OPC Foundation brochure.
There has been a lot in the automation press and online about using OPC UA over a Time Sensitive Networks. The resulting OPC UA TSN certainly could be the basis for…Read More
PowerEngineering decisions critical for ensuring sustainability
DetectIntegrating manual assembly cells into factory automation systems
ControlIT-systems/IIoT changing industrial network market
DetectImportance of AI to manufacturing clear says study
ControlUsing AI in factories to improve productivity
Installing a Mitsubishi Electric automation upgrade has halved Denby Pottery’s clay manufacturing times and cut lost production.
The automation upgrda has empowered the artisans with greater control over skilled manufacturing processes to improve product quality….Read More
For manufacturers profits are under pressure from both ends of the supply chain. On one side, material, labour and energy costs are increasing. On the other, customers want smaller batch sizes, faster deliveries and…Read More
High quality sealing has become more challenging as the industry moves to sustainable packaging. It is due the move to thinner plastic films, multilayer packaging and recyclable eco-films. A fast HFFS machine using Omron…Read More
ABB AC drives update plastic extruders.
Most older plastic extrusion machines used DC drives, but few new ones do. What has driven this change are new generations of high performing AC motors and VSDs. Using…Read More
IIot plant modernisation
If you are in the fortunate position of developing a ‘green field’ manufacturing plant, digitisation is the obvious way forward. But for most companies, this is not the case. It is more…Read More
Electric cylinder actuators offer a high-speed, compact and price competitive alternative to pneumatic cylinders. Products from leading manufacturer SMAC also use moving coil technology to give the added advantage of a patented soft-land capability.
Commercial, political and environmental pressures are driving organisations to make more with less. This means they need to increase productivity with fewer resources, and using less energy. Thus, connectivity offered by the Internet of…Read More
New generations of collaborative robots (cobots) are changing the face of manufacturing in the UK. From a low starting point, in 2016 the UK increased robot installations for the first time in four years….Read More
BPX has acquired the business of Manchester-based JK-Electrical, a longstanding distributor of Telemecanique and Schneider Electric. The business will now trade as BPX Manchester and we welcome the JK Electrical staff to the BPX…Read More
To begin with, it is hardly surprising that engineers are confused about what IIoT means for the automation of their industry. A recent study by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers showed only 8% of…Read More
The new field to cloud capability offered by WAGO Cloud Data Control simply and easily connects the real and digital worlds. Recognised for its electrical interconnection products, WAGO has a core…Read More
Whether Industry 4 represents automated heaven or an engineers’ hell rather depends on your viewpoint. From a management perspective, the challenge for manufacturers is knowing how best to improve productivity. This is important for…Read More
The development of Human-Robotic cooperation (HRC) in manufacturing is at an early stage. Collaborative robot (cobot) design allows them to work alongside people in a production cell. It is no longer necessary to install…Read More