The big data era demands more intelligent measurement systems

  As modern machines, vehicles, and structures continue to grow more complex, engineers require more advanced sensors, measurement systems, and data management infrastructures to stay relevant. For example, monitoring the Large Hadron Collider or a four-engine jumbo jet requires thousands of sensor channels that generate hundreds of terabytes of data. With a need for high […]

PLC: The forerunner to Industry 4.0 and the internet of things

  Industry 4.0 and the internet of things (IoT) are concepts which require a high degree of networking and communication between devices and services. Large data quantities have to be exchanged, from the sensor to the IT level. The corresponding protocols and standards of PC-based control make it ideally suited for this task. Another fundamental […]

Situational awareness – a new paradigm in HMI

  On the afternoon of 23 March 2005, the BP Texas City refinery in Texas was rocked by a series of explosions when a distillation tower in a hydrocarbon isomerisation unit flooded and sent a geyser of liquid into the air, producing a cloud of highly-flammable vapour that was promptly ignited by an idling pickup truck. […]

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