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Starting a revolution with smart devices

Mike Loughran discusses the migration path for introducing smart devices to a legacy system to enable IIoT. 
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Efficient motion system engineering reduces motor costs

Configuration using PC-based control software, EtherCAT networks, integrated drives, and one-cable technology (OCT) can simplify motion control system design and reduce servomotor costs, says Matt Prellwitz.
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Matching an air motor to an application

Franck Roussillon offers some advice on how to match the most suitable air motor to an application.


  1. 01/07/2019 When flexibility is vital

    To ensure it gets the perfect testing equipment to meet its very specific needs, Hager builds its own test machinery. To do this it needed chose the optimum installation concept for the automated machines.

  2. 01/07/2019 Virtually the next step in machine maintenance

    George Walker explains how virtual reality could redefine industrial maintenance.

  3. 25/06/2019 Cobots: Putting safety first

    Collaborative robots (cobots) are starting to be accepted within the manufacturing sector. However, safety is still a concern for many. Suzanne Gill finds out how this issue is being addressed.

  4. 25/06/2019 Everything you ever wanted to know about Modbus

    After 30 years Modbus is still one of the most popular industrial networks, despite its simplicity. This could just be the reason for its popularity: just bits and bytes, understood by every programmer. But getting a new network to work is not always simple. Rob Hulsebos aims to make all things Modbus a bit clearer.

  5. 17/06/2019 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.

  6. 08/06/2019 Are cobots inherently safe?

    Nigel Smith comments on some common misconceptions about collaborative robot safety.

  7. 03/06/2019 PLC addresses malting process reliability issues

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

  8. 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.

  9. 28/05/2019 Making way for effortless customisation

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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?

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.