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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.

New bionic robot concepts are inspired by elephants, octopuses and the human arm

24 May, 2017

Festo, supplier of automation equipment, has unveiled three new lightweight robotic concepts for handling with pneumatics, working in collaboration with humans.

New FANUC UK headquarters provides platform for growth

24 May, 2017

FANUC UK, manufacturer of automation and industrial robotic solutions has officially opened its state-of-the-art headquarters at Ansty Park, Coventry.

First Cyber Factory training facility in the UK installed at Middlesex University

16 May, 2017

The UK’s first Cyber Factory training facility has been installed at Middlesex University London’s new Ritterman Building.

Boeing announces new manufacturing facility

25 May, 2017

US aerospace company Boeing is to open a brand new manufacturing facility alongside the AMRC in Sheffield. The company is co-founder of the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre’s (AMRC), part of the HVM Catapult.

EEF and Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing team up to offer 4IR guidance

10 May, 2017

The EEF and the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) in Cambridge will team up at a major seminar next month to offer guidance from some of the UK’s leading experts on how to become a fully digitalised manufacturing enterprise.

Engineering profession demands "bold, long-term vision"

24 April, 2017

The Royal Academy of Engineering has called on the British government to “rewrite the rules and avoid short-termism and siloed policy making” with its next proposals for industrial strategy in a report titled “Engineering an economy that works for all”.

Aventics announces acquisition of Vector Horizon Technology

11 April, 2017

Aventics, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of pneumatic components and systems, has announced the acquisition of Vector Horizon Technology LLC (VHtek), based in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA. By this acquisition, the pneumatics specialists "will further strengthen their position in the global commercial vehicles business".

ABB acquires B&R

10 April, 2017

ABB has announced its acquisition of B&R, the largest independent provider focused on product- and software- based, open-architecture solutions for machine and factory automation worldwide. B&R, founded in 1979 by Erwin Bernecker and Josef Rainer is headquartered in Eggelsberg, Austria, and employs more than 3,000 people, including about 1,000 R&D and application engineers.

Leaders convene to learn about accelerating global industrial productivity

02 February, 2017

More than 10,000 industrial professionals attended the 25th annual Automation Fair event in Atlanta to discover how a more connected industrial business can improve its ability to compete globally.

Cautious optimism for Government’s industrial strategy

02 February, 2017

The launch of the Government’s industrial strategy plan recently has been greeted with cautious optimism by industry.

Hannover Messe 2017 to highlight the benefits of Industry 4.0

25 October, 2016

The Hannover Messe 2016 had a clear message: integrated industry has well and truly reached the mainstream. To prove its point, the show featured over 400 application examples of fully digitalised processes for the manufacturing and energy industries. Therefore is has recently been confirmed that “Integrated Industry – Creating Value” is the official theme for Hannover Messe 2017.

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