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One voice, one vision

While UK manufacturers seek to recalibrate from one of the most challenging financial years in a generation, the emergence of new machine vision technology is driving the greater adoption of automated inspection technology and vision-guided robot systems, says Neil Sandhu.
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5G starts to roll out

Control Engineering Europe spoke to Sander Rotmensen, director industrial wireless communication at Siemens Digital Industries about 5G technology.
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Taking steps to ensure secure OT environments

What can engineers do to protect their processes and plants from cyberattack? Suzanne Gill asked for suggestions from a variety of industry specialists.


  1. 12/04/2021 Save money and installation time with seamless connectivity

    Connectivity in automation technology must be regarded as a whole – from the workpiece all the way to the cloud. With seamless connectivity, the mechanical, electrical and intelligent interfaces all need to be taken into account, for all components. Fredrik Stal from Festo SE & Co KG explains more.

  2. 06/04/2021 5G: Paving the way for Industry 4.0?

    Friedrich Haussmann discusses the benefits and barriers to the adoption of 5G in industrial applications.

  3. 06/04/2021 Hyperautomation: what’s it all about?

    Guy Kirkwood offers some insight into hyperautomation technologies and explains how it might offer benefits for the industrial sector.

  4. 29/03/2021 Digitally transforming businesses with RPA

    Dr Paul Rivers highlights how Robotic Process Automation (RPA) will help drive business transformation forward, but only if it is implemented correctly.

  5. 26/03/2021 Actuator control network solution for Spanish chemical processing plant

    Almost 150 intelligent electric actuators on Rotork’s Pakscan control network have been ordered for the Quimica Puente Mayorga chemical processing plant in Spain.

  6. 22/03/2021 Securing OT systems against cyber-attack

    As the worlds of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) continue to merge the demand for security measures to protect OT networks is growing. David Bean looks at some fundamental aspects that need to be considered.

  7. 22/03/2021 Simplified transport of sensitive workpieces

    A key innovation of a new plasma systems treatment unit, created by Plasmatreat, is the inclusion of a planar motor system which transports workpieces with greater precision and flexibility.

  8. 16/03/2021 Benefits of an alarm management philosophy

    Giving operators on the manufacturing floor a simple and clear-cut philosophy for alarm management with a simple and clear-cut system can help reduce downtime and improve overall automation and efficiency, says Martyn Hilbers.

  9. 16/03/2021 New Single Pair Ethernet for condition monitoring applications

    Maurice O’Brien explains how it is now possible to quickly develop and deploy an end-to-end-monitoring and predictive maintenance service-based solution and to benefit from high quality asset health insights and power on two wires.

  10. 16/03/2021 Robots help cut waste and speed throughput in food production

    Robots are becoming a more familiar sight in food manufacturing plants today, but mostly undertaking end-of-line or packaging functions. In this application, however, robots are being employed to accurately cut blocks of cheese.

  11. 09/03/2021 DCS moves with the times

    Control Engineering Europe reports on changing DCS technology which is being adapted to meet the need for more agile production.

  12. 09/03/2021 Is it time for a robot payroll?

    Mark Gray believes that, to shore up operations and boost productivity, manufacturers should be looking at robots.

  13. 09/03/2021 Making edge to cloud integration pay

    Suzanne Gill finds out why it is important to implement plant connectivity from the edge to the cloud to make the best use of data made available thanks to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

  14. 01/03/2021 Taking your MES with you

    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.

  15. 01/03/2021 Control for more complex processes

    Mark Yeeles discusses how machine control needs to evolve to handle ever more complex processes.

  16. 01/03/2021 Reduce waste, boost profits

    Lee Sullivan explains how process automation can be used to reduce dairy process inefficiencies, while boosting profits.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 22/02/2021 SCADA considerations

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