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Artificial Intelligence becomes a reality

Developing the UK’s IT infrastructure across manufacturing sectors is essential. The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) for industrial applications, brings a need for IT specialists to implement such technology, and train the manufacturing workforce on how to use it. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

Benefits of edge computing in industry

George Walker, managing director of industrial control and automation provider Novotek UK and Ireland, explains the core benefits of edge computing.

Improving productivity with facial recognition

In 2018, Facebook faced a class action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology. The lawsuit alleged that Facebook gathered biometric information without users’ explicit consent. Technology has rapidly caught up with the human ability to read faces, progressing to a stage where facial recognition could improve industrial security. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

Can you afford not to use predictive analytics?

Smart Machines & Factories looks at how food and beverage manufacturers can reduce downtime using predictive analytics to enable prescriptive maintenance.

Focus on the driving forces behind intelligent industry

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are continuing to grow in importance within Industry 4.0. With Industrial Intelligence as its lead theme, the 2019 Hannover Messe is putting this development centre stage. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

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Compressed air systems show Industry 4.0 in action

If Industry 4.0 has so much to offer manufacturers, why are so few of them rushing to implement it? Smart Machines & Factories spoke to Carl Sharpe, UK & Ireland sales manager of compressed air specialist BOGE who has some practical, real-life examples to show how its benefits can easily be gained right now.

3D printing - driving the sustainability agenda

Critics of 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, have long cited the technology’s reliance on plastic filament as the primary print material, and it would seem that with the global focus on reducing plastic wastage they have a point - or do they? Has 3D printing now reached a maturity level where it cannot only support the sustainability agenda, but actively drive it? Smart Machines & Factories reports.

Optimising plant performance through digitalisation

Industrial plant operators are increasingly supporting better decision-making by using the digitalisation capabilities available through instrumentation and plant management systems. Saverio Barbero Lodigiani and David Lincoln for ABB Measurement and Analytics in the UK, explain how these capabilities can help to boost plant and process performance by providing the data needed for smarter operation and maintenance.

Industry 4.0 and the language barrier

Various different terms have evolved to describe the Industry 4.0 phenomenon: but are they helping industry to understand the changes ahead or is language a barrier to implementation? Aaron Blutstein looks for answers in conversation with Steve Sands (SS) of Festo.

How to save time and space

igus has announced  its module connect is a new kind of plug-in connector  for connecting different electric cables, fibre optic cables and pneumatic hoses and says its simple, modular design, creates a unique connect/disconnect point with a single module consisting of several different connector inserts. Used as part of a readychain, it connects several cables in the smallest of installation spaces, in one go.

Smart condition monitoring protects production process

Muntons Malt, one of the UK’s largest producers of malted barley has chosen the Smart Condition Monitoring (SCM) system from Mitsubishi Electric to protect fans and motors vital to its large-scale and sensitive production process. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

Are two arms better than one?

Giving a robot a second arm offers many potential attractions in terms of flexibility, load-carrying and performing complex operations. But practical applications of dual-arm robots have so far have been limited. Contributing editor Tony Sacks reports on some of the latest developments.

Helping engineers become connected

Bosch Rexroth has launched the CPS i4.0 training system as part of its commitment to help engineers prepare for the connected future. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

HARTING features connectivity and automation solutions for Integrated Industry at the Smart Factory Expo 2018

At Smart Factory Expo, HARTING (Stand D62)  featured new developments in its ranges of connectivity and automation solutions for improving the efficiency of manufacturing processes based on the concepts of Integrated Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT).

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