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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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05 March 2020

Leader in machine vision and industrial barcode reading, Cognex Corporation, has announced the newest release of its In-Sight Explorer software featuring support for the OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) standard.

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24 February 2020

SICK has extended its Sensor Integration Machine (SIM) family with the launch of two high-performance, one-box, processing hubs that fuse decentralised, multi-sensor co-operation with field-to-cloud connectivity as part of Industry 4.0.

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10 January 2020

FANUC’s open industrial IoT platform, called ‘FIELD system’, evaluates data from machines and systems centrally. The system can connect production machines of all manufacturers by means of a local network topology, enabling comprehensive data analysis of the entire process line. In this infrastructure, apps from FANUC and from third-party suppliers are used. Now igus has developed a smart plastics app for the new system.

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10 January 2020

ABB Robotics has launched the third generation of it PickMaster robotic software for vision-guided random flow picking and packing applications for the digital Factory of the Future. The new PickMaster Twin software is equipped with digital twin technology for the first time, to shorten commissioning times from days to hours and cut changeover periods from hours to minutes.

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06 November 2019

Leader in device visibility and control, Forescout Technologies is reported to be transforming enterprise-wide network segmentation with the launch of a new cloud-based offering.

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16 October 2019

Wieland Electric’s HQ in Bamberg, Germany is using optical data transfer for its high quality electronic components production line for transmission of data to the machine controller and for the collection of operating data between LiFi sender and receiver.

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16 October 2019

The latest condition-based monitoring solutions offer a predictive approach to production and process plant maintenance, helping ensure asset performance is optimised, whilst keeping downtime to a minimum and providing live visibility of machine status. This encompasses primary assets and wear components such as motors, fans, pumps and gearboxes.

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16 October 2019

Analog Devices has launched a simple power solution that maximises efficiency and minimises electromagnetic (EM) emissions of motion systems as customers migrate to higher density automation. The ADuM4122, an isolated, dual-drive strength output driver that uses iCoupler technology, empowers designers to harness the benefits of higher efficiency power switch technologies.

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21 October 2019

MAC Solutions has been appointed preferred partner in the UK, Ireland and France for distribution of the OPC Router from inray Industriesoftware.

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09 September 2019

Schneider Electric is offering the chance to win an Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Secure Asset Connection Starter Pack. The pack offer a solution for machine builders and end users seeking integrated asset-to-cloud connectivity, as well as cybersecure end-to-end remote access to program and monitor other control equipment.

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FEATURES

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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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04 September 2020

Kieran Bennett looks at the latest communication protocol, IO-Link, and the advantages it offers for industrial process control One of the more recent communications protocols to become established

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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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25 February 2020

At the beginning of new year and a new decade, many companies are wondering which technologies they should be monitoring in 2020 and beyond. Automation and robotics expert, Omron, has identified the most important trends and developments over the coming year.

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03 January 2020

Applying new technology to a physical process or manufacturing system is an essential part of progress, however the practical side of implementing the latest Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Smart Technology solutions is bringing its own unique challenges. Chris Evans looks at the issues

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05 September 2019

Research company Gartner predicts that half of large industrial companies will be using digital twins to improve productivity by 2021. Jonathan Wilkins, director at industrial automation parts supplier EU Automation, explains the important factors that manufacturers should consider when building a digital twin.

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21 October 2019

In the digital age, what is the best way to grow a business? Adopting the newest and best technologies, of course. For this reason, enterprises and manufacturers in the UK have ventured into Industry 4.0

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SPONSORED CONTENT

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

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

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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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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

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

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

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 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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