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More Control & Automation features

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    Cyber-security in the emerging digital world(29/11/2018)

    It seems a long time ago now since various malware attacks on the operational layer changed the security landscape and highlighted vulnerabilities in the de-facto automation architecture. However, as we move along the road towards Smart Manufacturing with a view to improving efficiency, productivity and reliability of supply using the principles of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), the subject of cyber-security is becoming arguably even more important.

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    How a partnership with ABB allowed UK boiler manufacturer to digitalise(05/11/2018)

    As more businesses digitalise, true competitive advantage lies in making alliances with large technology companies to gain the most benefit from complete digital solutions.

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    i-Automation provides the path to perfect production(25/10/2018)

    To assist manufacturers, Omron has launched its i-Automation programme, which is intended to provide manufacturers with a consistent, reliable way of ensuring they can meet both consumer demands and the changing needs of industry.

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    AVEVA powers smart manufacturing at Schneider Electric(12/10/2018)

    AVEVA announced Schneider Electric’s selection of AVEVA software solutions to drive the company’s Smart Factory initiative, as part of its digital transformation journey. Benefits include reduced downtime, improved efficiency and lower costs.

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    SPS IPC Drives 2018: the exhibition for smart and digital automation(03/10/2018)

    Some 1,700 automation providers from all over the world are expected in Nuremberg on 27 - 29 November 2018.

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    Food & beverage lines benefit from AI at the edge(27/09/2018)

    Remember when you had only a couple of flavours of your favourite snack and mainly the same package size? Well, those times are long gone. Consumer demands have evolved over time making food & beverage (F&B) manufacturers re-think their processes to be more flexible and adaptive to changes in those trends. To cope with that, the F&B industry has experienced a continuous increase in the automation content and in the amount of data taken from the factory floor known as “sensorisation”.

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    How to give your industrial platform a real edge(03/09/2018)

    According to a recent Gartner report, “By 2022, more than 50 percent of Industrial IoT analytics will be performed at the edge, up from less than 10 percent today.” With this growth comes the need for easier ways to ensure the availability of applications that run critical operations at the edge and collect and process data.

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    Better connected automation(03/09/2018)

    Connectivity is now a major consideration for the world of industrial automation. The rise of the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 has led to greater understanding of the importance of communication between equipment and systems that make up a complete automation solution.

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    Adaptable building controls create best in class learning environment(29/08/2018)

    Multiple building services at a London free school are being managed from a single control system, following the use of modular I/O from WAGO.

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    New thermoformer is big on space-saving(12/07/2018)

    Compact automation products from Mitsubishi Electric have helped create a revolutionary new space-saving thermo-packaging machine.

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    Robot arms are getting everywhere…(05/07/2018)

    Recent developments are opening new opportunities and catapulting the industrial robot arm into a journey around the production environment.

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    Routeco LIVE made a successful return!(01/06/2018)

    Routeco LIVE made a successful comeback with three one-day events that took place across the country. Read the highlights and catch up on what you might have missed as the DPA & Connectivity Editor takes you through the event!

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    Smart solutions for Industry 4.0(08/05/2018)

    Most manufacturing companies are constantly balancing the desire to improve production against the return on the investment required to achieve that improvement. Industry 4.0 has the promise of facilitating great improvements. However, as with many emerging technologies, there is a shortage of expertise and experience.

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    Ready Engineer One(08/05/2018)

    The computer games generation was always a refence to teenagers…well it was in the ‘80s and '90s (to save you looking it up, the ZX Spectrum was first launched in the UK in 1982). It’s no surprise then that most engineers working now are comfortable with digital interface technology and that the latest developments in Augmented Reality have quickly been applied to making improvements on the factory floor.

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    Keep making the tablets(08/05/2018)

    This article shows how valuable manufacturing production line downtime in the pharmaceutical industry can be reduced by ensuring predictive maintenance of tablet making machinery using Harting’s MICA industrial computing platform.