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While there is no doubt that Industry 4.0 offers many exciting opportunities, there is still a danger that many UK businesses, particularly SMEs, could feel daunted by the prospect of adopting an Industry 4.0 model.

At ERIKS, Steve Askins, UK Engineering Director, advocates small, but meaningful, changes that can be built upon gradually. You can read more in the lead article, right.

Charlotte Stonestreet
CDA Editor
cda@western-bp.co.uk
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LATEST NEWS
Industry 4.0: we need to look at the smaller picture

The debate around Industry 4.0 is too theoretical and risks leaving lower tier suppliers and smaller manufacturers behind, according to industrial services provider ERIKS UK & Ireland.

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Helping upskill Ireland's biopharma workforce

Emerson is providing automation software and systems valued at approximately €820,000 to Ireland's National Institute of Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) to help train next-generation workers on the latest technologies designed to optimise pharmaceutical production.

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RS renews student team support for SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition

RS Components has renewed its sponsorship for the University of Edinburgh's Hyperloop team - HYPED - to support the next phase in the university's efforts to design and build a half-scale prototype pod for the revolutionary Hyperloop mass transportation system.

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First keynote for UKIVA Machine Vision Conference announced

The first Keynote presentation for the UKIVA Machine Vision Conference and Exhibition will be delivered by Henry Harris-Burland, VP Marketing from Starship Technologies, creators of self-driving delivery robots.

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Free Machinery Directive poster aids compliance

Pilz has produced a poster of the European Harmonised Standards associated with the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, the main legislation governing health and safety requirements for machines across Europe.

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Industrial Ethernet now bigger than fieldbuses

Industrial Ethernet has overtaken traditional fieldbuses in terms of new installed nodes in factory automation. This is the main finding in HMS Industrial Networks' annual study of the industrial network market. Industrial Ethernet now accounts for 52% of new installed nodes (46% last year), while fieldbuses are on 42% (48). EtherNet/IP is now the most widely installed network at 15%, followed by PROFINET and PROFIBUS, both at 12%. Wireless technologies are also strong with 6% market share.

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PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Tailored asset & component labels in any size & colour

Design your asset and component labels with the highest flexibility in any way you need them. Solve your identification challenges to enable more productivity, better troubleshooting, complete traceability, increased workplace safety and other identification advantages.

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If Amazon could deliver ABB Motors...

Quantum Controls has partnered with Carousel Logistics, one of the UK's leading logistics companies, to provide UK Industry with instant access to ABB motors any time, day or night, for the first time in the UK.

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The New 22ECP35 Ultra EC Brushless Motor: Get the right balance of speed and torque at an optimum price

Portescap has expanded the new Ultra EC™ range of Brushless motors with the introduction of the new 22ECP35 two pole brushless DC motor. Part of our Ultra EC platform of brushless slotless mini motion solutions, these cost-optimised motors offer 30 percent more continuous torque and 100 percent more power over similar comparative motors without compromising on the smooth operation and long life you expect from a brushless DC motor.

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Designing smart machines starts with smart tools that enhance automation control

The new generation of Thomson electromechanical linear actuators feature integrated and affordable position feedback, easy network connectivity and enhanced control functions.

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Klippon Connect A-Series Application Range

Control Voltage Distribution * Safe Supply to equipment in the Cabinet * Simplify your panel layout, reduce the number of components and save space by using Weidmuller's Klippon® Connect A-Series PUSH IN, control voltage distribution terminals with or without fuse protection.

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More than 60 years of sensor technology experience

Balluff is a dedicated partner for industrial automation and offers more than 60 years of experience in sensor technology. The family-run company, which has its headquarters in Neuhausen auf den Fildern, offers a comprehensive portfolio of innovative sensor, identification and network technology as well as software for integrated system solutions.

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