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Boosting productivity: a three-pronged approach

2021 could be a pivotal year for industry in the UK, and the extent to which manufacturers adopt automation may determine its long-term success, says Tom Bouchier.
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Can wireless solutions solve real industry problems?

Brett Binnekade discusses the use and benefits of wireless technology in the automation industry. 
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Drives help achieve a 40% reduction in machining times

Machining times in a complex seven-station drilling unit have been reduced by more than 40% following the introduction of variable frequency drives (VFD) into the process.


  1. 16/12/2020 How modern simulation software addresses intralogistics challenges

    Advanced simulation software provides optimisation insight, enabling distribution and fulfillment centers to address issues and optimise efficiency.

  2. 16/12/2020 Ensuring production resilience

    Sree Hameed offers advice for food processing companies looking to build in business agility and resilience. 

  3. 15/12/2020 Digitise to survive!

    With a perfect storm of labour shortages and the Covid-19 pandemic, Suzanne Gill finds out whether the importance of digitalisation has increased, to help ensure more resilient and robust food production processes. 

  4. 14/12/2020 Migrating legacy PLC programs to modern PLC hardware

    Zero downtime is a requirement for many water/wastewater processes, often necessitating upgrading legacy automation by migrating existing code.

  5. 14/12/2020 Improving manufacturing process development

    Optimisation of the engineering chain by using digital twins looks like a very promising area to find improvement opportunities, according to Piotr Siwek, head of product marketing EMEA, Factory Automation at Mitsubishi Electric.

  6. 11/12/2020 Power plant gets digitalisation makeover

    Emerson has been selected by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to modernise and optimise its Magnolia power plant.

  7. 11/12/2020 Maintaining inspection systems to minimise downtime

    Find out how one company can offer the tools that help ensure a proactive approach to inspection equipment maintenance, reducing the risk of unexpected downtimes.

  8. 07/12/2020 Taking maintenance to the next level with AI

    Marcel Koks looks at how food companies can take maintenance to the next level with Artificial Intelligence (AI).

  9. 06/12/2020 Process simulation – what can a digital twin do?

    Eckard Eberle discusses the role for model-based technologies as the basis for continuous process optimisation and efficient plant operation.

  10. 23/11/2020 Safety over networks: Where connectivity meets productivity

    Dr Martin Kidman discusses the issues relating to machine safety in an era of greater machine connectivity.

  11. 23/11/2020 More control for OT and IT

    Where is the border between automation and IT? The progress of artificial intelligence (AI), cloud technologies and simulation means that it is no longer so easy to draw a sharp line between operational technology (OT) and IT, says Andrea Rauscher, Product manager SIMATIC Siemens AG and Andreas Czech, marketing manager SIMATIC Siemens AG.

  12. 17/11/2020 Cobots: finding their place

    Suzanne Gill asks where cobots might offer the most value in today’s manufacturing processes and finds out what work is being undertaken to ensure their trustworthiness.

  13. 16/11/2020 Getting the best out of your data

    Turning data into actionable information is vital to the success of any Industry 4.0 project. Suzanne Gill finds out what data analytic solutions are available today for both process and factory applications and gathers advice about successful integration of these solutions.

  14. 16/11/2020 Reducing cabinet clutter

    Stephen Hayes explains how food processing operations can be more easily reconfigured by adopting automation without cabinets, resulting in machines that can be transported and moved around quickly and easily.

  15. 10/11/2020 Making process control more flexible

    For decades large-scale automation systems have been at the heart of production line control. Today, driven by changes in consumer demands, an alternative plug and produce modular automation approach is emerging, says Ralf Jeske.

  16. 10/11/2020 Safety services on a standard network

    Communication networks have changed the look of today’s automation systems by distributing processing, sensors and actuators to where they are required. The ODVA says that CIP Safety provides the same benefits to safety systems. 

  17. 02/11/2020 Rise of the digital twin!

    Steve Sands explains how and why the digital twin is set to be a key technology for the success of Industry 4.0.

  18. 02/11/2020 Feeling the pressure

    Dr Chris Mills looks at the challenges of testing and calibrating flowmeters used in high pressure and high temperature applications.

  19. 02/11/2020 Communication technologies: supporting digitalisation

    Dr Peter Wenzel comments on industrial technology trends and the impact they are having on industrial communication solutions.

  20. 26/10/2020 Following the data science for greater production efficiency

    To get the most out of data that already exists in the production environment requires cooperation between data scientists and production experts.