Industry 4.0

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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.
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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.
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The pandemic effect

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


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 16/02/2021 What could the AIoT offer industry?

    Control Engineering Europe spoke to industry experts to find out more about AIoT and what opportunities it might offer in industrial applications.

  10. 15/12/2020 Digitise to survive!

    With a perfect storm of labour shortages and the Covid-19 pandemic, Suzanne Gill finds out whether the importance of digitalisation has increased, to help ensure more resilient and robust food production processes. 

  11. 20/10/2020 Digitalisation: Where are we now?

    Suzanne Gill looks at the effect of the current global pandemic on the manufacturing digitalisation journey.

  12. 13/10/2020 Addressing global megatrends with seamless connectivity

    Notwithstanding the current COVID crisis, other megatrends are having, and will have, an even greater effect on the manufacturers of the future. Nigel Dawson from Festo SE & Co KG discusses how these opportunities can be exploited.

  13. 22/09/2020 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.

  14. 06/07/2020 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. 

  15. 01/06/2020 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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. 

  20. 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.