• 4 Jan
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    How to add machine controllers to your factory floor effectively

    Machine controllers are at the heart of Industry 4.0 applications. They allow factories to run automated processes while ensuring product quality, consistency, efficiency and high throughput. Hence, choosing the right solution and implementing it correctly can make a significant difference to the success of an industrial automation project.

  • 4 Jan
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    Automated well plate filling machine leads to 8x greater productivity for IVD supplier

    Mitsubishi Electric has supported Horizon Instruments in the development of a highly automated well plate filling machine. The solution has boosted operations for a provider of immunoassays and in vitro diagnostic (IVD) devices, increasing production yield by 700-800 percent and is projected to cut waste by half.

  • 4 Jan
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    Gen-C restores EDL’s power at the height of the pandemic

    When vandals damaged the CHP control panels at EDL’s Wellingborough landfill site, rendering the engines unusable, the timing could not have been worse.

  • 4 Jan
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    Enspec provides specialist modelling to keep project on track

    Power quality engineering specialists, Enspec Power Limited, has announced another successful power system study project, this time for Beinn an Tuirc Phase 3 wind farm on the Kintyre peninsular in Scotland.

  • 4 Jan
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    Talking cleats: Vital components of cable management

    Who would have thought that something as simple looking as a cable cleat could cause so much debate? Yet, despite both European and International standards regulating their use, their role in electrical installations is still not fully understood – something Richard Shaw, Managing Director of Ellis Patents, felt he could help to clear up.

  • 4 Jan
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    Remote access to extreme environments – clean communication across the globe

    The ability to send real-time data across expansive spaces has never been more important. In the wake of the pandemic, remote access to data aids communication across vast distances and makes even the most inhospitable environments accessible.

  • 4 Jan
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    M12 connectors – A perfect fit for the IIoT

    It is generally recognised that, by the end of this year, more than 20 billion devices will be connected to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and it will be a market worth $200 billion by 2021.

  • 4 Jan
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    BEAMA explains the changes to IEC 61439 Parts 1 & 2

    After nine years in development, the third edition of the International Standards IEC 61439-1: Low-voltage Switchgear and Controlgear Assemblies and IEC 61439-2: Power Switchgear and Controlgear Assemblies (more commonly referred to as Switchboards, Panelboards and Motor Control Centres in the UK) have been published.

  • 9 Dec
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    What’s in store for energy management in 2021?

    Businesses and consumers alike have a growing appetite for cleaner, greener and fairer energy systems. The global shift towards being more climate conscious and efficient has accelerated the need to embrace sustainable technology, and the 2050 carbon neutral goals only adds to this by closely aligning business success with sustainability.

  • 17 Nov
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    Westermo and Qtagg improve efficiency and lower CO2 emissions in the marine industry

    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.

  • 13 Nov
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    The future is transparent, convergent and time-sensitive

    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).

  • 13 Nov
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    How to reduce cabinet clutter in food production

    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.

  • 30 Oct
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    Automation controllers and IoT connectivity

    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.

  • 30 Oct
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    Growing by inches: How the WDS range is expanding for America

    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.

  • 30 Oct
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    The next frontier for Industry 4.0: Data analytics

    Neli Ivanova, Sales Manager for Industrial Equipment at Siemens Financial Services in the UK, discusses how leveraging the data gathered by the Internet of Things (IoT) can make predictive maintenance and product optimisation possible, and how original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can help customers to reap the benefit.