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Making process control valve choices

Today’s process control valves offer an ever wider range of features and benefits for industries that require precise control over fluids, steam and other gases. With so many control valves to choose from it is important to establish the features that will deliver the most cost-effective design for a particular application, says Damien Moran.
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5G: A game changer for plant control and process automation?

Carl Nash examines the use case for 5G in a SCADA context – looking at how it can pave the way for increased performance and greater functionality in plant automation, with simpler implementation than traditional wireless networks. 
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Release your robots to increase productivity

There are thousands of industrial robots used in manufacturing, processing and packaging applications that take-up a great deal of floor space, simply because of outdated safety provisions. Moving to proximity-based safety can release space and improve production efficiency by allowing more freedom of movement on the shop floor, says Oliver Giertz.


  1. 17/12/2019 Taking the ERP route to optimise productivity and quality

    To ensure it is able to keep pace with evolving food safety regulatory demands, Blakemans has employed an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system that enables integrated management of its production process — from quote to dispatch.

  2. 09/12/2019 Engineering on a global scale!

    Today’s engineering projects are executed by a variety of stakeholders. But, can the process control system provide a reliable basis for effective and efficient collaboration? Manuel Keldenich believes they can.

  3. 09/12/2019 The simplicity of pneumatics meets the advantages of electric actuators

    Festo believes it can now offer the simplicity of pneumatics to the world of electric automation, with the electric Simplified Motion Series.

  4. 02/12/2019 Moving asset management to the Cloud

    The FDT integration standard is about to transition into an information exchange platform which will enable cloud-based asset monitoring for field devices. This will reduce maintenance costs, improve asset reliability and provide useful information to personnel in a timely manner, says Suriya Selvaraj.

  5. 02/12/2019 Getting on board with a modern DCS solution

    Built in 1997, the LNG Portovenere and LNG Lerici are ships designed for the transportation of liquid natural gas. Having reached the middle of their lifespan, the ships needed to undergo a total renovation project including a new distributed control system.

  6. 22/11/2019 Get smart but stay safe

    Find out more about CIP Security – an enhancement to EtherNet/IP technology to address cybersecurity – which allows devices to defend themselves using industry-standard, widely adopted technology.

  7. 22/11/2019 Focusing in on bus technology

    The communication network is the single most important technological component of a machine or plant control system. Martin Rostan offers some food for thought about how the fieldbus choice is made.

  8. 19/11/2019 Embracing digital twins

    A Research and Markets report – Internet of Things (IoT) Digital Twinning: Market Outlook for IoT enabled Physical to Virtual Mapping and Management 2017-2022 – stated that, by 2022, 85% of all IoT platforms will embrace digital twins. Suzanne Gill set out to see if industry is still on course to meet these figures.

  9. 19/11/2019 Cobot improves workflow consistency on product testing line

    Invertek Drives has automated the testing phase of its variable speed drive production line by incorporated two Universal UR5 cobots.

  10. 11/11/2019 Gaining insight from data

    Michael Risse believes that there are three main trends driving more rapid insights from manufacturing big data.

  11. 11/11/2019 Reliable liquid level monitoring solution for high temperature chemical application

    A producer of caprolactam – an organic chemical used as a precursor to the manufacture of synthetic fibres – required a solution to enable continuous monitoring of high-temperature liquid levels in tanks.

  12. 04/11/2019 Flow measurement: getting it right

    Understanding, monitoring and controlling flow rate, as part of industrial processes, are essential elements to the viable operation of production systems. Brendan Robson discusses what is involved in getting such measurements right and the hazards of getting it wrong.

  13. 04/11/2019 Smart sensor technology provides real-time health information for Dodge

    ABB Ability Smart Sensors are providing wireless condition monitoring for Dodge gear reducers to help prevent unexpected downtime and extend equipment life.

  14. 29/10/2019 Data gathering from disparate PLCs

    Find out how a medical appliance manufacturer cost-effectively solved a data gathering headache in a factory full of multiple branded devices.

  15. 29/10/2019 Putting pressure on productivity

    Carefully selected measurement instrumentation and a suitable inventory management system help avoid the health and safety risks associated with the necessary chemical injections in the oil and gas industry and can also help reduce costs.

  16. 20/10/2019 Automating dome loaded pressure controllers

    Dome loaded back pressure regulators are often used in processes where constant pressure is needed in a chemical reactor. Electronic pressure controllers can offer an effective solution to automate such processes.

  17. 20/10/2019 TSN in automation

    Volker E. Goller discusses time-sensitive networking – He looks at why it is being developed and what advantages it will offer for industrial communications.

  18. 14/10/2019 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.

  19. 14/10/2019 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. 

  20. 06/10/2019 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.