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Why open industrial networks are essential for Smart Factories
The Factory of the Future – taking into account Industry 4.0 – is loaded with sensors and devices that record real-time processes and statuses across the factory floor. A fast, efficient and reliable industrial network is key to successfully sharing and utilising the data being generated. The network architecture should be designed as an interconnected platform, able to link all the nodes together and provide both upstream and localised communication. John Browett, General Manager at CLPA Europe, explains why open industrial networks are fundamental components of the Smart Factory.
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How enhanced motion safety functionality improves machine safety
Warren Gourlay, UK and Ireland sales manager for industry and automation solutions at Wieland Electric, looks at reducing risks for machine operators by means of enhanced motion safety functionality.
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Small precision motors: standard or customised?
Andrew Gibson, Sales Engineer at maxon motor UK & Ireland, explains the simple and complex modifications that can be incorporated when producing custom precision drives.
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How drives and automation meet the needs of modern warehouses
A modern warehouse operation must be fast, flexible and efficient. Choosing appropriate automation platforms - and automation partners - capable of meeting the challenges that this poses is clearly vital to its success, as Lenze's Marketing Communications Manager Neil Beaumont explains.
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How to manage obsolescence in industrial control panels
Over the past 50 years, a growing number of industrial businesses have adopted computer-based automation systems. However, many of these systems are now nearing their official end-of-life and becoming obsolete, leaving engineers with the challenge of managing obsolescence effectively. Here, Maria Torrisi, business development manager at industrial automation expert JMartans Automation, explains how industrial plant managers can manage obsolescence in control panels.
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How virtual commissioning benefits system integrators
Every plant has its unique lifecycle, which sees both equipment and employees evolve over time. Industry 4.0 has expedited this evolution, with new technologies leading to increased productivity, improved efficiency and decreased costs. Here, Nick Boughton, digital lead at Boulting Technology, explains the concept of virtual commissioning and its benefits when installing new plant equipment.
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Digital services from OEMs
Business models in machine manufacturing will change under the influence of Industrie 4.0. In future, digital services will become increasingly important alongside the sale and maintenance of machines and systems. Lenze is paving the way for this development with its Asset Management application. More software, more connectivity, more IT – these are the requirements linked to Industrie 4.0. Achieving these things means acquiring more components. But do they justify the outlay? Can the customer gain any economic benefit from them? Machine manufacturers often doubt it, because if we apply the traditional standards it does not add up.
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Logistics 4.0 is already reality
The cloud offers an infinite amount of storage space and computing power – but it first needs the right concepts and applications before it can become a genuine added value. As Lenze demonstrated at the Hannover Messe 2018 with a storage and retrieval unit, Logistics 4.0 is no longer a future dream, it is already reality. Data from the control, the drives and the sensors can already be transferred securely to the cloud with little effort.
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