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Smart Machines & Factories takes a look at a range of new solutions from Mitubishi Electric to keep up with the Smart technological wave.


Smart manufacturing solutions

Most manufacturing companies are constantly balancing the desire to improve production against the return on the investment required to achieve that improvement. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

Flexible movers could revamp production lines

There are now several competing technologies that promise to add flexibility to production lines by allowing items to be moved and processed individually, thus achieving the Holy Grail of “batch size one”. Contributing editor Tony Sacks reports on who is offering what.

The slow journey to the paperless factory

A sheet of A4 is convenient. But your data won't be exact or real time. Kevin Bull is product strategy director at Columbus UK, reports.

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.




Smart Technology Zone

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.

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.

SmartFactory secures €500,000 funding as part of Enterprise Ireland HPSU Fund

Irish manufacturing solutions firm SmartFactory announced funding of €500,000 as part of the Enterprise Ireland High Potential Start-Up fund. The investment was announced at the recent Start-Up Showcase Event in Croke Park and will see SmartFactory expand its operations and double its workforce over the next three years. The company, established in 2016, is based in the Nexus Innovation Centre at the University of Limerick.

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.

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