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Inspiring young minds

Last year for the Primary Engineer & Secondary Engineer Leaders Award over 23,000 pupils from 335 schools interviewed engineers and answered the question ‘If you were an engineer - what would you do?’ by identifying problems and inventing solutions.


Data capture solution

Welland Medical, a British manufacturing company established in 1988, specialising in the design, development and manufacture of stoma care appliances and accessories, recently moved into its new premises, and had upgrades to its network architecture and server. Subsequently after the move, the company’s existing data capture system no longer functioned and the quote they had obtained for a replacement/upgrade was prohibitively expensive. Smart Machines & Factories takes a closer look.

Food for thought

Robert Glass, global food and beverage communications manager at ABB, explains the opportunities digitalisation presents for the food and beverage industry.

Driving the digital transformation

Software-powered connected services are driving the digital transformation. Smart Machines & Factories reports. Many industrial companies are implementing digital technologies aimed at optimising operations. Whether targeting point solutions or undergoing a full digital transformation, most organisations need support to plan for, deploy, and maintain new solutions, or to help them reap the most value from digitalisation.

Data and the smart machine revolution

How can manufacturing efficiency be improved? Any significant optimisation of production lines is getting increasingly difficult to achieve. Bringing smarter automation into the workplace offers an innovative solution, but it all starts with data. Lots and lots of data. Smart Machines & factories spoke to Tim Foreman, Omron’s European R&D manager.




Smart Technology Zone

UK: A reluctance to invest in robots?

The latest figures for the global adoption of industrial robots show that, while most countries are increasing their use of these machines, the UK has stalled, falling below the global average for the first time. It is the only G7 nation in this position. Contributing editor Tony Sacks examines the numbers.

Intelligent 3D simulation software

FANUC UK has launched the latest, upgraded version of its intelligent 3D simulation software for robot motion control. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

Finance 4.0

Brian Foster, head of industry finance at Siemens Financial Services in the UK, takes a look at digitalisation in the plastics industry and the role of asset finance.

Creating a route to Industry 4.0

Festo’s senior consultant, Training & Consulting - Neil Lewin, says the company has identified four key creativity techniques that can help to develop creative thinking and generate new innovative ideas. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

TSN: an idea whose time has come?

Growing numbers of automation suppliers are throwing their weight behind an open technology known as Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN), which guarantees deterministic real-time data transmission between products from different suppliers, and promises to cut networking costs. Contributing editor Tony Sacks reports on the latest developments from the SPS IPC Drives show in Germany.

Smart Industry Expo 2018 gears up for the 4IR revolution

The biennial co-located events; Smart Industry Expo, Drives & Controls, Fluid Power & Systems, Plant & Asset Management, and Air-Tech Exhibitions – are once again set to return to Birmingham’s NEC (Halls 8, 9 and 10) from 10th -12th April 2018, alongside MACH 2018.

Seize the moment (in small steps)

Siert Wijnia, co-founder, Ultimaker, explains the way in which organisations can leverage 3D printing to maximise the potential of the light bulb moment.

The Golden Rules for ensuring IoT availability

The Internet of Things (IoT) has the power to revolutionise industrial processes for the better, but there are plenty of pitfalls that will need to be avoided. Safeguards can help us navigate this new landscape. Andy Bailey, Solutions Architect, Stratus reports.

Top tips for implementing Industry 4.0

The term ‘Industry 4.0’ has quickly become the “hot topic” across industry, but is it actually understood, and is it being implemented correctly? Steve Askins, UK engineering director at ERIKS UK & Ireland, offers some practical guidance to help you cut through the hype and get the most from the fourth industrial revolution.

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