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02 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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08 August 2019

Lonza has selected Rockwell Automation for the turnkey implementation of the Lonza strategic vision of bringing the digital factory to nine former Capsugel facilities that manufacture drug capsules.

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02 October 2019

At this year’s PPMA Total the Carlo Gavazzi team will be on hand to discuss the latest technological innovations and advantages of IO-Link Sensors; illustrating increased availability of data, standardised wiring, remote configuration and monitoring as well as, simple device replacement.

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20 June 2019

Anybus Edge from HMS Networks is an innovative end-to-end solution for IIoT. Powered by the new HMS Hub, the solution brings true edge intelligence and versatile cloud connectivity to industrial equipment.

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01 July 2019

For enterprises looking to expand their decentralised infrastructure for digitalised plant and equipment Rittal and Innovo Cloud have a joint offering comprising ready-to-go edge infrastructure, cloud-native platform services and direct high-speed cloud connections to tier-3 data centres in Frankfurt.

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11 June 2019

Magic Software Enterprises, a global provider of end-to-end integration and low-code application development platforms solutions and IT consulting services, had announced general availability of its new data intelligence product, FactoryEye, built specifically for manufacturers.

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23 May 2019

The long term development partnership of Schaeffler and Bonfiglioli, a market leader in yaw and pitch drives for wind turbines, has led to the creation of a compact Industry 4.0 solution package. Schaeffler has combined two of its proven measurement systems – SmartCheck and TorqueSense – to create a new condition and torque monitoring system.

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FEATURES

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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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19 March 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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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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20 May 2019

Engineers and academics have been extolling the benefits of IT and OT convergence as far back as the early 1980s, but many businesses are still reluctant to adopt platforms that combine the two. Here, Martyn Williams, managing director of industrial software provider COPA-DATA UK, explains the advantages of IT and OT convergence.

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16 May 2019

Increasingly advanced automation using robotics, AGVs, smart machines and integrated logistics means that having a Smart Factory is becoming a necessity to remain competitive. However, none of this can happen without an effective means of carrying the data and control signals required to create an autonomous, interconnected, responsive and flexible factory. Thus, the real protagonists are industrial networks. John Browett, General Manager at CLPA Europe, looks at how the right industrial network can jumpstart your Smart Factory.

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01 April 2019

John Browett, General Manager of CLPA Europe, looks at how TSN can address the needs of Industry 4.0 and support manufacturers

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18 April 2019

Across the UK and around the world, both technology experts and the media have focused a great deal of attention on the Internet of Things (IoT). Some marvel at its ability to make the lives of consumers easier, while others worry that an increasingly digitally automised world will no longer need as many jobs in manufacturing and other sectors.

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25 February 2019

Ypsomed and Harting collaborate on development of Industry 4.0 digital control systems for retrofitting to plastic injection moulding machines

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14 February 2019

Global competition, shifting customer demands and a surge in digitalisation are just some of the trends changing the face of modern manufacturing. To keep up with this change of pace, many manufacturers are now starting out on their own Industry 4.0 journeys. But while there is no magic formula to this transformation, there are some common stumbling blocks which can be avoided

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20 February 2019

With the fourth industrial revolution now gathering speed, manufacturing and process managers often feel caught, as the saying goes, between the devil and the deep blue sea, writes Vladimir Obrazcov

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11 December 2018

Today’s smart wireless communication devices are increasingly being used in a wide variety of industrial applications where the potential productivity gains are huge, writes Martin Walder, VP Schneider Electric Industry

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21 August 2018

Research from Barclays Corporate Banking shows over half of manufacturers are reporting improved productivity thanks to the adoption of I4.0 technologies; yet two thirds state they are yet to experience a return on investment. Here, COPA-DATA UK's Lee Sullivan explains the steps manufacturers can take to boost ROI

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11 June 2018

John Inskip of Technique Services asks how motion control technology is changing to adapt to the fourth Industrial Revolution

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11 June 2018

Three experts share their tips on how to maximise OEE on food production pick and pack lines and explain why having the basics in place can lead to greater success during the transition towards Industry 4.0. Representing the end user viewpoint is Geoff Hann (MIET), engineering manager at Morrisons Thrapston manufacturing site; David Jahn, director at Brillopak looks at maintenance from a machine build perspective; and Dan Rossek from Omron reviews the latest technology to help streamline and imp

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03 May 2018

Industrial companies are taking Industry 4.0 concepts from the drawing board to the production floor. Rockwell Automation took advantage of the Cisco, Microsoft and ODVA presence at Hannover Messe to demonstrate how it can help companies accelerate this digital transformation and make Industrial IoT technologies more competitive

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22 August 2017

Steve Hughes, managing director of power quality specialist REO UK, explains how many farmers, especially those operating small and medium sized farms, might be overlooking a critical aspect of power quality in their automated livestock farming systems.

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10 July 2017

An evaluation of the current status for realising Industry 4.0 from Chris Evans Marketing & Operations Group Manager at Mitsubishi Electric - Automation Systems Division - UK

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SPONSORED CONTENT

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

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

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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

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

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

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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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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