CC-Link working group on open Ethernet safety

Open Ethernet safety Most people involved in manufacturing agree that the spread of open Ethernet has brought important benefits, such as enabling trends like Industry 4. However, it also has introduced new challenges, including cyber security. In the past, cyber security attracted little attention on many shop floors. Today, most engineers and technicians have securing […]

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Omron releases Sysmac Studio Team Edition

Omron Automation has released Sysmac Studio Team Edition, a major update of its machine development environment. The team Edition provides machine developers with a fully integrated Open Source distributed version control system from Git. Working with remote teams improves productivity. However, this becomes complicated in the maze of versions each developer team creates. Consequently, it […]

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iSmart lighting energy control

  Liberty Specialty Steels have updated their apprentice training centre lighting using IMO’s iSmart lighting energy control.  The new system provides improved levels of lighting control  and saves energy. The high-bay lights used in the 25-year-old centre were on all the time, even though the training centre operated from 8am to 6pm. Control of the […]

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Advanced condition monitoring in F&B

Advanced condition monitoring in F&B Unplanned downtime costs food producers anything from hundreds of pounds an hour to tens of thousands, depending on the process. In the production of food and bev, smart condition monitoring cuts downtime by anticipating device failure. For example, if a mixer unit fails in a processing plant the drop in […]

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IIoT worker participation offers advantages for producers

A recent white paper by leading automation provider Schneider Electric considers the advantages of IIoT worker participation in industrial automation. An empowered workforce can help turn existing automation control systems into industrial profit engines to drive measurable operational profitability.   Over the years, many new control strategies and initiatives have been based on the idea […]

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