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The global population is set to reach nine billion by 2050. Combined with the threat of climate change and the scarcity of natural resources, the food and beverage industry must adapt to fulfil increasing demands for produce. Here, Sean Robinson, service leader at food and beverage automation provider Novotek UK and Ireland, explores how automation could play a role in maintaining sustainable practices in food and beverage manufacturing.
Modular systems in industrial applications
Plants have increasingly scrapped keyboards and mice on the shop floor in favour of a more responsive human machine interface (HMI) approach. Against this backdrop, Ian Brett, area sales manager at industrial automation provider Novotek UK and Ireland, discusses the benefits of integrating an industrial display into a modular systems architecture.
Focussing less on tech and more on impact is key to success in the 4IR
Industry 4.0. The industrial internet of things. Digitalisation. Smart manufacturing. The fourth industrial revolution. There are dozens of different names for the uptake in connected technologies and the convergence of IT and OT systems taking place in industry at the moment. One thing most people do agree on, however, is that it’s tech-driven. But should this really be the case? Here, George Walker, managing director of industrial automation expert Novotek UK and Ireland, makes the case for goal-driven digitalisation.
Combating shrinking revenues with better technology
Revenues in the food and beverage industry are growing, but profit margins are shrinking. Market forces, combined with the battle to meet ever-changing consumer demands without compromising quality and food safety, means that many manufacturers and retailers have pushed price margins to the limit. Here, Sean Robinson, service leader at industrial automation specialist Novotek UK & Ireland, explains how to modernise without the hassle.
The role of an MES suite in implementing lean principles
Lean manufacturing has for many years been something that many industrial companies have strived towards. The focus on reducing waste to improve operations has proved so valuable that it has become a management philosophy in many sectors. Here, Sean Robinson, service leader at industrial automation software expert Novotek UK and Ireland, explains why choosing the right manufacturing execution system (MES) is crucial in achieving lean operations.
With Brexit looming, what can industry do to prepare?
When the UK invoked article 50 of the Treaty on European Union on March 29, 2017, time began ticking down to Brexit day, initially set for exactly two years after the invocation. With the deadline looming, George Walker, managing director of industrial automation expert Novotek UK and Ireland, offers advice on how British industry can brace for Brexit.
AR and VR may hold the key to highly efficient industrial maintenance
When we think of virtual reality (VR), many of us still think back to the bulky, unflattering headsets found in video game arcades in the 1980s and 1990s. However, modern VR and augmented reality (AR) technology is more than a quirky arcade attraction, with it offering a wealth of benefits to food and beverage maintenance engineers. Here, George Walker, managing director of industrial VR specialist Novotek UK and Ireland, explains how VR could redefine industrial maintenance.
Technology trends for 2019
Henry Ford once said, “when everything seems to be going against you, remember that the aeroplane takes off against the wind, not with it”. 2019 will undoubtedly see businesses continue to battle the effects of Brexit, with no clear understanding of its impact for the long-term future. Here, Sean Robinson, service leader at industrial control and automation provider Novotek UK and Ireland, explains some of the top trends expected to dominate the manufacturing industry.
How edge computing is becoming central to a new efficiency revolution
In the age of the industrial internet of things (IIoT), the speed of data analysis is key to effective operation. Edge computing accelerates this process, allowing for industrial data analysis to be performed at the point of collection. Here, George Walker, managing director of industrial control and automation provider Novotek UK and Ireland, explains the core benefits of edge computing.
How pharmaceuticals can get the most out of and reduce downtime
The age of the blockbuster drug is over. The last remnants of this golden age of pharmaceuticals are slowly coming out of IP protection and being mass produced by a large range of companies. As a new day dawns on the pharmaceutical industry, Gayle Walker, operations manager at Novotek UK & Ireland, explains what pharmaceutical companies can do to prevent unnecessary downtime in production and raise production efficiency.