Technology

Ethernet set to become the mainstream industrial networking technology

A recent research report from IMS Research (part of IHS Inc) suggests that the use of Ethernet networking technology for motor drives and motion control will more than triple by the year 2016. New Ethernet nodes are, according to the report, likely to account for over 20% of the new networked motion-control products in 2016.
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1:2914? Not a problem for the Eco-Runner

Shell’s Eco-Marathon is a brilliant concept, bringing together teams of students from all over Europe who use their creativity and ingenuity to develop ultra-fuel-efficient vehicles. Vehicles are entered in one of seven fuel categories – petrol, diesel, biofuels, fuel made from natural gas (GTL), hydrogen, solar or electricity. The challenge involves doing ten laps of
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Time for radical change in the manufacture of pharmaceutical products

Facilities Consultant Rob Bowen presents consortium project on feasibility of continuous manufacturing for the global pharmaceutical industry The last report from the seminars at the Total Processing & Packaging Exhibition    Rob’s seminar focused on a consortium project led by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and partners GEA, Siemens, Sagentia and the Universities of Newcastle, Warwick and Surrey to prove the feasibility
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Changing the face of shop-floor automation with vision inspection technology

Dave Shepherd, CI Manager, Adams Foods & Olympus Automation’s Alan Francis explain how secure pack verification and OEE monitoring helps their business make decisions based on accurate data The fifth report from the seminars at the Total Processing & Packaging Exhibition    The opening of a new £30million cheese packing facility with 26 production lines prompted Adams Foods
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Changing attitudes to automation amongst UK manufacturing companies

Brian Holliday discussed how automation has historically been seen as too expensive, too unreliable, unsafe and only the preserve of large multinationals The fourth report from the seminars at the Total Processing & Packaging Exhibition    Siemens’ Brian Holliday started by highlighting how the manufacturing industry is changing faster than ever before, but that the UK market is
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Falsified medicines directive – it is now or never for pharmaceutical companies

EFPIA’s Christoph Krähenbühl provides an overview of the requirements of the legislation, how these will impact on companies and what it means in practical terms The third report from the seminars at the Total Processing & Packaging Exhibition     Christoph started by outlining the growing and substantial threat of falsified medicines penetrating the European pharmaceutical
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Changeover reduction can radically improve your bottom line and competitive edge

Russell Page of Picme discussed how within the world of lean manufacturing, changeover reduction (SMED) is a fundamentally key principle to the elimination of waste Our second report from the seminars at the Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition   In order to stay competitive in today’s economic climate, all organisations must continually look at what
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Is it time for UK companies to re-evaluate their heat technology?

Cathal Wilson, Ceramicx Projects Manager and Assistant Professor Dr Anthony Robinson from Trinity College Dublin presented their groundbreaking work on Infrared-based Heat Work Technology for the processing & packaging industries Our first report from the seminars at the Total Processing & Packaging Exhibition   Established in 1992, Ceramicx is located in a rural Irish community,
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Celebrating the signs of UK manufacturing recovery

The latest UK manufacturing statistics suggest that the foundations for a successful 2014 are underway with manufacturing output rising by 1.1 per cent, following an initial increase of 0.7 per cent in February.  Guest post by Graham Earl, Exhibition Manager, Reed Exhibitions The figures, released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), revealed that UK production