Addressing wireless safety in automation

Wireless networking in automation continues to grow as users recognise the many practical benefits. However, the adoption of wireless safety in automation has been slower. Signal reliability, security and range are the leading inhibitors to wireless adoption for safety applications. But according to a white paper from Schneider Electric, this is due mainly to perceived […]

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Why convert existing machines from DC to AC motors

  When refurbishing machines, converting from DC to AC motors and drives has many advantages. They include the use of AC variable speed drives to improve reliability, reduce running costs and provide energy savings. Over 20 years ago DC motors and drives dominated many markets and industries. The reason was that only DC motors could […]

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New OEM business models

Planning and developing new machines are major investments for OEMs. There are many drivers from competitor activity, customer demand, new techlologies and new comcepts like Industry 4.0 . The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is about the value of data, but what is this data, where is it from, who is collecting it and how is […]

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Secure open source building automation

We are expecting to use more electricity in buildings as designers plan for a low carbon economy. While electricity demand will increase, so too will prices as we continue to fund green production. Secure open source building automation will help operators improve building responsiveness and efficiency. The government has committed to a low carbon economy. […]

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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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