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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.
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Benefits of an open source language for robots

Neil Ballinger explores the open source Robot Operating System (ROS), which he believes will become a common language for industrial automation. 
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Ensuring business continuity remotely

Following the issues posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, Jörg Freitag explains how digital remote applications can offer a cost-effective alternative to enable efficient co-operation from a safe distance.


  1. 20/10/2020 Automated sandwich stacking solution

    Find out how and why a sandwich producer has successfully integrated robots into its sandwich production line.

  2. 20/10/2020 Digitalisation: Where are we now?

    Suzanne Gill looks at the effect of the current global pandemic on the manufacturing digitalisation journey.

  3. 20/10/2020 Cell voltage monitoring solution for electrolytic copper refinery

    An electrolytic copper refinery needed to find an efficient way to monitor voltage on more than 700 electrolytic cells used to produce A-grade copper.

  4. 13/10/2020 The optimal route to smart manufacturing?

    Emilie Lerche Fenger and Marco Zampolli explain the importance of a cybersecurity strategy in digital plants.

  5. 13/10/2020 Addressing global megatrends with seamless connectivity

    Notwithstanding the current COVID crisis, other megatrends are having, and will have, an even greater effect on the manufacturers of the future. Nigel Dawson from Festo SE & Co KG discusses how these opportunities can be exploited.

  6. 05/10/2020 Independent SCADA as a tool for integration

    Martyn Williams explains the role of SCADA software in smart factories and argues that hardware-independent software is essential for making the transition to Industry 4.0.

  7. 05/10/2020 Industrial cybersecurity is a game without end!

    The constant cyber threat is now a fact of life and everyone needs to have an understanding of data protection, argues Rainer Brehm, CEO of Factory Automation at Siemens Digital Industries.

  8. 28/09/2020 Slotless versus slotted brushless DC motors

    Brushless DC motors are the technology of choice for applications operating at higher speeds. However two different motor architectures can present a selection conundrum, says Madhavan Ramanujam and Cyril Baud.

  9. 28/09/2020 Connecting industrial applications to a private 5G network

    Control Engineering Europe finds out more about an industrial 5G router for private networks, by speaking to Frank Hakemeyer, director of communication interfaces at Phoenix Contact Electronics.

  10. 22/09/2020 Challenging times spark digitalisation push

    Tim Faulkner believes that the challenges posed by 2020 have resulted in greater determination from many manufacturers to start their digital journey to ensure they remain competitive.

  11. 22/09/2020 Empowering innovative business models with a standardised IIoT ecosystem

    Glenn Schulz, managing director at the FDT Group, explains how and why the FDT standard is helping to support the digital transformation for manufacturers.

  12. 22/09/2020 The rise of the PAC

    David Humphrey explains the difference today between a PLC and PAC and offers advice on which would best suit different applications within the manufacturing environment.

  13. 15/09/2020 Reasons for system integrators to comply with IEC 62443

    Massimiliano Latini explains why system integrators need to ensure that their automation systems are IEC 62443-compliant to adhere to international cybersecurity requirements.

  14. 15/09/2020 Securing the IoT by design

    Joe Lomako offers advice on the preventative measures that can be taken to secure processes against cyber attacks.

  15. 08/09/2020 Connecting industrial applications to a private 5G network

    Control Engineering Europe finds out more about an industrial 5G router for private networks, by speaking to Frank Hakemeyer, director of communication interfaces at Phoenix Contact Electronics.

  16. 08/09/2020 Adding machine controllers to the factory floor

    Martin Gadsby explains how factory automation projects can leverage the most suitable machine control solutions.

  17. 08/09/2020 Looking to the future

    Alexandre Peixoto and Rick Gorskie discuss some simple strategies to achieve the most value from cyber risk assessments.

  18. 01/09/2020 Guidelines for securing industrial networks

    Because component suppliers are playing an increasingly important role in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) networks, it is useful to understand the security requirements they must meet when designing devices for deployment on them. Susan Lan reports.

  19. 01/09/2020 Driving towards cost-effective condition monitoring

    A new approach to smart condition monitoring allows much more than just monitoring machines and processes – it provides extensive information about the ‘state of health’ of machines and plants without the need for any additional, costly sensor technology, says Marc Vissers. 

  20. 25/08/2020 Is 5G ready for deployment in the real world?

    Brendan O’Dowd comments on the rise of 5G mobile technology, as the industry gets set to test its ‘six 9s’ capability.