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25 January 2021

SOFTING INDUSTRIAL Automation's SmartLink HW-DP provides controller-independent access to PROFIBUS DP networks. The compact tool can be integrated without affecting the operation of existing installations, enabling Industry 4.0 connectivity for new and existing PROFIBUS DP networks.

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18 January 2021

FARNELL HAS launched a new ebook “The Industry 4.0 Interviews 2020” featuring the views of global experts from Festo, Omega, Molex, Pansonic and Scheider Electric on the development of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and related technologies. The ebook provides insights for panel builders, systems integrators and designers, industrial and electronic engineers, including those involved in maintenance and repair.

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17 December 2020

ACCORDING TO research from A&O IT Group, the number of IoT/SCADA devices connected to the public internet without appropriate security measures in place is increasing, leaving these critical devices open to potential attack and hacking attempts.

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18 January 2021

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC has announced a new collaboration with Radiflow, a leading provider of OT cyber security solutions for industrial automation networks.

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19 November 2020

SUPPORTING COMPANIES across the energy and process sectors throughout the entire lifecycle of process safety management (PSM), ABB has launched the ABB Ability SafetyInsight suite of digital software applications.

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09 November 2020

STV ELECTRONIC has launched a smart digital I/O expansion module for its Raspberry Pi 3 B+ based DIN rail PC. The new I/O Module 16, which can be operated remotely from the system via RS-485, provides 4 digital inputs, 4 digital outputs, and 8 flexible interfaces, configurable either as digital input or digital output.

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18 January 2021

A NEW flexible, miniature charge amplifier with IO-Link, reported to be a world first from Kistler, complies with industrial communications networking standard (IEC 61131-9) and combines analogue and digital communication technology to pave the way for Industry 4.0.

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11 November 2020

SICK HAS launched a suite of Deep Learning apps and services to simplify machine vision quality inspection for challenging components, assemblies, surfaces or food produce, especially those that have previously defied automation and remained distinguishable only by human inspection.

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05 October 2020

LEADING UK advanced digital technology innovation centre, Digital Catapult has launched the Made Smarter Technology Accelerator, calling for medium and large manufacturing industry partners to participate. The programme aims to help manufacturers solve some of their key challenges, as well as fast-forward and shape the UK’s technology adoption directly into industry.

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21 September 2020

SWEDISH PROVIDER a of advanced analytics solutions for predictive operations, Viking Analytics, and Bharat Forge Kilsta AB, one of the world's largest forging suppliers, have begun collaborating in a data-driven production quality project.

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03 August 2020

Immersive software that enabled automotive and aerospace workers to make the rapid transition to building lifesaving ventilators will become accessible to UK manufacturers as the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) helps industry adopt augmented reality training solutions for reskilling and upskilling their workforces.

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06 July 2020

Atlas Copco has released a new version of its SmartLink remote monitoring system − SmartLink 2.0 – that gives air users complete, easily actionable IoT- driven insights, not just data, and early warnings from their compressed air system.

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11 May 2020

In his keynote presentation at IBM's Think Digital event, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna urged companies to build resiliency into their businesses and networks in response to the unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19.

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06 August 2020

AC Solutions has expanded its range of Industrial Data Communication products by becoming a Cisco Select Partner. This partnership allows MAC Solutions customers to access the entire Cisco product range.

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23 April 2020

The move towards digitalisation and reliance on data driven decisions coupled with an increase in cyber related crime means that Cyber Security has become extremely important in our emerging digital world. A Mitsubishi Electric webinar on the subject will take place on Thursday 23rd April 2020 from 10:30 to 11:30.

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23 April 2020

Aiming to help UK manufacturers improve the efficiency and output of their production operations, FANUC has unveiled its new Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform, FIELD (FANUC Intelligent Edge Link and Drive) system.

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22 April 2020

Available from Renovotec, Honeywell’s new RT10 rugged tablet has been designed for faster user adoption and optimum warehouse productivity, balancing ruggedness with lightweight design. It is built on Honeywell’s ‘Mobility Edge’ platform which future-proofs user investment through Android R and beyond and helps to speed deployment.

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24 February 2020

Infusion 4.0, a project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, shows how effective fiber-optic sensors are in monitoring the vacuum infusion process during the production of large composite components.

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24 February 2020

Nexus Industrial Memory, exclusive distributor of ATEK's Datakey products in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Scandinavia, is now supplying the new CryptoAuthentication line of memory tokens.

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23 January 2020

RS Components has announced availability of a new series of encapsulated switch-mode power supplies (SMPS), offering the smallest 3W AC/DC power solution available on the market.

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FEATURES

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23 February 2021

Incorporating machine learning or AI in the monitoring of industry assets is increasingly common, however, statistical modelling alone can be susceptible to false positives, cultural resistance and ineffective actions. Dr Marc Heggemann and Seth Tate explain why machine learning needs to be augmented to ensure a positive outcome, and how a properly integrated solution should be delivered ‎

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08 February 2021

IN CONTRAST to conventional technology, smart sensors can do more than just reliably monitor and send measurement values; they also provide relevant data that can be used to set process optimisation and efficiency gains in motion, asserts Peter Dietrich

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30 November 2020

SCIENCE FICTION has a long history of inspiring technology that we now use on a daily basis. The creators of Star Trek first envisioned sliding doors and cell phones back in the 1960s, while video calling was already being referenced in 1927 classic Metropolis. But what about manufacturing? Neil Ballinger from EU Automation, gives five examples of industrial automation technology that was once science fiction, but is now a reality.

