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Grasping the opportunities afforded by Industry 4.0
‘Industry 4.0’ promises to transform the way we manufacture and distribute goods and services. No longer simply a concept, it is very much of the ‘here and now’, and the opportunities for growth and productivity it affords to manufacturing enterprises of all shapes and sizes are ripe for the taking, as Lenze’s Neil Beaumont explains.
How secure are IT systems in manufacturing companies?
Sweden is often considered to be one of the world’s most cybersecure countries but despite this, it was revealed in 2017 that a security slip up made confidential police records available to IT workers in the Czech Republic. This throws into question other security systems across Sweden and the globe. Here, Sean Robinson, service leader at industrial automation provider Novotek UK and Ireland, explores how automation systems in manufacturing can be made more secure.
How AI-based predictive maintenance benefits robots
As Industry 4.0 turns into a reality, businesses that are introducing more robots into the production environment will be able to benefit from increasingly efficient maintenance regimes. As with any asset, these critical machines will run at peak efficiency when operators have access to predictive maintenance tools. The latest predictive analytics system supplied with Mitsubishi Electric industrial robots uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a key feature for optimisation. Barry Weller, Product Manager at Mitsubishi Electric, looks at how AI-based predictive analytics can support robot predictive maintenance and how this can benefit end users.
Fast turnaround on customised enclosures
To the untrained eye, electrical enclosures can come across as very uniform, standardised products. However, experts such as Spelsberg, manufacturer of premium enclosures, must be adaptable when it comes to meeting specific customer requirements within a short timeframe. Thanks to decades of experience in providing standard and custom enclosures, the business has a proven track record in delivering optimised electrical protection products quickly. Chris Lloyd, Managing Director at Spelsberg UK, explains the challenges of supplying enclosures to customers quickly, and how Spelsberg as a business overcomes them.
50 years of the MacRobert Award and British innovation
In 2019, engineering companies throughout the UK are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the prestigious MacRobert Award, the country’s longest running prize for engineering innovation. As a previous winner, Renishaw is celebrating the success of others in the industry as well as reflecting on its own engineering innovations which continue to shape the world around us.
Why V guide bearing systems meet the needs of food production
One of the largest industries globally, the food and beverage industry is a core element of the UK manufacturing economy. Comprising of many different sectors including the bakery sector, confectionary, meat processing, drinks industries, dairies and fish processing – the range is wide and demand is high.
Data visualisation improves energy management in meat processing
From rearing to refrigeration, it’s no secret that the meat processing industry is highly energy intensive. While newer, more energy efficient physical systems are developing to combat excessive electricity use in the sector, meat plant managers must first identify areas of high energy use. Here, George Walker, managing director of food control system provider Novotek UK and Ireland, explains how data visualisation software can help food manufacturers optimise their processes.
Advantages of auto-cushioning pneumatic cylinders
This article outlines the benefits for machine builders of specifying pneumatic cylinders with auto-cushioning.