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15/06/2020 - Digital food for thought: Smart factories and the use of AI from an automation perspective
Factory automation has traditionally provided the food industry with faster, more reliable and cleaner production capacity - however, with the advent of the smart factory and commercial AI the factory of the very near future is starting to make production efficiency improvement decisions itself.
03/06/2020 - What Does the Future hold for Food & Beverage Manufacturing? By Emma Ryde, Rittal’s Product Manager Industrial & Outdoor Enclosures
Food and beverage manufacturers of all sizes are facing huge operational challenges right now. Sudden increases in consumer demand, shifting expectations, changes in food safety legislation, and emerging technologies, all require companies to be responsive, agile and flexible. There is also the matter of ensuring seamless production continuity, to ensure consumer confidence around maintaining food and beverage supplies.
05/05/2020 - Top tips for a cloud-first approach to print infrastructure
Leading enterprise office solution provider Y Soft outlines five tips on why you should take a cloud-first approach to print infrastructure
09/01/2020 - EU Automation on the growing prevalence of biometric data and what manufacturers can do to secure it
The FBI launched a Cyber Most Wanted list in 2014, which featured 42 people and groups in 2018, when Park Jin Hyok topped the list. His achievements included hacking into banks, attempting to steal one billion dollars and attacking Sony Pictures Entertainment. Now that biometric data is becoming more widespread, cyber attacks could get very personal.
11/12/2019 - Digital Twins Improve Operations
A digital twin is a virtualised replica of an actual facility or plant, either hosted on premises or in the cloud. It draws data from a number of sources including real-time control systems, asset management systems, historians, records of employee/customer interactions and other sources. With IoT implementations providing more and more data, high fidelity digital twins are becoming easier to create and maintain.
20/09/2019 - Securing the Edge of the Network
As IIoT-enabled devices usher in a new era of connected factory floors, manufacturers must be sure to protect critical equipment at the edge of their production networks. Companies are rapidly investing in edge computing, which enables data and analytics gathering at the source, pushing computing applications, data and services away from centralized locations. While traditionally, managing operational technology (OT) security systems was a major organizational headache, innovation in the manufacturing industry has helped establish a go-to set of best practices for securing the edge.
28/08/2019 - PAS 110 Complacency? Time to raise the bar, say Gemidan
As the Environment Agency begins to review its Quality Protocol’s (QPs), it is time, according to one state-of-the-art technology provider, to raise the bar much higher on PAS 110 regulations on the physical contamination in digestate.
25/06/2019 - Why we should be happy to embrace edge computing so soon after we got used to the cloud, IoT, Industry 4.0 etc…?
The benefits of taking the large amount of repetitive data created by machines and automated systems and processing it locally are huge. Edge computing takes the pressure off existing networks, data storage, potentially costly cloud services and software applications. Data is turned into useful information closer to its point of origin and more importantly, in real time.
18/06/2019 - Cooling tower optimization
Food and beverage production requires a large range of temperatures. This means that plants must have effective cooling systems to deal with the excess heat. Removing the excess heat from the system requires a cooling tower, however, traditional designs require frequent maintenance. Here Darcy Simonis, food and beverage group vice president at ABB, explains how to optimize cooling towers.
22/05/2019 - Why use corrugated tubes in heat exchangers?
There are a variety of tubular heat exchangers on the market, but for many applications corrugated tubes continue to be preferred over smooth ones. Matt Hale, International Sales & Marketing Director of HRS Heat Exchangers, explains why…
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