Once a far-off science fiction fantasy, the connected enterprise has become a very real part of the here and now. Companies from every conceivable sector are using the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to build better, more efficient facilities and supply chains. By 2020, there could be anywhere between 50 and 200 billion connected devices in operation around the World and many of these will be working in an industrial capacity. From production line equipment to pipeline pumps and monitors, connected devices are already having a big impact – and it’s only going to get bigger. Andy Bailey, Stratus solutions architect, looks at combining OT and IT systems to achieve the promise of IIoT.
Smart Machines & Factories takes a look at the forthcoming Industry 4.0 Summit & Factories of the Future Expo, (Manchester Central 4-5th April).
As manufacturing facilities incorporate greater levels of automation, the demand for new technologies continues to grow. Recent years have seen several trends create a shift in the way the industry operates. Martyn Williams, managing director of industrial software company COPA-DATA UK, examines three of the most prominent automation trends of 2017 and discusses how these trends are changing manufacturing operations.
Smart Machines & Factories spoke to Brian Holliday, managing director - Digital Factory, Siemens UK & Ireland, who says the UK can play a major role in promoting the adoption of Industry 4.0 digital technology solutions which will underpin the so-called 4th Industrial Revolution and optimise productivity in UK manufacturing. This, in turn, will enable a high wage economy such as the UK to compete within a globalised manufacturing environment. But, realising the enormous potential of a digitised manufacturing future is also dependent on creating a talented workforce with the right digital skills.
A unified network fabric based on standard IP with a strong physical infrastructure supports reliable, secure networks that take advantage of the Industrial Internet of Things. Amaechi Oduah, marketing solutions manager, EMEA,
SOMERSET CAPITOL says recent downturns and troubling economic matters have demonstrated that uncertainty breeds timidity and cautious attitudes towards corporate investment are bantered about whenever there is even the smallest bit of less than appealing news in the global macroeconomic outlook. The company says now enter Brexit, a both legitimate and media-frenzied gift to fueling uncertain mindsets and fear that keeps capital on the sidelines with growth reserved in favour of preparing for troubling weather, but with regard to capital expenditures, does this have to be the way?
Internet of Manufacturing takes place between the 7th – 8th February 2017 in Munich, Germany. Industrie 4.0 is creating profound opportunities for manufacturers to transform business models, innovate new products and increase productivity.
Stephen Parker explains how businesses can use technology to enhance jobs rather than replace them.
Jonathan Wilkins discusses the increasing use of cloud computing and mobile devices in automotive manufacturing.
As businesses seek to embrace Industry 4.0, cybersecurity protection must be a top priority for Industrial Control Systems (ICS). These attacks are financially crippling, reduce production and business innovation, and cost lives. Dave Sutton reports.
A report published by the UK engineering profession hails the government’s renewed focus on industrial strategy as a major opportunity to help the UK compete on the world stage, but warns that Brexit must not restrict access to the engineering skills from across Europe that our economy relies on. Smart Machines & Factories reports.