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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Can a production batch size of one be cost effective?

Industrial Automation equipment manufacturers know it is critical that their products are easily integrated into IIoT manufacturing operations. They enable producers to become more agile in responding quickly to changing consumer demands. But is the goal of a batch size of one realistic? Making a larger number of products more efficiently is only a benefit […]

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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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Modicon M262 Smart IIoT integration simplifies connectivity

Industry 4.0 is transforming the way engineers and manufacturers think about factory automation. Few manufacturing companies are actively implementing it yet and many have not given it much thought. However, for machine builders the fast approaching era of digital transformation offers new opportunities if they implement smart IIoT integration platforms. Device makers are adapting their […]

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Mitsubishi Electric MAPS 4 offers multi-functional SCADA platform

  MAPS 4 is a multi-functional SCADA from Mitsubishi Electric with object orientated control and visualisation software for demanding customers and applications. It provides a full life-cycle planning, management and integration platform for applications from manufacturing to infrastructure. An HMI version also exists for machine builders and customers wanting a lightweight localised control and visualisation […]

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