Industry 4.0

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Industrial data unlocks the promise of digital transformation

While circumstances impact sectors differently, the most powerful differentiator behind every new opportunity is Artificial Intelligence (AI). It's what drives industrial machines to be more intelligent – producing data, identifying metrics and gaps, and generating actionable insights, says Marcel van Helten.
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The creation of Things

Suzanne Gill finds out what it takes to make a field device or a sensor, smart – turning them into the ‘things’ that form such a key element of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
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Revolutionising water treatment

Carl Brennand explains how the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is transforming the management of water treatment systems.


  1. 22/05/2023 Best practices for IT and OT convergence

    Andy Webster discusses how the convergence of IT and OT operations can transform industry operations for business success.

  2. 21/02/2023 Taking a dynamic approach to safety

    Darren Hugheston-Roberts argues the importance of taking a dynamic approach to safety in smart manufacturing facilities in order to avoid risk.

  3. 24/10/2022 AI is driving engineering transformations

    Sonali Singh and Sandeep Mohan discuss the role being played by artificial intelligence (AI) driven digitalisation when it comes to transforming the engineering sector.

  4. 10/10/2022 The next steps for digitalisation

    With many industrial organisations now having taken their first digitalisation steps, Suzanne Gill finds out what the next big disruptor might be for the ongoing digital transformation of both the process and the manufacturing sectors.

  5. 22/08/2022 Data as the basis for digitalisation

    There can be no question that data and networking between machines will lead to new business models and services. Jan Kiehne explains how industrial owner/operators of all sizes can participate and why they can gain from digitalisation.

  6. 06/06/2022 On the edge of successful OT and IT convergence

    Jash Bansidhar discusses the role of edge computing in helping ensure the success of OT and IT convergence.

  7. 16/05/2022 A converged world working in harmony

    Suzanne Gill asks how Information technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) convergence is enabling a digital manufacturing transformation and what real-life benefits is it offering control engineers today?

  8. 04/04/2022 Ruggedising the supply chain with IIoT technology

    Eric Wendt discusses how IIoT technology innovations are helping transform the global supply chain.

  9. 21/02/2022 AIoT offers greater transparency and quality improvements

    Suzanne Gill reports on the speed of adoption and the potential benefits of combined Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in the industrial sector.

  10. 18/01/2022 Digital transformation returns step-change in efficiency

    To illuminate a process black hole, reduce environmental impact and achieve a 10% boost in Overall Equipment Efficiency (OEE), the Princes Group has undergone a digital transformation.

  11. 20/12/2021 Hitting the asset management sweet spot

    Exploring the role played by asset management systems as part of British Sugars drive to create four Factories of the Future.

  12. 12/10/2021 The pandemic effect

    Ravi Gopinath discusses the effects that the past 18 months have had on the speed of digitalisation across the industrial sector.

  13. 04/10/2021 Industry 4.0: how the concept became a reality

    Nick Elkin discusses how the idea of implementing technology into manufacturing processes has revolutionised production across the globe.

  14. 27/09/2021 Industry 4.0 comes out of its Shell

    Steve Sands explains the role of the Asset Administration Shell in delivering the Industry 4.0 vision.

  15. 29/08/2021 Identifying the traps that can impede OT data acquisition

    Oliver Wang highlights the traps that can impede OT data acquisition, slowing down a digital transformation.

  16. 08/08/2021 Making a case for investment in smart factory technology

    Making a major investment – particularly when it involves transformative technologies – can be daunting. Andy Macpherson offers some advice those considering implementing a smart factory strategy.

  17. 01/08/2021 Is digital transformation the key to evolving the manufacturing workforce?

    For manufacturers to attract the best talent, they need to adapt to their environment by making tactical investments in digital solutions, argues Jason Chester.

  18. 15/06/2021 Keeping an eye on the things that drive the IIoT

    Much of the excitement about the Industrial Internet of Things revolves around the data that can be generated. The ‘things’ that gather this data are often overshadowed. Suzanne Gill spoke to device vendors to get their thoughts on the value of ‘things.

  19. 10/05/2021 Convergence considerations

    Control Engineering Europe finds out what technologies and innovations are needed to make OT/IT convergence a reality for manufacturers.

  20. 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.