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Unlocking digital competitiveness in the OT domain

Marcel Kelder looks at the barriers and benefits of taking a new technology approach to ensure successful and secure OT/IT convergence.
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Listening to production noise to reduce costs

Every factory or production plant is noisy, to various levels. It’s a consequence of machinery, pneumatics, hydraulics, motors, pumps, compressors, bearings, chains and other equipment used to manufacture and assemble products. Each sound tells a story.
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Strategies for implementing plant automation

Joe Wagner, Field Application Engineer at Red Lion answered some questions about the benefits of plant automation and strategies for implementation.


  1. 13/05/2024 Considerations for DCS modernisation

    Attila Bondor offers some food for thought for engineers tasked with modernising their process control systems.

  2. 10/05/2024 Overcoming the challenges of harsh environments

    Suzanne Gill reports on the challenges facing engineers, when it comes to ensuring consistent performance and reliability of Industrial Ethernet connectivity in harsh industrial environments, and gathers advice on how these challenges might be overcome.

  3. 07/05/2024 Non-contact level sensor overcomes media challenges

    Accurate and reliable detection of fill levels is a key requirement in many industrial flow and level sensing applications. Non-contact capacitive sensors offer a good solution, being capable of detecting fill levels, without direct media contact.

  4. 07/05/2024 Flipping the switch on energy costs

    Steve Adams highlights the important link between improving overall equipment effectiveness and mitigating the impact of rising energy costs.

  5. 07/05/2024 What makes Ethernet ‘industrial’?

    Nexperia reviews evolution of the Ethernet networking technology and explains the differences between consumer and industrial Ethernet.

  6. 25/04/2024 Transforming a maintenance strategy with SaaS

    Fernando Velloso explains how a Software as a Service (SaaS) model can help manufacturers overcome any digital scepticism, and can also offer opportunities to improve total cost of ownership (TCO).

  7. 19/04/2024 Level sensing security considerations

    Philipp Ketterer discusses the importance of specifying level sensing solutions which can offer security against cyber attacks.

  8. 19/04/2024 Keeping combustible dust explosions at bay

    Melina Diaz outlines the steps required to comply with legislation designed to ensure workplaces are optimally placed to minimise the possibility of combustible dust creating an explosion risk.

  9. 16/04/2024 Speeding up your reactions

    Suzanne Gill finds out more about the benefits that edge computing is bringing to the operational technology environment.

  10. 16/04/2024 Zero Trust is the way forward for network security

    The Siemens Manufacturing Karlsruhe (MF-K) plant produces key components for automated and digitalized manufacturing processes. For quality assurance and in-house 3D printing, the plant is optimising its processes by giving experts remote access to its operational technology systems, enabled by a Zero Trust approach.

  11. 07/04/2024 Is 5G FWA a game changer?

    Todd Mussman discusses the potential of 5G fixed wireless access within the manufacturing environment.

  12. 07/04/2024 The role of sensors in ensuring safe pharmaceutical processes

    Claudia Homburg explains the role that level and pressure sensors can play in achieving the many stringent requirements that are placed on pharmaceutical processes.

  13. 01/04/2024 Setting your sustainability goals

    David Barrett-Hague highlights two different areas where technology adoption can be employed to help increase the sustainability of an industrial process.

  14. 01/04/2024 Smart control valve benefits

    Christoph Lukasik, Head of Design and Product Development at Schubert & Salzer Control Systems, talks about the benefits and challenges for control engineers of adopting smart control valve mechanisms.

  15. 01/04/2024 Why is trust becoming such a big issue?

    Suzanne Gill reports on the latest thinking of automation vendors, relating to cybersecurity in the OT environment.

  16. 22/03/2024 Bridging the data gap in power generation

    Jackie Hu explains how the use of historical component data can help identify and remedy issues such as cracking at combined cycle power facilities. Cracking is found across many critical components – including hot reheat bypass valves and attemperators – but is often overlooked in favour of focussing on larger, more expensive downstream assets.

  17. 22/03/2024 Automation trends shaping 2024

    Stephen Hayes shares insights into how automation trends have begun to shape 2024.

  18. 15/03/2024 5G on the factory floor

    Fiona Treacy explains the role that 5G has to play in accelerating efficiency in manufacturing plants.

  19. 15/03/2024 Driving efficiency and reliability in cooling towers

    Find out how one manufacturer has increased the efficiency of its cooling towers, which play a crucial role in the production of orange juice.

  20. 08/03/2024 The role of sensors in ensuring safe pharmaceutical processes

    Claudia Homburg explains the role that level and pressure sensors can play in achieving the many stringent requirements that are placed on pharmaceutical processes.