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Now is the time for Food and Drink SMEs to invest in automation
There’s never been a better time for food and drink SMEs to invest in robots for the workplace. Sales and exports are booming, and robots are more powerful than ever. Paul Wilkinson, Commercial & Information Systems Manager at Pacepacker Services, examines the current challenges of the food and drink industry and details how robots can assist SMEs to boost productivity and compete with larger industry players.
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Cybersecurity at the heart of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
A technical evolution has taken place, which has made cyber threats more potent than at any other time in our history. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, over half of British businesses will suffer cyber attacks by 2018. As businesses seek to embrace Industry 4.0, cybersecurity protection must be a top priority for Industrial Control Systems (ICS). These attacks are financially crippling, reduce production and business innovation, and cost lives. Dave Sutton, Product Marketing Manager, Schneider Electric, discusses Cybersecurity at the heart of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
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Anticipatory maintenance prevents unplanned downtime
Tapio Torikka of Bosch Rexroth examines some of the limitations of existing maintenance regimes and looks at new systems that are, for the first time, harnessing real-time data to enable a truly anticipatory approach to be taken to machine maintenance.
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Production-oriented fasteners from Challenge Europe
The needs of manufacturing industry can generally be listed under the headings “reliability, speed, quality and cost” in varying order – but whatever the exact balance, design is always at the heart of achieving a successful outcome – as professed by specialist fastener suppliers Challenge Europe.
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What will happen to UK machine safety legislation after Brexit?
Doug Florence, senior consultant at SafeMech, considers what might happen to machinery safety legislation in the UK after Brexit.
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Optimum level and flow control for food industry processes
Process control equipment used in the food and beverage industry has to operate effectively with a wide variety of fluids, granules and powders. Add to this different viscosities and the requirement for a hygienic environment, plus, the ability to keep process lines clean and sterile, then the scale of challenge in managing effective flow and level control in a food processing line becomes apparent. Mark Lilley, Field Segment Manager .Hygienic - Food and Beverage for B├╝rkert Fluid Control Systems, looks at the essential features required to maintain effective and efficient level and flow control.
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Smart Screwdrivers combine control and monitoring functions
John Miewald of SMAC Moving Coil Actuators explains how Smart Screwdrivers offer multiple advantages over manual screwdriving and conventional technologies such as pneumatic drivers.
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Three tips for heat transfer systems
The Oxford Electric Bell has been ringing constantly for over 175 years – so much so, that the apparatus has been dubbed the world’s most durable battery. But after all this time, it is still a scientific mystery how the bell has functioned for so long. For operators of thermal fluid systems, keeping operations running doesn’t have to be a mystery. Here, Clive Jones, managing director Global Heat Transfer, gives three considerations for manufacturers operating thermal fluid heat transfer systems to safeguard the system’s future for the long term.
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