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09 November 2020

WHILE THE adoption of AI-based solutions in the industrial sector is still in its infancy, the many advantages it provides mean that this will not be the case for much longer asserts Faustino Gomez

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10 September 2020

As the practice of digital twinning becomes mainstream, sensors have become intelligent tools in the management of engineering and business processes. So, what does this ‘new normal’ mean for every-day sensor users, as well as for machine designers? Neil Sandhu talks us through the opportunities.

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17 September 2020

SIEMENS DIGITAL Industries (Siemens DI) has helped Kemira, a global chemical manufacturer, achieve record breaking productivity levels at its Bradford plant.

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06 November 2020

Kieran Bennett looks at the latest communication protocol, IO-Link, and the advantages it offers for industrial process control

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03 September 2020

While the IoT introduces significant benefits, these same technologies may also be open to cyberattack, as cybercriminals seek out opportunities to hack into the critical infrastructure of connected production facilities. Indeed, in the IoT age every wireless-enabled product that is manufactured may also represent a potential threat to data security and privacy reports Joe Lomako

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06 August 2020

Chris Evans, Marketing & Operations Group Manager at Mitsubishi Electric, looks at why the future of network infrastructure balances edge and cloud capabilities.

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06 August 2020

For plastic medical device manufacturers, Industry 4.0 offers opportunities to improve competitiveness. One of the key emerging Industry 4.0 technologies, the digital twin, has the potential to drive dramatic increases in-process responsiveness, productivity and efficiency asserts Martin Gadsby

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03 July 2020

The lockdown and decrease in brick-and-mortar retail has brought blockchain to the forefront of business minds. For suppliers, a spike in online delivery has made traceability of orders and efficient automation of supply chains a necessity for survival, writes Rob Sinfield, Vice President Product, Sage Business Cloud X3

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03 July 2020

With connected solutions helping to ensure manufacturing transparency and flexibility as well as reliable operation, and Industry 4.0 increasing productivity at individual sites by up to 25 percent, it's little wonder that Bosch Rexroth has seen its associated sales increase from some 600 million euros in 2018 to over 750 million euros in 2019

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24 May 2020

When global leader in powder processing equipment, Hosokawa Micron Ltd (HML) wanted to invest in new, digitally smart solutions it turned to Siemens for the solution

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30 June 2020

With many organisations turning to rapidly evolving tools such as programmable automation controls and optimisation software, complexities such as communications latency and network security can be a challenge, writes Steve Ward

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06 July 2020

When the growing demand for smart-home solutions pushed Norwegian manufacturer CTM Lyng AS to its capacity limits, the company decided to transition to an integrated smart factory with E-Solutions for printing and placement as well as ASM software solutions. The result: increased throughput, flexibility and productivity.

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14 July 2020

In the future the digital twin will become a key component of industrial production. KHS already uses models to virtually map the machine and conveyor system commissioning process

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09 April 2020

Futuristic headsets programmed to enable skilled aerospace and automotive production line operatives to rapidly switch to the manufacture of 10,000 life-saving medical ventilators were rushed from the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in Rotherham to sites across the UK last week at the same time as its recently opened R&D facility in North Wales was turned into a production facility for the devices.

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24 March 2020

WLAN and Bluetooth have limited bandwidth, making conventional wireless communication problematic in the production environment. Addressing this, a team of researchers at Fraunhofer IOSB-INA in Lemgo is working with the Ostwestfalen-Lippe (OWL) University of Applied Sciences and Arts on solutions that involve machines in factory buildings communicating with one another using light pulses. The technology is not new, but now it needs to be adapted for use in industry.

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03 July 2020

It’s important to understand exactly what 5G is. First, it’s not an upgrade from 4G. It will usher in a new era in turbo-charged connectivity, and we’ll feel the impact in our daily lives. 5G isn’t just for smart phones, which will have greater capacity and perform much better. 5G is bigger than that as this article from Essentra Components explores

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21 April 2020

Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT) presents powerful opportunities for manufacturers to develop new competitive advantages. However, as systems and processes become digitised and interconnected, so cybercriminals are increasingly hacking into the critical infrastructure of connected production facilities, as Paul Taylor contends

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SPONSORED CONTENT

09 May 2017

H-Fang Brand Slewing Solutions. Cone Drive’s slewing drives employ precision motion technology that provides a large ratio in a single stage of gearing.

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25 August 2017

EPLAN Preplanning is CAE software for the planning and design of process automation for process-related machinery and plant. Starting from system overviews (P&IDs), system structures, process control points and data acquisition from sensors and actuators, a comprehensive machine and system documentation complements automatic creation of diverse reports.

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25 August 2017

EPLAN Fluid is an engineering tool for the automated design and documentation of circuits in fluid power installations in hydraulics, pneumatic's, cooling and lubrication, and complies fully with current standards such as ISO 1219.

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25 August 2017

Intuitive, flexible and easy to use, EPLAN Cogineer can be a central part of the design workflow, whether you take a function-based or machine-based approach. Your design method will not require any modification, it will simply become much faster.

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25 August 2017

EPLAN Electric P8 offers engineers a CAE software solution that automates the most time consuming electrical design tasks, providing a complete solution for the planning, documentation and control of electrical automation projects.

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06 November 2018

The new signal towers Modlight Pro deliver an extremely intense light output

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09 May 2017

Precise and powerful custom solutions. Cone Drive is the world leader in double-enveloping worm gear technology.

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25 August 2017

The EPLAN Data Portal is a collaborative web-based platform with major suppliers of electrical, mechanical, fluidic and pneumatic components – the number of collaborators is increasing constantly, but currently stands at over 196.

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09 May 2017

Accudrive Product Family. The breadth of products within the Accudrive product family, will exceed the most demanding needs in motion control applications.

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09 May 2017

Powerful, Clean Solutions with a Stainless Reputation. Cone Drive’s stainless steel precision motion gearboxes are designed for sterile manufacturing environments.

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