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Government invests £147m in Manufacturing Made Smarter to transform UK manufacturing

The Government will be investing £147m in the Manufacturing Made Smarter challenge to transform UK manufacturing capabilities through the development and adoption of Industrial Digital Technologies (IDTs).


Restarting and reviving the economy

As we work to manage our emergence from the in-the-moment quest for survival that characterised the height of the pandemic, our politicians must turn their minds to the longer-term view and, crucially, how to rebuild the British economy. Dick Elsy, CBE, chief executive, HVM Catapult, reports.

Digital future beckons for manufacturing business

Sheet metal firm Salamander Fabrications has partnered with Siemens Mobility and The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) to undergo an environmentally friendly project that will transform its operations to become entirely paperless.

Make UK leads campaign to protect skills

As we enter the Autumn and industry, the economy and the political world emerges from the late summer break all eyes will be on how far the recovery is becoming entrenched or whether there remain many long months ahead. Stephen Phipson, chief executive of Make UK, the manufacturers' organisation, comments.

A platform for knowledge at Smart Industry Expo 2021

Having been given the green light to go ahead by the Government, the forthcoming co-located events; Smart Industry Expo, Plant & Asset Management, Drives & Controls, Fluid Power & Systems, and Air-Tech Exhibitions – will return to Birmingham’s NEC between the 25th -27th January 2021, alongside MACH.




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Manufacturers to recognise and celebrate successes of the sector

Now in its 12th year, the prestigious Make UK Awards acknowledge and reward the extraordinary work of the UK manufacturing sector. The 2020 Make UK Awards seek to recognise leading lights within the manufacturing industry, looking for those apprentices and businesses that have made significant contributions across the industry.

Foundations set for digital operations in upper tier COMAH site

By using an integrated solution, Siemens DI has enabled Kemira to optimise how it makes its polyacrylamide products, which are used for the cleaning of municipal and industrial wastewater, and consequently achieve increased productivity levels at its Bradford plant.

Bringing the edge and cloud together

Data is at the heart of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Smart Manufacturing. By setting up suitable platforms to collect and analyse data, it is possible to gain in-depth, unique insights into manufacturing processes that can lead to their optimisation. The most effective setup combines edge and cloud-based platforms to get the best of both worlds. Chris Evans* looks at why the future of network infrastructure balances edge and cloud capabilities.

Cyber-security in the emerging digital world

It seems a long time ago now since various malware attacks on the operational layer changed the security landscape and highlighted vulnerabilities in the de-facto automation architecture. However, as we move along the road towards Smart Manufacturing with a view to improving efficiency, productivity and reliability of supply using the principles of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), the subject of cyber-security is becoming arguably even more important. Chris Evans, marketing & operations group manager at Mitsubishi Electric

Data & Diversity: 5 things manufacturers need to seriously consider in 2019

John Roberts, director of Idhammar Systems, addresses 5 developments manufacturers need to seriously consider this year, and shares his predictions for the manufacturing industry in 2019.

SPS 2020 given the green light for November

The go-ahead for SPS 2020 in Nuremberg, Germany from 24th - 26th November 2020 has been given the green light after the Bavarian Government has approved the protection and hygiene concept for exhibitions in Bavaria.

New Chief Automation Officer appointed at The Manufacturing Technology Centre

Mike Wilson has been appointed as Chief Automation Officer at The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC).

3D printing - the future of aircraft

Benjamin Stafford, materials science expert at materials search engine Matmatch, explores the future relationship of aviation and additive manufacturing.

MTC training launches first ever fully online AM certificate

MTC Training is launching its first fully online certificate in 3D printing or additive manufacturing, designed and endorsed in partnership with world-leading experts from the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing.

The Smart way to Industry 4.0 with PROFINET based technologies

INCASE (“Industry 4.0 via Networked Control Applications and Sustainable Engineering”), co-organised by PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI UK)and the European Interreg Project, are free-to-attend seminars that will address the key practical issues arising from the use of digital communications technologies in automated manufacturing and process industry applications, with particular attention to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

Reset 2020: Building resilience in manufacturing

As the world is uniting to bounce back from the setback, global industries are also crafting strategies to emerge stronger after the economic slowdown. The current developments are affecting companies across the globe and shaping the future of innovation. In these challenging times, there is an urgent need to develop growth strategies. Coping with uncertainty is the new normal, and now is the right time for a change of perspective.

How to address the “new normal” of factory automation in food manufacturing

Food and beverage companies can now set the course for the time after the Covid-19 pandemic using automation to boost competitiveness and productivity. Manufacturers should focus their resources on four market driven perspectives: workforce, product quality, flexibility and sustainability. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

86% of businesses expect cyber attacks to increase in next 12 months

In a survey of UK cyber security, IT and business professionals, 86% of businesses expect cyber threats to increase over the next 12 months. The survey, commissioned by WatchGuard Technologies, also reveals that 44% of organisations have experienced a cyber attack over the last year – and alarmingly, another 11% either didn’t know, or were unsure whether they had been targeted.

MTC partnership to help workplace social distancing

The Coventry-based Manufacturing Technology Centre has partnered with advanced robotics manufacturer Tharsus to support the roll-out of cutting-edge wearable technology which will help social distancing in the workplace.

Inaugural Talking Industry digital broadcast tackles key manufacturing issues

Talking Industry, a series of digitally broadcast panel discussions, featuring leading experts from the automation and manufacturing industries, has been launched by DFA Media - the publisher of Plant & Works Engineering, Smart Machines and Factories, Drives & Controls and Hydraulics & Pneumatics magazines, took place on July 14th. Smart Machines & Factories takes a look at one of the key discussions during the inaugural event.

Smart Industry Expo and co-location of events gets green light from the Government to go ahead

The UK Government has confirmed it has given the green light for trade exhibitions to go ahead from October this year.

Apprentices and young engineers used talent and digital tools to make history

Young engineers at Siemens have become part of manufacturing history after playing a major role in the record-breaking ventilator challenge.

Warehouse optimisation – a timely approach to automation

Steve Richmond, director logistics systems at Jungheinrich explains that the key to successful automation is typically a staggered approach, instead of completely overhauling your current setup, it should be about deploying the right technology and processes in collaboration with the right people, at the right time.

Data Security - the battle of GAIA

Smart Machines & Factories investigates a new European initiative aimed at challenging the dominance of a few large American and Chinese data handline companies.

MTC provides free online courses to help businesses in new ways of working

The Manufacturing Technology Centre Training has made a range of online courses available free of charge to SMEs in the Liverpool City Region during the COVID-19 crisis. The virtual resources will support the development of organisations’ workforces during the pandemic as employees in the region adjust to new ways of working.

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