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GAMBICA: A practical journey to a digital future

14 June, 2019

Victoria Montag – sector head for Industrial Automation, GAMBICA, begins the special three-part GAMBICA serialisation of the King Power Stadium discussions on digitisation.

2019 - The year of 3D printing

11 June, 2019

Paul Croft, director of 3DGBIRE and Ultimaker GB and founder of CREATE Education Project explains, 2019 will be the year organisations of every size begin to drive new value from 3D printing.

GAMBICA: A practical journey to a digital future

16 May, 2019

In December 2018 eight GAMBICA Industrial Automation members gathered around a table at the King Power Stadium in Leicester to be recorded discussing IT, cyber security, cloud computing and of course automation and what it all means for Smart Manufacturing. In a special three part serialisation in Smart Machines & Factories, Victoria Montag – sector head for Industrial Automation, GAMBICA, will be looking at the output of the discussion that took place and covers a pragmatic guide to getting started on your smart manufacturing journey.

Could AI security prevent hacks?

03 April, 2019

Graham Smith, head of marketing at Microsoft recruitment partner Curo Talent, explains the role of automation in IT security and how it could address the skills shortage.

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

26 March, 2019

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.

Benefits of edge computing in industry

15 January, 2019

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

3D printing - driving the sustainability agenda

19 December, 2018

Critics of 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, have long cited the technology’s reliance on plastic filament as the primary print material, and it would seem that with the global focus on reducing plastic wastage they have a point - or do they? Has 3D printing now reached a maturity level where it cannot only support the sustainability agenda, but actively drive it? Smart Machines & Factories reports.

Optimising plant performance through digitalisation

17 December, 2018

Industrial plant operators are increasingly supporting better decision-making by using the digitalisation capabilities available through instrumentation and plant management systems. Saverio Barbero Lodigiani and David Lincoln for ABB Measurement and Analytics in the UK, explain how these capabilities can help to boost plant and process performance by providing the data needed for smarter operation and maintenance.

Plug and play in industrial plants

16 October, 2018

Contradictory to the common belief that technology necessary for Industry 4.0 is expensive, the Combine and Conquer report by Accenture found that combining technologies such as AR/VR, big data and machine learning can save large businesses an average of £60,000 per employee. Nick Boughton, sales manager at industrial systems integrator, Boulting Technology, explores the growing trend of plug and play technologies.

The slow journey to the paperless factory

27 June, 2018

A sheet of A4 is convenient. But your data won't be exact or real time. Kevin Bull is product strategy director at Columbus UK, reports.

Digital transformation and the automotive sector

23 March, 2018

British Fluid Power Association member companies Festo and SMC Pneumatics consider the growing trend towards automation and digitalisation within the automotive industry, and the enduring importance of more traditional technologies such as pneumatics within the fast-developing digital transformation landscape. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

Data and the smart machine revolution

23 March, 2018

How can manufacturing efficiency be improved? Any significant optimisation of production lines is getting increasingly difficult to achieve. Bringing smarter automation into the workplace offers an innovative solution, but it all starts with data. Lots and lots of data. Smart Machines & factories spoke to Tim Foreman, Omron’s European R&D manager.

Top tips for implementing Industry 4.0

01 February, 2018

The term ‘Industry 4.0’ has quickly become the “hot topic” across industry, but is it actually understood, and is it being implemented correctly? Steve Askins, UK engineering director at ERIKS UK & Ireland, offers some practical guidance to help you cut through the hype and get the most from the fourth industrial revolution.

Game changing technology

13 December, 2017

Smart Machines & Factories looks at how Augmented Reality (AR) and cobots are driving the next wave of automation.

Building the smart factory of the future

13 December, 2017

Jonathan Wilkins at EU Automation, explains why increased levels of automation are a good thing.

Digital opportunities

13 December, 2017

Industry proposals to boost the UK’s manufacturing sector have been unveiled at the Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry with the publication of the Industrial Digitalisation Review. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

Communicate the change of Industry 4.0

20 October, 2017

Industry 4.0 will undoubtedly create a wealth of opportunities for new business models, new products and new solutions. We are only just beginning to understand the possibilities of a world where operating technologies and information technologies ‘talk’ directly to each other and make real decisions, using calculations outside the range of human capabilities. This has the potential to lead to enormous efficiencies in labour, material and energy. Neil Lewin, senior consultant at Festo Training & Consulting, reports.

Tackling the robot hack threat

20 October, 2017

Users of industrial robots from manufacturing to healthcare are unprepared for the real risk of a hacking attack, warns a leading cyber security expert.

Smarter tech and safer food

20 October, 2017

Food safety has been one of the top priorities for food manufacturers and consumers for many years. Robert Glass, global marketing manager of ABB’s food and beverage programme, explains how smart technologies are helping manufacturers exceed food safety standards.

Choosing an automation supplier wisely

11 October, 2017

Many machine builders are relying more heavily on their automation suppliers to help them realise their designs – so choosing the correct partner is critical. Derek Jones & Dave Randall, Lenze’s business development managers, explain.

Driving forward component traceability

12 September, 2017

Traceability is already commonplace in aerospace manufacturing at the very top of the supply chain but advances in relatively inexpensive technology with greater networking capabilities mean it can now be exploited by firms throughout, down to those producing even the smallest components. Alastair Morris, Sales Director at Pryor, looks at the marking, data management and networking solutions that are driving forward the development.

IT / OT - an Unbridgeable Gap?

02 June, 2017

In an increasingly competitive sector, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) offers oil and gas companies opportunities that would previously been almost unimaginable. By harnessing sensor data, Big Data analytics and machine-to-machine communication (M2M), unprecedented levels of efficiency become possible. The disruptive power of this technology is absolutely enormous. Andy Bailey, Stratus Solutions Architect reports.

Gigabit Industrial Ethernet and Industry 4.0

18 May, 2017

John Browett, CLPA Europe General Manager, outlines the network requirements that will enable Industry 4.0.

Transforming your primary data into valuable insights

16 May, 2017

As part of its "Mobility for tomorrow" strategy, the Schaeffler Group is creating a digital platform for processing large volumes of data, creating valuable insights that will over time transform its operations. Smart Machines & Factories spoke to Greig Littlefair, managing director of Schaeffler (UK) Ltd, who will oversee the implementation of the Group’s Digital Agenda in the UK.

The importance of compliance

08 March, 2017

Smart Machines & Factories spoke to Roberta Nelson Shea, Universal Robots’ chief technical compliance officer, who gives insights into the challenges and importance of compliance in a robotic company.

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