Building IoT connectivity

With the focus of IoT and IIoT centred around manufacturing, it is easy to forget IoT connectivity in buildings. According to a Schneider Electric white paper, everyone has a stake in optimizing power system management of buildings. One reason is that power systems are more complex and sophisticated than ever. Failure could mean the difference […]

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ABB drive provides its own PLC backup

PLCs are popular in plant and machine automation because of their flexibility and reliability. In normal operation, PLCs are unlikely to fail, and it is possible to run a backup PLC if required. But how far do you go in backing up a reliable PLC control system? The engineer at one Severn Trent wastewater treatment […]

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Beijer X2 marine HMI not just for ships

  Beijer Electronics has been one of the leading suppliers of HMIs for UK industrial applications for many years. The latest X2 Series offers a wide range of operator panels for industrial applications and marine versions. X2 panels specifically meet extended classes of marine certifications not available with standard HMIs. Furthermore, it makes them suitable […]

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Benefits of open platform controller for automation

  There are times in machine control that a PLC cannot give you the performance you need for a special requirement. Rather than opt for a PC or special micro controller,  a C-Controller offers an interesting alternative. Mitsubishi Electric’s C-controller can be used stand-alone controlling the I/O or integrated within the Mitsubishi Electric iQ-R control […]

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What should energy saving mean?

The second phase of the UK Government’s ESOS Energy Saving compliance programme is due in 2019. ESOS requires large companies to measure their total energy consumption and audit cost-effective energy saving opportunities. Schneider Electric is already prompting organisations to start thinking about their audits. But, it reminded me of an energy saving blog from their […]

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