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The elephant in the digital room: unplanned downtime
With a growing reliance on automation and digital transformation, businesses must improve asset management and servicing to reduce unplanned downtime pressure; here, Mark Homer, Vice President Global Customer Transformation for ServiceMax, discusses the problem of unplanned downtime.
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How to set the smallest speed increment on a servo motor
Andrew Fallows, managing director of Motor Technology, considers a frequently asked question on the issue of speed control and offers some advice to engineers.
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Using MICA to implement the Industry 4.0 reference architecture
Gavin Stopple of Harting Ltd explains how the Harting MICA platform can be used to implement RAMI 4.0, the Reference Architecture for Industry 4.0.
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Polymer banknotes have longer lifetime compared with paper notes
Cotton paper has been the material of choice for banknotes since they were first recorded in the 7th century in China. Paper money did not really catch on in Europe, however, until nearly a thousand years later. It was first widely used in the UK in 1759, when gold shortages caused by the Seven Years War forced the Bank of England to issue £10 notes for the first time. The first £5 notes followed about 20 years later at the start of the French Revolution. More recently, the Bank has begun switching to a special polymer that promises to be more durable and cleaner than paper.
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How to specify components for a rotary latch system
James Stroud of Southco explains the need to ensure compatibility between the critical elements of a rotary latch system as commonly found on enclosures and equipment in many different industries, and presents some important points to consider when specifying a complete latching system.
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Safe position monitoring in industrial automation
As one of the technology leaders in the area of optoelectronic safety sensors for industrial automation, Leuze electronic offers effective personnel protection devices in accordance with international safety standards.
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How is smart technology improving food safety?
Food safety has been one of the top priorities for food manufacturers and consumers for many years. In fact, the 2016 food manufacturing outlook report by US magazine Food Processing found that a quarter of manufacturers considered it their top priority. Here, Robert Glass, global marketing manager of ABB’s food and beverage program, explains how smart technologies are helping manufacturers exceed food safety standards.
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BS 8611:2016, ethical design and application of robots
BSI has published British Standard BS 8611:2016, Robots and robotic devices. Guide to the ethical design and application of robots and robotic systems. The following article looks at the new standard's contents and its implications for robot suppliers and integrators.
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