How are smart machines improving productivity?

IIot and smart machines are offering OEMs and manufacturers a step-change in ways to improve flexibility and productivity. The emergence of Industry 4.0 is triggering significant transformation in manu­facturing and production industries.   Making the case for the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) Schneider Electric’s Rainer Beudert, Marketing Director for the system and software Machine Solutions […]

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Simplify machine automation by reducing suppliers

The benefits of a reducing the number of suppliers are widely recognized across manufacturing and industry, with savings including lower development costs and faster time-to-market for new products.  Mitsubishi Electric argues the same benefits can be realised by machine builders of all sizes.   Typically, the overall cost of design, programming, development, assembly and testing […]

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New SCADA helps Scottish brewers avoid malt and barley blues

A grain drying and storage facility that supplies some of Scotland’s leading distilleries has installed a new Movicon SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system to consolidate series of plant upgrades and expansions.   Highland Grains Ltd is an agricultural cooperative, owned by its 89 members, which dries, conditions and stores malting barley and other […]

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Omron Factory uses Microsoft Big Data fo find productivity gains

In a recent project to improve productivity at Omron’s Kusatsu plant, engineers wanted to support anecdotal reports from plant-floor operators with real-time information. Their goal was to identify and assess continuous improvement projects with real-time data. To realise this, the factory traced products through the manufacturing processes to analyse where improvements can be made.   […]

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The i3 Intelligent Control Station | the best things in threes.

  IMO’s i3Cube offers system builders and OEMs an Intelligent Control Station combining PLC and HMI for small applications, with lower cost, simpler installation and faster configuration. There is a choice: three basic modules with keys and touch screens up to 320 x 240; three built-in I/O options (including none); three communications options including Ethernet. […]

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