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With the concept of Industry 4.0 still not being fully embraced by many sectors of UK industry - indeed, recent reports have concluded that in excess of 60% of UK engineers are not currently undertaking any form of Industry 4.0 initiative - there is a vital need to get the message out there and educate and inform, if the UK is to have a competitive future in the globalised market.

One way of really getting the message across is to provide working, practical examples of the technology in action, so people can see for themselves the benefits it can bring. And this is what Festo and SAP have done in jointly developing the Open Integrated Factory. Located in Paris, the demo also provides the perfect excuse for a trip to the French capital! However, if you prefer the view from your desk, the article, right, includes a video link where you can see the set up in action. Hopefully, we will see more of this type of working example here in the UK to help promote the benefits of Industry 4.0.

Charlotte Stonestreet
CDA Editor
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A real Industry 4.0 solution

Giving an example of how the shop floor and a Manufacturing Execution System can be linked successfully in the era of Industry 4.0, Festo Didactic and SAP have created an Open Integrated Factory. Using smart technology, work pieces in Festo Didactic's CP Factory 'tell' the machine how they should be processed.

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HIMA links functional safety & IT security in new cyber security whitepaper

HIMA has made available a whitepaper - Functional Safety at Your Plant Requires IT Security - that explores the relationship between cyber security and plant safety.

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High power density & torque ratings

WEG has expanded its WG20 family of geared motors with helical, parallel-shaft and helical bevel gear units featuring rated torques from 820 to 1550Nm.

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Injection-moulded parts from 3D-printed mould tools

With custom-made 3D-printed injection moulding tools, igus offers designers a new possibility to produce self-lubricating and maintenance-free parts and small batches.

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Easing transition to latest generation intelligent logic modules

RS Components is working in close collaboration with Siemens to help customers upgrade to the latest generation LOGO! series of intelligent logic modules for industrial automation applications.

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Makes IoT available in practice

Schaeffler's Smart Ecosystem 4.0 offers a comprehensive, cloud-based hardware and software infrastructure designed to include every stage of digital added value - from components equipped with sensors through to digital services.

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New possibilities for machine & system builders

Eaton is expanding its SmartWire-DT intelligent wiring and communication system with the addition of a range of compact IP67 I/O block modules.

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Actuators for precision pick & place

To meet the growing demand for its products, Harvey Water Softeners based in Woking, Surrey, has recently automated the manual process responsible for the assembly of its popular push fit connectors; HepcoMotion actuators have been chosen for the application.

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Push-Pull circular connectors Y-Circ®P: product configurator & more versions

Yamaichi Electronics offers as a special service, an online product configurator, for the Y-Circ P series.

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When were your Light Curtains last tested?

Did you know that light curtains require testing over their lifetime? Pilz' article, ‘When were your Light Curtains last tested?', outlines the requirements and offers guidance as to when to consider testing light curtains during their lifetime.

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Fascia Graphics invests in new one click colour matching solution

Fascia Graphics has recently invested in two X-Rite eXact handheld spectrophotometers, which will ensure faster and more accurate colour matching to the most exacting standards and tolerances in the UK's graphic overlay and membrane keypad industry.

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The miniature servo controller for extreme conditions

A rugged, compact powerhouse: The new ESCON Module 50/8 HE servo controller from maxon motor controls DC motors up to 750 W, even in the harshest ambient conditions.

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Gravity: The human propulsion flight suit

RS Components is excited to support Gravity, the world's first human propulsion company, providing tools, components and expertise to assist with the development of human propulsion technology.

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Introducing the NEW Programmable Thru-Bore Encoder from British Encoder Products!

The Model 58TP Programmable 58mm thru-bore encoder is specifically designed for the challenges of an industrial environment. Its advanced set of electronics allow the encoder to be programmed to meet your exact application needs.

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Weidmüller Crimpfix E automatic stripper & crimper

Weidmüller's new Crimpfix E electrically powered automatic stripper and crimper delivers quick, simple, flexible and efficient, stationary crimping of wire-end ferrule reel material with plastic collars in cable cross-section ranges from 0.5 to 2.5mm2 - in the field and in the workplace.

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New tool simplifies user interface creation in Sherlock

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