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Top 5 problems with human machine interfaces

Seventy-five percent of office workers admit to resorting to physical violence against their computer; the other 25% probably only employed mental abuse. Jonathan Wilkins reports

Sourcing the extreme

The trials and tribulation of sourcing obsolete automation parts. Leroy Spence reports

Cybersecurity: a journey, not a destination

Cybersecurity is an arms race of escalating capabilities, says Chris Evans. ‘Defenders’ of vulnerable assets must constantly reassess the situation and implement new defences

Bionic creatures demonstrate new approaches to tomorrow’s factory

BionicANTs and eMotionButterflies illustrate how through combining individual systems, a single system of networked communications can be created; FlexShapeGripper demonstrates a flexible and adaptable gripping mechanism

Don’t develop – adapt!

SLMP for CC-Link IE offers rapid way to exploit the fastest growing open industrial Ethernet protocol

Manufacturing and the digital evolution

Increasing energy costs requires manufacturers to implement lean production solutions that help to eliminate risk, reduce costs and better manage maintenance to minimise production downtime

Standalone data logger

Provides simple monitoring of production quality, efficiency and throughput

Top five problems with PLCs

There is a propensity amongst those unfamiliar with the PLC to fear the mysterious 'black box' when troubleshooting, says Jonathan Wilkins

Optimised controller for HVAC and pumping applications

Family includes DIN rail-mounted versions with and without integrated displays and keypad, as well as a flush-mounted version for mounting in cabinets or panels

Explained: 10 popular cloud computing terms

Industrial automation components supplier European Automation has produced a helpful buzzword guide on cloud computing for the automation industry

Follow the yellow brick road to Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is this year’s automation industry buzzword, says Jonathan Wilkins

Smart remote I/O with front-end control logic

Moxa's ioLogik 2500 is designed for almost any distributed and remote I/O application

HMI/PLC for advanced analogue monitoring and control

Allows users to perform both operator interface and control for a much wider range of applications

Taking the heat out of trouble-shooting

Plant management solutions are homing in on all aspects of the process, from design to logistics

Display expert launches Advanced Wide View TFT display module

UK-based display company announces a new Kyocera 7.0-inch Advanced Wide View TFT display with enhanced viewing angle performance for demanding applications

Conveyor chains guarantees safe transportation

Can be used in automation, logistics systems, packaging, manufacturing of food and bakery products, pharmaceuticals and automotive industry

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