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Safety in automation: monitoring systems for crane brakes
As global port operators increasingly utilise more advanced IT systems within both manned and unmanned cranes and container handling equipment, the subject of automation remains a much discussed topic.
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What eggs can teach us about traceability
In summer 2017, 15 EU states, Switzerland and Hong Kong were affected by the Fipronil contamination scandal. The scandal originated in the Netherlands but had global effects. Around ten million tainted eggs were imported into Germany, with not only eggs themselves being contaminated, but also egg products such as sandwich fillers. Here, Shan Zhan, Global Business Manager for Food & Beverage within the ABB Control Technologies business unit, looks at what the scandal can teach food manufacturers about the importance of traceability processes.
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Precision control for CIP processes
Clean-in-place (CIP) has been used for maintaining the cleanliness of process equipment in the pharmaceutical and food & beverage industries for over 50 years. However, specifying the most appropriate valves and sensors to control a CIP process can make a huge difference in terms of how effective and efficient the system is, which in-turn has a significant impact on operating costs.
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The state of Time-Sensitive Networking in the IIoT
Recent market reports recognise the Industrial Internet of Things as a burgeoning opportunity and game changer for the industrial automation equipment market. A 2017 report from IHS forecasts the industrial sector as being one-third of the total connected IoT devices by 2020 (Source: IoT Trend Watch).
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Exploring the benefits of the PLCnext Technology Platform
Tony Deane CST/Technical Manager at Phoenix Contact, explains the company's new PLCnext Technology Platform and the benefits it offers in terms of technological capabilities and making the most of current and future programming talent.
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Cobots boost cost-competitiveness and responsiveness
The longstanding practice of offsourcing manufacturing operations to low-cost parts of the world to keep manufacturing costs down has recently taken a turn, with cobots playing an important role.
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An introduction to tantalum and how to select suppliers
Last month, comic book fans flocked to cinemas as Black Panther hit the screens. Underpinning the film's plot was fictional metal vibranium, which powered the titular hero's kingdom of Wakanda. Interestingly, this metal was, in part, inspired by tantalum. So, what of the marvellous metal's real-life counterpart? Here, Heiko Wildner, refractory metals specialist for materials comparison site Matmatch, examines the value and considerations of using tantalum.
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Sensor data available globally: beyond the local company cloud
Making sensor data and information from different sources available globally and linking this data and information in a meaningful way – this is the crux of Industry 4.0. New business ideas make it necessary to make this information globally available and accessible not only within a company but also beyond the boundaries of the company and its location.
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