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How is Industry 4.0 impacting the supply chain?
Scott Fawcett, Divisional Managing Director of Essentra Components, discusses the impact industry 4.0 has had on the development of the supply chain, the need to streamline manufacturing processes, and the need to build one transparent ecosystem.
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How the role of the systems integrator is evolving
Andy Marshall, technical manager of systems integrator Boulting Technology, discusses how the role of the SI has changed over the course of his career, and what can be expected in the future.
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How to avoid losing data about manufacturing processes
Our reliance on data to complete our work, communicate with friends and stream our favourite TV series is increasing. In fact, 90 per cent of all data that exists today was created in the last two years. While not all of this data is important to manufacturers, losing any of their own data can be detrimental to the business. Here Sophie Hand, UK country account manager at industrial automation parts supplier EU Automation, explains how manufacturers can use virtualisation to consolidate and keep track of their data.
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How to specify brakes for safety-critical applications
In many safety-critical applications, safety brakes are often the only means of safeguarding against crashes or the inadvertent descent of suspended loads. Incorrect selection or dimensioning of these brakes can lead to serious injuries and damage to property. Therefore, it is essential that you take a critical look at the technical product details and the performance spectrum of the provider when selecting your brakes.
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How machine tools and systems can operate safely and efficiently
Michael Scalet, Industry Management Machine Tools at Leuze electronic GmbH + Co KG, discusses how sensors and control systems can be used to optimise the interaction between people and machinery.
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Over what distance can you use a thermal imaging camera?
Andrew Baker, Sales Director North Europe, Flir Systems Ltd, explains the issue of using a thermal imaging camera to measure temperatures over different distances.
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Energy efficiency and cost savings in mines and quarries
Most mines and quarries contain a proliferation of electric motors, powering fans, pumps, conveyors, crushers, winches, hydraulic power packs etc. They vary in size and importance from large machines that are critical to site safety and operations to smaller examples that enable basic plant processes such as dust suppression and surface water control. Each one is drawing electricity and unless it is already part of a smart control system, it could be contributing more towards energy and general cost saving.
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IT/OT convergence and the end of the automation pyramid
With structures of over four thousand years old, Egypt boasts some the oldest pyramids in existence. The history of automation’s pyramid however, a diagram representing the integration of technologies in industry, dwarfs in comparison. Could this engineering concept be coming to an end? Here, Stefan Reuther Chief Sales Officer at COPA-DATA, explains why IT/OT convergence will lead to the collapse of the automation pyramid.
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