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Industry 4.0 Summitt

Manchester Central (M2 3GX)

28/02/2018 - 01/03/2018

Industry 4.0, the 4th industrial revolution, smart manufacturing, digital factories…these are (more)

Drives & Controls 2018

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

10/04/2018 - 12/04/2018

Drives & Controls exhibition is recognised as the UK’s leading show for Automation, Power (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference

Arena MK(MK1 1ST)

16/05/2018

Following a successful launch in 2017, UKIVA Machine Vision Conference returns to Arena MK, Milton Keynes, (more)

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Device circuit breakers with IO-Link technology
Networking protection and control units in systems and machines is becoming increasingly common. Operating states are gathered, visualised, and controlled within the scope of remote maintenance. The CBMC electronic circuit breakers from Phoenix Contact can be incorporated into the comprehensive (more...)
Enhancing productivity in multi-part production
Workholding cubes are essential for secure and accurate multi-part machining processes, but there are some critical considerations for their successful use. Phil Holyome of WDS looks at how they can be used to the best advantage. Secure workholding is essential if machining is to be accurate. But (more...)
Feeding system sustains frequent part changes
In response to growing demand for a simple, competitively priced and flexible, automatic bulk parts feeding system, RARUK Automation has introduced, FlexiBowl. It allows entire families of parts to be fed reliably into the assembly process and is ideal for manufacturers whose production involves (more...)
Industry 4.0: dispelling the myths and misconceptions
Traditionally, machines in industrial environments could only provide actuation, but not anymore. As we enter the era of Industry 4.0, Nigel Smith of TM Robotics dispels some of the common misconceptions about implementing smart manufacturing. Industry 4.0, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) (more...)
Making the Industry 4.0 connection
What does Industry 4.0 mean to you? Ask 100 people and you’ll probably get 101 different answers, says Ivor Hunt, product marketing specialist, Device Connectivity, of Weidmüller. But one thing that they’re all likely to agree on is that it’s going to need more connections (more...)
Monitor conditions inside the cabinet
With three new I/O modules in its X20 series, B&R has made control cabinet monitoring easier than ever. All three modules measure temperature and humidity in the control cabinet and log how much time the values spend within defined ranges. This allows critical environmental conditions to be (more...)
Monitoring the status of energy chains and cables with one module
Predictive maintenance plays a key role in Industry 4.0 and the factory of tomorrow. Supporting this future, Igus has added more sensors and monitoring modules to its smart plastics family for more intelligence – warning of potential failure in good time before unplanned and costly downtimes (more...)
Packed, sealed, sold, sent
Packaging designers are constantly thinking up remarkable new packaging solutions that not only protect the product but are also intended to awaken our impulse to buy at the point of sale. Only producers with the right mix of in-house production and suitable components from other suppliers can meet (more...)
Top tips for implementing Industry 4.0
Steve Askins of Eriks UK offers some practical guidance to help you cut through the hype and get the most from the fourth industrial revolution. The term ‘Industry 4.0’ has quickly become the “hot topic” across industry, but is it actually understood, and is it being (more...)
Wireless monitoring: Kanban without cards
Few Kanban systems are completely free from errors and weak spots: the processing of Kanban cards can be delayed; cards can sometimes be mislaid leading to very little transparency in the operation. The introduction of scanners provides only partial relief to some of these issues, not least of all (more...)
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