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    • What are the benefits of drones in manufacturing?

      Despite the drone global market having an expected worth of $15 billion by 2022, the manufacturing industry was reported to account for less than two percent of drone deployments. This is surprising, given that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) find a wide variety of industrial applications, from surveillance to infrastructure inspection. Here, Neil Bellinger, Head of EMEA at EU Automation, discusses the benefits of drone use in manufacturing.

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    • Stay ahead of the aeroplane

      When taught how to fly, pilots are often told to “think ahead of the aeroplane”, meaning that they have to always plan for the next step. It’s no surprise that the same can be said about aerospace supply chains. 

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    • Hypermiling for your electric motor

      It’s the middle of Summer and you are sitting in traffic. It’s so hot that the tarmac is melting on the road. The traffic begins to roll, and you start to pull away. But how do you stay cool? Open the window or crank up the air-con? 

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    • Overcoming the challenges of bin-picking cobots

      The use of pick-and-place robots is no new territory. However, these robots were previously not capable of precisely picking and placing parts from a bin of assorted parts into a machine.

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    • How small manufacturers can implement digital technologies

      Due to the large initial cost of creating a smart factory, however, many small manufacturers cannot keep up with their larger counterparts. Neil Ballinger, Head of EMEA at EU Automation, discusses how small manufacturing companies can digitalise their processes to keep their competitive edge.

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    • From downtime to uptime: the need for predictive maintenance

      “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is a catchy phrase, but it’s not a good rule of thumb. Unscheduled downtime and poor asset quality costs manufacturing and process industries an estimated $20 to $60 billion each year. 

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    • What sustainability means for manufacturers in 2022

      Is sustainability the secret if manufacturers are to overcome times of turbulence? Gartner’s findings, that 85 percent of investors regard environmental sustainability goals (ESG) as being key to their investments, suggest it will be.

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    • Increasing your investment in materials handling automation

      All parts of the supply chain can benefit from automation, and warehousing and materials handling are no exception. Here Neil Ballinger, Head of EMEA at EU Automation, discusses some of the key reasons why warehouse managers should look to up their investment in automation and offers insights into the industry’s future.

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    • Obsolescence management — why you should stop procrastinating

      We’re all guilty, every once in a while, of putting off tasks we’re not eager to deal with. In fact, statistics suggest that procrastination is a very common habit, with 25 per cent of the adult population considering it a personality trait. However, when it comes to industrial equipment, there are some things that just cannot be postponed. Here Neil Ballinger, head of EMEA at EU Automation, explains why lifecycle management is one of them.

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    • Will there ever be human life on Mars?

      NASA’s Perseverance rover has just announced its first sampling collection in one year after landing. Advancements like this make the idea of sending humans to Mars by 2030 seem highly achievable, but it’s with the help from major breakthroughs in technology that these are possible. Here, Neil Ballinger, Head of EMEA at EU Automation, discusses how automation technologies help revolutionise the idea of humans on Mars. 

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    • Pets versus cattle: cloud computing in manufacturing

      The cloud-native approach is often conceptualised using the “Pets vs. Cattle” DevOps concept, which compares traditional server systems, which are unique and cared for, to pets and cloud systems to cattle. Cattle are identical, assigned, scalable systems where if one of the systems were to be unavailable or fail, the whole network would not be affected. What is the native cloud, and why is it the future of manufacturing?

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    • Limitations of industrial robots

      Today, industrial robots are used in almost all industries – from automotive to plastics and medical technology. They bring many benefits to manufacturing facilities and are paving the way for the smart factories of the future. Nevertheless, there are certain limitations manufacturers should consider when choosing their robotic equipment. Here, Neil Ballinger, Head of EMEA at EU Automation, discusses these limitations and how to overcome them.

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    • The benefits of predictive vs preventive maintenance

      It’s a well-known fact that prevention is better than cure. When it comes to industrial equipment, emergency repairs are notorious for causing extended unplanned downtime, so tackling problems before they occur is generally seen as the best approach. However, there is a big difference between preventive and predictive strategies.

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    • Potential benefits of the industrial metaverse

      Metaverse seems to be the buzzword of 2022. The term, coined in 1992 by sci-fi novelist Neal Stephenson, represents for some the future of Internet, while for others it is merely a “souped-up version of virtual reality”. Regardless of different opinions, we will need to wait at least another decade to see the full spectrum of the metaverse’s features. In the meantime, Neil Bellinger, Head of EMEA at EU Automation, explains how manufacturers could benefit from using the metaverse in the future.

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    • Top three automation trends in 2022

      Automation has always been characterised by rapid growth, constant innovation and new work patterns. However, the events of the past two years have amplified the need of businesses across every industry for automation technologies to help them respond to global trends and stay competitive.

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