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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.
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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.
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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.


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 11/11/2019 Gaining insight from data

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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. 

  14. 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.

  15. 06/10/2019 All change to reap the full potential of Industry 4.0

    Philipp Jauch believes that change to both machinery and business models are needed to allow us to really see the full potential of Industry 4.0.

  16. 30/09/2019 Tools to help deliver a digital future

    Industry 4.0 has now moved well beyond the concept stage although there is still a long way to go. The next generation 5G wireless networks and the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be crucial elements to enable Industry 4.0 to be wholly implemented, says Steve Sands.

  17. 30/09/2019 On the path to zero

    Manufacturers are having to move beyond traditional cost reduction strategies when it comes to energy. Instead there is a move towards cost avoidance, says Vincent de Rul.

  18. 21/09/2019 Moving towards pay-as-you-go production

    Paul Hingley believes that servitisation is set to transform every aspect of modern manufacturing.

  19. 21/09/2019 Optimising product quality

    Find out how Hydro Extrusions Hungary has been able to reduce quality problems in the finished profile of its extruded aluminium products.

  20. 21/09/2019 Starting a sweet revolution in productivity

    Harri Vaara explains how sugar beet processors are increasing productivity and energy efficiency through the use of variable speed drives (VSDs).