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31 October 2023

A DEDICATED carbon capture pilot plant will continue to train the net-zero workforce, and engineers and scientists of the future, after ABB and Imperial College London signed a 10-year contract to extend their successful partnership. The plant is the only one of its kind in an academic institution in the world.

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01 May 2023

WITH THE Hydraulics for You (H4U) software platform and the ctrlX AUTOMATION toolkit, Bosch Rexroth has transferred the control functions of hydraulics, which are traditionally hardware-agnostic, into hardware-independent software modules. This enables the use of apps to access the functions.

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17 January 2022

DRAWING ON its combined control, motion, vision and robotics expertise, OMRON has developed the Robotic Integrated Controller (RIC) – a control platform with the ‘brainpower’ to coordinate personalised FMCG production. The essence of this concept is the ability to empower consumers to self-select the combination of products they want and in the pack formats and sizes they want.

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29 October 2021

REPORTED TO enable powerful automation, the MD7 system from Leuze is easy to integrate with IO-Link hubs providing cost-effective way for users to integrate additional digital sensors into the system as required and extend the system in a flexible and economical manner. This helps ensure that users benefit from consistently transparent data and processes.

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27 April 2020

Mitsubishi Electric’s MELSEC iQ-R PLC now offers an innovative safety module option which provides the performance and integrity of a separate safety PLC but without the added cabinet space.

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24 April 2020

Thorite, the UK’s largest supplier of compressed air products and fluid power systems, has supplied several Real-Time Inflation (RTI) systems to Icarus Training Systems, which provides high-quality aviation training products for cabin crew training.

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24 April 2020

New from Sick, the SIG200 PROFINET Sensor Integration Gateway is the first in a family of intelligent Industry 4.0 gateways designed to work as both IO-Link Masters and small, distributed control systems in one.

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16 July 2018

Rotork has supplied fully automated pneumatic control systems on high capacity biomass rail freight wagons supporting the decarbonisation project at Lynemouth Power Station in Northumberland.

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07 March 2018

Fanuc UK has launched the latest, upgraded version of its intelligent 3D simulation software for robot motion control.

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06 March 2018

ABB has won an order from Keppel Seghers Pte to supply complete electrical, instrumentation, automation and control systems for Singapore’s fourth desalination plant, the Keppel Marina East Desalination Plant.

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18 September 2017

At Motek 2017 (Hall 7, stand 7420), Omron is presenting holistic automation solutions that allow manufacturing companies to achieve sustainable process optimisation in handling, intralogistics, and manufacturing.

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21 August 2017

Intelligent manufacturing and logistics systems control specialist Red Ledge has joined forces with advanced sortation company Böwe Systec and Stockrail International which has a 30-year materials handling track record, to launch a series of fully integrated and automated supply chain systems that improve user performance by an average 250%, based on early reports from manufacturing and logistics industry users say Red Ledge.

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20 July 2017

Harland Simon is extending its established upgrade solutions for Automatic Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS) controls to a wider market of automatic warehouse operators.

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03 February 2017

Red Lion Controls' multi-carrier 4G LTE Sixnet series RAM 6000 and 9000 industrial cellular RTUs have earned NEMA TS2 section 2 compliance, which validates industrial equipment for use in Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) applications.

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12 August 2016

ABB will showcase a complete integrated automation demonstration featuring a range of products from its robotics, machinery controls and automation portfolios at PPMA Total.

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02 December 2015

When automation OEM, Newtech wanted to design a new ultrasonic cutting machine for the bakery industry, it turned to Mitsubishi Electric for a fast, efficient, flexible and clean robotic solution. The result is an innovative machine design that can cut cakes to the highest levels of precision, working flexibly for different portion sizes and quantities, and eliminating problems of damaged product.

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24 June 2015

New from Rockwell Automation, OptiSIS solution gives industrial operators a pre-engineered safety instrumented system that can help ease deployment and reduce lead times for small and midsized process applications.

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02 December 2014

Rockwell Automation has added new virtualisation, batch management and integrated motor control capabilities to its PlantPAx process automation system. With the latest system release, Rockwell Automation extends the capabilities of its modern distributed control system (DCS) platform to simplify the system’s design, deployment, operation and maintenance.

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12 August 2014

Mitsubishi Electric Europe will be exhibiting at RWM 2014 – the resource efficiency and waste management show, at the NEC, Birmingham, 16th-18th September 2014.

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12 August 2014

Stemmer Imaging will be highlighting its extensive range of vision solutions for the processing and packaging industries at the PPMA Show. There will be demonstrations of portion control, high speed label inspection and the inspection of fill levels in opaque bottles. 

