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Sensors & Instrumentation Live

NEC Birmingham(B40 1NT)

25/09/2019 - 26/09/2019

Sensors & Instrumentation Live will celebrate its 10 year anniversary in 2019 and the UK’s (more)

PPMA Show 2019

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

01/10/2019 - 03/10/2019

The UK’s largest ever event in the processing and packaging sector calendar. With over 350 exhibitors (more)

Advanced Engineering 2019

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

30/10/2019 - 31/10/2019

The UK's largest annual advanced manufacturing trade show, Advanced Engineering is your opportunity to (more)

On the edge of the Industry 4.0 wave

On the edge of the Industry 4.0 wave

Newer technologies are increasingly solving manufacturing issues, but we still have a way to go before we unlock the full potential behind the hype of Industry 4.0. So say the experts at Brain Boxes, who add that the edge is where the factory meets the network and communicates, and that this is a place smart technologies can show their worth.

Machines constantly generate signals, but this raw data has little meaning. It is usually when signals change that they become interesting to us. Controllers with edge processing-power filter the noise down to data that is worth sending out to the network or cloud – moving us from machine to insight. Having an edge controller that gives you the flexibility of PC systems with open source API programming options makes integration and customisation user friendly.

With modern software, layering up the outputs of common production hardware like lights and sensors becomes simple. Combining insights from machinery of all types and ages can be done through a preferred programming language, such as C#, circumventing many of the interoperability issues that have traditionally hampered integrated automation.

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