Industry 4.0, IIOT and the ‘connected factory’ offer huge opportunities for manufacturers. But as a smart factory goes online, how secure are communications in and out of the site? Smart Machines & Factories looks at remote access and how companies can protect themselves against cyber threats.
A robot cell developed using two Mitsubishi Electric MELFA RV Series robots has used the latest robot control technology to ensure their movements are perfectly synchronised. The production cell in question prints and assembles over three million components per year, changing over seamlessly on-demand to assemble a range of different parts. Smart Machines & Factories reports.
As manufacturers face increasing demands for process efficiency, having the right robot is key to automation success, especially in the era of smart manufacturing. Universal Robots has developed a range of six axis robot arms with highly flexible deployment. Using a UR robot supplied by, X-STK | Applied Automation, HepcoMotion was able to automate a process in the factory and the company is seeing a significant increase in machine efficiency. Smart Machines & Factories reports.
The UK has one of the lowest uptakes of industrial robots in Europe. Why is this so, and is it likely to change? Contributing editor Tony Sacks reports.
Smart Machines & Factories spoke to Stef Lievens, business line manager for Compressor Technique Service Operations at Atlas Copco Compressors UK about his company’s compressor data monitoring solution.
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