• 5 Nov
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    Keeping industrial control with ASICs

    As manufacturers strive to meet production demands, more and more businesses are using automation technologies, driven by industrial control systems. Here, Richard Mount, Director of Sales at ASIC design and supply company Swindon Silicon Systems explains the crucial role of ASICs in improved industrial control systems. 

  • 6 Sep
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    Panel problem prevention

    Once electrical panels are installed, companies can face a number of ongoing issues and challenges, from monitoring and testing, to component failures, and cybersecurity worries. A holistic view of the panel landscape is a prudent way to alleviate these concerns, and to minimise future downtime. 

  • 6 Sep
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    Selecting PLCs for hazardous environments

    Providing a solution for automation within a hazardous location can be a complex and expensive challenge. A PLC that has intrinsically safe (I.S.) input and output modules can represent a very elegant solution that also can save time, money and space.

  • 10 Jul
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    Making the most of your existing fibre networks

    Today’s network users want more data capacity and less latency. The best choice is to scale the transmission capacity in the existing optical networks using dark fibre solutions, such as grey transceivers and WDM (Wavelength Division Multiplexing) technology. 

  • 10 Jul
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    New possibilities for RF communications

    The continued development of technologies to transmit, receive and condition radio waves at higher frequencies, alongside the licensing of higher frequency bandwidths to accommodate huge increases in data traffic, provides reliable access to high-speed, high-volume data communications.

  • 10 Jul
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    Investing in industrial robots: Smart finance

    With the UK still lagging behind other G7 countries on its adoption of industrial robots, Neli Ivanova of Siemens Financial Services (SFS) in the UK explores how specialist finance can help to support investment to keep UK manufacturing world-leading.

  • 10 Jul
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    Second surge for cobots in post-pandemic era?

    The collaborative robots market is forecasted to show strong growth over the coming years, with rising sales and new application scenarios being developed.

  • 10 Jul
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    Robotic laser-cutting cell vision brought to life

    A suite of automation solutions from FANUC has proved integral to the delivery of an industrial-scale laser cutting cell commissioned by the UK’s Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC).

  • 10 Jul
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    Robotics trends for 2023

    Speaking to ABB Robotics and Automation, PBSI gains a valuable insight into some of the key trends that are shaping the future for robotics, including challenges faced by control panel designers/builders.

  • 10 Jul
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    AI: Pearl or peril?

    With generative AI front and centre in the news, and not all of it positive, just what part do people believe AI has to play in the future of industry (and life and society, more generally), and just as importantly, what are the potential pitfalls?

  • 23 May
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    Ultra-low voltage drives market to grow to $3.1 billion by 2027

    New research by Interact Analysis shows that the autonomous mobile robot (AMR) and automated guided vehicle (AGV) market is driving growth within the ultra-low voltage (LV) drives market. An ultra-LV drive is categorised as being <60V.

  • 11 May
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    Transforming buildings for a sustainable future

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly transforming the way we live and work, creating opportunities for businesses to become more efficient, productive, and sustainable. This is especially true in the case of buildings and offices, where IoT technology is being used to digitise and optimise building and the usage thereof, resulting in significant cost savings and reduced environmental impact. 

  • 11 May
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    The unsung heroes of productivity, efficiency and safety

    Factories of the future are often closely linked with buzzwords including the Internet of Things (IoT), Industrial IoT, Industry 4.0, and other high-tech movements. However, it is often the simple, low-key products and components that can be just as important for achieving productivity, efficiency, and safety in a modern plant. 

  • 11 May
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    Artificial Intelligence: Don’t call me stupid

    10 years ago, I was quite proud of how smart the machines in our own factory were. Now, with today’s definition of smart, I realise they were actually quite stupid.

  • 9 May
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    FANUC and Cyan Tec bring MTC’s vision of large-scale robotic laser-cutting cell to life

    A suite of automation solutions from FANUC has proved integral to the delivery of an industrial-scale laser cutting cell commissioned by the UK’s Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC).