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Optimising productivity for warehouse packing

An industrial edge computer is being used in warehouse packing operations to help optimise workflow.
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Addressing old challenges with new controllers

Suzanne Gill looks at the features of modern machine controllers that can offer benefits in food industry applications.
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Machine control for today and tomorrow

Suzanne Gill collects the thoughts of solution providers relating to current trends and the most important requirements for successful machine control solutions today.


  1. 15/10/2017 Will there be room for CNC and PLCs in the factory of the future?

    As automation in manufacturing increases control systems are having to become increasingly complex and efficient.  We investigate what role different industrial controllers might have to play in the future.

  2. 18/09/2017 OEM size doesn’t matter when it comes to Industry 4.0

    Many smaller machine builders may feel that smart factory technology is not relevant for them. However this could not be further from the truth, particularly when it comes to choosing a PLC, says Rami Hanan, VP of sales and marketing at Unitronics.

  3. 23/08/2017 When size matters

    An innovative compact control solution was specified for use on an equally innovative photochromic lense coating technology. Control Engineering Europe finds out more.

  4. 30/01/2017 Control systems: repair or replace?

    Nick Boughton discusses best practice for obsolescence management from a systems integrator point of view.

  5. 28/11/2016 Gaining control through automation

    Barry Graham discusses the benefits that today’s control systems can offer the food and beverage industry sector and outlines the far-reaching potential of today’s control systems. 

  6. 16/10/2016 PC-based control holds the key!

    Making key and locking mechanisms requires the use of very high-precision production technology that needs to be able to compensate for temperature fluctuations, even of a few degrees. 

  7. 01/03/2016 PACs evolve to meet changing needs

    Control Engineering Europe reports on the new breed of Ethernet-enabled Process Automation Controllers (PACs) which have evolved to help the process industry meet the need for greater plant flexibility and reliability, while also addressing new industry threats.

  8. 16/02/2016 Control system solution for remotely operated vehicle

    Lewis Gear, of systems integrator TBG Solutions, discusses how the company has helped one customer to create a reliable and flexible control system for a new class of subsea remotely operated vehicle (ROV).

  9. 11/08/2015 Project delivery optimisation – a new methodology

    Honeywell Process Solutions is suggesting a paradigm shift in the way projects are implemented is required to get the type of capital efficiency that industrial businesses need to achieve in today’s competitive, tight-margin environment.

  10. 10/03/2015 DCS migration – planning is key

    A recent white paper from US-based systems integrator, Maverick Technologies, details the best approach for DCS migration, starting with justification and ending with commissioning and startup. 

  11. 09/12/2014 PLC adds value to modernised rice filling machine

    When it needed to modernise an outdated rice-filling machine, Impasa Automation also wanted to take the opportunity to create a customised display for its customer.

  12. 02/12/2014 A framework for defining control project requirements

    Ryan Hildebrandt, a self-employed UK-based controls engineer and project manager considers a six-point framework for defining requirements for a controls project helps save time and effort, while ensuring the project stays on track. He argues the importance of understanding control project requirements, tie them to business goals, and stay true to the design to improve project success.

  13. 13/05/2014 Thin clients and servers in the industrial environment

    Industrial thin clients and servers are now being applied in industrial applications, where their performance and robustness, combined with user-friendliness and simple maintenance is paving the way for cost-optimised infrastructures.

  14. 25/02/2014 PAC and DCS advances

    Suzanne Gill reports on some of the most recent industrial control solutions to come to market, and looks at their main features and benefits.

  15. 25/09/2013 Linking existing machine control with SAP system

    The aerosol generator of a nebulizer produced by PARI Pharma GmbH is used in the treatment of cystic fibrosis. The company made the decision to update its control systems to optimise automation of its production equipment.

  16. 14/08/2013 HUG highlights – Trends and technology developments

    This year’s US Honeywell User Group (HUG) event took place in June. Darius Adamczyk reflected on his first 12 months as president and CEO at Honeywell Process Solutions while Jason Urso talked about technology developments.

  17. 02/04/2013 Trends in control technology: is there a future for the PLC?

    Automation is changing and future trends in control technology would suggest that the role of control technology will change. Total solutions in which tasks are distributed according to free capacity are growing in importance. The individual components are irrelevant to the customer. Added to this is the debate pitching PLC against PC. Experts at Mitsubishi Electric believe in the coexistence of both systems.

  18. 02/04/2013 The next generation of the TIA Portal engineering framework

    When Siemens introduced the TIA Portal in 2010, it was described as being ‘its next evolutionary step’ in terms of totally integrated automation’. At a recent London press event, Simon Keogh, business manager – Factory Automation at Siemens Industry, explained more about the technology...

  19. 26/03/2013 PC or PLC based control – take your pick

    Automation suppliers may never agree on whether PC or PLC-based control offers the best solution – in reality it really depends on the application and user preference. However, with most PLC-based systems now offering the same ‘openness’ as PCs, they look like they will be around for some time.

  20. 16/10/2012 Process automation – looking into the future

    What awaits process industry companies in the coming years? Thomas Lantermann, senior business development manager at Mitsubishi Electric Europe, presents an integrated analysis of process automation in the year 2020.