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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.
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Are cobots inherently safe?

Nigel Smith comments on some common misconceptions about collaborative robot safety.
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PLC addresses malting process reliability issues

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


  1. 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.

  2. 28/05/2019 Making way for effortless customisation

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 13/05/2019 Enabling a digital manufacturing transformation

    Control Engineering Europe spoke to Matt Wells, VP digital product management at GE Digital about the trends towards convergence of Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) domains, as a key to enable digital transformation across the enterprise.

  7. 13/05/2019 Machine control: The benefits of gaining intelligence

    Control Engineering Europe focuses on the increasing addition of artificial intelligence technology in machine control solutions, asking what benefits this will bring for the machine builder and the end user.

  8. 13/05/2019 Condition monitoring for the many

    Today, equipment can be monitored efficiently and serviced according to business needs, rather than schedules, thanks to the Industrial Internet of Things, says Mohamed Zied Ouertani.

  9. 13/05/2019 Meeting standards for the next generation

    Uwe Widmann asks whether single-pair Ethernet (SPE) technology herald a breakthrough for Ethernet right down to sensor connection at field level? And does single-pair Ethernet have what it takes to supplant conventional field bus systems?

  10. 06/05/2019 The drive towards reduced downtimes

    Inverter drives are getting smarter and are now able to look after themselves, along with a range of other plant equipment such as fans, pumps, motors and conveyors. Wayne Turtill explains how this is being achieved.

  11. 30/04/2019 Retrofitting Industry 4.0

    Find out how medical technology company, Ypsomed, was able to retrofit Industry 4.0 digital control systems onto its legacy plastic injection moulding machines.

  12. 24/04/2019 Adding motion to the IO-Link mix

    Darren Pratt explains why adding IO-Link compatibility to an encoder is a vital breakthrough on the road to Industry 4.0.

  13. 24/04/2019 Faster. Better. Connected – How the Festo Automation Platform provides industrial intelligence for the integrated industry

    Industry 4.0, seamless connectivity, digitalisation, smart products or platform concepts are keywords for higher productivity. The impressive automation platform from Festo encourages customers to increase their competitiveness in the booming automation technology sector. Jörg Tertünte, head of global Electric Automation campaign at Festo explains.

  14. 15/04/2019 Overcoming the obstacles to predictive maintenance

    Jos Martin examines the key barriers to the implementation of predictive maintenance technologies, and how these can be alleviated.

  15. 15/04/2019 The importance of standardisation

    Peter Wenzel, executive director of PROFIBUS & PROFINET International, Germany, highlights the importance of standardisation for data communication technologies.

  16. 15/04/2019 Seismic monitoring and protection

    Following the Fukushima incident the nuclear industry has a renewed focus on risk mitigation from extraordinary events caused by nature. Control Engineering Europe looks at the trends in seismic monitoring and protection systems, technologies adopted and current best practice driven by these enhanced risk management demands.

  17. 09/04/2019 Getting FITS for a secure future

    Industrial security is a complicated, multifaceted challenge that cannot be solved by simply purchasing the latest technology. Instead, managing the security of industrial control systems and networks requires improving processes, tools and ultimately balancing risk, says Glenn Schulz.

  18. 09/04/2019 The role of robotics in flexible production

    Peter Lange believes that combining the power of mobile robots and cobots is key to making factories more flexible to cope with rapidly changing demands.

  19. 01/04/2019 Putting data to work with predictive maintenance

    Today around two-thirds of manufacturers are gathering data from their production environments, yet relatively few are using it to improve processes or boost productivity and yield, argues Dr Simon Kampa.