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Bridging the gap to IT/OT convergence

For over 20 years there have been discussions about IT and OT convergence, but meaningful progress has not been made. Divisions largely continue to persist but there is promise that it’s about to change. Now, as companies become more involved in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), adopting new infrastructures and Big Data, we are seeing the need to bridge this divide.

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VR in manufacturing – vanity project or the final piece of the digital jigsaw?

The last two decades have been a rollercoaster ride of vertiginous proportions for Virtual Reality (VR). Hailed as THE coming technology in the 1990s, it fell flat on its face when the actual deliverables were small compared with the massive outlay needed for mammoth mainframe computers. 

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Developing a mobile assembly robot for hazardous environments

Lappeenranta University of Technology needed to identify a way to conduct assembly and repair operations in hazardous and dangerous environments where humans cannot operate, so they developed a special mobile robot that can sense, navigate, and monitor its surroundings and conduct repairs and assembly tasks in inhospitable areas.

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Gateways help transfer data to Mauritius power plant’s control system

Mauritius is a beautiful island in the Indian Ocean and was once the home of the Dodo. Tourism and economic growth led to an increase in the energy usage on the island, which meant that the power plant in Port Louis needed to replace its older diesel generators with more efficient modern ones.

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    Should the MedTech industry care about Industry 4.0?(11/12/2017)

    Should the MedTech industry care about Industry 4.0 (I4.0)? While the simple answer is ‘Yes’, this article will attempt to explain just how important I4.0 is to the future of manufacturing of medical devices.

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    Digitising the industry with IIoT and automation(11/12/2017)

    As a result of Brexit, not only do organisations have to keep on top of the latest global trends, they are also required to manage the unpredictability of the market. Martin Walder, VP of Industry UK & Ireland at Schneider Electric looks at the immergence of Industry 4.0 and how UK organisations must adapt to new technology fast, or risk falling further behind on productivity vs others of the G7 economies and rapidly advancing eastern economies.

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    Pension off that plant!(29/11/2017)

    “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” – often good advice but not when it’s applied to a production plant with decades of service. Yes, it may still be working (for now), but technology moves on and by holding on to old plant machinery rather than investing in new equipment, you’re missing out on productivity gains and cost savings that could give you the competitive advantage. Mark Hiley, Sales Director at Stelram Engineering explains when you can consider pensioning off that plant equipment.

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    Your consultative SMART facilitator: act now, unlock the value of IIoT(22/11/2017)

    If you’ve read Part 1 of this article, then you already know what IIoT means and have some idea of how SMART you truly are. Now you need to take the next step to unlock the value of IIoT and, as a SMART facilitator, Routeco can help you realise that vision.

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    Ocado’s I4.0 solutions make packing groceries that much smarter(22/11/2017)

    The Connectivity Editor paid a visit to Ocado’s state-of-the-art warehouse at Hatfield in the UK to see how it combines robotics, machine learning, wireless communication, IoT, Cloud and big data technologies to function efficiently.

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