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13/05/2015 - Industry 4.0 – Realising the Revolution
Again this year Industry 4.0 will be the focus topic of many a seminar, conference and exhibition. Justin Leonard, director, igus asks: “Will the ‘smart factory’ concept ever become reality?”
09/04/2015 - To be or not to be a smart factory - Electroustic asks the question
The concept of smart factories has been common for some time. It goes hand in hand with buzzwords like Industry 4.0, Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication. These futuristic visions of manufacturing refer to an increasing level of factory automation and rely on a simple principle: everything in a factory environment must be connected.
30/03/2015 - Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Threats
According to research performed by Lloyd’s of London insurer, Aegis London, “in the first half of the 2013 fiscal year, the US Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems–Computer Emergency Readiness Team responded to more than 200 incidents, 53% of which were in the energy and utility sector, and many of them sponsored by states such as China”. Efforts to improve the security of critical infrastructure systems like nuclear power plants and water treatment facilities have accelerated at a rapid rate since the issuance of US Executive Order 13636, “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity”, on February 12, 2013.
25/03/2015 - A fresh perspective
Chris Sumner, MD of FANUC UK, considers why robotic uptake within the fresh produce segment has been lower than that in other manufacturing sectors.
09/03/2015 - Breaking free from the clutches of mediocrity
Brakes and clutches are often the defining element in the operation and productivity of driven machinery. However, they are frequently taken for granted, so here, Mike Hemming, Engineering Manager at Matrix International in Scotland redresses the balance.
16/02/2015 - Crime and punishment: Do the proposed new penalties for health and safety offences fit the crime? asks British Safety Council
In a recent presentation, Neal Stone, Acting Chief Executive of the British Safety Council addressed the issues:-
"The main theme of my presentation is the issue of ‘crime and punishment’ concerning those organisations and individuals who break the law – specifically health and safety law.
18/12/2014 - Do PLe applications need two interlocks?
There is a lot of interest in whether redundancy is required when it comes to interlock actuators. This debate has been going on for many years but really gained momentum in 2012 by the inclusion of a note in table D8 in 13849-2-2012:
Rob Lewis, Managing Director of Fortress Interlocks, looks at interlock redundancy.

09/12/2014 - Top tips for keeping your workforce safe when working alongside robots
Darren Whittall, technical manager at FANUC UK, explains why worker safety should be a top priority in all robotic applications and the steps you can take to avoid robot-related accidents when humans are sharing the same workspace.
02/12/2014 - Why mechanical engineers should become familiar with the technology of permanent magnet motors
Every sector of industry strives for improving efficiency and reliability in their equipment, so that they can better serve their customers. One technology set to redefine expectations is the permanent magnet AC motor, which is an increasingly attractive alternative to the currently ubiquitous induction or squirrel cage motor. Here Rick Munz of Regal assesses its advantages.
More than seven in ten surveyed adults (71 %) across Great Britain say they are fearful that cyber hackers are carrying out attacks on major industries and sectors of the economy in their country, according to the results of a study announced today by Honeywell Process Solutions, a leader in automation and control systems for a variety of industries.
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