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January, 2020

Should I choose IIoT or MES?

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Cloud and smart devices are bringing a new era in manufacturing. Creating a ‘Smart Factory’ or ‘Industry 4.0’ production model, they offer a way for the electronics industry to stay ahead of the curve, producing increasingly sophisticated devices with greater efficiency and reliability than ever before. Does this mean a move away from manufacturing execution systems (MES) to a production model that only uses the IIoT? Are MES redundant in this new manufacturing age? If MES is selected, does that mean systems will not use the power of IIoT?

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Manufacturing performance diverges across UK

Britain’s manufacturers are backing the new Government’s aim of driving growth more evenly across all UK regions, with the results of a survey showing that performance in manufacturing continues to diverge across the UK. According to the Regional Manufacturing Outlook survey for 2019 Q4, published by Make UK and business and advisory firm BDO LLP, industry in London and the South East is booming, with growth indicators far outstripping any other UK region in five out of six survey indicators, in most cases by a substantial margin.

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Engineering firms encouraged to get ‘2020’ vision

Engineering firms across the UK are being encouraged to make 2020 a new year of success for the industry by joining forces at a ground breaking event. The East Midlands Engineering Expo will showcase some of the best businesses within the industries. It is a business to business event to help build and maintain long-term business relationships bringing together clients, contractors, consultants from across the country.

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New electronic pressure sensor range with IO-Link capability

IMI Precision Engineering has expanded its range of pressure sensing technology solutions with the introduction of two new electronic pressure sensor options, which include IO-Link connectivity. The new IMI Norgren 54D and 34D Electronic Pressure Sensors can be used to automatically monitor pressure levels in a pneumatic system, or be used for more complex monitoring functions in water, hydraulic or all fluid applications.

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Manufacturing Execution System designed for Industry 4.0

Critical Manufacturing has launched their new version 7 of their modern Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for I4.0. V7 which adds exciting, futuristic and valuable features to MES recognised for its I4.0-ready, highly adaptable and user-friendly design. The V7 comprises of four different modules: Augmented Reality (AR), Experiments Management, Weigh and Dispense and finally BI Cards.

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SICK goes flat out for sub-miniature performance

WITH the launch of its G2 Flat family of photoelectric sensors, SICK has shrunk outstanding performance into a miniature format.  The ultra-thin sensors are designed to integrate snugly into small machinery and conveyors, or for tight fits in robotic arms and grippers. Starting at just 3.5mm thick, the SICK G2 Flat family of proximity and through-beam sensors achieve highly-reliable detection of objects of practically almost any size.

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