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Keep making the tablets

Valuable manufacturing production line downtime in the pharmaceutical industry can be reduced by ensuring Industry 4.0 machine predictive maintenance of tablet making machinery. Smart Machines & Factories takes alook at HARTING’s MICA industrial computing platform.


The future of spare parts warehousing

In line with the digitalisation of manufacturing lines, warehouses too are becoming more advanced. The traditional, manual process can be challenging for warehouse operatives and is prone to error. By adding digital solutions and intuitive User Interfaces, cognitive load can be reduced from staff and an audit trail can be used to track stock’s movement. Tom Blockley, user experience (UX) designer at EU Automation, shares his visions for spare parts warehousing.

Growing future engineers through stealth

Primary Engineer Programmes are taking great strides in helping to grow future engineers and ultimately tapping into the inner-engineer of pupils, the aim – to encourage more students to follow a career in engineering. Susan Scurlock, CEO and Founder of Primary Engineer gives readers an update on how the Primary Engineer programme has developed.

IoT: Increasing supply chain efficiency

IoT, robotics and machine learning set to transform the supply chain, suggests research by Inmarsat. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

How IIoT will deliver smarter factories

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has been described as the fourth industrial revolution. Like steam, the production line and information technology before it, the convergence of cyber and physical systems has the ability to utterly transform how factories operate. Jon Hill, business development director (pictured) , reports.




Smart Technology Zone

A 360 degree vision

Smart Machines & Factories takes a look at how Sorion designed, built and supplied test equipment capable of testing and calibrating the Dyson 360 Eye robotic vacuum cleaner.

Exhibiting creativity

Primary Engineer recently exhibited at the Smart Industry Expo and Drives & Controls Exhibitions at the Birmingham NEC, and celebrated its week at the show by bringing home the Motion Control Industry 2018 Award for “Contribution to Skills and Training”.

Arriving now… the factories of the future

Smart Machines & Factories takes a look at a range of new solutions from Mitubishi Electric to keep up with the Smart technological wave.

Smart manufacturing solutions

Most manufacturing companies are constantly balancing the desire to improve production against the return on the investment required to achieve that improvement. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

Flexible movers could revamp production lines

There are now several competing technologies that promise to add flexibility to production lines by allowing items to be moved and processed individually, thus achieving the Holy Grail of “batch size one”. Contributing editor Tony Sacks reports on who is offering what.

The slow journey to the paperless factory

A sheet of A4 is convenient. But your data won't be exact or real time. Kevin Bull is product strategy director at Columbus UK, reports.

Smart opportunities on show

The inaugural Smart Industry Expo took place alongside the established Drives & Controls Exhibition and co-located events, at Birmingham’s NEC last month. Smart Machines & Factories reviews a few of the highlights during the three-day event.

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