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When and where will Industry 4.0 actually happen?
There are a great many people now invested in working towards achieving the goals set out by Industry 4.0. For a concept that started life as a German government strategy project, it is fair to say that it has captured the imaginations of many engineers and futurists from around the globe. This article is an evaluation of the current status for realising Industry 4.0, from Chris Evans Marketing & Operations Group Manager at Mitsubishi Electric – Automation Systems Division – UK.
Understanding the methods of robot programming
In 1984, The Learning Company released Robot Odyssey, which has been called the hardest computer game of all time with players having to program and control three robots to find home. Luckily, today’s robots are easier to manage. Here Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete industrial parts supplier, EU Automation, explores the three main methods of robot programming.
Are your enclosures ready for the summer?
Rittal is warning users of manufacturing automation systems to check that they are prepared for the summer heat and, if necessary, arrange for an inspection of their equipment to check the level of risk. High temperatures are the most common cause of sensitive electrical and electronic components tripping or even failing.
The 18th Edition Wiring Regulations
MCP, as a major provider of industrial training, offers this overview on the more significant amendments to the regulations due to be published on 1 July 2018. Although nearly 15 months away it is not too early to review your company’s training, procedures, methods and safety overview.
Minimising waste in hygienic control valve applications
Manufacturing processes that operate under hygienic conditions are arguably under more pressures to increase efficiency and reduce waste due to high relative operating costs. However, this specialist area is required to prioritise cleanliness and precision ahead of other considerations, which can lead to some cost saving opportunities being missed. Ian Webster, Field Segment Manager .hygienic – Pharmaceutical at Bürkert UK, looks at how all these considerations can be accommodated, with an emphasis on minimising the use of energy and raw materials.
What is pushing the development of ‘future-proof’ SCADA?
With the role of SCADA changing within the industry, it pays for plant managers to become familiar with the trends that are shaping the development of next-generation SCADA systems. With modern technology pushing operating capabilities ever further, what key features will denote ‘future-proof’ SCADA? Paul Hurst, Director at Products4Automation, exclusive UK distributor for popular Progea products Movicon SCADA and Automation Platform.NExT, explores the characteristics of modern and future SCADA platforms.
The advantages of hardware-independent software
According to the Smart Factories and the Modern Manufacturer report, investments in smart manufacturing are set to drive a 27 per cent increase in efficiency over the next five years, boosting the global economy by a colossal $500 billion. Here, Lee Sullivan, regional manager for COPA-DATA UK, examines one of the key choices manufacturers will make during their digital transformation — choosing the right software.
Five ways to future-proof industrial products
David Kelly, Regional Product Manager at Southco presents five concepts that manufacturers need to embrace when future-proofing industrial products and applications in order to ensure long-term success.