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NOVEMBER 2017 CONTENTS


REVOLUTIONISING ENGINE VOLUME GAUGING WITH SMART 3D TECHNOLOGY


REVOLUTIONIZING ENGINE VOLUME GAUGING WITH SMART 3D TECHNOLOGY


FEATURES INCLUDE: • COMMUNICATIONS • NETWORKING • SENSORS • TEST SYSTEMS • WAREHOUSING


COVER STORY www.connectingindustry.com/automation CONTENTS


PACKAGING


Applying robotics to a case packing process may well make a sound business case, but it might not always be the optimum solution


SENSORS 8


A new family of hybrid sensors is offering machine builders and plant engineers the prospect of standardising on one single sensor range


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Meeting the demand for application-specific 3D solutions


Please turn to page 6 for more... NEWS


4. igus unveils expanded workspace following business growth


5. How to dimension a variable speed drive


Automation is a media partner of the following industry organisations:


INDUSTRY FOCUS


Packaging... 8. Putting packhouses in control of efficiency


British Automation and Robot Association (BARA) - www.bara.org.uk


11. Offline coding delivers one-stop solution for multiple packing lines


Renewable Energy...


UK Industrial Vision Association (UKIVA) - www.ukiva.org


14. Getting to know energy efficiency technology to drive cost savings


GAMBICA - www.gambica.org.uk


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Communications & Networking... 38. How Industry 4.0 impacts globalisation


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FEATURES Automated Warehousing...


19. Live storage helps animal feed producer make large savings


Practical


Test Systems... 26. Ten integrity checks - one machine


27. Wireless rig tests long endurance drone controls


Sensors & Sensing Systems...


30. New hybrid sensor range offers more versatility for users


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