21/09/2019 Optimising product quality

    Find out how Hydro Extrusions Hungary has been able to reduce quality problems in the finished profile of its extruded aluminium products.

  6. 21/09/2019 Starting a sweet revolution in productivity

    Harri Vaara explains how sugar beet processors are increasing productivity and energy efficiency through the use of variable speed drives (VSDs).

  7. 17/09/2019 Addressing migration challenges

    As industry starts to engage in digital transformation programs, Control Engineering Europe finds out more about the challenges facing engineers tasked with managing this change.

  8. 17/09/2019 Connectivity in real-time - IO Link, and the Automation Platform Network

    It is critical that suppliers of remote I/O systems can connect to the most important networks used in industry today. PROFINET, EthernetIP, EtherCAT® and Modbus are all common networks used in Industrial Automation but how does a manufacturer of machines standardise, when their various customers specify different networks in their factories? Nigel Dawson, head of Business Development Electric Automation at Festo explains.

  9. 08/09/2019 Making digitalisation work!

    Suzanne Gill finds out how industrial communications are supporting and simplifying the digital migration process.

  10. 08/09/2019 Realising remote monitoring goals

    Remote monitoring can offer a wide variety of benefits for industry, including a reduction in downtimes and an increase in productivity. However, there are some challenges that must first be overcome.

  11. 03/09/2019 Get wise to cyber threats

    Suzanne Gill finds out more about the cyber security issues that face industry today and gets advice on the steps that should be taken to ensure greater plant level security.

  12. 03/09/2019 Functional Safety: a technology challenge

    Today components and systems frequently become available which are too technologically advanced for current standard requirements and cannot support the assessment of device functional safety appropriately. Suitable approaches are therefore required to protect systems against unauthorised access and safety-relevant manipulation of the safety functions embedded within hardware and software, argues Stewart Robinson MIET MInstMC.

  13. 27/08/2019 Control system cuts costs and boosts production for cable maker

    An ABB control system is helping to increase productivity, lower waste and reduce energy costs for UK cable manufacturer.

  14. 27/08/2019 Moving towards Industry 4.0 with a factory full of ageing assets

    Suzanne Gill visits British Salt to find out more about the plant’s Industry 4.0 aspirations.

  15. 19/08/2019 A profitably disruptive energy strategy

    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.

  16. 17/08/2019 Machine vision starts to think for itself

    Yonatan Hyatt discusses one of the latest developments in machine vision which sees the technology starting to think for itself.

  17. 17/08/2019 Meeting level measurement challenges with radar

    Denny Nelson explains how the latest non-contacting radar transmitters can overcome food processing challenges using frequency modulated continuous wave technology.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.