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09 September 2021

FOLLOWING THE announcement from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy that £53 million funding is being made available for UK manufacturers to boost competitiveness through digital technologies, an online event has been announced that aims to address the scope and possible effects of automation.

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19 August 2021

SHEFFIELD-BASED control and software systems integrator, Inspec Solutions has implemented a cutting edge Industry 4.0 digital production and plant level data gathering and analytic system for leading global rail fastening manufacturer, Pandrol.

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05 August 2021

FIVE NEW digital manufacturing research centres and projects to help supply chains become more productive are among recipients of £53m of new government funding to drive the development of the latest digital manufacturing technologies, Investment Minister Lord Grimstone has announced.

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18 May 2021

AN UNMANNED module to tackle sewer blockages and a digital system for mass-producing customised clothing are just two cutting-edge solutions from 14 startups selected for the Made Smarter Technology Accelerator programme.

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13 May 2021

GOOGLE CLOUD and Siemens have announced a new cooperation to optimise factory processes and improve productivity on the shop floor. Siemens intends to integrate Google Cloud’s leading data cloud and artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) technologies with its factory automation solutions to help manufacturers innovate for the future.

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18 March 2021

THE LATEST embedded devices for real-time, high-performance control of industrial automation applications with CC-Link IE TSN have been released by CLPA partner NXP Semiconductors. These devices, among the first to leverage Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) technology, provide next-generation functions and features for advanced Connected Industries applications.

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18 March 2021

COLLABORATION IS the key to powering forward the post-pandemic recovery and capitalising on the opportunity of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, industry leaders told the Made Smarter: journey to digital manufacturing conference.

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04 March 2021

OPTIMAL INDUSTRIAL Technologies will showcase the advantages of implementing Process Analytical Technology (PAT) with its industry-leading PAT knowledge management platform synTQ at the virtual IFPAC-2021.

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13 May 2021

WIRELESS SENSORS are offering design engineers reliable ways of detecting vibration, heat and other potentially damaging faults, including loss of pressure, in some of the most challenging industrial applications, however remote. Mark Jamson looks at the options

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03 March 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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07 May 2019

The cover of Raconteur.net's independent insert, as published in The Sunday Times edition of the UK newspaper, The Times showcases digital transformation in the manufacturing industry as an orchestra with a maestro at the helm – perform in concert, transform successfully. Choose to ignore these guiding directions and be exposed to a cacophony of cross-purposes noises, rather than a symphony.

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FEATURES

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01 September 2021

While for many occupations a suitable work environment requires no more than a desk, a PC and an Internet connection, maintenance engineers often require innovative technology. Neil Ballinger discusses the requirements of remote working maintenance engineers

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19 July 2021

One day in mid-December last year, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Bruno Gobbato walked into an operating room in Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil, put on a HoloLens 2 mixed-reality headset and prepared for surgery.

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01 July 2021

Noel Sheppard and Paola Hopwood discuss how manufacturers can realise the benefits of edge computing through network automation

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13 July 2021

Smart Factories leverage data generated throughout the manufacturing process to maximise responsiveness and optimise production. To unlock this potential companies need a knowledge management system to effectively gather, store, visualise and process data. Martin Gadsby reports

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05 July 2021

In the manufacturing sector, inspection is an essential function. It’s a visual check that ensures a product meets its intended function and appearance and delivers important benefits for both the manufacturer and customer. Mark Patrick takes a look at how AI can transform the process

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01 July 2021

JPB Système was one of the first companies in France to establish and run an Industry 4.0 production process. More recently, the company diversified its technology proposition to offer a disruptive solution that tracks the performance of manufacturing equipment to improve all-round production efficiency. Jocelyn Vecchio spoke to Smarter Futures about recent changes and challenges for companies like JPB, as well as why a fully connected factory floor is the way forward for any manufacturer seeking to fully realise the Industry 4.0 vision

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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