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Record growth at Balluff: Group turnover rises in 2017 from €378 to €459 million

21 May, 2018

Rapid sales growth continues in the first quarter of 2018

Are you ready for the next step in PROFIBUS and Industrial Ethernet diagnostics?

06 April, 2018

PROCENTEC invites everyone to the launch of its newest PROFIBUS and Industrial Ethernet diagnostics solution: the PROCENTEC Mercury. This newest addition to PROCENTEC’s product portfolio will be showed at the PROCENTEC stand on the Hannover Messe from Monday April 23 onwards.

Knowledge Hub seminar line-up sets out complete ‘smart roadmap’ at forthcoming manufacturing events

23 March, 2018

The Knowledge Hub seminar line-up at the forthcoming co-located events; Smart Industry Expo, Drives & Controls, Air-Tech, Fluid Power & Systems, and Plant & Asset Management Exhibitions, has secured some the UK’s leading voices on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, offering expert insight, practical advice, and high profile panel discussions.

Career 4.0: How digitisation is revolutionising work

23 March, 2018

Digitisation is revolutionising the world of work: Robots work hand in hand with humans or travel autonomously through warehouses. Technologies like augmented reality and virtual reality connect workers with the factory, while exoskeletons support them on the job. Meanwhile, energy consumers are developing into energy suppliers.

Prime Minister announces £20 million Institute of Coding

23 March, 2018

IBM, Cisco, Microsoft and others join forces with universities and industry bodies to boost future digital skills.The next generation of digital specialists will be created through the new Institute of Coding, a consortium of more than 60 universities, businesses and industry experts set to receive £20 million to tackle the UK’s digital skills gap.

New appointment to drive IDS solutions at Siemens

23 March, 2018

Phil Banks has been appointed as the head of strategy, Integrated Drive Systems (IDS), Siemens UK & Ireland. As part of his new role, Banks, will be responsible for the development and implementation of the business strategy to drive further growth for IDS solutions.

ABB demonstrates digital credentials at Drives & Controls 2018

19 March, 2018

ABB (stand D707) is demonstrating its credentials as a digital champion by showing examples of how established and installed products like variable speed drives (VSDs) and low voltage electric motors can be used as an integral part of the smart factory.

Smart Industry Expo 2018 gears up for the 4IR revolution

01 February, 2018

The biennial co-located events; Smart Industry Expo, Drives & Controls, Fluid Power & Systems, Plant & Asset Management, and Air-Tech Exhibitions – are once again set to return to Birmingham’s NEC (Halls 8, 9 and 10) from 10th -12th April 2018, alongside MACH 2018.

Thousands convene in Houston to learn about the latest in automation technology

01 February, 2018

Thousands of industrial professionals convened in Houston for the Automation Fair event to learn more about the latest advanced manufacturing technologies shaping the industry, and the automation tools that can help them be more globally competitive and productive.

Year of Engineering launched

01 February, 2018

The Royal Academy of Engineering said it is proud to be a partner in the Government’s Year of Engineering 2018. The national campaign is designed to inspire the next generation of engineers and widen the pool of young people who join the profession.

Industry confident of global market boost in 2018

01 February, 2018

Britain’s manufacturers enter 2018 optimistic that a growing global economy will sustain new orders and industry growth in the year ahead according to a major survey published by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation and the global insurer AIG.

Inaugural Smart Industry Expo debuts in April 2018

13 December, 2017

The inaugural Smart Industry Expo (co-located alongside Drives & Controls, Plant & Asset Management Expo, Fluid Power & Systems, Air-Tech and MACH), is set to make its debut at the NEC in Birmingham from 10th -12th April 2018.

Innovation excellence conference

13 December, 2017

Industrial services provider ERIKS has hosted its first conference on the future of UK manufacturing at the MTC, Coventry.

UK’s most comprehensive 4IR survey to be launched in January

13 December, 2017

The UK is only one of many manufacturing nations seeking to take advantage of new opportunities from 4IR, so we cannot be complacent if the UK is to remain competitive. To date no comprehensive survey has been undertaken to identify the UK’s readiness to take advantage of this technological change.

New Scalable Analytics Capabilities for Industrial IoT Applications

21 November, 2017

Manufacturers have new ways to orchestrate and consume industrial data

Industrial Digitalisation review unveils plans to boost industry

30 October, 2017

Industry proposals to boost the UK’s manufacturing sector have been unveiled this morning at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry with the publication of the Industrial Digitalisation Review.

Novotek AB acquires Kerrco Automation Ltd

23 October, 2017

Kerrco Automation Ltd are pleased to announce that they have been acquired by Swedish-based Novotek AB which will see the new parent company gain access to the valuable markets in UK and Ireland.

Cobots challenge public perception of robotics in V&A Live Art Installation

20 October, 2017

As part of the London Design Festival and Digital Design Weekend at the Victoria & Albert Museum, a live art installation entitled Slave/Master, which challenged the dystopian view that the public have of robots was on display.

Partnership to accelerate commercialisation of digital industrial innovation

20 October, 2017

A new partnership between Siemens and the University of Sheffield is being launched to accelerate digitalisation, boost digital skills, and promote technology and knowledge exchange to meet the needs of increasingly-digitalised industry.

Calls for industrial strategy for all Brexit scenarios

30 August, 2017

There is growing support from industry for the creation of an industrial strategy which will be a crucial component in managing economic change regardless of the final Brexit deal, but the government needs to take the strategy to the next level and fill in the gaps ahead of the forthcoming White Paper in a new Policy Digest published by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

Raspberry Pi wins UK’s top engineering innovation prize

25 August, 2017

His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent has presented the UK’s top engineering innovation prize – the Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award – to the team of engineers behind Raspberry Pi, the small but mighty microcomputer that has revolutionised control systems and redefined how people engage with coding.

North American half-year robot sales top $1bn for the first time

18 August, 2017

The first half of 2017 was the best-ever for the North American robotics market, with new records set for orders, revenues and units shipped, according to Association for Advancing Automation (A3). It also reports a 14% rise in orders for motion control and motor products, and the best-ever first-half performance by the machine vision sector.

UK must accelerate digitalisation to counter uncertainty say business chiefs

17 August, 2017

Business leaders from across industry have called for the rapid acceleration of digitalisation to counter uncertainty in the economy as well as provide a much needed boost to productivity and skills. Siemens polled 30 CEOs and board level executives of the UK’s leading small and large businesses at a summit held recently at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Hosokawa Represents SMEs on Governments Industrial Digitisation Review

03 August, 2017

Hosokawa Micron Ltd is among a group of businesses from across the UK participating in a review for Government of ‘Industrial Digitalisation’ and how to unlock the opportunities it presents. The review, chaired by Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens UK, was announced in the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper published in January 2016. Other participating companies include IBM, GSK, BAE Systems and Rolls Royce.

Rockwell Automation opens first Customer Center for The Connected Enterprise in EMEA

24 May, 2017

Rockwell Automation’s first Customer Center for The Connected Enterprise in EMEA was opened recently an event attended by Smart Machines & Factories at the Center’s base in the technology city of Karlsruhe, Germany.

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