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Talking Industry

DFA Media, the publisher of Smart Machines and Factories and its sister magazines Drives & Controls and Plant & Works Engineering, has launched Talking Industry, a new series of live digitally broadcast panel discussions with leading experts from the industrial, automation and manufacturing sectors.


Cyber criminals are capitalising on organisations in a weakened position

Car manufacturer Honda was recently attacked by a cyber attack, which affected its ability to access its email and internal systems. The attack was felt across its entire global network, with experts widely suggesting it could be the work of the “Ekans” or “Snake” ransomware strain, designed to attack industrial control systems networks.

Survey reveals key role for robotics in tackling COVID-19 and future pandemics

One in three UK adults see a key role for the use of robotics in tackling the COVID-19 crisis and future pandemics, recent research has highlighted. The public poll, commissioned by the EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems (UK-RAS) Network, which has been released as part of the annual UK Robotics Week, which returns for its fifth year from 22nd – 28th June 2020. 



Manufacturers urged to recognise and celebrate successes of the sector

Now in its 12th year, the 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.

MTC offers MBA for manufacturing industry leaders

Manufacturing Technology Centre Training has collaborated with Aston Business School to provide an MBA degree tailored for the development of leaders in manufacturing organisations of all sizes and sectors.




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Made Smarter appoints new chair of North West adoption pilot steering group

Made Smarter, a national movement which is helping SME manufacturers in the North West to adopt digital technologies, has appointed Glyn Jones as the new chair of its steering group.

Digital food for thought: Smart factories and the use of AI from an automation perspective

Factory automation has traditionally provided the food industry with faster, more reliable and cleaner production capacity - however, with the advent of the smart factory and commercial AI the factory of the very near future is starting to make production efficiency improvement decisions itself. Chris Evans, marketing & operations group manager at Mitsubishi Electric reports.

Online AI courses launched to overcome digital skills gap

Two online courses in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning have been launched by Duco Digital Training to bridge the digital skills gap and allow businesses to take a competitive advantage of this rapidly developing technology.

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.

MTC chief executive to head new manufacturing resilience commission

Manufacturing Technology Centre chief executive Dr Clive Hickman has been appointed to head a new body launched today aimed at leading the resurgence of manufacturing industry in the Midlands.

Manufacturing resilience during the coronavirus pandemic

How do you keep a factory running during the COVID-19 crisis? The main problem isn’t social distancing necessarily, but keeping workers motivated during the slowdown. That’s according to new research by money.co.uk, which spoke to 25 business leaders from the manufacturing industry to gain insights into how coronavirus has affected them.

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.

How coronavirus is driving digital transformation and continuity planning


The current pandemic is forcing the manufacturing sector to re-evaluate traditional production processes. The combination of supply chain disruption, shortage of materials, dependence on globalised production, and a national workforce with restricted movements, is not only affecting the industry, but the wider economy. While many have struggled to adapt within the current environment, there are those taking this opportunity to transform.

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.

VentilatorChallengeUK marks two months of success

VentilatorChallengeUK, the consortium of UK aerospace, automotive and medical businesses that has come together to produce at-scale medical ventilators for the NHS, celebrated two-months since it was formed.

Last chance to nominate engineers for the President's Special Awards for Pandemic Service

The Royal Academy of Engineering is to make a special series of awards to recognise exceptional engineering in response to pandemic challenges. The awards are open to all engineers across the UK who have contributed to addressing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, across all technical specialities, disciplines and career stages.

Manufacturers to spend US$19.8bn on data management and analytics by 2026

ABI Research forecasts that in 2026, manufacturers and industrial firms will be spending on US$19.8 billion on data management, data analytics, and associated professional services.Manufacturing plants generate mountains of data throughout the day, every day. Traditionally, data has been noted on paper or analysed in spreadsheets. However, today it can be collected automatically via sensors and analysed with tools that far exceed spreadsheets’ capabilities.

The Digital Manufacturing Accelerator is launching

The Manufacturing Technology Centre is launching a brand new initiative, in partnership with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, that brings world leading manufacturing research, technology and experts together. Embarking on a ten year mission, the £15 million funded programme aims to accelerate the implementation of innovative physical and digital manufacturing technologies into UK manufacturing and supply chains.

Smart Industry Expo and co-located shows rescheduled to take place on 25th-27th January 2021

The biennial co-located events; Smart Industry Expo, Drives & Controls, Fluid Power & Systems, Plant & Asset Management, and Air-Tech Exhibitions – have been rescheduled to January 25th-27th 2021, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. These extra months will help give the industry the space to recover and the opportunity to present their technologies, innovations and solutions in an upturning market with no restrictions on travel. The events will continue to be co-located with MACH.

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