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The challenges and benefits of smart manufacturing
Chris Evans, Marketing and Operations Group Manager at Mitsubishi Electric, explores what is actually meant by “smart manufacturing” by considering the benefits of adopting the concept and what challenges may lie ahead
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Planning for automation in the food and beverage sector
Most large scale food processing plants have already grasped the advantages of improved automation, However, says Mark Lilley of B├╝rkert Fluid Control Systems, some medium and smaller scale businesses, although appreciative of the benefits, remain reticent about the process of implementation and how the latest technology will combine with an existing installation
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Investing in a smart infrastructure
One energy myth that isn’t misunderstood is the rapid depletion of fossil fuel resources — experts estimate that these fuels will be exhausted in the next century and, as a result, there is a global effort to invest in a more diverse range of energy generation techniques. However, substantial investments in smart infrastructure are required to ensure the successful implementation and longevity, of renewable technologies. Here, Adrian Kimberley, Regional Sales Manager for industrial software company COPA-DATA UK, discusses the world’s changing energy generation techniques and the infrastructure changes required to introduce renewable technology
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Modern SCADA systems must support multiple formats
It is hard to imagine a current automation system working without the capacity to use some sort of database technology. The process data needed for effective control and analysis in order to improve productivity is becoming extensive. The result, says Paul Hurst of Products4Automation, is that SCADA systems are needed not simply to perform their traditional supervisory control and monitoring role, but also to provide a platform to process, manage and store big data
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Inspection and maintenance an aid to profitable power generation
This year is being seen as a pivotal year in O&M strategy for the UK wind power industry, with many long-term service contracts reaching the end of their term. Here, Andrew Baggaley, Aftermarket Manager at Dana Brevini UK, considers the elements of gearbox inspection for onshore renewables
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Delivering on the requirements for ATEX control panels
Designing and building process control panels requires considerable experience and expertise, especially when they are destined for hazardous areas. These potentially explosive atmospheres, or zoned areas, are more common than you’d think, says Neil Saunders, General Manager of Burkert Fluid Control Systems, with applications spread across a number of industries from obvious ones like oil and gas to less well recognised areas such as food and drink or rail
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The business of designing and sizing busbars
Introduction of IEC 61439 switchgear and control standards has had significant implications for the design and performance of the copper busbar system, says manufacturer Rittal. It’s an area which design engineers need to appreciate, not least because the new testing regime and the requirement for compliance has changed the way we think about the selection of the busbar system
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Eco-buildings: the quiet IoT revolution
Pressures driving increasing IoT adoption in buildings management are cultural, social, regulatory and financial. Employee expectations, rising energy costs, mandates for increased energy efficiency and the corresponding expansion of energy demand-response programmes have pushed many businesses and facilitates to pull the disparate systems and hardware that run their buildings into the wider IoT. Asad Zaidi, Channel Marketing Engineer at Schneider Electric, explains
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