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Is a Cobot Really What You Need?
June 22, 2018

Is a Cobot Really What You Need?

By Nigel Smith, TM Robotics
Collaborative robots (cobots), machines that work harmoniously alongside humans, account for 3% of this market, but will reach 34% by 2025. This article explains what manufacturers need to understand before they jump on the cobot bandwagon, as this investment may not be as low-risk as it first appears.

Need to Speed Up OPC UA Development? Use a Framework
June 21, 2018

Need to Speed Up OPC UA Development? Use a Framework

By Bob McIlvride, Skkynet Cloud Systems
SDKs tend to be collections of reference implementations, wrappers, helper classes, and sample applications aimed at giving you a head-start for building your UA app. Developers with experience in OPC UA find these tools indispensable. The problem is, in the end, they still need to build it.

Examining the Role of Women in Engineering's History and Future
June 19, 2018

Examining the Role of Women in Engineering's History and Future

By Helen Marston, Cressall
There are several women in our past that have changed the face of engineering forever, being highly praised for their skills and expertise. This article discusses the role of women in engineering throughout history.

Exploring the World of Virtual Commissioning
June 19, 2018

Exploring the World of Virtual Commissioning

By Robert Glass, ABB
Industry 4.0 continues to open up new opportunities across food and beverage manufacturing. Virtual commissioning is one of these key technologies. This article explores the concept of virtual commissioning and how system testing can benefit the food industry.

Safe and Sound: Is your smart factory secure?
June 12, 2018

Safe and Sound: Is your smart factory secure?

Obtaining clear guidance for securing your smart factory isn’t easy to come by. This article discusses smart factory security and what manufacturers should consider when protecting their facility.

Women in Engineering: Debunking myths ahead of INWED 2018
June 12, 2018

Women in Engineering: Debunking myths ahead of INWED 2018

By Emma Cygan, Pailton Engineering
The theme for International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) 2018 is raising the bar. However, perhaps it's time to use this bar to quash a few misconceptions instead. This article will go in depth in today's engineering environment to do just this.

Automation and the Drive in Productivity
June 12, 2018

Automation and the Drive in Productivity

By Scott Fawcett, Essentra Components
The integration of digitisation and data exchange into the manufacturing process has led to the rapid growth of what is known as smart factories. These facilities, which incorporate smart planning, smart machines and smart data, are completely changing traditional manufacturing processes.

Monitoring and Managing the Unpredictable: 3 challenges for renewable energy
June 11, 2018

Monitoring and Managing the Unpredictable: 3 challenges for renewable energy

By Alan Binning, COPA-DATA UK
Renewables are set to be the fastest-growing source of electrical energy generation in the next five years. This article explores three common issues for renewables — managing demand, combining distributed systems and reporting.

Next-Gen Industrial Communications As a Tool to Solve Networking Problems
June 08, 2018

Next-Gen Industrial Communications As a Tool to Solve Networking Problems

By Benson Hougland, Opto 22
Traditional industrial networking methods have proved workable but difficult to implement. The next generation of communication technologies may work to ease implementation while addressing security concerns.

Putting the AI into Maintenance
June 07, 2018

Putting the AI into Maintenance

By Sean Robinson, Novotek UK & Ireland
Over the past five years, the industrial sector has begun to see the value in digitalisation and has invested more in adopting it. This article explains how plant managers can make proactive maintenance even more effective with machine learning.

Digital Transformation for the Service Enterprise
June 06, 2018

Digital Transformation for the Service Enterprise

By Vivek Joshi, Entytle
The Digital Revolution has already disrupted media, finance, consumer products, healthcare, and other sectors. Manufacturing leaders can’t (and shouldn’t) escape it.

Automating the Food and Drink Industry
June 04, 2018

Automating the Food and Drink Industry

By Nigel Smith, TM Robotics
Many industries have already made the jump to automated processes. However, it’s only been in recent years that the food and beverage industry has begun to truly explore what automation and robotic technology has to offer.

Digitalizing Your Business Ahead of 2030
June 01, 2018

Digitalizing Your Business Ahead of 2030

By George Walker, Novotek
Plans to integrate digitalization across the globe have led many governments to set-out initiatives to accelerate the rate of adoption over the next 10 to 20 years. This article explains why businesses should be looking to digitalize their systems sooner rather than later.

How Oil & Gas Operators Are Investing for Innovation
May 31, 2018

How Oil & Gas Operators Are Investing for Innovation

By Stephany Romanow, Industry Consultant
Because of the ever-changing business environment, O&G operators can no longer thrive, or even survive, by relying solely on yesterday’s technologies. They must reinvent themselves to be competitive within the marketplace and remain attractive to investors.

5 Tips for Choosing Tablet Computers for Industrial Environments
May 29, 2018

5 Tips for Choosing Tablet Computers for Industrial Environments

By Christopher Ealahan, Teguar Computers
The factory floor can be an unforgiving place for equipment, especially when it comes to electronics. Very few of these devices make it out of the plant intact or have a long operational life. Here are five factors that any industrial user should look for in their search for the right tablet computer.

Sharing Industrial Cybersecurity Guidance Across Sectors
May 25, 2018

Sharing Industrial Cybersecurity Guidance Across Sectors

By Eric C. Cosman, ARC Advisory Group
Recently, there have been several efforts to apply and adapt standards developed for one sector or industry to others. ARC Advisory Group expects this trend to continue as industry groups, suppliers, and asset owners strive to optimize their response.

 Retrofitting Cybersecurity
May 25, 2018

Retrofitting Cybersecurity

By Robin Whitehead, Boulting Technology
Many systems that have been retrofitted for compatibility with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are not well protected. This article explains the top considerations to ensure cybersecurity when retrofitting a system.

Cutting Out the Middleman: Will ERP remove the need for manufacturing execution systems?
May 24, 2018

Cutting Out the Middleman: Will ERP remove the need for manufacturing execution systems?

By Jakob Björklund, IFS
Manufacturers are beginning to see the value in integrating business software such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). However specialist Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) often do the same job as these supporting solutions, acting as an unnecessary middleman. This article asks the hard questions about whether MES is necessary in many industrial situations.

Is the Medical Device Regulation a Threat to Additive Manufacturing?
May 23, 2018

Is the Medical Device Regulation a Threat to Additive Manufacturing?

By Bryan Austin, Renishaw
the European Union’s (EU’s) new Medical Device Regulation (MDR) could drastically impact the way that medical devices are made in the EU, particularly those that are produced using additive manufacturing (AM). This article provides advice on how companies in the additive manufacturing industry should handle the MDR.

Honeywell helps Finnish waste plant enhance control room technology
May 23, 2018

Honeywell helps Finnish waste plant enhance control room technology

In addition to the Experion Orion Console, the Leppävirta site will implement Honeywell’s Field Device Manager, which uses smart instrumentation to perform device configuration and management capabilities.