"the UK's first dedicated journal focusing
on the fourth industrial revolution and
transforming to a smart manufacturing era"

Smart opportunities on show

The inaugural Smart Industry Expo took place alongside the established Drives & Controls Exhibition and co-located events, at Birmingham’s NEC last month. Smart Machines & Factories reviews a few of the highlights during the three-day event.


Making money from buzzwords!

Tim Clark, head of manufacturing solutions, SAS UK & Ireland, takes a look at how data (and buzzwords) can make money for your manufacturing business.

Industry 4.0 webinar – from factory floor to the cloud and back again

A webinar that takes a look at the topic of digitisation in manufacturing and considers the process of connecting mechanical automation components to the cloud and how to derive insights from the vast amount of data collected, is being organised by Festo.

Smart sensor solution for pumps

In partnership with Emile Egger, a Swiss producer of pumps, ABB has now developed its Ability Smart Sensor to remotely monitor pumps. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

Should robots pay taxes?

Robot tax? A tax on robotics is as absurd an idea as a tax on pencils. As Britain’s political parties discuss a potential tax on automation and robotics, Nigel Smith, managing director of Toshiba Machine partner, TM Robotics, explains why slowing down the machine economy would lead to a productivity disaster.




Smart Technology Zone

Debating the politics of automation

Toshiba machine partner and robot distributor, TM Robotics, has released a white paper that examines the political challenges facing today’s manufacturing industry. Tackling issues such as the threat robots pose to jobs, robot taxation and investments in Industry 4.0, the company discusses the politics of automation from a robot manufacturers perspective.

Manufacturing sector is third most targeted for cyber-attacks

Nearly half of manufacturers have been the victim of cyber-crime, and a quarter have suffered some financial loss or disruption to business as a result, according to a new report.

Siemens and Newcastle University relationship extends to accelerate digital innovation

The latest development in the partnership between Siemens and Newcastle University is being launched to accelerate digitalisation and boost skills to meet the needs of an increasingly-digitalised industry and society.

Robots, AI and the collaborative workplace

How can artificial intelligence be applied to accelerate the transition to more connected factories, where human and machine work collaboratively? What technological advances are being made – and how can we encourage robots (and humans) to learn? Steve Sands, head of product management at Festo, explains what the future workplace might look like.

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.

Food for thought

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

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.

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.

Bringing intelligent automation to SMEs

Automation specialist Cortex has partnered with The Robotic Workforce, as a Solutions provider, to make intelligent automation technology available to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), boosting productivity by up to 90%.

Free subscription

Register today

To receive a FREE subscription to Smart Machines & Factories journal please click here.

View the latest issue here.

View the past issue archive here.

View the SMF Media Pack here.

Free subscription and archives

Latest Issue

View the latest issue here

View the past issue archive here

Poll

Will Industry 4.0 revolutionise industrial production?
Current Results