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Putting Industry 4.0 into Practice

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Preparing machinery for Industry 4.0 applications

Eaton has published a White Paper entitled Preparing machines and systems for connection to the Internet of Things (IoT). It describes, in plain words, the basic points of the Industry 4.0 architecture, such as horizontal and vertical integration, cyber-physical systems and smart devices.

Applying the ErP Directive to motors and their protection

Eaton has produced a pair of White Papers that cover aspects of the ErP (energy-related products) Directive. The first paper, Motor Protection for the IE3 revolution, explains why IE3 motors have higher starting currents and how this affects the requirements placed on switchgear and protection technologies. The second paper, Successful implementation of the ErP Directive, uses concrete examples to show how losses can be reduced using speed controls, and explains how best to tackle electric motor efficiency. It presents several different technical solutions.

Why vee-guides are often the best choice for linear applications

HepcoMotion is offering a White Paper on choosing and using vee-guides in linear motion applications. The 10-page paper includes advice and example calculations.

The impact of energy management on DCS systems

Schneider Electric has produced a White paper called Energy management impact on distributed control systems (DCS) in industrial environments.

Advice on choosing pneumatic valves and terminals

Festo has published a White Paper aimed at helping machine designers to improve their electropneumatic controls by choosing the right valves and valve terminals. The free paper, Quality and an attractive price – the right way to buy valves / valve terminals, also dispels some misleading information, and highlights some of the key factors affecting costs of ownership.

Energy efficiency of motor-driven systems

Michael Björkman, technical marketing director for the Finnish drives-maker Vacon, has produced a White Paper that examines the energy efficiency of motor-driven systems with particular reference to the new EU standard on the energy efficiency requirements of variable-speed-driven machines.

How to migrate from a legacy DCS

Rockwell Automation has released three White Papers that look at financial, strategic and optimisation issues when migrating DCSs (distributed control systems) that have reached the end of their useful lives.

Functional integration can save time and boost efficiency

Festo has published a White Paper that outlines how machine-builders and engineers can improve efficiency and productivity by integrating electrical and pneumatic functions.

Initiative aims to boost Ethernet in the process sector

ODVA has announced a White Paper outlining its vision for process automation. The organisation has launched an “initiative for process automation” – in cooperation with suppliers including Cisco, Rockwell and Schneider – to accelerate adoption of industrial Ethernet in process automation, based on ODVA’s industrial EtherNet/IP technology. The aim is to allow users to deploy Ethernet down to the field level and, in the long term, to include all process automation needs, including safety, explosion protection and diagnostics.

Re-shoring using flexible automation

The robot-maker Adept Technology has issued a White Paper describing how flexible automation can help to bring manufacturing back to countries that have traditionally had high labour costs. It quotes the example of Philips Electronics which has “re-shored” production of shavers to a site in the Netherlands.

What’s new in multitouch technology?

American Industrial Systems has produced a White Paper on multi-touch display systems and their applications. The 11-page publication compares technologies and explains the potential benefits of multi-touch systems.

Digging deeper into energy management

Drumbeat Energy Management has published a series of White Papers on various aspects of energy management, including one that looks at infrared thermal imaging and another on reducing energy consumption by changing people’s behaviour.