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Zero unplanned downtime: dream or reality?
British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke famously stated in his third law of prediction that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Predictive analytics is not quite magic, but it could make a world of difference for companies who want to save costs and improve efficiency. Here, Leroy Spence, manager for the Americas at industrial equipment supplier, EU Automation, discusses how manufacturers can use predictive analytics to manage assets and minimise downtime.
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Contact vs. contact-free coding: a guide
The terms ‘contact’ and ‘contact-free’ are often used in relation to industrial coding, but what do they actually mean and why does it matter whether a coder is contact-free or not? Richard Pether, director at coding and marking specialist Rotech, discusses the suitability of each method in a number of commonly encountered coding scenarios.
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Key considerations for OEMs selecting electric motors
With numerous characteristics to consider, each impacting on the performance of a motor in its application, the motor selection process can seem daunting. Lammers Exico’s Managing Director Jerry Hodek offers some guidance.
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Single-source supply can reduce costs for machine builders
The automotive industry and other global manufacturing businesses have long espoused the mantra of a reduced supplier base in order to find assembly efficiencies and reduce costs. The real benefits are in a drastically reduced expenditure on development and a faster time-to-market for new products. The same benefits can be realised by machine builders of any size, confirms Mitsubishi Electric.
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Database options: modern SCADA must support multiple formats
It is hard to imagine a current automation system working without the capacity to use some sort of database technology. The process data needed for effective control and analysis in order to improve productivity is becoming extensive. The result is that SCADA systems are needed not simply to perform their traditional supervisory control and monitoring role, but also to provide a platform to process, manage and store big data.
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Rolling bearing selection – look at the bigger picture
When selecting rolling bearings for industrial plant, machines and equipment, it is important to analyse the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) not just the purchase price of the bearings, says Dr Steve Lacey, Technology Centre Manager at Schaeffler UK.
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Protect your Industrial Control Systems from cyber-attacks
Phil Neray, VP Cybersecurity & Marketing at CyberX, explains why the threat of cyber-attacks on Industrial Control Systems can no longer be dismissed by the ‘It’s never happened before’ argument.
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Industrial screws: many sizes, many threads
Many imperial thread sizes are now either obsolete or trending towards obsolescence prompted by changes in demand patterns from countries such as the USA who are now drifting towards metric products. This increasing globalisation of metric threaded fasteners does not necessarily mean that all variations are commonly available, and it remains important that design engineers are careful in their selection. Whether metric or imperial it is always advisable to seek advice and avoid either paying premium prices or creating lifetime availability issues.
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