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Long live the PLC!

Long live the PLC!
The popularity of fitness classes and online channels dedicated to wellbeing shows that, when it comes to our bodies, people are fully aware that prevention is the key to health. The same is true when it comes to industrial equipment like Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), the heart of industrial automation. Here Neil Ballinger, Head of EMEA at EU Automation, shares his expert advice on how to maintain PLCs.
12th November 2020

Can software solve manufacturing's great planning crisis?

Can software solve manufacturing's great planning crisis?
Big data has become ubiquitous with manufacturing. A planner’s dream, you would assume. Unfortunately, today’s planners are experiencing information overload. Here, Martyn Williams, Managing Director at COPA-DATA UK explains why, to capitalise on the wealth of data available, planners in manufacturing need data analysis tools that are fit for purpose.
4th November 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


Improving tech monitoring of industrial infrastructures

Improving tech monitoring of industrial infrastructures
Paessler is expanding its PRTG platform to offer better monitoring within converged industrial IT and Operational Technology (OT) environments. The technology monitoring specialist has developed a new sensor to capture data from IoT devices and signed a new partnership with INSYS icom, an expert in industrial data communications.
29th 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

Green engineering for the commercial vehicle sector

Green engineering for the commercial vehicle sector
The coronavirus pandemic has led the single biggest fall in heat-trapping emissions in the history of humankind, according to a study in Australia. Now is the time to make the investments to lock in the benefits of this change. Here, Roger Brereton, Head of Sales at Pailton Engineering, explains how vehicle manufacturers can achieve more with less, by using parts engineered for optimal energy use.
28th August 2020

TM Robotics launches robotics consultation service

TM Robotics launches robotics consultation service
Electronics manufacturing has experienced extraordinary change. Responding to the shifting needs of the sector, TM Robotics has launched a new robotics consultation service to advise manufacturers on how automation can aid recovery and growth. Held with a TM Robotics automation specialist, the free consultations can be managed remotely or by appointment.
24th August 2020

Compact box PCs provide cost and space savings

Compact box PCs provide cost and space savings
Rockwell Automation announced availability of its new Allen-Bradley VersaView 6300 box PCs and thin clients to deliver computing performance in compact, durable and affordably priced packages. The VersaView 6300 box PCs and thin clients fit in the palm of a hand, making them the smallest industrial computers to date from Rockwell Automation. The compact design can help users realise valuable panel-space and reduce costs.
24th August 2020

Creating a bin picking solution for process automation

Creating a bin picking solution for process automation
As factory automation advances and the labour market changes, there are new pressures put on factory and manufacturing organisations to increase flexibility, reduce risks, and improve margins. This has gained world-wide attention with the COVID-19 pandemic. The world watched as manufacturing transformed to meet changing demands. And automation professionals are looking for better ways to adapt their factories to address these challenges in similar situations in the future.
21st August 2020

Automation software to aid manufacturing post-COVID-19

Automation software to aid manufacturing post-COVID-19
Post COVID-19 predictions can paint a bleak picture for the future of manufacturing. There is no denying that this pandemic has changed the state of industry, but the impact of the crisis has not been all negative. Here, Martyn Williams, Managing Director at COPA-DATA UK examines how manufacturers can positively adapt to resuming the new normal.
3rd August 2020


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