Schneider Electric to integrate its smart technologies within NFU Mutual’s existing buildings, aligning with ambitious energy reduction objectives, while ensuring resiliency, hyper-efficiency, and people-centricity.
Manufacturing and supply chains have played a key role during the pandemic and will continue being the foundation of the modern economy. However, the need to adjust operations quickly over the past 18 months has highlighted glaring vulnerabilities.
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.
Hosokawa Micron Ltd (HML) is a leader in powder processing equipment. The company covers a wide range of manufacturing technologies used in the pharmaceutical, chemical, mineral, and food industries. It enjoys a competitive advantage in the marketplace as a manufacturer of machines in these industries. However, HML was inspired by a vision to go a step further and stay ahead of the game.
Comprising more than 70 percent of the planet’s surface, water plays a vital role in everything from cleaning and sanitation to processing food and drinking. It is also capable of supporting renewable energy generation, with hydropower and tidal power being underutilised in the UK. Here, Beth Ragdale, Product Manager at Beckhoff Automation UK, explains the role of automation technologies in improving tidal energy generation.
Operators of onshore wind turbines are always looking to maximise power output and profitability. Therefore, any tool that can reduce turbine maintenance requirements and improve reliability is incredibly useful. To deliver these benefits, Altra Renewables has employed IIoT technology to provide smart monitoring of onshore wind turbine braking systems, which improves turbine reliability while simultaneously increasing uptime.
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