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The digitalisation of food palletising

12 July, 2017

The technological and social revolutions of the last few decades have completely reshaped industry. The food packaging and palletising industry is no exception. In fact, the last ten years alone has seen the adoption of advanced technologies at an unprecedented rate. Here, Alan Spreckley, robotics food and beverage segment manager and palletising robotics expert at ABB, explains how digitalisation is repackaging the future of food palletising.

Helping to drive 4IR

21 June, 2017

Lenze UK is focused on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), or Industry 4.0. The company says this is an evolution, not a major change for the company, as arguably it has been engaged in 4IR since its founding in 1947. Its market place is primarily machine builders and it aims to enable them to build the flexible intelligent machines demanded by 4IR. Smart Machines & Factories spoke to Lenze about the effects of IOT on the motion control industry.

IT / OT - an Unbridgeable Gap?

02 June, 2017

In an increasingly competitive sector, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) offers oil and gas companies opportunities that would previously been almost unimaginable. By harnessing sensor data, Big Data analytics and machine-to-machine communication (M2M), unprecedented levels of efficiency become possible. The disruptive power of this technology is absolutely enormous. Andy Bailey, Stratus Solutions Architect reports.

Gigabit Industrial Ethernet and Industry 4.0

18 May, 2017

John Browett, CLPA Europe General Manager, outlines the network requirements that will enable Industry 4.0.

Transforming your primary data into valuable insights

16 May, 2017

As part of its "Mobility for tomorrow" strategy, the Schaeffler Group is creating a digital platform for processing large volumes of data, creating valuable insights that will over time transform its operations. Smart Machines & Factories spoke to Greig Littlefair, managing director of Schaeffler (UK) Ltd, who will oversee the implementation of the Group’s Digital Agenda in the UK.

The importance of compliance

08 March, 2017

Smart Machines & Factories spoke to Roberta Nelson Shea, Universal Robots’ chief technical compliance officer, who gives insights into the challenges and importance of compliance in a robotic company.

Visualising the future

17 February, 2017

Robert Golightly, MES, products, AspenTech, takes a look at how predictive analytics maximises operational excellence. Modern manufacturing is an ecosystem of interconnected software and hardware that helps refineries, chemical and petrochemical companies optimise plants and achieve operational excellence. As businesses generate vast amounts of data, efficient decision support solutions are needed to make sense of vital information and ensure operations can adapt quickly to dynamic conditions.

Five stages to operationalising the Connected Enterprise

25 October, 2016

Smart Machines & Factories looks at a five-stage model which provides recommendations that could help successfully implement ‘The Connected Enterprise’.

Security in an increasingly connected world

25 October, 2016

In recent times hydraulic and pneumatic systems have become much more sophisticated, comprising a selection of components that enable system design dreams to be turned into a reality. Mark Fairhurst reports.

Smart challenges and benefits

25 October, 2016

Smart Machines & Factories spoke to Chris Evans, marketing & operations group manager at Mitsubishi Electric to explore what is actually meant by ‘smart manufacturing’ by considering the benefits of adopting the concept and what challenges may lie ahead.

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