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From manual labour to collaborative automation: Step into the February 2024 issue of DPA!

02 February 2024

This month, we explore the crucial topics of Sensors & Transducers, Enclosures & Panel Products and Machine Building & Safety, and give you a special supplement on IIoT & Smart Manufacturing.

It was during the 1990s that Publisher Andrew Quenault first heard about inverter drives and, as a young, impressionable media rep, learnt how this piece of kit would change automation and conserve huge amounts of energy. One of the prominent companies of that period was Control Techniques (CT), based in Powys. Join Andrew as he travels back to the company 30 years later to see how it, and the industry as a whole, has changed in that time (p. 4).

Meanwhile, the number of potential uses for cobots in production processes continues to grow. Our cover story explains how you can go from manual labour to collaborative automation, using a recent example from Finland, where OMRON cobots are being used to speed up and improve the production capacity of laser marking machines (p. 26).

Finally, in the world of electrical infrastructure, the notion of outdoor installations often comes with a misconception – a belief that once equipment is placed outside, nature will regulate its temperature. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth...(p. 18)

Other key stories include: 
• Celebrating 50 years of British innovation at Control Techniques (p. 32)
• How AI is boosting the power of robotic solutions (p. 10)
• Video of the Month: Keeping people and machines safe (p. 37)
• Try before you buy: Why you should consider hiring machinery (p. 30)
• Opening a window to smarter plant data (p. 12)
• Laser profile scanners look into the future of composite manufacturing (p. 16)

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