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Are Cobots Inherently Safe?
January 23, 2020

Are Cobots Inherently Safe?

Nigel Smith, TM Robotics
Collaborative robots, often referred to as cobots, have been heavily marketed as unguarded and easy to integrate machines that can work seamlessly alongside human workers. However, this doesn’t necessarily make these machines exempt from the safety regulations associated with regular industrial robots.

The Robots Are Coming: Are your employees ready?
January 21, 2020

The Robots Are Coming: Are your employees ready?

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
As more sectors embrace manufacturing’s robotic revolution, it raises more questions about how to correctly deploy the technology. This article discusses three crucial steps to alleviating human resistance to robot deployment.

Getting Your Money's Worth: Reducing the cost of owning a motor
January 15, 2020

Getting Your Money's Worth: Reducing the cost of owning a motor

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
An electric motor is a device that converts electrical energy into rotary kinetic energy, powering many diverse processes like a drive, fan, pump or conveyor belt. Each process requires a specific motor, with specialised characteristics for each unique function. This article explores the best ways of reducing costs related to running a motor.

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Exploring Technology in the Food and Beverage Industry
January 08, 2020

Exploring Technology in the Food and Beverage Industry

By Darcy Simonis, ABB food and beverage
Many manufacturers are turning to new technology to help them keep up. This article discusses the technology being used and the impact it is having on the industry.

What’s That in SCADA Claus’ Sack?
December 20, 2019

What’s That in SCADA Claus’ Sack?

By Sean Robinson, Novotek UK and Ireland
As with most manufacturers, much of the success comes from choosing the right tools for the job. So, what will be on your industrial wish list this Christmas?

Modernizing Non-Technical Industries with Low Power Wide Area IoT Connectivity Services
December 18, 2019

Modernizing Non-Technical Industries with Low Power Wide Area IoT Connectivity Services

By Ken Lynch, Senet
Whether it is delivering propane for residential heat, optimizing industrial operations, reducing energy consumption in cities or reducing water loss through smart metering and water management solutions, an entire ecosystem of partners has the opportunity to provide limitless societal and economic benefit, delivering on the ultimate promise of the Internet of Things.

Nanotechnology and the Future of Manufacturing
December 16, 2019

Nanotechnology and the Future of Manufacturing

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
Nanotechnology involves the manipulation of matter on the atomic and molecular scale —structures between one and 100 nanometres in size. This article discusses three exciting applications of nanotechnology in manufacturing.

The Death of the Family Album: Specifying the right cleanroom environment
December 11, 2019

The Death of the Family Album: Specifying the right cleanroom environment

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
It is vital to understand how cleanrooms truly operate if you are to get the best out of yours. This article explains the key considerations when specifying a cleanroom.

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Inside Augmented Intelligence
December 06, 2019

Inside Augmented Intelligence

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
Augmented intelligence is one of the few technologies named on the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2019 that are predicted to reach expectations, over the next two-to-five years. This article explains how augmented intelligence could assist with human and machine collaboration.

PLC Programming Preference Survey: Insights & User Comments
December 03, 2019

PLC Programming Preference Survey: Insights & User Comments

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The PLCopen organization and Automation.com conducted a joint survey of PLC programming preferences. Here are some of the results to inform you of current trends in PLC programming and users thoughts on vendors.

Robots or Cobots: Which to Choose?
December 02, 2019

Robots or Cobots: Which to Choose?

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Today’s plant managers are faced with a dearth of automation technologies but it’s not always obvious what will work best. There is rarely, if ever, a one-size-fits-all approach. This article discusses what manufacturers should consider when choosing which type of robot to invest in.

How AI is Disrupting the Oil and Gas Industry
November 22, 2019

How AI is Disrupting the Oil and Gas Industry

By Ripal Vyas, Softweb Solutions
The arrival of new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) is transforming the way industries have been operated from decades. These technologies are bringing revolutionary transformations that are impacting industries at large.

The Industrial Automation Transformation Change Agent – Inside Inductive Automation’s ICC 2019 Conference
November 19, 2019

The Industrial Automation Transformation Change Agent – Inside Inductive Automation’s ICC 2019 Conference

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The 2019 Inductive Automation Ignition Community Conference was another high energy, creative, and stimulating leadership event. With the company illustrating the power of the next level of software technology and leveraging this with a new business model, Inductive Automation illuminated their progression to be more responsive to industry and customer requirements.

Intelligent Automation - A Big Winner in Product Engineering
November 07, 2019

Intelligent Automation - A Big Winner in Product Engineering

Intelligent Automation will help these companies and their engineers to beat the competition and make an impact in this highly competitive and evolving digital trend of integrated Cyber – Physical world of manufacturing, called Industry 4.0.

Understanding Fire and Gas Systems Increases Safety
November 06, 2019

Understanding Fire and Gas Systems Increases Safety

By Edward Naranjo, Emerson
When plant personnel have a basic grasp of fire and gas system operation, they can recognize factors that compromise safety.

Can Augmented Reality Improve Manufacturing?
November 04, 2019

Can Augmented Reality Improve Manufacturing?

Virtual reality is an established technology which has been deployed in various industries including gaming, marketing and manufacturing. But, what about augmented reality?

A Realist’s Prediction for the Future Factory
October 28, 2019

A Realist’s Prediction for the Future Factory

By Mark Howard, EU Automation
This article looks to establish a realistic ten-year prediction for the future of manufacturing digitalization in the United States.

Epicor Strategy Empowers Digitalization for Small & Medium Manufacturers
October 24, 2019

Epicor Strategy Empowers Digitalization for Small & Medium Manufacturers

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
While many manufacturers are aware of the benefits of digitalization, it can be difficult to figure out where to begin, in order to reap those benefits. EPICOR has put together an architecture for companies, particularly small and medium manufacturers, to implement Industry 4.0, and Internet of Things conceptsy.

Machine Builders Unleashed: The Big Idea of Open Standard Control
October 23, 2019

Machine Builders Unleashed: The Big Idea of Open Standard Control

By Bill Lydon, Automation.com
The foundations of the automation industry are being reshaped by the flood of ideas, software, and products driven by Industry 4.0 and digitalization of manufacturing and process industries. Machine builders many finally start to benefit from the leveraging of open standard control software.

Making the Move to Mobile: Facing advances in mobile robotics
October 21, 2019

Making the Move to Mobile: Facing advances in mobile robotics

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) have been an industry staple since 1953. However, their reliance on environmental markers and the fact they follow a pre-determined route, means AGVs are best suited to structured environments in the absence of humans. This article discusses the rise of mobile robots and what challenges need to be faced for their uptake.