Tag Archives: EU Automation

Who will you be recruiting for?

Despite the financial instability that characterised the first half of 2020, the demand for professionals in the field of data management and artificial intelligence (AI) is steadily on the rise. This is what emerges from LinkedIn’s 2020 UK Emerging Jobs Report, which revealed that companies are on the lookout for …

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Risks and opportunities in hybrid cloud storage

Modern manufacturing has become very data intensive, which has made choosing where to store data critically importance. Here Neil Ballinger, head of EMEA at automation equipment supplier EU Automation, explains the trade-offs and opportunities of hybrid cloud storage. In June 2020, IBM suffered a global cloud outage, but this was …

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Improving data collection

Collecting data from devices connected to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is critical in smart manufacturing. It can help, among other things, monitor the health state of machines, track stock levels and gain precious insight on how to maximise productivity. However, this can only be achieved with comprehensive and …

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COVID-19: Three changes for the engineering industry

Having shown overwhelming resilience in the face of adversity, the manufacturing and engineering sector is one that will be irrevocably changed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Here Neil Ballinger, head of EMEA at automation equipment supplier EU Automation, looks at three aspects of engineering that will change for the better. …

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Renewable energy from waste

Some manufacturers are still recovering from the repercussions of the 2008 crisis, and another global recession is impacting industry in 2020. Meanwhile, natural disasters and global warming are proving that we need to do more to preserve our resources. In times of economic instability and environmental concerns, the idea of …

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What is deep learning and how can it benefit manufacturing?

In Christopher Nolan’s 2010 masterpiece Inception, the protagonist is a corporate spy who steals information by infiltrating people’s dreams, exploring the different layers of his victims’ subconscious to find a path to the desired information. Deep learning, a specialised form of machine learning, works in a similar way, recreating the complex …

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Is your global supply chain counterfeit-free?

In the age of e-commerce and global supply chains, the world markets provide opportunities for companies to grow and expand their customer base. However, complex supply chains also create more opportunities to introduce counterfeited products. Here Neil Ballinger, head of EMEA at automation equipment supplier EU Automation, explains why the problem is …

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Three innovative approaches to obsolescence management

Evidence shows that components obsolescence is increasing rapidly. According to recent research by IHS Technology, in the year 2000 alone, component manufacturers issued 1,164 end-of-life (EOL) or product discontinuance notices, and the figure spiked to 5,506 by 2014. Though IHS forecasts that the number of such notices is going to decline, …

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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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Untethered by wireless power

In the 1890s, Nikola Tesla wanted to create a way of supplying power without stringing wires. He almost accomplished his goal when an experiment led him to the creation of the Tesla coil. It was the first system that could wirelessly transmit electricity, but his creation was short lived. Following …

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