10. Systems integrators are the enablers of industrial innovationSIs have a vital role as trusted advisors for those looking to achieve digital transformation. In this article, Greg Hookings, Director of Business Development, Stratus Technologies, explains why.Read the full article here9. An introduction to feedback devices for VFD and servo applications One issue that often arises when designing closed-loop applications is which type of feedback to use on the motors. In this article, Jeff Kardell of KEB America describes the different types of feedback devices in variable frequency drives (VFDs) and servo applications, as well as some typical examples of where they can be utilised.Read the full article here8. BS 7671:2018/18th Edition: A step ahead for surge protectionEffective from 1st January 2019, BS 7671:2018 introduced a big change for surge protection in the UK. On one side, it opened the need for installing surge protection devices (SPD) in a very broad spectrum of applications – from public, commercial or industrial activities, even to consumer unit applications – as stated in section 443. On the second side, the 18th Edition (based on the EN 62305-4 and EN 61643-12) described the selection and the application of SPDs in section 534. The origin of the installation, the main switchboard, is the place to start the design of surge protection on the network.Read the full article here7. Vario-X: The days of the control cabinet are numberedMurrelektronik is expanding its business model and, with Vario-X, offers the first completely decentralised automation platform that brings devices into the field without control cabinets. Vario-X, combined with a digital twin, saves time and money in all project phases: planning, installation, operation, and service.Read the full article here6. Legrand IP55 trunking for Northern’s largest rail depot Northern’s largest rail depot at Newton Heath has recently undergone a complete renovation to increase the maintenance capacity for the region.Read the full article here5. Robots and manufacturing concepts are going mobile We’re all very familiar with the concept of industrial robots and the benefits they bring to our manufacturing processes. Over the years, we have seen the technology improve in many ways, with increased payloads, greater speeds, better accuracy and repeatability, more intuitive and user-friendly programming methods, and the ability to interface with other technologies, such as vision systems.Read the full article here4. In-house testing of industrial enclosures means faster development Testing an industrial enclosure to recognised standards ensures that the enclosure you've specified will do the job in real-world conditions. For product development or bespoke enclosures though, testing can delay projects unless a fast turnaround – still meeting exacting standards – can be achieved. Chris Lloyd, Managing Director at Spelsberg UK, explains the benefits of in-house testing to enclosure specifiers.Read the article here3. BPX appointed as Schneider Electric Alliance Master Partner in industrial automation distribution Schneider Electric has announced that BPX, the distributor of industrial automation components, has been appointed as a UK Alliance Master Industrial Automation Distributor (IAD).Read the article here2. The ABC of milling Milling, drilling, thread tapping – there are very few switchgear manufacturers who love metalworking. Fortunately, there is a solution! Automated machining centres such as the Perforex MT can help. The following three tips show how it can be used to its full advantage.Read the full article here 1. Smart panels, smart energy: Electrical connectivity for renewable generationAccording to industry experts, Spain will hit 68 percent renewable power generation by 2030. Here, Juan Montecelo, Sales Director of WEG Autrial, explains why electric panel connectivity in renewable power plants will play an important role in achieving this.Read the full article hereThank you for reading PBSI in 2021. Your continued support allows us to make sure you never miss the latest in the world of panel building and system integration. Here's to even more fascinating, innovative and exciting news in 2022!
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