The demand for more environmentally friendly solutions is growing within the marine industry. Many operators set ambitious targets and seek out suppliers that can reduce the environmental impact and greenhouse gas emissions of their business.
Industry 4.0 is an established trend in factory automation, aimed at increasing convergence and transparency. By implementing systems with these capabilities, businesses can gain greater insights into their processes, hence achieving better quality, productivity and reduced costs. The technology that is delivering these benefits is Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN).
Food manufacturers can achieve flexible production lines at minimal labour costs, by adopting automation without cabinets. Stephen Hayes, Managing Director of Beckhoff Automation UK, explains how food processing operations can be reconfigured with machines that can be transported and moved, more easily and faster than traditional machinery.
Today’s automation systems are expected to deliver an increasing amount of data about every aspect of their operation and performance. The Internet of Things (IoT) provides, in principle, an attractive way of meeting these requirements, but how can IoT concepts be implemented easily, reliably and cost-effectively in the real world? Nick Rhodes, Electronics & Automation Team Leader at Weidmüller UK, has the answer.
Growing international demand for inch-size threads is encouraging UK suppliers and manufacturers of standard parts and components to broaden their range. The variety of inch thread products available at WDS is expanding to supply customers from North America and around the world.