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Automation/Control

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

Why choose obsolete?

Infographic on the benefits of purchasing obsolete components as opposed to buying brand new equipment


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

RF switches for connected home wireless networks

Switches feature an operating temperature range up to 105°C for applications that require extended temperature

Enhancing production processes

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

PROFINET and CC-Link IE co-operation will expand open networks

CC-Link IE and CC-Link are the dominant open automation networks in Asia, while PROFINET is favoured in Europe

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Darren Halford challenges the outdated perceptions of sourcing obsolete industrial technology.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

Bearing design calculation software

Schaeffler has released a revised and updated version of its bearing design calculation software, BEARINX

The crucial scope of plant scheduling

Roch Gauthier looks at why executives need to view scheduling as a vital part of the business decision-making process

The rise of ubiquitous computing

Jonathan Wilkins discusses the concept of ubiquitous computing and how it will affect the relationship between humans and technology

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