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New opportunities

21 June, 2017

Technological progress creates constant changes in the labour market; some jobs disappear, while quite different ones occur. The robot industry spurs many new job opportunities - even for jobseekers who have perhaps become redundant in other industries. A new Robot Academy in Denmark helps the robot industry find and retrain talent into a career with companies such as Universal Robots. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

A very clear warning

02 June, 2017

With election fever sweeping the UK - although I’m not sure everyone would agree with this analysis - a lot is at stake for the British economy.

Compressing the future of data analytics

25 May, 2017

There is no question that the digital revolution is upon us, but how is the Internet of Things (IoT) enabling users of compressed air services to manage, optimise and improve their processes? Smart Machines & Factories sits down with Gardner Denver at Hannover Messe 2017, to discuss the steps the company is taking to help oversee a new era of digital data: providing analytics with real value for the compressed air industry.

Connected ambitions

25 May, 2017

Aaron Blutstein caught up with Blake Moret, president and CEO of Rockwell Automation, for an exclusive interview with Smart Machines & Factories.

Marriages made in Hannover

25 May, 2017

The growing closeness of the worlds of IT, communications and automation was evident at the recent Hannover Fair, where the world’s IT giants had a substantial presence, and where a slew of co-operative agreements were announced. Contributing editor Tony Sacks reports.

Don’t fear the evolution: the social implications of 4IR

25 May, 2017

How do you feel about smart manufacturing? Are you confident that it is the way forward? Or perhaps anxious about the effect it will have on you and your business? Smart Machines & Factories reports.

A very clear warning

25 May, 2017

With election fever sweeping the UK - although I’m not sure everyone would agree with this analysis - a lot is at stake for the British economy.

A readily achievable prize – equality of value

17 May, 2017

Technical education is critical to ensuring the long-term success of UK manufacturing in the age of Industry 4.0, and it is extremely encouraging to hear the announcement of a further £500m a year for 16-19 technical education made in the Spring Budget, along with a 50% rise in the training provided to a total of 900 hours per year from 2019.

Evolution towards the smart factory

16 May, 2017

By the time Industry 4.0 peaks, the functions of the machines producing the goods will no longer be clearly defined. Instead the goods themselves will tell the machine how they want to look at the end of the day. Frank Maier, CTO Lenze Group reports.

Fighting talk at launch of All-Party Parliamentary Group on 4IR

22 March, 2017

By Smart Machines & Factories’ Joss Dixon: This week saw a major step forward in the UK’s efforts to establish itself at the forefront of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the phase of technological advancement that will usher in the age of Industry 4.0.

Editor's comment

20 March, 2017

Technical education is critical to ensuring the long-term success of UK manufacturing in the age of Industry 4.0, and it is extremely encouraging to hear the announcement of a further £500m a year for 16-19 technical education made in the Spring Budget, along with a 50% rise in the training provided to a total of 900 hours per year from 2019.

A dry seat no matter what the weather

17 March, 2017

The Roll Over Bench is an ingenious invention, which aims to provide a dry seat no matter what the weather. It is the creation of Primary 7 pupil Grace Finlay from Craigrothie Primary School in Fife.

A digital vision

17 March, 2017

Aaron Blutstein spoke to Brian Holliday, the managing director of Siemens Digital Factory UK, about the challenges and opportunities of the digitisation of UK manufacturing.

Ransomware: a new threat to automation?

17 March, 2017

A cyber-threat to industrial control systems is emerging in which attackers demand payments for them not to disrupt a control system or compromise its data. Tony Sacks reports on the phenomenal, and worrying, rise of “ransomware”.

Will TSN be a unifying force for automation?

20 February, 2017

A group of leading automation suppliers have joined forces to back what they believe will become the unifying communication system for linking industrial controls to each other and to the cloud. Tony Sacks reports on their hopes for the technology known as Time Sensitive Networking.

Preparing for the smart manufacturing era - a banking perspective

02 February, 2017

Aaron Blutstein spoke to Dave Atkinson, UK head of manufacturing, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, about the key issues facing UK manufacturing, Industry 4.0, investment and Brexit.

Getting robot ready for the factory of the future

25 October, 2016

As global manufacturers gear up for ‘Industry 4.0’, Smart Machines & Factories asked Mike Wilson, general industry sales & marketing manager for ABB Robotics what UK manufacturers should be doing to ensure they’re not left behind.

The future is collaborative

25 October, 2016

Aaron Blutstein spoke to Per Kloster Poulsen, regional sales director at Universal Robots‬, about the use of cobot technology in the UK in a smart manufacturing era.

The great IIoT challenges

25 October, 2016

Smart Machines & Factories spoke to Andy Bailey, solutions architect, at Stratus Technologies, about what today's industrial operator needs to know about adopting IIoT.

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