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In response to the industry’s hunger for information on technology that can pull them out of the post-pandemic productivity lull, automation equipment supplier EU Automation, has pooled all its resources into a new, free, online Knowledge Hub for modern manufacturing.
Overcoming the barriers to smart materials
For all the benefits they offer, smart materials are not always a viable option for manufacturers. This is because they often rely on technologies that are still in their infancy or suffer from issues such as poor reliability and longevity. Here Neil Ballinger, Head of EMEA at automation parts supplier EU Automation, looks at some of the barriers to commercialising these materials.
Overcoming the barriers to smart materials
For all the benefits they offer, smart materials are not always a viable option for manufacturers. This is because they often rely on technologies that are still in their infancy or suffer from issues such as poor reliability and longevity. Here Neil Ballinger, head of EMEA at automation parts supplier EU Automation, looks at some of the barriers to smart material commercialisation.
Edge computing for IT/OT integration
Bridging the gap between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) is an essential step in realising a truly smart factory. When IT and OT converge, data collected from IoT devices can be efficiently analysed and quickly turned into valuable information. Edge computing sits right in the space between IT and OT and can therefore facilitate the converge of these seemingly distant worlds.
Three emerging technologies changing data centres
Data centres are expected to use 20% of the word’s energy by 2025. While companies across the world depend on them to store data, there are new technologies that can improve their energy efficiency and operational effectiveness, if we take advantage of them.
Ransomware, the IoT, and businesses
According to the 2019 Official Annual Cybercrime Report, a business falls victim to a ransomware attack every 14 seconds. As manufacturers connect more equipment to the Internet of Things (IoT), ransomware and other security breaches pose a more serious threat to productivity. Here Neil Ballinger, Head of EMEA sales at automation parts supplier EU Automation, shares how the IoT poses a risk for manufacturers and how to reduce it.
Three ways that robots are diversifying manufacturing
In 1969, Victor Scheinman invented the Stanford arm, the first all-electric, six-axis articulated robot - the predecessor of the robot arms that we use today. Here Jonathan Wilkins, Director at automation equipment supplier EU Automation, has discussed how robots are diversifying manufacturing in weird and wonderful ways, since 1969.
Refurbished vs second-hand automation parts
When an obsolete component or automation part breaks, manufacturers might struggle to find a replacement. This is especially true in highly regulated sectors like pharmaceuticals or food processing, where alternative replacements are not an option and the exact same part has to be sourced.
The different types of robots used to automate manufacturing
There is rarely, if ever, a one-size-fits-all approach to manufacturing. It is important that site managers know what considerations to make when choosing an industrial robot to automate their processes. In this article, Jonathan Wilkins, Director of EU Automation, discusses what manufacturers should consider when choosing what type of robot to invest in.
Predictive maintenance fixing problems before they happen
In the film Minority Report, the foreknowledge of three psychics is used to predict crimes and apprehend the future offenders, stopping the crimes before they occur. Predictive maintenance strategies are not too dissimilar to this, in that they stop problems before they arise, saving both time and money for the company.
Three projects at the forefront of robotics
Antonio Gaudi revolutionised how people understand architecture. The significance of his work is not only in representing nature with entirely original structures and ceramic mosaics, it is also in the example he set for future artists. Similarly, figures in Industry 4.0 are examples of both what is possible today and what will inspire the robotics engineers of tomorrow.
Three transformative trends in predictive maintenance
Predictive maintenance can be a great source of added value for businesses, and UK manufacturers have been quick to realise its potential. According to a recent report by Accountancy UK, more than eight out of ten British companies have already implemented a predictive maintenance programme in their facilities, and the market for this sector is expected to grow by as much as 40% by 2022.
Three technologies changing the agricultural industry
The Rusmoloko Farms, in the Russian district of Ramensky, is equipping its dairy cows with virtual reality (VR) goggles, showing the animals green, sunny meadows in an effort to boost their mood and increase milk production. At the moment, VR for cows is just an isolated experiment, but there are other technologies that are rapidly gaining traction in the agricultural industry. Here, Neil Ballinger, Head of EMEA Sales at automation parts s...
Smartphones and the circular economy
What do you do with your old smartphone when you no longer need it? Chances are, you keep it. According to a survey conducted by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), 45% of UK households have two to five unused electronic devices at home. Neil Ballinger, Head of EMEA Sales at EU Automation, discusses smartphones and the circular economy.
How to improve efficiency in small batch manufacturing
We all appreciate that personal touch, whether it is a thoughtful gift, unique customer experience or made-to-measure clothing. As we value more bespoke products in both commercial and industrial settings, how can manufacturers ensure they meet demand without compromising on efficiency, cost or quality? Jonathan Wilkins, Director at EU Automation, explores how automation can help manufacturers improve mass customisation.
Updating legacy machinery to add smart capabilities
After her mother took away her devices, a teen girl went viral after allegedly tweeting from her fridge. The reason this was so entertaining is because it’s unexpected - you don’t typically associate fridges with communication, just as you don’t with legacy equipment. Jonathan Wilkins, Director of EU Automation, discusses the issues and solutions surrounding retrofitting legacy equipment with smart technology.
How large businesses can benefit from renewable energy
According to Apple, the large green spaces, wellness centre and 805,000 square-feet of solar panels at its second campus makes it the best office in the world. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete industrial parts supplier, EU Automation, explains how large businesses can benefit from renewable energy. Apple Campus Two, also known as the Spaceship, generates all of the energy required to power the 175-acre campus with renew...
Can artificial intelligence beat a human hacker?
Please type the words you see in the image. At some point we have all completed a captcha to prove we are human when online. So, when a robot successfully completed the test, we were left asking, are our computers secure? Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete parts supplier, EU Automation, explains how machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) impacts cyber security.
Taking the driver out of the factory
In the 1993 science fiction film, Jurassic Park, visitors could take a tour in an autonomous Ford Explorer that used tracks on the ground to navigate. This was a good prediction of future technological advancements, but the autonomous vehicles of today are far more advanced than the Jurassic Explorer. Jonathan Wilkins, Marketing Director of EU Automation, explains how autonomous vehicles are beginning to transform the manufacturing industry.
Three wearables for your factory
According to Statista, there were 453 million connected wearable devices worldwide in 2018, a figure that is predicted to increase to 593 million this year. While, the market is currently dominated by smart watches, you may be surprised at the benefits wearables can bring to a manufacturing facility. Jonathan Wilkins, Marketing Director of EU Automation explains how wearables could transform your factory.