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.
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 Ł500m 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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Smart Machines & Factories spoke to Andy Bailey, solutions architect, at Stratus Technologies, about what today's industrial operator needs to know about adopting IIoT.