• 5 Jun
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    Asset health solution optimises switchgear efficiency

    ABB is helping to improve switchgear efficiency and operational safety with ABB Ability Condition Monitoring for switchgear (SWICOM). The company suggests that SWICOM is able to reduce maintenance costs by as much as 30 percent.

  • 2 May
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    AR and VR: the future or a gimmick?

    Welcome to the May issue of PBSI! Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have been permeating a variety of industries in recent years. However, is the technology of interest to panel builders and what benefits are there to embracing virtual assistance?

  • 2 May
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    Thinking outside the box

    Rittal has invested €250 million in a new, state-of-the-art smart factory that is aligned with Industry 4.0 principles. Based in Haiger, 100km north of Frankfurt, the new factory is Rittal’s largest investment in its history and will spearhead the company’s push towards digitalisation.

  • 2 May
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    Innovations set to change the panel building landscape

    With a deeper understanding across the manufacturing sector of the benefits of embracing the industrial Internet of Things – coupled with a growing need for Industry 4.0 compliance – panel builders should be fully aware of current innovations in this rapidly evolving landscape.

  • 2 May
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    Data and the smart factory revolution

    How can manufacturing efficiency be improved? Any significant optimisation of production lines is getting increasingly difficult to achieve. Bringing smarter automation into the workplace offers an innovative solution, but it all starts with data.

  • 2 May
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    Retrofitting Industry 4.0 digital control systems

    Ypsomed Group, an international medical technology company, has selected HARTING as a collaborative partner in a development project. The project involves retrofitting legacy protocol plastic injection moulding machines with an integrated Industry 4.0 digital control system that is also linked with a factory-wide MES/ERP system.

  • 2 May
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    Smart control solution completes major modernisation

    Modernisation can deliver multiple technological, operational and legislative benefits, even in industries where automation has not traditionally played a key role.

  • 2 May
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    Cover story: Take the hassle out of relabelling cables

    Labelling electrical components, parts and equipment with clear and durable identification is an essential part of electrical installations and maintenance. The requirement for individual and high-quality labelling systems is growing in response to more rigorous hygiene and safety standards.

  • 2 May
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    Harvesting data from anywhere with rugged smart connectors

    As the world’s population rises, there is not only mounting pressure on the provision of sufficient housing, infrastructure, water and energy, but also pressure on farmers to produce enough food for everyone to eat.

  • 2 May
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    Four myths about electrical enclosures

    Whilst we know that the electrical components that cabinets house must be ventilated to avoid temperature and humidity problems, there are several misconceptions about enclosures. Here, Axair Fans busts the four most common myths.

  • 2 May
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    Uncovering the hidden costs of cooling

    Stulz UK’s Johnathan Attwood warns that environmental regulation is increasing the cost of conventional cooling approaches, widely used by the data centre sector. So how can operators reduce their operating expenditure (OPEX) and improve their green credentials?

  • 2 May
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    Specifying enclosures in a ‘smart’ world

    Industry 4.0 is the current buzzword of choice for engineers and marketing professionals across almost every market sector; and for good reason. Industry 4.0 describes the integration of digital communication with the industrial process to create a network of ‘smart’ tools and components that can improve efficiency, quality, productivity and safety.

  • 2 May
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    The future of supply chain management

    Here, Jon Moody discusses the importance of adopting a digital supply chain in a post-Brexit Britain and Industry 4.0.

  • 1 Apr
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    Automation: the next generation

    Welcome to the April issue of PBSI! This month I spoke to Martin Walder, Vice President Industry at Schneider Electric UK & Ireland, about the current state of the industry and what he sees as the next generation of control technology.

  • 1 Apr
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    HARTING delivers innovative solutions for the rail industry

    At HARTING, the slogan "Pushing Performance" challenges the company to constantly innovate its products and solutions in order to drive advancements in the ever-changing landscape of transportation. For example, there has been a drive towards weight reduction within the rail vehicle construction sector.