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digitalisation in UK manufacturing

3D printing: Which process is suitable for which application?

3D printing was first used in rapid prototyping, but today is increasingly used in additive processes that enable volume production of plastic and metal parts. It is also used to manufacture parts that are too complex for traditional injection moulding. The trend is towards modular and scalable manufacturing solutions tailored to a particular application. Smart Machines & Factories provides an overview of the processes and trends.


Global leaders in Industry 4.0

Leveraging the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to connect digital systems is a crucial step for increasing manufacturing productivity, efficiency and quality. Jonathan Wilkins, director at industrial automation parts supplier EU Automation, explains what UK manufacturers can learn from countries leading the way.

Robotics and AI

Smart Machines & Factories takes a look at robotics and AI and the autonomous future of industry.

Predictions for manufacturing: Industrial trends for 2019

Industry 4.0, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) or the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) - regardless of the phrase used to describe digitalisation in manufacturing, there’s no denying that a shift has already taken place. But, is the age of industrial buzzwords coming to a grinding halt? Smart Machines & Factories spoke to Stefan Reuther, chief sales officer at COPA-DATA, who gives his three predictions for industrial automation in 2019.

More than just a machine-building exercise

Bella designed the Fun Noisy Rubbish Bin as her entry into the Primary Engineer Leaders’ Awards 2017, a competition that’s been running for three years and encourages thousands of young minds to get active and come up with world-changing ideas. The competition culminates in an awards ceremony held in collaboration with Universities and engineers who give their time to grade the entries.




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Waving the flag for automation

The recent winner of a Gold Edition cobot (collaborative robot) from Universal Robots, Chesham-based B-Loony Ltd, says the new addition will join six existing UR3 cobots on site*, all of which are being used to increase productivity in previously laborious manual tasks and help the company gain vital market share. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

Smart approaches to the digital revolution

John Browett, general manager of the CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) Europe, looks at some of the challenges inherent in digital transformation and how to address them.

How a culture of invention leads to IoT success

Andy Penfold, director of offering management at ADLINK Technology, describes how digital experimentation with the Internet of Things (IoT) leads to innovation and looks at potential solutions for creating a clearer path to innovative IoT.

The ultimate goal: A successful journey through Industry 4:0

By Martin Walder, VP Industry at Schneider Electric

Artificial Intelligence becomes a reality

Developing the UK’s IT infrastructure across manufacturing sectors is essential. The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) for industrial applications, brings a need for IT specialists to implement such technology, and train the manufacturing workforce on how to use it. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

Benefits of edge computing in industry

George Walker, managing director of industrial control and automation provider Novotek UK and Ireland, explains the core benefits of edge computing.

Improving productivity with facial recognition

In 2018, Facebook faced a class action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology. The lawsuit alleged that Facebook gathered biometric information without users’ explicit consent. Technology has rapidly caught up with the human ability to read faces, progressing to a stage where facial recognition could improve industrial security. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

Can you afford not to use predictive analytics?

Smart Machines & Factories looks at how food and beverage manufacturers can reduce downtime using predictive analytics to enable prescriptive maintenance.

The Smart way to Industry 4.0 with PROFINET Based Technologies

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