Industrial Ethernet continues to outpace traditional fieldbuses

For engineers interested in the industrial communications market, each yearHMS Networks produces a report from their market research. Through 2023, HMSexpects the industrial network market to grow by 7%. Significantly, this growthhighlights the ongoing importance of network connectivity in factoryautomation. As an example, they expect the growth of installed IndustrialEthernet nodes, to be 10% higher […]

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For 2G and 3G the writing is on the wall

With the inexorable growth of 5G and later 6G mobile networks the UK Government has announced the closure of 2G and 3G networks. This is to encourage the smooth transition to faster, more advanced 5G, and public ambition for Open RAN rollout as part of the Telecoms Supply Chain Diversification Strategy. A Radio Access Network […]

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Your first three steps to factory digital transformation

By most accounts, many factory digital transformation efforts have yet to achieve their anticipated benefits. Of the companies promoting the benefits of Industry 4.0, few have the experience as Schneider Electric. Their Smart Factory programme started in-house by putting theory into practice and delivered tangible productivity benefits. As a result, their Batam “lighthouse factory” in […]

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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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