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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.

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.

How Sensors Are Moving Material Handling Towards Safe Automation
May 29, 2018

How Sensors Are Moving Material Handling Towards Safe Automation

By Alessandro Bosio, Sensata Technologies
Automated and integrated systems are proving to be solutions in industries like Materials Handling. The rise of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) in these applications is driving the need for safer and more reliable sensing systems and controls.

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.

Going Plastic-Free: Exploring the world of sustainable food packaging
May 14, 2018

Going Plastic-Free: Exploring the world of sustainable food packaging

By Robert Glass, ABB
Recently, Dutch supermarket chain Ekoplaza opened the world’s first plastic-free aisle in one of its stores in Amsterdam. More supermarkets will likely follow. Will food manufacturers will need to rethink their food packaging materials?

What Makes a City Smart?: Exploring the smart grid
May 03, 2018

What Makes a City Smart?: Exploring the smart grid

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
Emerging smart cities are changing urban planning around the world. But, what is a smart city? This article explains how grid technology must change to build a smart city.

Robots and Drones: Addressing agriculture's long-term  structural challenges
April 26, 2018

Robots and Drones: Addressing agriculture's long-term structural challenges

By Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, IDTechEx
Agriculture is facing major long-term challenges. Some forecasts suggest that world population is set to grow by 2.3 billion by 2050. This, together with rising global income levels that typically increase food demand per capital, would require raising food production in 2050 by 70% compared to 2005 levels.

Risk Management in Automotive Manufacturing: Stop Problems at Their Roots
April 17, 2018

Risk Management in Automotive Manufacturing: Stop Problems at Their Roots

By Larry Smentowski, Rockwell Automation
Safety hazards, aging assets and security threats can negatively impact your business, including your employees, revenue, plants, intellectual property, vehicle quality and customers. You can help improve risk management by setting your sights on four key areas: safety, quality, obsolescence and security.

Operating in the Renewable Energy Generation
April 02, 2018

Operating in the Renewable Energy Generation

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
According to Apple, the large green spaces, wellness centre and 805,000 square-feet of solar panels at its second campus makes it the best office in the world. This article explains how large businesses can benefit from renewable energy.

Taking Control of Sugar Plant Emissions
March 23, 2018

Taking Control of Sugar Plant Emissions

By Robert Glass, ABB
It’s widely understood that improving the efficiency of equipment and processes will make a business more competitive and reduce operational costs. This article explains how to reduce sugar plant carbon emissions.