Industry 4.0

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Challenging times spark digitalisation push

Tim Faulkner believes that the challenges posed by 2020 have resulted in greater determination from many manufacturers to start their digital journey to ensure they remain competitive.
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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. 
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Where technology convergence leads organisations must follow

There appears to be agreement among automation vendors that Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) convergence is now becoming a reality across all industrial sectors. Suzanne Gill finds out more about the impact that this will have on the role of the control engineer.


  1. 01/06/2020 Gaining insight about making digital transformation a reality

    Richard Kenedi, senior vice president of manufacturing at industrial software provider GE Digital, and George Walker, managing director of industrial automation expert Novotek UK, discuss the ideal path to industrial digital transformation.

  2. 30/03/2020 IoT and Industry 4.0 in physical form

    Nigel Dawson, Global Head of Electric Automation Business Development at Festo explains how a single machine can demonstrate the possible opportunities of IoT in manufacturing.

  3. 16/03/2020 An IIoT SWOT analysis

    José Miguel Dias Pereira summarises the main strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and offers an overview of the real-time demands of industrial networks, at plant level, at DCS level, and at SCADA level.

  4. 14/10/2019 Time to take the next steps on the Industry 4.0 journey

    According to automation vendors there is still some way to go before industry starts to reap the benefits promised by Industry 4.0. The next step is the adoption of a variety of enabling technologies. 

  5. 06/10/2019 Man and machine working collaboratively

    Josep Lario, EMEA product marketing manager, Software, at Omron, comments on how industry is overcoming the challenges associated with the move towards greater collaboration between man and machine.

  6. 06/10/2019 All change to reap the full potential of Industry 4.0

    Philipp Jauch believes that change to both machinery and business models are needed to allow us to really see the full potential of Industry 4.0.

  7. 30/09/2019 Tools to help deliver a digital future

    Industry 4.0 has now moved well beyond the concept stage although there is still a long way to go. The next generation 5G wireless networks and the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) will be crucial elements to enable Industry 4.0 to be wholly implemented, says Steve Sands.

  8. 17/09/2019 Addressing migration challenges

    As industry starts to engage in digital transformation programs, Control Engineering Europe finds out more about the challenges facing engineers tasked with managing this change.

  9. 27/08/2019 Moving towards Industry 4.0 with a factory full of ageing assets

    Suzanne Gill visits British Salt to find out more about the plant’s Industry 4.0 aspirations.

  10. 12/08/2019 Taking steps to implement AI

    Tim Foreman argues that companies should be looking to benefit from the potential of technologies such as ‘AI at the Edge’ strategically and thoughtfully for business success and competitive advantage.

  11. 17/06/2019 Control perfection: Industrial controls for the digital transformation

    Powerful industrial controls are an important part of the digital transformation in industrial companies. With its comprehensive Sirius portfolio, Siemens can provide the right solutions for this, as Carolin Meuschel explains.

  12. 03/06/2019 Making things work as part of the IIoT

    Sensors are on the front line of the data gathering process which is vital for the IIoT. Control Engineering Europe shines a spotlight on these ‘things’ and their implementation in successful IIoT projects.

  13. 13/05/2019 Enabling a digital manufacturing transformation

    Control Engineering Europe spoke to Matt Wells, VP digital product management at GE Digital about the trends towards convergence of Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) domains, as a key to enable digital transformation across the enterprise.

  14. 01/04/2019 Moving from the whiteboard to full deployment

    Lawrence Ross describes how digital experimentation with the IoT leads to innovation and looks at potential solutions for creating a clearer path to innovative IoT.

  15. 25/03/2019 Get smart to stay ahead in food production

    Suzanne Gill finds out where the food industry is on its ‘smart factory’ journey and gets advice about how to make use of new technologies to become more productive and flexible to meet rapidly changing consumer demands.