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Virtual Panel Event about Industrial Connectivity

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This 60-minute virtual panel discussion between industry experts will explore the intersection of connectivity (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference



Join us on 15 July 2021 on the MVC Technology Presentation Hub and explore eight online seminar theatres. (more)

PPMA Show 2021

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

28/09/2021 - 30/09/2021

PPMA Show 2021 will be the UK’s largest ever event dedicated to state-of-the-art processing and (more)

Southern Manufacturing

Farnborough, Hants(GU14 6TQ)

06/10/2021 - 07/10/2021

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics is the most comprehensive annual industrial exhibition in the (more)

Advanced Engineering 2021

NEC Birmingham(B40 1NT)

03/11/2021 - 04/11/2021

Join us in our 12th and most important edition to date, as we invite engineers and management from all (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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