Combining energy efficiency with productivity improvements

Most industries face the common challenges of reducing energy use whilst maintaining product quality and productivity. Productivity improvements drive up profits to satisfy stakeholders. On an industrial site with an electricity bill of £150,000 a year, about £100,000 may go on running motors. According to ABB Drives, the energy-saving benefits of energy-saving drives are well […]

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What manufacturers need to know about remote management tools

Many organisations want to know how remote management tools can help their productivity and reduce cost and downtime. When your competent operators are inaccessible, secure remote access to industrial automation systems is essential to sustain production plant operations. According to Schneider Electric, in a digital world, automation expertise is now a click away. Remote management tools […]

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Is Zero Engineering the Next Era in Industrial Automation?

  A recent article from Schneider Electric considers the prospect of zero engineering for control and process automation. Various tools already exist and achieving the next step will be the biggest change since the introduction of PLCs. Fifty years ago, before Modicon first developed the PLC for its automotive customers, making system changes for annual vehicle model […]

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Using IIoT to leverage performance from plant data

  Boosting responsiveness, productivity and flexibility on the factory floor is the key to enhanced competitiveness. Effectively leveraging data is central to this and for ensuring the successful deployment of new and updated automation systems. Mitsubishi Electric’s Jeremy Shinton considers new controllers for managing the convergence of IT and OT to optimise plant data management […]

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Time sensitive networks (TSN) making standard Ethernet deterministic

In a recent blog, Schneider Electric considered how TSN Standards will open the door to new levels of industrial productivity. It works by regulating the Layer 2 data communications to make standard Ethernet deterministic. One of the important benefits of digitisation is the ability to analyse captured data to derive business value and profitability. Yet, […]

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