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Four basic rules for good design-in

In a world where everything becomes smarter and more connected, the Internet of Things is on the rise. Due to increased demand on mobility and convenience, battery-driven devices hold an increasingly important role in this. For engineers the development is challenging: it involves knowledge about connectivity, energy harvesting and management, software and sensor integration.

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Turning the ‘robots steal jobs’ argument on its head

"An interesting comment was made at one of our recent events that made me wonder whether critics linking the growing capabilities of robots with the future demise of human employment are missing the point" says Mike Wilson, UK General Industry Sales and Marketing Manager, ABB Robotics.

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Camozzi’s C_Applications division delivers pick & place precision

Camozzi Automation’s C_Applications division has employed its Smart Industrial Automation expertise to develop a highly efficient pick and place unit for use in a car speaker assembly line.

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Increasing profitability by improving operational reliability and efficiency, using common safety

Today there is an increasing awareness that automation system performance has a major impact on industrial profitability. Automation systems control physical assets that transform energy and raw materials into finished products. The finished product can be sold at profit, which in simple terms is the difference between that product’s selling price and the cost of the energy and raw materials used to make it. 

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    AI throws light on automotive industry’s billion dollar intellectual property(12/07/2018)

    Aistemos, the market leader in AI-powered patent analytics, published Automotive Patent Trends 2018, the definitive guide to who’s protecting what across electrification, autonomy and connectivity. This new source of competitive intelligence is made possible by Cipher Automotive, the first analytics platform to focus on the automotive sector.

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    The analytical advantage: peering into the future of manufacturing(12/07/2018)

    Too many manufacturers find themselves stuck in the past, prisoners of their own highly complex systems and supply chains. They sit on treasure troves of data generated by machinery, employees and customers, but lack the ability to turn it into actionable insight. Stephen Ludlow, Principal Technology Consultant at SAS UK & Ireland says you can’t drive a car - never mind build one - with only a rear-view mirror.

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    Bridging the skills gap with automated engineering(05/07/2018)

    According to the State of Engineering Survey by Engineering UK, the industry requires 265,000 new skilled entrants annually in order to meet demand by 2024. Here, Martyn Williams, Managing Director at industrial software provider COPA-DATA UK, examines Britain’s engineering skills shortage and explains how automated engineering can redefine the role of the manufacturing engineer and ultimately bridge the skills gap.

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    Oil and gas industry goes digital(05/07/2018)

    Robotic Drilling Systems AS (RDS) develops fully automated operating robots for use in onshore and offshore oil and gas drilling. The aim is to replace cost-intensive manual labour by robots, which will drive down operating costs and eliminate the need for dangerous tasks to be performed by humans in the future. In terms of its drive and control technology, RDS works in close cooperation with Siemens. The company also uses components from the Siemens automation portfolio in its robots.

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    Records rolling off the line(05/07/2018)

    ŠKODA automobiles unite tradition with technology, and the brand is enjoying increasing popularity that extends far beyond the borders of its Czech origin. Together with B&R, the company achieved a substantial boost in productivity at its headquarters near Prague in the city of Mladá Boleslav.

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