Welcome to the October issue of PBSI! This month’s issue includes an article (Eaton – pg.32) discussing the dichotomy between reducing the environmental impact of data centres at a time when an ever-increasing amount of data is being produced.
Removable (flash) memory devices are required for many industrial applications. However, commercial USB devices are unsuitable for operating in harsh environments, are not durable, have security flaws and may even be fakes. Michael Barrett, Managing Director of Nexus Industrial Memory, explains why bespoke, fit-for-purpose devices are a must.
By 2020, there will be 40 times more bytes of data than there are stars in the observable universe. The question is, are our digital-first lifestyles really creating an environmental villain, or could data centres be the answer to our energy crisis by helping to drive the use of renewables and take pressure off our reliance on carbon-energy?
Amsterdam is the largest city in the Netherlands, with a population of 2.4 million. The city is also one of Europe's leading tourist destinations, attracting around 6 million people a year. Amsterdam’s oldest quarter, the medieval centre, is very small and has an incredibly complex infrastructure, with roads, tunnels, trams, metro, canals and thousands of bicycles.
Increasingly advanced automation using robotics, AGVs, smart machines and integrated logistics means that having a Smart Factory is becoming a necessity to remain competitive. However, none of this can happen without an effective means of carrying the data and control signals required to create an autonomous, interconnected, responsive and flexible factory. Thus, the real protagonists are industrial networks. John Browett, General Manager at CLPA Europe, looks at how the right industrial network