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The age of the PLC platform is now

Can an automation system be more than just the sum of its parts? Barry Weller of Mitsubishi Electric spoke to Smart Machines & Factories to argue that it can and that the age of the PLC platform is now bringing a host of benefits that extend far beyond ease of programming and simplicity of integration.

Robots continue their relentless rise

The global market for industrial robot systems is already worth more than $40bn, and could almost double again by 2020. As Tony Sacks reports, this growth is being driven by several factors including the emergence of new markets, such as SMEs, and the development of more flexible, easier-to-use technologies.

From talk to action

Stefan Reuther, chief sales officer of industrial software company COPA-DATA, explains the importance of using cutting-edge software in industrial facilities and the risks of using outdated systems.

‘Sheep dip’ to reduce cyber attack threats!

For businesses that use removable storage devices, the threat of cyber-attacks on Industrial Control Systems can be greatly reduced by “sheep dipping” your external storage devices before they even enter the building or production plant, says Tim Ricketts, director of M.A.C. Solutions.

Gigabit Industrial Ethernet adoption - the key to greater interconnectivity?

Is Gigabit Industrial Ethernet adoption the key to achieving Industry 4.0 goals? Smart Machines & Factories spoke to John Browett, CLPA Europe general manager, who outlines the network requirements that will enable Industry 4.0.

Tackling the robot hack threat

Users of industrial robots from manufacturing to healthcare are unprepared for the real risk of a hacking attack, warns a leading cyber security expert.

Industrial Digitalisation review unveils plans to boost industry

Industry proposals to boost the UK’s manufacturing sector have been unveiled this morning at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry with the publication of the Industrial Digitalisation Review.

Wake up to automation

Will Bourn of Güdel UK, looks at the UK’s past record of investment in robotics and automation, and the positive impact that future investment in automation and robotics can have on UK competitiveness.

Smarter tech and safer food

Food safety has been one of the top priorities for food manufacturers and consumers for many years. Robert Glass, global marketing manager of ABB’s food and beverage programme, explains how smart technologies are helping manufacturers exceed food safety standards.

Choosing an automation supplier wisely

Many machine builders are relying more heavily on their automation suppliers to help them realise their designs – so choosing the correct partner is critical. Derek Jones & Dave Randall, Lenze’s business development managers, explain.

From Lego-robots to cobots

Smart Machines & Factories takes a look at how Esben H. Østergaard became a game changer in the world of robotics.

Bridging the gap between manufacturing & 4IR

To many UK Manufacturers, advanced manufacturing processes and technologies of the Smart Factory of the future including; digital integration of manufacturing plants; AI-led quality control; self-monitoring and evaluating machinery parts; machine to machine communications, may well seem like unobtainable theoretical concepts. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

The smart manufacturing transformation

Digital technologies are helping SKF change the speed and flexibility of its production operations. For customers, that means shorter lead-times, smaller inventories and lower costs. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

Safety 4.0

Thomas Negre, global director-gas detection and connected industrial worker at Honeywell Industrial Safety, explains why ‘connected safety’ is taking centre stage in today’s smart factories and is enhancing worker protection as well as productivity.

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