Features

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Cloud solutions enable remote work productivity, without replacing SCADA

(04/08/2020)
Eric Fidler offers advice on how to use SCADA to best advantage, and the way it’s meant to be used.
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Redefining the boundaries of automation

(04/08/2020)
Production challenges do not wait on IT developments, and getting to the root of a problem does not always have to be rocket science, says George Walker.
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How to enhance data acquisition best practices

(28/07/2020)
As technology evolves and becomes more sophisticated, data acquisition models need to change, as well.


Archive

  1. 27/07/2020 Driving towards cost-effective condition monitoring

    A new approach to smart condition monitoring allows much more than just monitoring machines and processes – it provides extensive information about the ‘state of health’ of machines and plants without the need for any additional, costly sensor technology, says Marc Vissers.

  2. 27/07/2020 Overcoming lubricant challenges

    Phil Burge discusses the importance of using the right lubrication in the right application, and looks at technological advancements designed to reduce bearing wear and corrosion.

  3. 20/07/2020 Predictive analytics for efficient production

    Lee Sullivan explains how food and beverage manufacturers can use predictive analytics to reduce product waste and downtime.

  4. 20/07/2020 Standardised instrument choices offers benefits for MILEI

    For more than 40 years, MILEI has focused on the enrichment and fractionation of ingredients from whey and milk and it is believed to be the world's first company to succeed in breaking these raw materials down into even finer constituents and supply lactoferrin.

  5. 20/07/2020 Bringing old technology into the digital era

    Control Engineering Europe finds out how a traditional mains-driven geared motor can be integrated into the IIoT without the need for a frequency inverter.

  6. 14/07/2020 Analysing energy consumption using flow sensors

    Arla Foods has achieved transparency over the energy consumed during cottage cheese production at a factory in Sweden. This involves the use of a flow sensor which is able to measure the temperature of the medium as well as the flow rate.

  7. 14/07/2020 IO-Link: making the automation environment smarter

    Industrial environments are generating more data than ever. Whether for production volume, downtime or serial numbers, this information can offer insight into processes and productivity, as Svenja Litz and Kate Zimmerman explain.

  8. 06/07/2020 A solution for communications in process automation

    Thomas Brand explains how a measurement controller was designed so that it is well prepared for Industry 4.0.

  9. 06/07/2020 Learning lessons and taking back control

    While we are still embroiled in the battle to contain and defeat Covid-19, nobody truly knows the eventual outcomes – but we can begin to assess the impacts and respond positively to change, says Steve Sands. 

  10. 06/07/2020 Is it time to look at edge computing?

    Stephen Hayes explains why now is the right time to look deeper into industrial edge computing.  

  11. 30/06/2020 AI: helping businesses act with intelligence

    Adi Pendyala comments on the importance of AI adoption, right across the enterprise.

  12. 26/06/2020 Drying application benefits from the addition of VFDs

    Tea manufacturers in Sri Lanka have benefitted from both energy reductions and increased product quality since the adoption of variable frequency drives into the leaf drying process.

  13. 26/06/2020 Driving machine performance and reliability

    With more advanced predictive maintenance tools at their disposal, today’s maintenance and operations teams can improve efficiencies and minimise unplanned downtime, says Phil Burge.

  14. 26/06/2020 Temperature monitoring for Covid-19 samples

    Omniflex has supplied an SMS alert system to the University of Oxford’s Peter Medawar Building for Pathogen Research.

  15. 22/06/2020 Coca-Cola boosts its energy efficiency

    The use of an energy management system has allowed a Coca-Cola plant in Edelstal, Austria, to conduct detailed analyses of its resource and energy consumption with the goal of continuing to reduce its carbon footprint by reducing waste and water consumption and lowering emissions.

  16. 22/06/2020 Edge automation solutions

    Red Lion’s FlexEdge Intelligent Edge Automation Platform is said to bring industrial data together as never before to transform edge computing.

  17. 15/06/2020 Don’t neglect ESPE inspections

    Lee Ray highlights the importance of regular inspection and testing of electro-sensitive protective equipment.

  18. 15/06/2020 AI and robotics: the challenges and the opportunities

    Artificial intelligence (AI) has been the subject of considerable hype for several years, but is industry now ready to move to the next stage and focus on how it can be sustainably implemented on the factory floor in robotics and industrial automation applications?

  19. 08/06/2020 Maximising operational efficiency and productivity

    Tim Bednall explains why running discrete event simulation (DES) on existing processes can help identify and unlock additional production capacity.

  20. 08/06/2020 Building resilience with robotics

    Will the Covid-19 pandemic accelerate the speed adoption of robotic and automation across the industrial sector? Suzanne Gill reports.