Welcome to the penultimate issue of Automation magazine for the year. As the curtain begins to slowly come down on 2014 it is time for reflection and we’ll be looking back over the last 12 months in our December/January issue, where we will be rounding-up the year that was with contributions and insight from some of the industry’s key players.

As for November, we have a bumper issue this month, including our latest supplement which focusses on PLCs & Industrial PCs – and features contributions from B&R, HMS, Omron and Products4Automation.

In the main issue our industry focus this month looks at both the renewable energy market and the automotive supply chain, where, respectively, Altra Industrial Motion looks at the future of tidal energy, and Cognex discuss an application that they have been involved with for KIA Motors in Korea, where the company’s barcode scanners have helped to increase read rates.

Also this month, we take a look at automated warehousing where W&H Systems look at the subtle differences between warehouse management systems (WMS) and warehouse control systems (WOS), and West Monroe Partners explain how to focus on internal processes to reduce idle time and increase efficiency in warehouse operations.

CD Automation leads the way in our communications & networking feature, as their MD Jez Watson highlights how remote data access can help solve the everyday challenges faced by process engineers.

In addition, we also have a busy sensors feature where sara LBS explain how sensing technology used on industrial doors can improve site safety, and Micro-Epsilon explain its involvement in the BLOODHOUND Project, a 1,000mph land speed record attempt that is scheduled to take place in 2016.

Joe Bush – Editor

Click here to view the digital issue for November 2014.