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The Instagram Effect: How social media is changing the food and beverage plant
March 19, 2019

The Instagram Effect: How social media is changing the food and beverage plant

By Darcy Simonis, ABB
Anyone who uses social media will know how prevalent pictures of food are. This article looks at how the impact of social media is changing the priorities of food and beverage managers.

Meeting the Threat in 2019: Cybersecurity for Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Firms
March 15, 2019

Meeting the Threat in 2019: Cybersecurity for Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Firms

By Megan Berkowitz
As pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies move toward greater digitalization and the storage of more valuable data, their digital security practices become more and more critical.

Seeing Why Home Automation Is Gaining in Importance
March 13, 2019

Seeing Why Home Automation Is Gaining in Importance

By Ashley Hicks, Home automation writer
Home automation is a relatively new phenomenon that's gaining popularity among homeowners as it becomes less and less expensive. Here's a quick guide to how home automation works and why it's an option that homeowners need to be aware of.

Streamlining the Supply Chain with Industry 4.0
March 11, 2019

Streamlining the Supply Chain with Industry 4.0

By Scott Fawcett, Essentra Components
In a world where digitisation and automation are completely transforming traditional processes from the very core, the supply chain can hugely benefit from these developments which will help businesses futureproof themselves in this new world.

Predicting the Future of Industrial Maintenance
February 19, 2019

Predicting the Future of Industrial Maintenance

By Gernut van Laak, Group Automation Solutions Leader, ABB Food and Beverage
The need for factory maintenance often goes unnoticed. This article explains how plant managers can budget for maintenance and ensure optimum efficiency for all processes.

The Year of Decentralization: Energy trends heading into 2019
February 07, 2019

The Year of Decentralization: Energy trends heading into 2019

As the EU sets the pace in the global race against climate change, this article forecasts the key trends for energy in 2019, which will reaffirm Europe's position in the global renewable energy market.

The Case for Wireless Power Transfer
February 06, 2019

The Case for Wireless Power Transfer

By Henry Boger, Independent Consultant
Wireless power transfer eliminates the need for batteries and the replacement of batteries by a skilled technician who is required to go part way up a 100-foot distillation tower on the midnight shift.

Managing Compliance in Food Production
January 23, 2019

Managing Compliance in Food Production

By Dominique Stucki, ABB Control Technology
There was widespread panic across Europe in mid-2017 when millions of eggs were recalled due to being contaminated with Fipronil — a highly toxic insecticide that is banned in the EU.

Digitalization and the Food and Beverage Industry
January 10, 2019

Digitalization and the Food and Beverage Industry

By Robert Glass, ABB
Digitalization encompasses a transformation in the way industrial environments work. For the food and beverage industry, this means companies can better comply with legislation through a transformation in areas including connectivity, smart sensors, traceability, cloud computing and monitoring.

Hardware vs. Software: Where should priorities lie in vehicle manufacturing?
December 06, 2018

Hardware vs. Software: Where should priorities lie in vehicle manufacturing?

By Emma Cygan, Pailton Engineering
Cost versus quality. Humans versus automation. Hardware versus software. Is the vehicle manufacturing industry fuelled with tension? This article explains how vehicle manufacturers must balance the procurement of hardware and software for new vehicle concepts.

As Easy as CNC
October 29, 2018

As Easy as CNC

By John Mitchell, CP Automation
In modern computer numerical control (CNC) machines, there may be less need to replace cutting tools in these machines, but there’s more complexity to their upkeep. This article explains how poor power quality can cause recurrent issues for CNC machines.

How ICS Security Attacks Can Cripple Smart Cities
September 24, 2018

How ICS Security Attacks Can Cripple Smart Cities

By Ben C. Garber, Ultra Electronics, 3eTI
Cyber attacks can bring these thriving smart cities to a standstill and create utter chaos. Ensuring cyber-physical security against local and foreign adversaries is the new challenge for today’s city planners.

The Evolution of the Smart Grid
August 22, 2018

The Evolution of the Smart Grid

By Nick Boughton, Boulting Technology
This article explains how the timeline of power grid modernization, including the convergence of disparate systems, has led to the evolution of the smart grid.

Move to Smart Automotive Manufacturing With Standardization
August 13, 2018

Move to Smart Automotive Manufacturing With Standardization

By Larry Smentowski, Rockwell Automation
Smart manufacturing or Industry 4.0 initiatives present an opportunity to help all automakers address their challenges. But those initiatives will only be successful if automakers first have network, control and software standards in place.

Electric Vehicle Production: Life in the Fast Lane
July 27, 2018

Electric Vehicle Production: Life in the Fast Lane

By John Miles & Paolo Butti, Rockwell Automation
Smart manufacturing strategies are helping today's manufacturers produce high-quality electric vehicles quickly, affordably and with minimal risk. We aren’t likely to see a slowdown anytime soon

Show Me the Money: Estimating ROI from cyber security investments in oil refining
July 16, 2018

Show Me the Money: Estimating ROI from cyber security investments in oil refining

By Tom Ayral, Honeywell Cyber Security
Various industry studies and intelligent guess-work already allow us to develop a first-pass financial estimate of potential losses from cyber attacks – which allows an estimate of the savings that implementing an effective cyber security program could bring.

Autonomous Delivery is Not All it’s Cracked Up to Be… Yet
June 27, 2018

Autonomous Delivery is Not All it’s Cracked Up to Be… Yet

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
The logistics and supply chain sector has been inundated with new and novel transport technologies in the past two years, however, experts don’t expect many of these technologies to be widely available for another 5-10. This article explains why parts suppliers may be better served by focusing on reducing lead-times to same-day delivery.

Don’t get stuck in reverse: When is it time to evaluate your reverse logistics practices?
June 27, 2018

Don’t get stuck in reverse: When is it time to evaluate your reverse logistics practices?

By Tom DeVroy, IFS
This article outlines three common reverse logistics scenarios. If these ring true then it may be time to evaluate whether your reverse logistics strategy is costing you time, money and customer satisfaction.

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.

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.