• 7 Nov
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    Remote monitoring – increasing BMS & HVACR efficiency

    Remote monitoring is an essential tool to optimise a building’s infrastructure. Integrating a comprehensive remote monitoring strategy for HVACR assets into the management of any facility can increase its efficiency and reduce operating costs.

  • 27 Sep
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    Oceans of potential for data centres

    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.

  • 27 Sep
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    A welcome port

    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.

  • 27 Sep
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    Solving the data centre dichotomy

    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?

  • 27 Sep
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    Networking technology for smart control systems

    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.

  • 27 Sep
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    Is your network holding you back from creating a smart factory?

    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

  • 27 Sep
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    AI in industrial manufacturing – are you asking the correct questions?

    In the world of manufacturing man and machine rely on each other for both functionality and future improvements. Through the power of innovative, affordable automation solutions and more powerful hardware and software, people have been able to make machines increasingly more efficient. In turn, these innovative enhancements are helping people to become more dynamic, increasing societal benefits through offering a continual increase higher up in the value chain.

  • 27 Sep
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    KEB supports e-mobility and the vehicle drive of the future

    Engineers of the future have built an electrically driven racing car for Formula Student. For the "Speeding Scientists Siegen" Racing Team (S3), KEB Automation is supporting the vehicle drive of the future: e-mobility in an endurance test. But how does this relate to auxiliary power drives for buses?

  • 27 Sep
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    Climate control maintenance is no false economy… It’s the key to efficiency

    £480,000 is a lot of money, but that is what it costs one of the UK’s largest automotive manufacturers per hour when they experience downtime on their paint plant. Your overheads may not be as substantial as this example, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that the old adage you hear in every corner of business and production is true: time is money.

  • 27 Sep
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    How to find your perfect partner

    The concept of Industry 4.0 promises fantastic things, from smart electric motors automatically adjusting speed and torque, to management software that can predict failures months in advance. The benefits are obvious, but the tricky task of implementing such systems is where grand plans quickly become unstuck. Here, Sean Robinson, service leader at industrial automation expert Novotek UK & Ireland, guides us through the system integration minefield.

  • 27 Sep
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    Enclosures to withstand the rigours of coastal applications

    Electrical designers and installers are responsible for ensuring that their installations are safe, reliable and protected. More often than not it is the job of the electrical enclosure to perform these functions. For outdoor applications there are numerous challenges to be considered. When the outdoor applications are located on the coast these challenges can be amplified.

  • 27 Sep
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    Special requirements of enclosures in food processing

    When an electrical panel is installed in a production line in the food and beverage industry, it is essential that all the equipment meets the hygiene requirements set out by the Food Standards Agency and other similar governing bodies.

  • 27 Sep
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    Control system cuts costs and boosts production for cable maker

    An ABB control system is increasing productivity, lowering waste and reducing energy costs for a UK cable manufacturer. British Cables Company (BCC) in Manchester, UK, replaced the control system on two insulated cable-making lines resulting in a 29 percent increase in the number of reels produced during an eight-hour shift.

  • 26 Sep
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    Software AG to become member of Open Industry 4.0 Alliance

    The topics of platform economy and digitalisation began making an impact on industry some years ago as part of the overall concept of Industry 4.0. But successful scaling and implementation of new business models have been hampered thus far by the heterogeneity of industrial components and systems. The Open Industry 4.0 Alliance was started in an effort to accelerate the creation of value on the journey to digitalisation.

  • 23 Aug
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    New deadline, new leader – renewed optimism?

    Welcome to the September issue of PBSI! Boris Johnson became Prime Minister on July 24 and declared that “we will do a new deal, a better deal that will maximise the opportunities of Brexit while allowing us to develop a new and exciting partnership with the rest of Europe.”