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Latest innovations in voice logistics

What role do voice-guided systems play in optimising logistics processes?  

Metal component manufacturer cuts out stoppages with ABB variable speed drives

A specialist manufacturer of bimetallic strips has improved the reliability of its production line by retrofitting two applications with ABB variable speed drives (VSDs). Samuel Taylor produces ... 

Small and powerful 30W DC-DC in 1 x 1” footprint, saves PCB space and minimises waste heat

FiDUS Power announces the HCJ and HTJ series of very compact DC/DC converters. In an industry standard 1 x 1” footprint, they achieve a power density of 73W/in3. Particularly useful in application ... 

New ServoWeld actuators from Tolomatic offer lighter weight and superior performance in automotive resistance spot welding

Cost-effective actuator design provides the lowest lifetime cost and highest quality welds; broad product family offers many choices to optimise weight and performance.

New ServoWeld actuators from ... 

Ultra compact 7-15W encapsulated AC-DC series with excellent EMC pass

Introducing the AMK series from FiDUS Power. This ultra compact series of PCB Mount, encapsulated AC/DC Converters come in 7, 10 & 15 Watts of power. They have market leading power density, ... 

New elbow plug connector launched

LEMO connectors launches a new elbow plug connector called Anglissimo. This patent pending connector offers the system integrator and manufacturer the possibility to orientate the connector in one of ... 

Schneider Electric's MiCOM Relay

The is designed for motor supervision, protection and control applications. The MiCOM range of relays offers varying levels of functionality and hardware options to best suit the protection ... 

Stop collecting data, start using it, urges manufacturing expert

Manufacturing businesses in the UK need to unlock the Big Data held in their systems if they are to transform their supply chains and remain competitive in a rapidly evolving industry. 

Precise control of liquid flows

The Metra-Batch from Titan Enterprises has been designed to provide precise batch control, blending or bottle / tank filling of chemicals, food ingredients, beverages, fuels and solvents.

Ruggedly ... 

The Fifth Gateway from Weidmuller

Machinery and automation builders in industrial environments are able to benefit from the new EtherNet/IP coupler, the fifth gateway now available for the Weidmuller u-remote system, which allows ... 

New group to help companies recruit and retain more women engineers and scientists

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has joined forces with Prospect, the trade union representing professionals in the UK, to announce a new joint working group to help companies ... 

Softing dataFEED: All-in-one, easy-to-configure solution for OPC communication

Softing‘s new dataFEED OPC Suite combines OPC Server and OPC Middleware functionality into one compact software solution. The graphical user interface with intelligent, practice-oriented default ... 

Slim and Powerful power supply for demanding automation applications

The new “PROmax” switched-mode power supply units from Weidmüller are the ideal choice for users needing powerful power supplies for their machines and systems. They enable versatile solutions for ... 

Mitsubishi Electric GOT2000 series: HMIs with multi-touch function and gesture control

Improved user-friendliness, expanded functionality, high cost-efficiency and optimum integration into Mitsubishi Electric’s Automation portfolio are key features of the new GOT2000 HMI series just ... 

Emerson Acquires Groveley Detection Ltd.

Acquisition expands depth of Emerson Process Management's safety monitoring portfolioEmerson Process Management, a business of Emerson, has acquired Groveley Detection Ltd., a leading innovator and ... 

ABB wins $27 million offshore automation contract

Safety and automation systems from ABB will contribute to the efficient and safe operation of Statoil’s Heimdal platform. ABB has won an order from Statoil for the upgrade of safety and automation ... 

PLCs offer built-in data logging

Barry Weller of Mitsubishi Electric discusses why data logging has become an essential feature of the modern production line and why it is often best performed within a PLC platformThese days it's ... 

VSDs with the added benefit of built-in PLCs

Softstart UK has introduced a new intelligent vector control micro drive that provides versatile control modes and includes built-in PLC functionality. Manufactured by Delta Electronics, the C200 is ... 

PLC upgrade now fully underway

Hima-Sella is upgrading PLCs used at a UK refinery following acceptance of its Remote I/O and Network box designs. The installation is being carried out ‘live’, eliminating the need for site-wide ... 

Focus on fluid thinking

As process plants become more highly automated, information is gathered at the device level to provide feedback for control loops. Yet, increasingly intelligent devices are now talking to each other ... 

Advances in high precision valve design and manufacture

ARI-Armaturen has been designing and manufacturing specialist valves used for isolating, securing, controlling and steam trapping across a wide range of industrial processes for more than 50 years. ... 

Creamery upgrades with Movicon SCADA

Parmareggio Unigrana has used Product4Automations' low cost Movicon 11 SCADA to automate one of the creameries that has helped it become a major butter producer, as well as world-famous for its ... 

Fuelling demand for high accuracy

Norman Glen, from NEL, explains how important it is to accurately calibrate densitometers used in the oil and gas industries, and shows the role NEL has played in helping companies achieve such ... 

Keeping greedy machines in check

Controlling machinery processes is crucial to productivity – but it can also affect energy use, impacting on the bottom line. t-mac Technologies outlines its product offering, which helps identify ... 

How to avoid the ‘five year itch’

Using variable speed drives (VSDs) to control fans and pumps saves energy and cuts running costs, but, according to Stephen Takhar, managing director at Vacon UK, if the VSDs have been in service for ... 

Going beyond energy saving

In addition to their well-known uses in saving energy, variable-speed drives are also sophisticated control elements in their own right. Neil Ritchie, from ABB, looks at the functions plant ... 

Joined-up thinking improves ‘hybrid’ plant performance

According to Mike Abbott from Siemens Industry Automation, assessing primary and secondary processes from a single perspective and finding a common automation technology platform can drive down ... 

 
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