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digitalisation in UK manufacturing

Fast track degree programme accelerating engineers towards Industry 4.0

A training solution from Siemens Digital Industries is helping upskill their customers and suppliers to capitalise on the opportunities of Industry 4.0. Smart Machines & Factories reports.


Integrate industrial Bluetooth Low Energy sensors

The compact FL BLE 1300 wireless module with integrated antenna from Phoenix Contact connects up to eight industrial Bluetooth Low Energy sensors to industrial controllers and IoT systems.

Using industrial software to converge operational and information technology

As Industry 4.0 drives businesses towards greater levels of data awareness and automation, operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT) are merging together. The challenge is on for manufacturers to link ageing OT systems with new IT technologies, while also maintaining the highest levels of connectivity and security — but how? Here, Stefan Reuther, chief sales officer at COPA-DATA, explains why industrial software holds the key.

Climate strategy advanced

Analog Devices, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADI) has announced new commitments that advance the Company’s climate strategy, including pledging to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050. As part of the Company’s roadmap towards net zero, ADI signed the United Nations’ Business Ambition for 1.5°C pledge and has committed to setting targets to be verified by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Robotics & AI Industry Showcase reveals full programme

The three-day event, which is being organised by KTN and will be hosted online, will provide delegates with a unique breadth of insight into the latest in industrial robotics and AI innovation in everything from nuclear operations and decommissioning, to in-orbit space operations.




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Industrial IoT technology partnership

Eurotech, a company that designs, develops, and deploys hardware, software, services and solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), has announced its collaboration with Exosite to enable and simplify industrial IoT adoption from edge to cloud. The collaboration aims to combine Eurotech’s industrial IoT Edge capabilities with Exosite’s ExoSense condition monitoring application.

MultiFeature saves time and simplifies access to the IIoT

In 2021, HARTING says it is once again highlighting the right infrastructure for the road to the IIoT, including solutions such as the RJ Industrial MultiFeature, a significantly improved version of the classic RJ45.

Manufacturer sewing seeds for 40% productivity boost with tech investment 

A heritage textile manufacturer, supported by Made Smarter, is expecting a 40% productivity boost through a transformational technology project.

LiveConnect standard for twinning sensors with the cloud

SICK has announced that its new LiveConnect web service will be the standard for bringing live data from SICK sensors to their digital twins in the Cloud, supporting customer progress towards Industry 4.0 digitilisation. SICK LiveConnect is an easy-to-use, real-time monitoring App that manages the routing and forwarding of live sensor data, so that it can be integrated into online dashboards and software.

Taking the lead with digital metrology

According to Manufacturing Confidence, a report by the Midlands Manufacturing Resilience Commission (M2R), digital industrialisation could be worth as much as £455 billion to Britain’s economy over the next decade. Here Mike John, managing director at industrial metrology supplier The Sempre Group, explores how involving metrology in plans to digitalise can help the British manufacturing sector become a world leader in innovation.

How to make sense of big data

Deploying RTUs on industrial assets is an important element of capturing, interpreting and using big data from an industrial process. In this article, Jean Burton, technical sales support manager at Ovarro, supplier of remote monitoring technologies, looks at how RTUs play a key role in accessing big data, helping improve situational awareness, security, productivity, safety and operations.

Best Practices Award

IXON, a leading remote service and IIoT solution provider for industrial machines and installations, has received the Frost & Sullivan 2020 New Product Innovation Award for IXON Cloud, the European IIoT Platform for Machine Building.

Pandemic triggers remote diagnostics tipping point

The adoption of ‘all-things remote’ has been amplified during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially the widespread use of remote assistance technologies. With manufacturing decision makers now focused on long term efficiency improvements, Nigel Flowers - UK managing director of Sumitomo (SHI) Demag - examines how moulders are eliminating inefficient tasks and benefiting from intelligent diagnostic tools to monitor and troubleshoot machine assets remotely.

Second generation of Autonomous Machine Vision systems

Inspekto, has announced it has launched the INSPEKTO S70 Gen.2, a new and improved version of its  Autonomous Machine Vision (AMV) system for industrial quality inspection. Powered by Autonomous Machine Vision AI (AMV-AI), the S70 Gen.2 supports an even higher number of use cases and allows for reliable quality inspection in challenging applications such as highly reflective materials, moving parts and vibrating platforms.

Cyber-security in the emerging digital world

It seems a long time ago now since various malware attacks on the operational layer changed the security landscape and highlighted vulnerabilities in the de-facto automation architecture. However, as we move along the road towards Smart Manufacturing with a view to improving efficiency, productivity and reliability of supply using the principles of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), the subject of cyber-security is becoming arguably even more important. Chris Evans, marketing & operations group manager at Mitsubishi Electric

3D printing - the future of aircraft

Benjamin Stafford, materials science expert at materials search engine Matmatch, explores the future relationship of aviation and additive manufacturing.

The Smart way to Industry 4.0 with PROFINET based technologies

INCASE (“Industry 4.0 via Networked Control Applications and Sustainable Engineering”), co-organised by PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI UK)and the European Interreg Project, are free-to-attend seminars that will address the key practical issues arising from the use of digital communications technologies in automated manufacturing and process industry applications, with particular attention to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

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