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Customization in Food Manufacturing
July 10, 2019

Customization in Food Manufacturing

By Jonathan Wilkins, EU Automation
This article explains how the future of food manufacturing will facilitate the same level of customization, automatically.

Cooling Tower Optimization
June 27, 2019

Cooling Tower Optimization

By Darcy Simonis, ABB
Food and beverage production requires a large range of temperatures. This means that plants must have effective cooling systems to deal with the excess heat. Removing the excess heat from the system requires a cooling tower, however, traditional designs require frequent maintenance

Inside the Automated Process of Automatic Truck Loading Systems (ATLS)
June 14, 2019

Inside the Automated Process of Automatic Truck Loading Systems (ATLS)

By Jack Smylie, Ancra Systems
Automatic truck (un)loading systems, also known as ATLS, moves product from standard systems to customized solutions. Geared to industry sector applications and uniquely calculated to meet logistic requirements, streamlining trailer loading and unloading processes worldwide captures the core lean manufacturing principle of eliminating waste.

Strategic BPA and RPA Layers: Necessities for a Smart City Data Center
May 28, 2019

Strategic BPA and RPA Layers: Necessities for a Smart City Data Center

By Jack Wilson, Optimum Consultancy Services
The lack of strategically implemented Business Process Automation (BPA) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) within the Smart City’s Data Centers could result in the city’s inundation by the data wave following a Smart City transformation.

Improved Productivity Drives Fork Truck Free Initiatives
May 10, 2019

Improved Productivity Drives Fork Truck Free Initiatives

The ergonomic design of tow tractors is beneficial to workers. With the help of tow trucks, people can move heavy carts without strain. Workers no longer experience the same fatigue they get from using forklifts.

Making Way for Customization and Automation in Automotive Manufacturing
April 23, 2019

Making Way for Customization and Automation in Automotive Manufacturing

By Lee Sullivan, COPA-DATA UK
According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, automotive manufacturing fell by 11 per cent last summer. Among the reasons cited for this decrease was growing demand for customization

2018 Salary Survey Results:  The pay raise engineers have been waiting for
April 22, 2019

2018 Salary Survey Results: The pay raise engineers have been waiting for

By Cory Fogg, Automation.com
The financial situation of the average automation engineer got a nice boost in 2018. With the need for experienced professionals still growing, we anticipate the demand to remain strong for engineers for the foreseeable future, with a great deal of opportunity for young graduates and those who are interested in a STEM career.

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

By Jürgen Resch, COPA-DATA
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.