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    Sustainability should be a significant driver behind digital transformation(23/11/2021)

    Manufacturers need to put more emphasis on sustainable practices rather than just focusing on the banal objectives of efficiency and productivity improvements.

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    Car Camera Bus (C2B): Cost-efficient camera connectivity(18/11/2021)

    Technology is transforming the automotive industry to create a safer, more comfortable driving experience. Automotive camera connectivity is a key enabling technology, with an average of four cameras expected per vehicle by 2024. A significant challenge for the industry is how to include extra cameras without adding further cost to the vehicle. This article investigates different automotive camera interfaces in terms of cost and performance and proposes an optimised solution.

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    Driving battery production forward(17/11/2021)

    Exciting developments in automation technology will improve production of Lithium-ion batteries, says Warren Harvard, Festo.

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    Integrated Controller makes FMCG mass personalisation a reality(15/11/2021)

    OMRON has developed the world’s first automation architecture for personalisation at scale.

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    Smarter sustainability: Smart manufacturing and the global energy crisis(15/11/2021)

    Commodity shortages have been a regular occurrence of the past few years. From flour to semiconductors, supply chains have struggled to adapt quickly to disruption, leaving consumers without items they previously took for granted. But bubbling away the whole time has been a growing problem with the supply of something even more fundamental: energy.

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    Security risk(12/11/2021)

    Digitalisation is a great opportunity for manufacturing, it is also one of the biggest challenges. Will Darby, Managing Director of Carlo Gavazzi, considers the importance of protecting your manufacturing plant whilst continuing to reduce your energy usage.

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    More needs to be done with cyber security in manufacturing(10/11/2021)

    As the fourth industrial revolution gathers pace, cyber criminals are honing their craft. But what exactly are the risks and what can the manufacturing and engineering sectors do to keep their new systems safe?

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    Maintaining the benefits from your investments in robotics(10/11/2021)

    With robots now an essential element in many manufacturing facilities, users are benefiting from the increases in productivity, quality and consistency which these systems deliver. The high levels of reliability and uptime associated with robot systems, however, can sometimes lead to complacency when it comes to planning preventative maintenance schedules.

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    When fast food meets data speed(10/11/2021)

    There’s debate over the origins of the French fry – did it originate with English fish and chips, French steak-frites or Belgian frieten with mayonnaise? Many have laid claim to the fried potato. What cannot be denied, however, is the dish’s popularity as a staple of the modern Western diet. But this global demand requires intense processing, and data management, from food manufacturers.

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    The future of industrial automation is wide open. What’s holding us back?(10/11/2021)

    Picture a future in which industrial organisations succeed by adjusting with agility to ever-changing supply and demand market conditions. New business models are supported in this environment by an open, non-proprietary platform that provides holistic control based on real-time management of business objectives.

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    Proactive risk management using wearable digital technologies(08/11/2021)

    Too often safety professionals may feel as if they’re holding the parcel when the music stops. Despite best efforts, things still go wrong and the HSEQ team are left to manage the consequences as best they can. But what if it didn’t need to be this way? What if you had earlier warning of the changing risk picture? Action could be taken before the incident happens, enabling more proactive ways of working.

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    The steps for assessing cyber-risk in nuclear plants(02/11/2021)

    Malware in standard Information Technology (IT) systems is, at most, disruptive but not generally life threatening. However, what happens when this malware is transmitted to thousands of sensors in a nuclear plant, causing a major incident and putting people, assets and the environment at risk?

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    AI and robotics required to tackle climate change(02/11/2021)

    According to a study published in Nature, AI could help achieve 79 percent of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Such technology could become a key tool for the future of our planet, starting by coming out of climate emergency declaration. Here, Neil Ballinger, Head of EMEA at EU Automation, explains why AI should go hand in hand with robotics to achieve sustainable manufacturing.

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    How CBM helps marine operators run a tight ship(01/11/2021)

    Condition-based monitoring (CBM) is increasingly being used to help ship owners and operators to improve asset performance – and reduce costs in the process.

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    Enabling manufacturing innovation with the virtual twin experience(01/11/2021)

    To be able to adopt digital transformation, what manufacturers need is a solution where the virtual and real worlds converge in perfect synchronisation. With that in mind, manufacturers require real-time data from the real world, that can be used to model, plan, optimise and execute manufacturing operations with minimum risk. The team at 3DS DELMIA, part of the Dassault Systèmes Group, takes a closer look at just how effective virtual twins can be.