Northern Combustion Systems (NCS) has opted for Siemens Sirius ACT with a PROFINET remote push button station as a reliable and robust solution under hazardous conditions – a system that saved 50% on costs.
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.
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.
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.