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Condition monitoring benefits in hazardous industries

Marek Lukaszczyk discusses how condition monitoring can help reduce risk and improve efficiency in hazardous industries.
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Standard challenges for IoT devices

Industry 4.0 adoption is pushing industry towards a more automated, and sophisticated manufacturing process. As devices, systems and processes become increasingly digitalised and interconnected, the Internet of Things (IoT) opens a wealth of opportunities. However, they also present a cyberattack opportunity for criminals, warns Joe Lomako. 
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AI moves into the control arena

Suzanne Gill reports on a world first project that sees AI being used to autonomously control a chemical plant for 35 consecutive days.


  1. 19/05/2022 Robotic bottle unscrambler from POSIMAT provides a solution to constant format changes and complex designs

    POSIMAT, the Barcelona-based world leading producer of bottle handling systems, brings another innovation to the market with the POSIROBOT. This solution, developed with OMRON's Delta Quattro robots, provides a solution to constant format changes and the complex designs of some bottles. Its delicate handling means that this is a versatile, easy to use, highly flexible and super competitive solution.

  2. 16/05/2022 Seamless connectivity as a guiding principle

    Festo believes a true automation company should offer their customers seamless connectivity from the workpiece to the cloud, across the whole portfolio and independent of technology. Of course, no company can offer the entire needs of a machine builder, but what is offered, should seamlessly fit together, mechanically, electrically, and intelligently.

  3. 16/05/2022 A converged world working in harmony

    Suzanne Gill asks how Information technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) convergence is enabling a digital manufacturing transformation and what real-life benefits is it offering control engineers today?

  4. 09/05/2022 SPE heralds end-to-end Ethernet-based communication across the enterprise

    Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) has been gaining attention in recent years. Suzanne Gill finds out more about its possibilities, potential applications and its advantages, when compared to conventional industrial Ethernet solutions.

  5. 25/04/2022 Bringing solar power to reservoir monitoring

    Ian Loudon explains how telemetry devices can be used to monitor sites that have no power infrastructure.

  6. 19/04/2022 Implementing small and energy-efficient field sensors with IO-Link

    Suhel Dhanani discusses the role of IO-Link in the creation of Industry 4.0 sensing solutions.

  7. 19/04/2022 Bearing challenges in food production

    Alan Stewart looks at the bearing challenges facing the food and beverage production sector and suggests suitable solutions.

  8. 19/04/2022 Ensuring security for industrial devices

    Key questions about factory-floor and industrial cybersecurity, as IT and OT communication networks rapidly converge, are addressed in a whitepaper from HMS Industrial Networks.

  9. 19/04/2022 Moving machine vision into the third-dimension

    Find out how true 3D data, with algorithms specifically designed for three-dimensional measurements can result in fewer false positives/negatives.

  10. 11/04/2022 Out of the box vision solutions

    Neil Sandhu explains how integration of machine vision solutions into a wide range of applications is now a much easier task than it has traditionally been.

  11. 11/04/2022 Driving up sustainability with your communications network

    Tom Burke explains why selecting the right network technology is a key step in enhancing sustainability in manufacturing.

  12. 10/04/2022 Cutting production costs through improved motor management

    Marek Lukaszczyk explains how energy efficient motors and variable speed drives (VSDs) can help reduce production costs through greater energy efficiency.

  13. 04/04/2022 Ruggedising the supply chain with IIoT technology

    Eric Wendt discusses how IIoT technology innovations are helping transform the global supply chain.

  14. 04/04/2022 Secure remote access via public 5G network

    Sander Rotmensen looks at the potential for 5G for industrial applications where remote access to distance equipment is required.

  15. 04/04/2022 Gaining an edge with TSN

    John Browett discusses how industrial communication solutions can help end-users reap the benefits of the edge. 

  16. 28/03/2022 Are control cabinets a thing of the past?

    Beckhoff has removed the need for bulky control cabinets with the launch of its new MX-System, a holistic, modular system that supplies electrical power and EtherCAT communication from a slim baseplate to plug-in modules that connect directly to nearby systems.

  17. 28/03/2022 Emergency fan balancing returns bakery to full productivity within hours

    A bakery was returned to full productivity thanks to out-of-hours emergency fan balancing by Rotamec. 

  18. 21/03/2022 Digital twin improves plant design and operational performance

    While the converging worlds of Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) have different interests and requirements, it does open the door to innovative Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions – like digital twins.

  19. 21/03/2022 Moving to the edge

    Steven Fales explains why end-users should be looking to move intelligence to the edge. He discusses the role of industrial communication standards in helping organisations make this move.

  20. 21/03/2022 Establishing OPC UA as THE open standard of choice for data interoperability

    The dream has become reality – says Stefan Hoppe – one accepted operational technology (OT) to information technology (IT) connection based on OPC UA via MQTT and supported by all major vendors.