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How to implement safety laser scanners and prevent accidents

How to implement safety laser scanners and prevent accidents
Safety laser scanners are a great option to keep workers out of hazardous areas without using barriers, fencing or caging. At their core is an optical sensor that uses pulsed laser light to scan the surrounding area, prompting a dangerous machine to stop if it detects an intrusion. These versatile systems can effectively improve safety on the factory floor, but to fully reap their benefits, manufacturers must mount and configure them correctly. Here Neil Ballinger, Head of EMEA at EU Automation, offers some tips for correct design and installation.
21st October 2020

The top 3 emerging jobs: AI, data protection and robotics

The top 3 emerging jobs: AI, data protection and robotics
Despite the financial instability that characterised the first half of 2020, the demand for professionals in the field of data management and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is steadily on the rise. This is what emerges from LinkedIn’s 2020 UK Emerging Jobs Report, which revealed that companies are on the lookout for individuals that have a strong technical background, but also outstanding problem-solving skills. Neil Ballinger, Head of EMEA at EU Automation, examines the UK’s top-three emerging jobs and what these trends mean for manufacturers.
13th October 2020

Exploring the common language for industrial automation

Exploring the common language for industrial automation
The open source Robot Operating System (ROS) has been around for over ten years and has thousands of developers building packages for it. In fact, according to a 2019 report by ABI Research, nearly 55% of the world's robots will include a ROS package by 2024. With this language growing in popularity, Neil Ballinger, Head of EMEA at EU Automation, discusses whether ROS is becoming the common automation language for robotics.
29th September 2020


Could obsolete parts help tackle environmental problems?

Could obsolete parts help tackle environmental problems?
Upgrading to the latest mobile phone or laptop offers the chance to get rid of the old and embrace the new, often in spite of your older model still working. In industrial settings, there’s often a similar pressure to upgrade, chasing higher productivity and efficiency. However, just because something is old, even obsolete, it doesn’t mean you have to find a replacement.
23rd September 2020

Risks and opportunities in hybrid cloud storage

Risks and opportunities in hybrid cloud storage
  Modern manufacturing has become very data intensive, which has made choosing where to store data critically importance. Here Neil Ballinger, Head of EMEA at EU Automation, explains the trade-offs and opportunities of hybrid cloud storage.
18th September 2020

Could remote working become the new normal?

Could remote working become the new normal?
Back in 2015, a survey of business owners by Virgin Media Business predicted that 60% of office-based employees would regularly work from home by 2022. This year, global disruption saw us prematurely exceed this figure. The majority of office workers began working from home to ensure business continuity. Could our current experiences of remote working mean that we continue to exceed this prediction? Here Alex Darby, Head of People at EU Automation, explores how businesses can embrace a new era of working.
11th September 2020

Three tips to improve data collection in manufacturing

Three tips to improve data collection in manufacturing
Collecting data from devices connected to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is critical in smart manufacturing. It can help, among other things, monitor the health state of machines, track stock levels and gain precious insight on how to maximise productivity. However, this can only be achieved with comprehensive and accurate data. Here Neil Bellinger, Head of EMEA at EU Automation, explains how to improve data collection.
10th September 2020

Will competing Fieldbus ever evolve into open-source architecture?

Will competing Fieldbus ever evolve into open-source architecture?
As it evolved into the multifaceted enterprise it is today, Uber realised that to help its designers stay in sync, it had to provide common, open-source design libraries for all its services. The approach proved successful. So, what can automation professionals learn from it? Here Neil Ballinger, Head of EMEA at EU Automation, considers the case of Fieldbus and whether or not it will ever develop into an open-source architecture.
3rd September 2020

The problem of skills obsolescence in manufacturing

The problem of skills obsolescence in manufacturing
Could you recommend a good farrier? Chances are that, unless you own a horse, none will come to your mind. This is not surprising - after cars replaced horses, advanced knowledge of equine hoof care became a rare skill. The same is happening to a variety of manufacturing skills, fallen into oblivion after new technologies replaced older ones. Here, Neil Ballinger, Head of EMEA at EU Automation, talks about skills obsolescence and explains why it’s becoming a concern in manufacturing.
27th August 2020

COVID-19: Three changes for the engineering industry

COVID-19: Three changes for the engineering industry
Having shown overwhelming resilience in the face of adversity, the manufacturing and engineering industry is one that will be irrevocably changed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Here Neil Ballinger, Head of EMEA at EU Automation, looks at three aspects of engineering that will change for the better.
19th August 2020

How can deep learning benefit manufacturing?

