This Week's Editor's Pick
Emerging technologies pose a pressing governance challenge
As the year draws to a close, multiple factors compel the continuation of the Industry 4.0 theme and its challenges, particularly those related to governance. Many readers of this column, as well as social
Nick Denbow’s European report: Condition monitoring resurrected yet again as sensors get smarter
Back in the mists of time, that is, in the sixties, the engineers in charge of the gas turbines used to generate electricity in power stations, and others monitoring helicopter gearboxes, used sensors
First rack-mounted switches that comply with the IEC 61850-3 Edition 2 Class 2 Standard
November 2018, RJ Connect
In today’s industrial processing environment, industrial Ethernet has become a de-facto standard to connect to the company’s PLCs in manufacturing, IEDs in substations and cameras for CCTV, in harsh environments. All of these demand ruggedised networking switches to ensure stable communications to the company’s scada, ERP and MES software. Often, industrial networking products are installed in and around the production areas where they are subjected to high temperatures, vibrations and electrical noise from VSDs and motors.
Nick Denbow's European report: Japan reopens nuclear power plants while progress is slow elsewhere
The Fukushima nuclear power plant accident occurred back in March 2011. Following that disaster, Japan ordered the close-down of all the nuclear generating plants in the country – there were 42 of them,
The Digitalisation Productivity Bonus
October 2018, Siemens Digital Factory & Process Indust. & Drives
Siemens researches the value of digitalisation to manufacturers.
How adding services to products could start your journey towards an Industry 4.0 solution
October 2018, Absolute Perspectives, IT in Manufacturing
For manufacturers, digital transformation involves understanding a range of new technologies and applying these to both create new business and to improve the current operation. Industry 4.0 provides
Nick Denbow’s European report: Vision sensors, the brain and intelligent data processing
At a certain age, around 70, our bodies begin to show signs of wear. What becomes apparent is that our built in control loops and data processing software steps in to compensate, and covers the gaps in
Economic thought and lessons from China
Through my past experience occupying various roles across multiple industries and institutions in South Africa, in both the private and public sectors, one thought that inextricably captures my imagination
Industrial control system cybersecurity - Part 5: ICS network segmentation.
October 2018, Nclose, IT in Manufacturing
In the last three articles on cybersecurity in ICS environments, we have covered risk assessments, asset discovery and vulnerability management, environment hardening and security monitoring. In the penultimate
Integrity management key for industrial assets
What is AIM?
Integrity management is a key component for a successful asset management programme. The main objective of asset management initiatives is to ensure that assets perform their required functions
Nick Denbow's European report: DC power distribution is efficient but the Internet is greedy
September 2018, News
Changes in the technology around us that we work with and even create when involved with automation and control, are having a wider effect on society as a whole. Two areas that have been influenced this
Case History 162: Optimising an interesting temperature control.
September 2018, Michael Brown Control Engineering
I have often written about the huge advantages of using cascade control on processes with very slow dynamics. It is particularly useful when it comes to most temperature related processes, which are normally
Nick Denbow’s European report: Leaps in technology: implants and liquid lenses
Whilst pacemakers and other implants have become fairly commonplace in medical treatment systems, these still rely on battery technology, and have a limited life. When dealing with electrodes or sensor
Oratile's opinion: Business strategy
Digitising business models and leveraging technology in ways that differentiate a company from its competitors.
How real is augmented reality?
Technews Industry Guide: Industrial Internet of Things & Industry 4.0, Absolute Perspectives
At the ore face the drilling process was indeed an eye opener, hot, uncomfortable and hazardous in nature. Knowing where to drill to optimise the blast pattern is a skilled operation. When drilling started
Success through measurement expertise and product innovation
July 2018, GHM Messtechnik SA, Maintenance, Test & Measurement, Calibration
Since inception, the GHM Group has constantly sought to add layers of exper-tise and competence through the development and acquisition of brands, which not only offer precision measurement, but also bring a dynamic cross-over of synergies to customers.
Industrial control system cybersecurity
July 2018, Nclose
In the last three articles on cybersecurity in ICS environments, we have covered risk assessments, asset discovery and vulnerability management, and environment hardening. In this month’s article, we
Nick Denbow’s European report: Fieldbus, government interference and news from the UK
July 2018, News
The German organisation Profibus & Profinet International (PI) publishes annual statistics on the numbers of devices installed with interfaces equipped with their communication technologies, which also
Nick Denbow’s European report: Technology disruption and profiting from university R&D
It is almost a part of engineering folklore that the UK is slow to realise the potential of its inventions. The jet engine, computing and television are perhaps the best-known examples of British inventions
Digital twins, science-fiction or reality?
June 2018, Absolute Perspectives
Industrie 4.0 introduces the somewhat abstract concept of a ‘digital twin’. But is this really new, does it actually exist anywhere in practice, and if so, what steps should be followed to build one?
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