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SKF factories to be carbon neutral by 2030

Since 2015, SKF has decreased its manufacturing carbon footprint by 36% and is already operating two carbon neutral factories. Today, SKF announces its aim to achieve a fully carbon neutral manufacturing footprint by 2030. The 2030 target will cover SKF’s own manufacturing operations, i.e. SKF’s scope 1 and 2 emissions. …

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HMI vs Kiosks: Is voice-recognition technology ready for manufacturing?

Years ago, self-service kiosks were pure imagination. Today, grabbing products and paying without human interaction is an everyday activity. Now, companies like McDonald’s are going further and investing in voice-based technologies to speed up the customer’s experience even more. Here Neil Ballinger, head of EMEA at industrial automation parts supplier EU Automation, …

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Manufacturing post-Covid 19: A window of opportunity

In this article, Dr Clive Hickman, CEO of the Manufacturing Technology Centre and head of the Midlands Manufacturing Resilience Commission, discusses resilience in the face of COVID-19 and calls on the manufacturing sector to build on its strengths, its skills, and its heritage… “For centuries the Midlands has been at …

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Phoenix Contact, Quectel and Ericsson jointly develop the first industrial 5G router for private networks

Phoenix Contact, Quectel and Ericsson have worked together to develop and deploy the first industrial 5G router for local industrial applications in a private 5G network. With the help of the newly developed 5G Router, industrial applications, such as machines, controls and other equipment, can now be connected to a …

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Oil and gas producers can achieve more wellhead connectivity with XIO

ABB’s new I/O solution will enable agile and immediate expansion of brownfield sites and pave the way for greater digital connectivity in greenfield operations. Digitalization in the oil and gas industry means that reliable connectivity sits at the heart of successful operations. Wellheads often need to achieve extended connectivity rapidly …

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SensoPart awarded in Vision Systems Design 2020 Innovators Awards Program

SensoPart‘s VISOR Robotic vision sensor has been recognised among the best in machine vision by the judges of the Vision Systems Design 2020 Innovators Awards program. The judging panel consisted of esteemed experts from system integrator and end-user companies. “With the new features of the VISOR Robotic like the 2D …

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Sensirion plans to establish a new production facility in Debrecen, Hungary

Due to positive business trends and the increasing demand for its existing and new sensors, Sensirion is expanding its production capabilities by establishing a production site in Debrecen, Hungary. The site is being built and financed by a local “build-to-suit” partner. Sensirion has signed a long-term lease agreement. This new …

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Sentinel 3 system enhances QinetiQ’s Aircraft EMC testing capability

PPM Test has been working with QinetiQ Ltd to improve their EMC testing services. QinetiQ is a globally recognised leader in aircraft EMC certification testing and has been using the previous Sentinel II fibre optic link system for over 20 years. The upgrade to Sentinel 3 will be a significant …

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Targeted attacks on industrial companies using Snake ransomware

According to Kaspersky ICS CERT data, a number of industrial companies are currently experiencing targeted attacks involving the Snake encryption ransomware. On June 8, 2020 issues were reported which affected the computer networks of Honda, a Japanese motorcycle and auto manufacturer, in Europe and Japan. Specifically, it was announced that Honda Customer Service and …

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Miniature photoelectric distance measurement modules help robots avoid gripper collisions

Collision avoidance is an absolute priority for automation engineers implementing robotic handling systems. At worst, a collision can result in injury to a human co-worker; at best, damage to static infrastructure or other equipment. Either way, the implications are serious for any organisation, an accident is costly and potentially tragic. …

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