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A clear vision

06 July, 2017

The new All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Fourth Industrial Revolution – known as APPG 4IR - was launched recently by Havant MP Alan Mak and his guest of honour, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond. Smart Machines & Factories attended the launch and reviews some of the main talking points from the event and examines the underlying issues.

4IR arrives in Manchester

08 June, 2017

April opened with a major 4IR event making its debut in Manchester - the city that proudly lays claim to having the world’s first factories and first industrial estate. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

The robots are coming — but they’re here to help

08 June, 2017

In 1994, American scientist Marvin Lee Minsky, released a whitepaper which famously asked the question, ‘Will robots inherit the earth?’ While it may still be some time before we replace ourselves with androids, automation is having a significant impact on the way we work. Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of EU Automation, predicts the impact of robotics on the job market.

Securing a return on investment from IIoT

02 June, 2017

Suboptimal performance in safety, reliability, production and emissions is causing industrial manufacturers significant operational losses every year. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is being presented as the new frontier of manufacturing, but can it help reduce these losses? Emerson’s Travis Hesketh explains how IIoT applications are already providing measurable operational performance benefits plus a significant return on investment.

Time to take the robotic plunge?

02 June, 2017

Manufacturing is just starting its evolution into the digital world, and robotics is one of the key enabling technologies. But is it the right time to take the plunge? Andrew Armstrong, FANUC’s UK sales and marketing manager reports.

Demystifying IIOT & I4.0

16 May, 2017

Sam Walton, ICONICS UK, takes a look at demystifying the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0.

4IR - time to fully commit

11 April, 2017

With the recent launch of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), there is a growing high-profile consensus of the importance of the digitisation of industry - most notable by the presence of the Chancellor at the launch of the APPG.

Connected automation

23 March, 2017

The term Industry 4.0 is being used more and more widely across the manufacturing sector. While it has been a theoretical possibility for most companies, the last year or two in particular have seen its adoption now become truly practical and achievable for the majority of companies. Andy Minturn of Bosch Rexroth examines exactly where the sector is at - and some of the latest developments driving Industry 4.0 adoption.

Achieving the promise of IIoT

17 March, 2017

Once a far-off science fiction fantasy, the connected enterprise has become a very real part of the here and now. Companies from every conceivable sector are using the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to build better, more efficient facilities and supply chains. By 2020, there could be anywhere between 50 and 200 billion connected devices in operation around the World and many of these will be working in an industrial capacity. From production line equipment to pipeline pumps and monitors, connected devices are already having a big impact – and it’s only going to get bigger. Andy Bailey, Stratus solutions architect, looks at combining OT and IT systems to achieve the promise of IIoT.

An insight into the factories of the future

17 March, 2017

Smart Machines & Factories takes a look at the forthcoming Industry 4.0 Summit & Factories of the Future Expo, (Manchester Central 4-5th April).

Predictions for the future of manufacturing

28 February, 2017

As manufacturing facilities incorporate greater levels of automation, the demand for new technologies continues to grow. Recent years have seen several trends create a shift in the way the industry operates. Martyn Williams, managing director of industrial software company COPA-DATA UK, examines three of the most prominent automation trends of 2017 and discusses how these trends are changing manufacturing operations.

Smart skills for a smart future

15 February, 2017

Smart Machines & Factories spoke to Brian Holliday, managing director - Digital Factory, Siemens UK & Ireland, who says the UK can play a major role in promoting the adoption of Industry 4.0 digital technology solutions which will underpin the so-called 4th Industrial Revolution and optimise productivity in UK manufacturing. This, in turn, will enable a high wage economy such as the UK to compete within a globalised manufacturing environment. But, realising the enormous potential of a digitised manufacturing future is also dependent on creating a talented workforce with the right digital skills.

Manufacturing in the information age

09 February, 2017

A unified network fabric based on standard IP with a strong physical infrastructure supports reliable, secure networks that take advantage of the Industrial Internet of Things. Amaechi Oduah, marketing solutions manager, EMEA,

Brexit, uncertainty and moving beyond

02 February, 2017

SOMERSET CAPITOL says recent downturns and troubling economic matters have demonstrated that uncertainty breeds timidity and cautious attitudes towards corporate investment are bantered about whenever there is even the smallest bit of less than appealing news in the global macroeconomic outlook. The company says now enter Brexit, a both legitimate and media-frenzied gift to fueling uncertain mindsets and fear that keeps capital on the sidelines with growth reserved in favour of preparing for troubling weather, but with regard to capital expenditures, does this have to be the way?

Internet of Manufacturing

02 February, 2017

Internet of Manufacturing takes place between the 7th – 8th February 2017 in Munich, Germany. Industrie 4.0 is creating profound opportunities for manufacturers to transform business models, innovate new products and increase productivity.

Generation Z vs the machine

25 October, 2016

Stephen Parker explains how businesses can use technology to enhance jobs rather than replace them.

Manufacturing the connected car

25 October, 2016

Jonathan Wilkins discusses the increasing use of cloud computing and mobile devices in automotive manufacturing.

Protecting against cyber attacks

24 October, 2016

As businesses seek to embrace Industry 4.0, cybersecurity protection must be a top priority for Industrial Control Systems (ICS). These attacks are financially crippling, reduce production and business innovation, and cost lives. Dave Sutton reports.

Engineering a future outside the EU

25 October, 2016

A report published by the UK engineering profession hails the government’s renewed focus on industrial strategy as a major opportunity to help the UK compete on the world stage, but warns that Brexit must not restrict access to the engineering skills from across Europe that our economy relies on. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

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