Features

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IoT and Industry 4.0 in physical form

(30/03/2020)
Nigel Dawson, Global Head of Electric Automation Business Development at Festo explains how a single machine can demonstrate the possible opportunities of IoT in manufacturing.
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Is 5G going to be better than previous generations?

(30/03/2020)
Eckard Eberle gives his thoughts on how future industrial wireless networks might look.
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Is your legacy PLC failing you on food hygiene?

(23/03/2020)
Edward Ralph looks at how PLCs can help address hygiene and food safety issues.


Archive

  1. 23/03/2020 Simulation needs to overcome perceived complexity and trust issues

    Control Engineering Europe asked some industry spokespeople for their views about the benefits that simulation technologies might offer in the process and manufacturing sectors, and about progress on adoption of the technology.

  2. 23/03/2020 RFID tags help boost production

    Syngenta – a producer of agricultural chemicals – has ordered a new consignment of RFID tags which are used to track ingredients at its Grangemouth plant and which have helped it to boost production.

  3. 16/03/2020 Ensuring safe mobile robot installations

    The robot manufacturer, integrator, and customer all have responsibilities when it comes to ensuring a safe automated mobile robot system workspace, says Ross Lacy.

  4. 16/03/2020 A shift is coming

    Those already using edge computing might be considered early adopters, but recent research suggests that a shift is coming. Greg Hookings reports.

  5. 16/03/2020 An IIoT SWOT analysis

    José Miguel Dias Pereira summarises the main strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and offers an overview of the real-time demands of industrial networks, at plant level, at DCS level, and at SCADA level.

  6. 08/03/2020 Are pneumatic systems smart enough to survive?

    As Industry 4.0 starts to change the manufacturing and process industries, many have questioned whether pneumatics has a future. Control Engineering Europe asked some pneumatics providers what they think.

  7. 08/03/2020 Marshalling for today and for the future

    Roger Highton looks at the challenges faced by industrial plants today and how a new approach to marshalling looks set to deliver improvements and eliminate a major source of human error.

  8. 02/03/2020 Robots as a future-proofing tool

    Today’s automated manufacturing systems need to be more agile and must incorporate greater levels of flexibility to allow manufacturers to bring new products to market more quickly. Tim Bednall explains the role that robots have to play in achieving these goals.

  9. 02/03/2020 Incorporating resilience in safety and control layers

    In recent years, large-scale professional cyberattacks and chip hardware vulnerabilities affecting industrial plants around the globe have clearly shown the need for the process industry to take segregation and cybersecurity more seriously says Rehan Ahmad and Shafeekh Rahiman.

  10. 02/03/2020 Reducing energy consumption and costs as part of an integrated plant management system

    To achieve transparent energy consumption, Pikolin, a mattress manufacturer, now relies on a flexible and future-proof energy management solution from Siemens.

  11. 24/02/2020 Staying ahead of allergy regulations

    James Woods asks whether traceability compliance is currently robust enough to protect an increasingly allergic generation of consumers.

  12. 23/02/2020 Artificial Intelligence in production

    Although AI offers some great potential benefits, care does need to be exercised before incorporating it into industrial applications. Tim Foreman, offers some guidance.

  13. 18/02/2020 Enhancing safety with mobile solutions

    The goal of enterprise mobility solutions is to network people, plants and systems, using data as efficiently as possible. The use of intrinsically safe smart devices can help improve productivity and the safety of employees, says Dietmaer Deppisch.

  14. 18/02/2020 Getting on board with AI technology

    It is becoming a reality that technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) are starting to change the traditional role of the control engineer. Suzanne Gill finds out more about the benefits it can offer engineers as well as the barriers to its adoption in the industrial environment.

  15. 10/02/2020 SCADA goes on a transformation journey

    Christian Nomine explores the changing requirements for both SCADA software and HMI systems across the manufacturing and processing sectors as the importance of collecting, storing and analysing data grows.

  16. 10/02/2020 AI at the edge only has a small footprint

    At a Festo press event, Tanja Maaß, managing director at Resolto Informatik, spoke about the benefits of bringing artificial intelligence directly to the machine. Suzanne Gill reports.

  17. 03/02/2020 Radar: is it now the better ultrasonic level measuring solution?

    VEGA’s radar sensors with 80-GHz technology have been opening up new applications in level measurement for five years. The company has now developed a new instrument series based on 80 GHz specifically for simple applications. It represents a real alternative to ultrasonic technology.

  18. 03/02/2020 Increasing productivity without increasing production hours

    A whitepaper from AVEVA explores why longer production hours do not always translate into higher productivity and capacity. It also offers advice on how to turn this around.

  19. 27/01/2020 Making deep learning easy for quality assurance applications

    Yonatan Hyatt explains how manufacturers can benefit from deep learning in their machine vision applications.

  20. 20/01/2020 Injecting new life into an oil rig pump

    A water injection pump has been brought back to life to maintain productivity after lying dormant for seven years.