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Investing in the age of doubt

In a guest column, exclusive to Connectivity, Laura England, junior account manager at Stone Junction – the first ever PR agency for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, explains why manufacturers must invest in certainty during a period of doubt.

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Top considerations when purchasing an industrial router

It is universally acknowledged that a plant manager in search of Industry 4.0 functionality requires a router. But it’s also true that you get what you pay for. If you buy a pair of knock off designer sunglasses while on holiday, its performance will no-doubt fall short of the real thing. The same goes for your industrial router.

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Botnet invasion: Examining security implications to the IoT

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) is now one of the most popular and damaging cyberweapons available to hackers, causing approximately a third of IT downtime. So, what can be done? Here are a few simple steps that we can all do to safeguard ourselves from botnet attacks.

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Collaboration in laboratory automation

The Dutch company Synchron Lab Automation developed an automated DNA extraction system with very high throughput rates by working very closely with Festo. As a result, customers in the seed industry can collect DNA from up to 40,000 samples per day.

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    People and robots adjust Ford headlights(15/08/2019)

    In cooperation with partner Dürr, KUKA Robots & Automation developed a smart automation process for the headlight adjustment of the new Ford Focus. The operator and the sensitive lightweight robot KUKA LBR iiwa work safely in the same work area without a safety fence. KUKA Automatisering + Robots N.V. in Belgium and Dürr were honoured by Ford Motor Company with an World Excellence Award in the category “Aligned Business Framework” for this intelligent and innovative automation solution.

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    Meeting the automation challenges of smart manufacturing(13/08/2019)

    It is worth stating that implementing smart manufacturing is a very worthwhile exercise, successfully applying a level of smart manufacturing will bring greater efficiencies and flexibility to any given production process. It is also a significant step toward ‘futureproofing’ a production enterprise.

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    The meat retreat(13/08/2019)

    With the appearance, texture, smell and taste of an authentic beef-based burger, Impossible Foods epitomises the rise of plant-based meat alternatives. More than a mere lentil patty, the US company’s burgers are made using a magic ingredient called heme, allowing them to ‘bleed’ just like the real deal. With the rise in meat-free diets, how can manufacturers keep pace? Darcy Simonis, industry network leader for ABB’s food and beverage segment, explains more.

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    5G and the smart supply chain(09/08/2019)

    In recent years, enterprises have made great strides forward in supply chain efficiency as automated IIoT devices proliferate across the supply chain. These devices rely on data to perform effectively. As a result, companies in every industry are emphasising data collection and analysis, giving rise to edge computing, which gathers and processes data directly where data is generated, known as the network edge.

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    How to safely introduce collaborative robots to the supply chain(07/08/2019)

    According to reports by the International Federation of Robotics, in 2017 there was a global average of 74 robot units to every 10,000 employees in the manufacturing industry. As the industry’s reliance on robotics grows, manufacturers must ensure that they do all that they can to keep workers safe. In this article Jonathan Wilkins, Director at EU Automation, explains what manufacturers should consider when introducing collaborative robots to the production line.

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