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Improving plant safety with industrial automation

Jonathan Wilkins discusses how plant managers can improve safety by increasing automation

Reining in on industrial automation

Johannes Petrowisch discusses the benefits of cloud computing for the manufacturing industry

Automating the world

Jon Wilkins explains three interesting applications of robots outside manufacturing


Zero unplanned downtime - dream or reality?

Leroy Spence discusses how manufacturers can use predictive analytics to manage assets and minimise downtime

Precision mixing and dispensing

Applications in medical device manufacturing, optics, photonics, electronics assembly, biochemistry and semi-conductors

Flexible manufacturing through automated engineering

Automated equipment and robotics are the basis of any smart factory, meaning that to stay competitive, manufacturers must learn to embrace this technology. Jonathan Wilkins reports

Robot dispensing systems

System options that can be fully customised for use in the automotive, electronics and solar cells, information technology and multimedia, medical, aerospace, and defence industries

Machine learning and graph technology

Social networking tools and graph technology can map and extract insights between entities in a network. Jonathan Wilkins looks at how both can be used to make sense of big data in the manufacturing industry

I/O blocks enable quicker CC-Link IE network building

CC-Link IE provides gigabit bandwidth so that large amounts of data can be transmitted very quickly

Enhancing production processes

Offers individual, networked and reliable plant monitoring; encompasses a new range of search and visualisation functions

Trending tech for remote access

In the manufacturing industry the use of apps is becoming a more common way to access information. Jonathan Wilkins compares industrial apps to browser based alternatives

The risks of replacement

Darren Halford challenges the outdated perceptions of sourcing obsolete industrial technology.

Adaptive control

Paul Hurst explains how vacuum brazing control technology is successfully transferring to other sectors

Smart process automation

Chase Shih describes how simple network management protocol I/O is an enabling technology for intelligent process engineering

The path to productivity

Steve Leech outlines some key areas that can have a big impact on releasing a process plant’s productivity potential

Collaborative robots in the automotive industry

Automotive manufacturers have been using robotic equipment since the early 1960s, however, unlike the industrial robots of the past, the industry is now witnessing an influx of collaborative robotics. Fear not the cobot, says Jonathan Wilkins

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