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I, Robot – you, engineer

Too many UK manufacturers are put off implementing 4IR strategies due to perceived high cost and risk. However, there are plenty of opportunities for engineers to digitise parts of existing processes to get to grips with Industry 4.0, says Kieron Salter, managing director of high performance engineering consultancy, KWSP.

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Industry 4.0 in the Food and Beverage industry

Connectivity asked Mitsubishi Electric to take a look at how Industry 4.0 can benefit the Food and Beverage industry. This sector has a long history of innovation so is likely to embrace Industry 4.0 quickly but food producers still have some challenges to overcome if they wish to remain competitive.

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Optimising packaging machines for advanced functionality

Mitsubishi Electric helps packaged goods manufacturers address challenges in building new packaging machines with a full portfolio of integrated automation equipment.

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Dream team – IoT and AI

The combination of the Internet of Things with rapidly-advancing Artificial Intelligence technologies will allow manufacturers to make the most of big data. Lee Hibbert, industry analyst at Technical Associates Group discusses his thoughts.

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    Recent trends and developments in the global SCADA market(11/10/2017)

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