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While much of the buzz surrounding Industry 4.0, IIot and big data might be around manufacturing and productivity, development and deployment of the ethos and its associated technologies are also proving highly beneficial in the world of maintenance. In the article "Smart maintenance for the smart factory", right, CDA's Consulting Editor, Andy Pye, takes a look at how big data and analytics can aid in predictive maintenance.

The article is one of a series that Andy is producing in the run up to Maintec, the UK's premier event for the maintenance engineering and asset management community, which will take place in November.

Charlotte Stonestreet
CDA Editor
cda@western-bp.co.uk
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The Health & Safety Event 2018
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10th - 12th April 2018
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10th - 12th April 2018
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11th April 2018
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6th - 7th November 2018
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LATEST NEWS
Predictive maintenance pushes technology boundaries

Few things can damage the financial stability of a manufacturing facility more than unexpected downtime. On average, manufacturers suffer with 30% or more downtime during their scheduled production time. However, there are ways to reduce the risk.

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Pick-to-light technology

As well as fully automated systems, technology can also greatly assist in human based operations, bringing vastly improved output; and pick-to-light technology is a perfect example of machine aiding man in traditional labour intensive tasks.

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Ready for take off to Industry 4.0

Tool coding using RFID has been in successful use long before Industry 4.0. Premium Aerotec, one of the world's leading Tier 1 suppliers for aircraft structures, has been using this key technology for decades for quality and process assurance.

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Fully-programmable hygienic encoders

SICK has launched stainless steel versions of its fully-programmable DFS60 incremental encoders and AFM60 and AFS60 absolute encoders making them available for duties in hygienic and corrosive environments for the first time.

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Condition monitoring devices

As part of its programme to complete a 100,000 IoT components lineup, Omron has introduced four series of condition monitoring devices.

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Tools to aid IIoT connectivity

Belden has expanded the Lumberg Automation LioN-Power product family to help industrial manufacturers address growing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) connectivity needs through simplified device automation. The updates and additions bring added flexibility through universal digital I/O modules, as well as holistic solutions through new IO-Link system devices.

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PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Improve traceability with automated identification

Tracing and identifying the millions of components manufactured, transported and assembled into new automobiles daily around the world is a major challenge. Brady offers globally available and fully automated identification solutions to support greater production throughput and increased quality. See Brady Automated Identification Solutions at Southern Manufacturing 2018, stands B210 and D80.

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Quantum Controls enters into new agreement with ABB Drives

After a 25-year partnership, the UK's leading ABB partner has signed a new deal with ABB Drives. Due to the growth of Quantum Controls (QC) nationally, it was mutually decided that QC has outgrown the ABB Drives Authorised Value Provider (AVP) network - a collection of engineering companies appointed to solely supply ABB drives up to a maximum power rating of 500kW.

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Sensor actuator and data cables & connectors

Weidmüller - Delivering a product and service package with multiple options for customisation that meet all requirements.

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Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2018

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics, the UK's most enduring and popular annual industrial engineering show, celebrates its 20th anniversary with a move into a new permanent home on its traditional Farnborough site. The ultra-modern £30m Hall 1 at Farnborough International Conference & Exhibition centre plays host to around 800 companies from all over the world from Feb 6th to 8th 2018.

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Scalable graphic terminals

Machine and equipment builders are already using tight integration between the HMI and controller to help increase productivity in large applications. With Rockwell's new Allen-Bradley PanelView 5310 family of graphic terminals, they can now bring these integration benefits to smaller applications.

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