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Editor: Jonathan Severn
4th May 2016

Each time we publish a piece about servitisation it generates more interest than the last time. This month there is an article from ServiceMax that makes very compelling reading. In particular, it quantifies some of the benefits available through servitisation, so is well worth a look if you are a machine builder looking to increase your profitability.

Other news and articles this month range from PLC programming and hydraulics training courses, though to all-in-one controllers, cost-effective alternatives to servo systems, innovative machinery safety products, and an updated machine vision handbook. Scroll down and click the 'More' links to find out about each item.


sxServitisation: why service revenue will eclipse product revenue
If you are not sure what servitisation means for machine builders, this article from ServiceMax explains the benefits and goes on to quantify them. More?

hgMICA mini industrial computer demonstrated with RFID application
Harting's mini industrial computer creates new opportunities for machine builders wanting compact computing or distributed intelligence. More?

isHow to manage quality and traceability for better PLC programs
This article from Itris Automation explains how a managed approach to PLC programming reduces development time and improves code quality. More?

arAndroid touchscreen HMI is versatile, tough and reliable
Arbor's IOT-500 HMI panel is engineered for automation applications, with a dual-core chipset, ample connectivity and IP65 ingress protection. More?

dnAll-in-one drive includes power supply, positioning and PLC
Dunkermotoren's new drive incorporates a motor, power supply, control and positioning electronics, PLC functions, bus links, encoder and brake. More?


baTraining: working safely with hydraulic hose and connectors
Throughout the summer, the BFPA Training Academy is running a Foundation Course in Working Safely with Hydraulic Hose and Connectors. More?

frFlir announces thermal imaging training course dates and venues
Flir's Infrared Training Centre is hosting courses in thermal imaging, with successful attendees earning a Level 1 or 2 qualification. More?


ndServo performance from frequency inverters and geared motors
Nord says its advanced inverters and high-efficiency geared motors offer servo-level performance at a lower cost than traditional servos. More?

pzGet more from programmable safety and automation controllers
Using a single controller for safety and automation offers many advantages, and Pilz is offering advice on how to make the most of such systems. More?

skSick launches next-generation microScan3 safety laser scanner
With its patented measurement technology, Sick's microScan3 laser scanner offers exceptional performance, even in challenging environments. More?

meNew system for high-speed, accurate, inline colour measurement
Micro-Epsilon's colorCONTROL ACS7000 colour measurement system accurately measures colours continually at speeds of up to 2kHz. More?

ahPortfolio of advanced HMIs for Industry 4.0 applications
Advantech has an extensive range of HMIs with diverse specifications to suit various application requirements and budgets. More?

imAll-in-one PLC, safety controller, AS-i gateway and data logger
ifm's SmartPLC is a cost-effective PLC, safety controller (SIL3, PLe), AS-i gateway, protocol converter, display, data logger and web server. More?

mnNon-contact guard switches designed and manufactured in the UK
Mechan's safety switches and monitoring systems suit almost all non-contact magnetic, coded magnetic and electronic guard switch applications. More?

rlNew Compact GuardLogix controller for safety and motion control
Despite its small size, Rockwell Automation's GuardLogix 5370 controller handles up to 16 axes of motion plus SIL3/PLe safety, all on EtherNet/IP. More?

brWhite Paper: adaptive control of resistance welding
Bosch Rexroth's White Paper explains how adaptive control of resistance welding can cut production costs and improve product quality. More?


Updated Imaging & Vision Handbook published by Stemmer Imaging
Stemmer Imaging has published a new edition of its popular Imaging and Vision Handbook, which is available both in printed form and online. More?


Caffeine, the answer to everything
This week the Pointy-Haired Boss takes a break, Dilbert tries to avoid Ted, and Wally suggests coffee as a distraction. More?

Jonathan Severn

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