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03 March 2021

ABB IS closing the gap between factory floor electric motors and smart factories. Enabling real-time optimisation and predictive maintenance, the company’s new Novolink smart device modules for AF contactors are fully compatible with B&R PLCs and Automation Studio, the integrated software environment used by many advanced machine builders.

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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 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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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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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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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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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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15 May 2019

Here Sophie Hand, UK country manager at industrial parts supplier EU Automation, explains the universal language of automation equipment – OPC UA.

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11 June 2019

Seamless communication between cooling units and associated cloud-based systems is opening up opportunities for new applications.  Essential to these applications are IoT-capable devices such as the cooling units and chillers in the Rittal Blue e+ range.

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15 April 2019

German high-tech company RoboticsX, which specialises in advanced software for industrial robotics and automation, has launched a new industrial intelligence solution.

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27 March 2019

Harting has developed a number of innovative, targeted connectivity solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The company started the process of standardising new interface standards with the ix Industrial Ethernet connector concept in 2016, and today this device enables manufacturers to design products up to 40% smaller.

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20 February 2019

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity company, Real-Time Innovations (RTI), has announced the newest release of its Connext product suite, Connext 6, which includes the first connectivity software designed to accelerate the development and deployment of highly autonomous systems.

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04 December 2018

With the launch of its Telematic Data Collector (TDC) gateway system, SICK has unlocked the power of data collected by multiple sensors in automated production environments and delivered it to the fingertips of engineers for real-time monitoring, analysis and alarms.

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13 November 2018

Leading industrial systems integrator, Boulting Technology has announced it has joined the MindSphere Partner Program, as Boulting continues to develop and deliver powerful applications and digital services to its growing client base. 


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01 December 2018

Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity company, has announced the newest release of its Connext product suite, Connext 6.

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13 August 2018

Underlining its commitment to Industry 4.0 readiness for improved manufacturing efficiencies, Macsa ID UK – a newly established division of Barcelona-based laser coding, marking and scoring equipment manufacturer, Macsa ID – is highlighting the benefits of its integra modular software for easy integration of its machines with other key devices on the production line.

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18 June 2018

In the Smart Factory with its highly flexible production lines sensors play a key role in the system, collecting status information for the machine directly in-place and in real-time to create a virtual representation of the physical world.

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FEATURES

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02 March 2021

THE DYNAMIC nature of the Healthcare world – and especially the impact of the coronavirus pandemic – has driven an even greater need for clinicians to have access to all patient information in real time, from anywhere. Interoperability and ensuring this information is safe and secure are absolute prerequisites.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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26 June 2017

Factory digitalisation will significantly increase productivity; networking machines enables processes that can be evaluated and then optimised using data in company-wide IT systems. The TE Connectivity (TE) plant in Waidhofen is proof that this is not just a dream for the future

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