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AR and VR markets set for growth

ABI Research is forecasting that the Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) markets will grow by 60% and 44% from 2024 to 2030. Verticals poised for the largest ...
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Generative AI displays at Hannover Messe lacked a distinct future roadmap

Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) was a key theme of Hannover Messe 2024, with many demonstrations showing how copilots and AI assistants will enable faster and mor...
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Södra Cell orders advanced process control system for pulp production

ABB has won an order from Södra Cell to implement optimisation control for the pulp and paper manufacturer's mill in Värö, Sweden. ...

News Archive

  1. 13/05/2024 New study identifies GenAI is a top tech investment for manufacturers

    The results of Rockwell Automation’s annual ‘State of Smart Manufacturing Report’ revealed a focus on harnessing new and emerging technologies to build resiliency, improve quality, maximise workforce potential, and drive sustainable growth.

  2. 07/05/2024 Interoperability initiative aims to unlock IIoT insights at the edge

    Margo is a new open standard initiative for interoperability aims address key roadblocks to digital transformation. It is hosted by the Linux Foundation and driven by a founding group of industrial automation solution providers.

  3. 24/04/2024 Festo set to utilise PLCnext Technology open ecosystem

    It was announced this week at the Hannover Messe, that Festo will use PLCnext Technology, the open ecosystem for modern automation from Phoenix Contact, in future intelligent devices.

  4. 24/04/2024 Use-cases for Ethernet-APL in the process industry

    NAMUR (User Association of Automation Technology in Process Industries) and ZVEI (German Electro and Digital Industry Association) have jointly published a collection of Ethernet-APL use-cases in the process industry.

  5. 23/04/2024 FieldComm Group and FDT Group form a strategic collaboration

    FieldComm Group and FDT Group have announced a plan to create a single business aimed at advancing integration technology and harmonising control system applications across multiple protocol topologies supporting both process and factory automation.

  6. 22/04/2024 Mouser Electronics and Analog Devices offer perspectives on flexible manufacturing in new eBook

    Mouser Electronics, in collaboration with Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) have produced an e-book that focuses on how production facilities can achieve greater throughput, product quality, and cost-efficiency through a flexible manufacturing approach.

  7. 19/04/2024 Octopus inspires new suction mechanism for robots

    A new robotic suction cup which can grasp rough, curved and heavy stone, has been developed by scientists at the University of Bristol.

  8. 16/04/2024 Invertek Drives hits three million milestone

    Invertek Drives has recently celebrated producing its three millionth variable frequency drive (VFD), just three years after its two-million milestone.

  9. 16/04/2024 Strategic alliance aims to bring cognitive robots to manufacturing sector

    Neura Robotics and Omron Robotics and Safety Technologies have announced a strategic partnership which aims to introduce cognitive robots into factory automation, leveraging advanced AI capabilities to enhance efficiency, flexibility, and safety.

  10. 07/04/2024 HMS Networks and Red Lion Controls join forces

    HMS Networks has finalised the acquisition of Red Lion Controls from Spectris Group Holdings Limited. The two companies are now one entity and will start working together on common strategies and product offerings.

  11. 01/04/2024 Lostock Sustainable Energy Plant specifies distributed control system solution

    A Valmet DNA Automation System has been specified for use at the Lostock Sustainable Energy Plant (LSEP), which is currently under construction in Northwich, in the UK.

  12. 22/03/2024 New standard released for open, modular process control systems

    PICMG, the consortium for open hardware specifications, has released of InterEdge, a modular architecture for process control systems (PCS).

  13. 22/03/2024 Data problems are stifling innovation and time to market

    Major challenges with data availability and quality are impeding the roll-out of advanced technology such as AI, automation, and digital twins in manufacturing, according to the findings of the ‘Advanced Manufacturing Report’ report from Hexagon.

  14. 15/03/2024 European provider of industrial liquid bulk products and gases joins EEMUA

    Rubis Terminal has become the most recent company to join EEMUA, the international membership body for companies that own and operate industrial facilities or that are significant purchasers or users of engineering equipment and materials.

  15. 08/03/2024 Emerson brings its Boundless Automation vision to life

    The amount of data coming out of the field is increasing. However, this data is not always being put to good use. One of the big problems facing organisations today is how to visualise data from a variety of different systems in a common context to enable it to be applied to big problems such as reliability and sustainability.

  16. 01/03/2024 WHITEPAPER: Artificial Intelligence at the Edge - Exploring Opportunities and Challenges

    AI requires a foundation of specialized hardware and software for writing machine learning algorithms, together with optimized platforms for edge inference to apply the results of the trained models at scale in a cost-effective way. As a leading provider of cutting-edge technology solutions, Advantech has developed a comprehensive range of AI-based AOI solutions to satisfy the needs of diverse industries.

  17. 29/02/2024 Researchers make steam-based hydrogen production breakthrough

    Researchers at Robert Gordon University (RGU) have designed a tubular cell that can withstand high temperatures which will help cut costs as well as moves toward greener forms of energy.

  18. 22/02/2024 HyperCOG: The next steps for a smart factory revolution?

    The EU-funded HyperCOG project has come to a successful end by delivering an industrial cyber-physical system that does away with traditional hierarchical information systems.

  19. 22/02/2024 Threats to critical infrastructure are becoming more sophisticated

    The latest Nozomi Networks Labs OT & IoT Security Report found that network anomalies and attacks were the most prevalent threat to OT and IoT environments. Vulnerabilities within critical manufacturing also surged 230% – a cause for concern as threat actors have far more opportunities to access networks and cause these anomalies.

  20. 15/02/2024 Nokia launches OT-compliant Generative AI solution for connected workers

    Nokia has launched MX Workmate, a suite of operational technology (OT) compliant tools, designed to make it easier for industrial workers to interact with industrial machines.