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FEATURES

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19 October 2023

THE TREND toward hyperconverged infrastructures is also overtaking the manufacturing and automation industry. The new Siemens SIMATIC IPC RS-828A servers combine the reliability and quality of rugged industrial PCs with the high performance of data center servers based on AMD Embedded EPYC technology. Compact and with an integrated high-performance cooling system, they are suited for installation in standard control cabinets with depths of 800mm.

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28 July 2022

Delivering next-level flexibility and interconnectivity for traction power, a remote telemetry solution will help to ensure smooth operations at London Euston. David Bean reports

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17 February 2022

Vibhoosh Gupta explains what constitutes a ‘true’ industrial edge controller, and describes the key factors that users should examine when implementing such devices.

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15 December 2021

That is the question Ian Manning addresses when he looks at how centralised and decentralised automation models work

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03 December 2020

ROCKWELL AUTOMATION recently marked the first decade if its PlantPAx modern distributed control system (DCS) with PlantPAx Release 5.0, which features improvements in scalability as well as providing easier plantwide information access for data-driven decision-making across facilities and enterprises. It has also added new controllers and workflows to streamline projects and reduce engineering effort.

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19 October 2015

Zweifel Pomy-Chips near Zurich uses Pilz PSS 4000 automation systems to monitor and control the automation and safety functions on nine upgraded packaging lines for potato crisps.

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23 June 2014

By linking PLCs with PC-based data acquisition and analysis, shops that fabricate customsed products can achieve better consistency and quality, explains Eamonn Walsh, chairman and managing director at Brainboxes

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07 January 2014

Since the development of the first industrial robot by George Devol and Joseph in 1959, which was controlled by a programme on a magnetic drum, robots and their controllers have come a long way. However, one thing remains the same – the robot would be useless without its ‘brain’, the controller.

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23 December 2013

The food and beverage processing industries develop and evolve at a pace that some manufacturers would find astonishing. Where its continuous development techniques lead, others often follow. For Simon Garbett of Gemba Solutions and John Rowley of Mitsubishi Electric this is an area of expertise.

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11 September 2013

What does ‘convergence’ mean to automation? Much like the evolution of the automobile, automation will embrace industry-standard hardware and software in a convergence between the automation and general computing worlds. Andy Pye reviews a detailed white paper from B&R Automation which considers the implications and historical trends and the role of OMAC.

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17 January 2013

As the cost-to-performance ratio for electronics continues to fall, industrial controllers have become more of a commodity item. One drawback of this trend is that controllers invariably provide fixed and inflexible electrical interfaces, says Norman Carnt, technical manager, Finder

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16 November 2012

Rockwell Automation has expanded its Midrange system portfolio of scalable Allen‑Bradley servo drives, variable frequency drives, industrial Ethernet switches, and unified engineering and design to help machine and equipment builders reduce cost and complexity.

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29 October 2012

The robot arms on Triaflex, a new packaging machinery innovation, are all controlled by a single Indramotion MLC motion logic controller from Bosch Rexroth

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SPONSORED CONTENT

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18 April 2017

Helping you meet your production needs Unlike conventional service and support offerings, FANUC works on the premise that because every customer’s needs are different

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18 April 2017

From the smallest to the strongest industrial robot in the world With more than 100 models, FANUC offers the widest range of industrial robots in the world.

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18 April 2017

All your parts online That part you need is just a few clicks away. Register now for full 24/7 access to a huge selection of original equipment parts straight from the manufacturer.

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01 July 2020

The ultimate switching solution

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11 August 2017

Digital readouts (DRO) from HEIDENHAIN increase productivity, save time and provide higher precision and greater operating ease.

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12 January 2016

Cost-effective and Configured to Order eloFlex Safety Controller from elobau

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18 April 2017

Upskill with FANUC and improve your productivity At the FANUC Academy we’re passionate about automation – and love nothing more than conveying that passion.

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11 August 2017

From the simple and compact TNC 320 to the sophisticated TNC 640, there’s a HEIDENHAIN machine tool control for any application.

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18 April 2017

Boost productivity with your own personal maintenance strategy Regardless of what you manufacture, ensuring your machines exhibit maximum reliability is essential to your bottom line.

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18 April 2017

Fast, accurate electrical discharge machining Where wire EDM is concerned, accuracy has traditionally come at the cost of speed.

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18 April 2017

The all-round CNC milling machine The new generation ROBODRILL vertical machining centre promises unrivalled quality and precision at great hourly rates.

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12 January 2016

The eloProg Modular Safety Controller from elobau – Flexible for Every Application

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18 April 2017

Short cycle times, consistent parts quality FANUC ROBOSHOT takes state-of-the-art CNC precision technology from turning and milling and applies it to electric injection moulding.

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11 August 2017

Workpiece touch probes are essential to series production, tool making and mould making.

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15 February 2013

More than 50 brushless dc motors, gearheads and controllers from maxon motor are responsible for the humanoid's precision movements.

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