Features

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Taking your MES with you

(01/03/2021)
When looking for the right MES solution system today, manufacturers need to consider the ability of an MES to evolve with them, argues Francisco Almada.
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Control for more complex processes

(01/03/2021)
Mark Yeeles discusses how machine control needs to evolve to handle ever more complex processes.
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Reduce waste, boost profits

(01/03/2021)
Lee Sullivan explains how process automation can be used to reduce dairy process inefficiencies, while boosting profits.


Archive

  1. 01/03/2021 SCADA: Bridging the OT/IT divide

    Christian Nomine discusses how SCADA can overcome one of the key barriers to the digital transformation of a company’s operations.

  2. 22/02/2021 Product data at the push of a button

    Up-to-date and complete product data is vital for the selection of suitable components and for all subsequent steps in the life cycle of the plant. The search for and the compilation of this information can be very time-consuming. A new online offer can shorten this process, says Stefanie Westerhaus.

  3. 22/02/2021 An enterprise-wide digital nervous system is finally emerging

    While the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) may provide a theoretical opportunity within an enterprise to receive all the relevant information needed, it does not, by itself, make that practically feasible in a scalable fashion, says Hermann Berg, head of Industrial IoT at Moxa Europe.

  4. 22/02/2021 SCADA considerations

    Rashesh Mody suggests that organisations focus on four key elements when using SCADA and HMI.

  5. 22/02/2021 Taking the time out of Function Blocks

    Charlie Walker explains how software tools are speeding up the creation of IO-Link Function Blocks to enable the capture of more valuable process data from machine controllers. 

  6. 16/02/2021 Future-proofing your process control systems

    Joe Bastone explains how control engineers can ensure that their process control assets are future-proofed and have the flexibility needed to meet ever faster changing customer demands.

  7. 16/02/2021 What could the AIoT offer industry?

    Control Engineering Europe spoke to industry experts to find out more about AIoT and what opportunities it might offer in industrial applications.

  8. 08/02/2021 Minimising system security gaps

    Ranbir Saini offers advice on how to identify and overcome SCADA vulnerabilities.

  9. 08/02/2021 The cloud plays a key role in the ‘new normal’

    Flexible work models, contact limitations and travel restrictions, along with the steady growth of production efficiency and diversity are forcing manufacturers to change how they think. With a new version of its engineering framework and an easy-to-use and flexible cloud solution, Siemens helps its customers keep pace with industrial digitalisation trends, says Stephan Schott.

  10. 08/02/2021 Surface quality check for bearing balls

    The Center of Device Development at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research has developed a fully automated checking system for bearing balls.

  11. 01/02/2021 PC-based control drives AGV advances

    A comprehensive PC-based control solution has enabled a Chinese technology company to develop better-performing products more efficiently and is also helping these products to meet the requirements of Industry 4.0 and the Made in China 2025 initiative.

  12. 01/02/2021 Pneumatic flow control gets smart

    Reliable flow control equipment plays an essential part in the control of many manufacturing and industrial processes. Control Engineering Europe takes a closer look.

  13. 25/01/2021 Understanding the ATEX and IECEx schemes

    Lee Ray looks at the standards that need to be adhered to in relation to environments which pose a risk of fire or explosion.

  14. 19/01/2021 A new video explains key benefits of using a fieldbus

    A video explains one of the most dramatic evolutions in the industrial automation Industry – The transition from 4-20 mA to digital fieldbuses. Learn about both technologies, including examples with PROFIBUS, representing fieldbuses.

  15. 19/01/2021 Can advanced digital twin technology narrow the industrial skills gap?

    Digital twin technology such as immersive field simulators (IFS) can help companies narrow the skills gap by offering a training environment that offers an accurate replica of the world they inhabit with virtual reality and mixed reality tools.

  16. 19/01/2021 DCS solution: from skids to plantwide control

    Suzanne Gill finds out more about a distributed control system (DCS) solution that is well suited to use more widely throughout a manufacturing plant, than traditional iterations of the technology.

  17. 11/01/2021 Boosting productivity: a three-pronged approach

    2021 could be a pivotal year for industry in the UK, and the extent to which manufacturers adopt automation may determine its long-term success, says Tom Bouchier.

  18. 11/01/2021 Can wireless solutions solve real industry problems?

    Brett Binnekade discusses the use and benefits of wireless technology in the automation industry. 

  19. 04/01/2021 Drives help achieve a 40% reduction in machining times

    Machining times in a complex seven-station drilling unit have been reduced by more than 40% following the introduction of variable frequency drives (VFD) into the process.

  20. 16/12/2020 How modern simulation software addresses intralogistics challenges

    Advanced simulation software provides optimisation insight, enabling distribution and fulfillment centers to address issues and optimise efficiency.