How can deep learning benefit manufacturing?
In Christopher Nolan’s 2010 masterpiece Inception, the protagonist is a corporate spy who steals information by infiltrating people’s dreams, exploring the different layers of his victims’ subconscious to find a path to the desired information. Deep learning, a specialised form of machine learning, works in a similar way, recreating the complex architectures of our brain’s neural networks to find information hidden in big data.
6th August 2020

Is your global supply chain counterfeit-free?

Is your global supply chain counterfeit-free?
In the age of e-commerce and global supply chains, the world markets provide opportunities for companies to grow and expand their customer base. However, complex supply chains also create more opportunities to introduce counterfeited products. Here Neil Ballinger, Head of EMEA Sales at EU Automation, explains why the problem is growing and how to tackle it.
30th July 2020

What is the key to reducing industrial waste?

What is the key to reducing industrial waste?
Electronic and electrical waste is fast becoming a global crisis. Worldwide, over 50 million tonnes of e-waste are produced each year. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, Director at EU Automation, explores whether a proactive obsolescence strategy could be the key to reducing industrial waste.
22nd July 2020

Three innovative approaches to obsolescence management

Three innovative approaches to obsolescence management
Evidence shows that components obsolescence is increasing rapidly. According to recent research by IHS Technology, in the year 2000 alone, component manufacturers issued 1,164 End-Of-Life (EOL) or product discontinuance notices, and the figure spiked to 5,506 by 2014. Though IHS forecasts that the number of such notices is going to decline, it’s always best to be prepared. Here Neil Balligner, Head of EMEA at EU Automation, looks at three innovative ways to proactively manage obsolescence. 
15th July 2020

Is voice recognition technology ready for manufacturing?

Is voice recognition technology ready for manufacturing?
Years ago, self-service kiosks were pure imagination. Today, grabbing products and paying without human interaction is an everyday activity. Now, companies like McDonald’s are going further and investing in voice-based technologies to speed up the customer’s experience even more. Here Neil Ballinger, Head of EMEA at EU Automation, explains what manufacturers can learn from large retailer kiosks, especially from the voice recognition systems.
29th June 2020

The different types of robots used to automate manufacturing

The different types of robots used to automate manufacturing
There is rarely, if ever, a one-size-fits-all approach to manufacturing. It is important that site managers know what considerations to make when choosing an industrial robot to automate their processes. In this article, Jonathan Wilkins, Director of EU Automation, discusses what manufacturers should consider when choosing what type of robot to invest in.
17th April 2020

How Industry 4.0 has changed the workforce

How Industry 4.0 has changed the workforce
Loud speaker and subwoofer manufacturer, Paradigm Electronics has implemented robots to assist with product polishing. Humans collaborate with the robots but no longer perform the entire time consuming and laborious task themselves. In fact, most jobs have been altered in some way by the introduction of Industry 4.0. Jonathan Wilkins, Marketing Director of EU Automation, explains how job roles are changing with Industry 4.0.
23rd January 2018

Bring your phone to work – how smart technology is impacting industry

Bring your phone to work – how smart technology is impacting industry
When Google Glass was first released to the public, it did not receive the expected response and the technology was deemed a failure. However, the technology did not disappear altogether, as the new and improved Google Glass is changing the factory floor. Here Jonathan Wilkins, Marketing Director, EU Automation, explains how everyday smart technology can impact industry.
29th September 2017

Technologies that are tipping the balance of Industry 4.0

Technologies that are tipping the balance of Industry 4.0
Jonathan Wilkins, Marketing Director of obsolete industrial parts supplier, EU Automation explores the top three tipping points in the realisation of Industry 4.0. Industry 4.0 is still a burgeoning concept. However, rapid socio-economic developments and changes are causing disruptions to business and society and the fourth industrial revolution is beginning to take its first few steps towards the steep drop. There are three major tipping points that could push Industry 4.0 in the direction of becoming a fully realised concept.
6th September 2017

Facility layout and its impact on operational efficiency

Facility layout and its impact on operational efficiency
Jonathan Wilkins, Marketing Director at obsolete equipment supplier EU Automation discusses how factory design can impact operational efficiency. One of the most famous buildings in the New York skyline, The Empire State Building, underwent a $550m environmental upgrade in 2011. Improving insulation, implementing energy saving technologies and refurbishing 6,500 windows cut the building’s annual energy usage by a substantial $4.4m. When renovating or designing any facility, efficiency can be improved by careful design and planning.
25th July 2017


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