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SmartFactory secures €500,000 funding as part of Enterprise Ireland HPSU Fund

29 June, 2018

Irish manufacturing solutions firm SmartFactory announced funding of €500,000 as part of the Enterprise Ireland High Potential Start-Up fund. The investment was announced at the recent Start-Up Showcase Event in Croke Park and will see SmartFactory expand its operations and double its workforce over the next three years. The company, established in 2016, is based in the Nexus Innovation Centre at the University of Limerick.

Industry group collaborates to create communication solution

22 June, 2018

Rockwell Automation is joining industry leaders ABB, Belden, Bosch Rexroth, B&R, Cisco, Hilscher, KUKA, National Instruments, Parker Hannifin, Phoenix Contact, Pilz, Schneider Electric, TTTech, and WAGO (collectively known as Shapers) to create a communication solution for real-time and sensor-to-cloud applications in industrial operations. The solution will be based on the OPC UA protocol, which allows easy and secure sharing of information across different vendor technologies, and the time-sensitive networking (TSN) suite of standards, which helps improve latency and robustness in converged industrial networks.

Debating the politics of automation

15 June, 2018

Toshiba machine partner and robot distributor, TM Robotics, has released a white paper that examines the political challenges facing today’s manufacturing industry. Tackling issues such as the threat robots pose to jobs, robot taxation and investments in Industry 4.0, the company discusses the politics of automation from a robot manufacturers perspective.

Manufacturing sector is third most targeted for cyber-attacks

07 June, 2018

Nearly half of manufacturers have been the victim of cyber-crime, and a quarter have suffered some financial loss or disruption to business as a result, according to a new report.

Industry 4.0 webinar – from factory floor to the cloud and back again

06 June, 2018

A webinar that takes a look at the topic of digitisation in manufacturing and considers the process of connecting mechanical automation components to the cloud and how to derive insights from the vast amount of data collected, is being organised by Festo.

Siemens and Newcastle University relationship extends to accelerate digital innovation

31 May, 2018

The latest development in the partnership between Siemens and Newcastle University is being launched to accelerate digitalisation and boost skills to meet the needs of an increasingly-digitalised industry and society.

Bringing intelligent automation to SMEs

23 May, 2018

Automation specialist Cortex has partnered with The Robotic Workforce, as a Solutions provider, to make intelligent automation technology available to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), boosting productivity by up to 90%.

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.

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