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Editor: Jonathan Severn
6th December 2017

The UK government has published its Industrial Strategy, outlining how it will create an economy that boosts productivity and earning power. Of particular note, the government wants the country to take a leading role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (also referred to as 4IR or Industry 4.0).

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) may be aware of the potential benefits of embarking on the 'Industry 4.0 journey' but be unsure of how to get started. We have already published numerous technical articles and application stories about implementing Industry 4.0, including articles about what machine builders and system integrators can do to help their customers adopt Industry 4.0.

Aside from reading these articles on, if you want to find out more about Industry 4.0 you should scroll down this month's newsletter to see the item about the Industry 4.0 Summit and co-located Factories of the Future Expo; these take place on 28 February and 1 March and could be your ideal starting point.


hgBenefits of using 'smart' connectors for identification
Harting outlines how 'smart' connectors can be used for identifying machines or machine modules, as well as for predictive maintenance. More?

nvStrain gauge load cells with functional safety certification
Four BLH Nobel load cell product families are now available with EN ISO 13849 and IEC 61508 certifications for functional safety applications. More?

eaEssentra adds 500+ products for control and automation
Essentra is now supplying pushbutton switches, selector switches, pilot lights and IP65 control units, plus gas struts, handles and shaft collars. More?

dkzForce AIR Touch Sensors now available from Digi-Key
These sensors offer advantages over other touch-sensitive technologies, enabling users to interact with almost any display or surface. More?

pfInductive position measurement for Industry 4.0 applications
New from Pepperl+Fuchs, the PMI F90 system has programmable switch points and an IO-Link connection for transmitting positional and other data. More?


esSouthern Manufacturing enters a new era
In February Southern Manufacturing takes up residence at its new home in Farnborough, with around 800 exhibitors plus a seminar programme. More?

gaRegister now for Industry 4.0 Summit and Factories of the Future
Learn from leading manufacturers and SMEs about their Industry 4.0 journey and how to digitalise operations. Early Bird booking ends 23 December. More?


ah3-6 axis photonics alignment platform for 24/7 production
Aerotech's FiberMaxHP is a high-reliability 3-6 axis photonics alignment platform that does not compromise on speed, accuracy or resolution. More?

brOperator Guidance System reduces risk of human error
New from Bosch Rexroth, OGS is a simple, low-cost yet highly effective way to support manually assembly and reduce the risk of human error. More?

brMulti-function sensors measure flow and temperature
For precise flow and temperature measurement, Baumer's FlexFlow sensors feature IO-Link, a choice of switching outputs and integrated electronics. More?

stNon-contact torque transducer used on powertrain test rig
A TorqSense transducer from Sensor Technology is key to the success of AVID Technology's work on electric and hybrid vehicle powertrains. More?

ieNew PICMG 1.3 SBC for data- and graphic-intensive applications
IBASE is launching its IB990 PICMG 1.3 full-size CPU card that is highly suitable for factory automation and other industrial applications. More?

mnVolt-free, standalone RFID safety switches for machine guards
RSS-Series RFID safety switches from Mechan Controls have been designed to make upgrading to RFID technology as easy as possible. More?

sfNew SKF online catalogue simplifies bearing selection
Far more than a catalogue, this engineering resource covers bearing selection, configuration, applications, thermal analysis and installation. More?

lsStainless Belleville spring washers ex-stock from Lee Spring
Lee Spring's Belleville spring washers are manufactured from passivated 300 series stainless steel, with standard outside diameters of 5mm to 95mm. More?

pzUsing 2D and 3D sensing technologies to safeguard machines
This article from Pilz explains when and where various types of 2D and 3D machinery safety sensor are best applied. More?

WLAN wireless module for machine building
The WLAN 1100 wireless module from Phoenix Contact combines Access Point and antenna technology, and installs on the outside of a cabinet. More?


Welcome to the Elbonians
This week the Elbonians gain access to the company network, Dilbert benefits from it and there are further consequences as the week progresses.  More?

Jonathan Severn

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