Monitoring system prevents losses from failing drives systems

Drives and rotating machines are at the heart of most production processes. Providing early warning for failing drives systems is straight forward in application and cost effective when using predictive maintenance. To a high degree, modern drive systems are reliable, but when failures occur, they are costly and time consuming. Direct and indirect costs from […]

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Connected systems offer cost savings in quarries and mines

Saving energy generally means making an investment in equipment and many operators use payback periods to justify the expenditure. So, what do you address first and where do you go for further optimisation and cost savings? Trevor Herbert, Business Development Manager for Mitsubishi Electric Automation Systems Division addressed the British Aggregates Association (BAA) recently. He […]

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Will TSN be another disruptive communications technology?

The growth of IIoT means information has become the most important commodity for international manufacturing industries. Automation systems need the ability to handle large amounts of data at speed and Time Stamped Networks (TSN) provide this. TSN offers a non-proprietary technical solution for delivering high performance deterministic communication between industrial devices to field level over […]

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Digitising legacy production equipment pays dividends

Modern plant automation systems provide transparent monitoring of system status, plus tools such as condition monitoring or predictive maintenance. All help to reduce unscheduled downtime and improve productivity. However, the same is not true of many existing installations where the owners have yet to recognise the benefits of digitising legacy equipment from fairly simple and […]

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Moving from food producer to a smart food factory pays dividends

Food producers often operate without industrial networks connecting machines and systems across the factory floor. However, as demand increases, so does the need to improve productivity. For companies considering a move to becoming a smart food factory, network connectivity across a production site is the first step. Food producers currently span the full automation spectrum. […]

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