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Business control research cash boost.

Researchers at a Midland university have been given the funding to design a revolutionary package to improve business control and integration from boardroom to factory floor.

The pounds 200,000 programme will be pioneered by experts from Warwick University and will allow technology and manufacturing companies to harmonise production at every level of business.

Using improved computer Internet links, scientists at the Warwick Manufacturing Group based at the University, have come up with the Industrial Ethernet Research Programme.

The communication network will provide an opportunity to easily integrate IT and factory floor working, creating substantial cost savings for a company.

The research draws on the successful widespread use of low-level industrial computer networks which succeeded labour-intensive, inefficient, wire-based factory controls.

The new findings will allow users to link customer and supplier data, reduce process time, increase manufacturing reliability and customer satisfaction.

The project is being funded by Warwick Control Technologies, Rockwell Automation UK and Tellima Technology.

British Federal Ltd in Dudley, HM Computing of Malvern, Dearborn Electronics of Wolverhampton, and Contemporary Controls, in the University of Warwick Science Park, are also in discussions with the researchers.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Mar 14, 2002
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