Tag Archives: EU Automation

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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To train your machine, reward it

What do cobots, dogs and dolphins have in common? The fact that they can all be trained by rewarding desired behaviours while ignoring undesired ones. For animals, this training technique is called positive reinforcement. For machines, it is known as reinforcement learning, and falls under the broader umbrella of machine …

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Is aluminium a viable alternative to copper for cable and wire manufacturers?

The rising commodity price and lacking supply of copper is increasingly pushing original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to consider alternative metals, such as aluminium, for wire and cable applications. Despite being lighter and cheaper than copper, the widespread adoption of aluminium has historically been tainted by the drawbacks of using the …

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How much is an hour of downtime costing you?

According to Oneserve, faulty machinery costs UK manufacturing three per cent of all working days, for an annual average of £31,000 per company. The report also states that three quarters of UK manufacturers outsource equipment maintenance, with each business spending £120,000 a year on average. Lost business and maintenance costs are …

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Three technologies revolutionising 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 …

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Virtual and augmented reality in manufacturing

Originally developed as technologies for gaming and entertainment, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are rapidly gaining traction in the manufacturing industry. Here Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at automation parts supplier EU Automation, explains how VR and AR can be used in the factory to improve safety and increase productivity. More …

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Being versatile with IoT

Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of obsolete industrial parts supplier EU Automation, explains how the IoT is impacting consumer-facing businesses and what manufacturers can learn from that. IHS Markit predicts that there will be around 75.4 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices in the world by 2025. In a few years …

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