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Survey finds investment in digital transformation to increase

28 September, 2021

A survey from AVEVA, a global leader in industrial software, driving digital transformation and sustainability, has revealed that 85% of businesses plan to increase their investment in digital transformation over the next three years in order to tackle climate change, embrace automation and unlock the performance benefits of advanced technologies.

IoT adoption in the transport/logistics industry

23 September, 2021

New research by Inmarsat, a leader in global mobile satellite communications, has reveaeds a rapid increase in the maturity level of the industrial Internet of Things (IoT) across the transport and logistics sector since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Respondents from the sector reported that Covid-19 has demonstrated the importance of IoT to their businesses, with many accelerating IoT deployments in response to the pandemic.

Advancing safety in transport through automation

08 September, 2021

The need for a road crash investigations branch is one of the recommendations in a new report from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) that explores the expected impact automation will have on the transport sector.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has tremendous potential to accelerate and support the global energy transition

08 September, 2021

The World Economic Forum has published a new study on how artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to accelerate a more equitable energy transition and build trust for the technology throughout the industry.

Smart city development

01 September, 2021

Research by video management solution provider, Milestone Systems, has revealed how the British public feels about smart city development and what local and government authorities need to do to allow smart city technology to reach its full potential in making urban centres safer, more secure and more appealing to the public as the UK recovers from the pandemic.

Fragmented approach to Industry 4.0

18 August, 2021

While UK manufacturers are investing in trials of Industry 4.0 technologies, few have yet completed their integration and in many cases digital transformation programmes have only reached an ‘initial stage’, according to joint research carried out by Cranfield University and management consultancy, Vendigital.

Rise in major cyber security incidents

13 August, 2021

As the sophistication and severity of cyber-attacks/breaches continues to intensify, cyber security has now rightfully become a major issue at the forefront of the public eye.

Acceleration of automation due to impact of Covid-19

04 August, 2021

Guidance Automation, an expert in guidance, navigation and control technologies, has announced the findings of its latest research regarding the growth of the intralogistics automation sector.

Industry survey highlights key challenges re technology and power

27 July, 2021

The continued confidence in future demand levels in the datacentre sector could be hampered by the challenges around the availability of power according to the latest independent industry survey, which captures the views of over 3000 senior datacentre professionals across Europe, including owners, operators, developers, consultants and end users.

Critical manufacturing vulnerabilities spiked 148% in the first half of 2021

20 July, 2021

A new report from Nozomi Networks Labs finds cyber threats growing at an alarming rate in the first half of 2021.

Multi-cloud environments pose greater security challenges

19 July, 2021

Tripwire, a leading global provider of security and compliance solutions for enterprises and industrial organisations, has announced the results of a new research report that evaluated cloud security practices across enterprise environments in 2021.

How the foundations of the UK will be defined by smart buildings’

19 July, 2021

Building decision-makers list budget constraints and buy-in from senior leadership as the two biggest barriers to their adoption of smart technologies, according to a new research report from Johnson Controls.

Industry study finds manufacturers’ feel they are being left behind in the IoT race

16 July, 2021

Research from Ubisense finds 40% of global manufacturers don’t know how to get started with IoT, a 9% rise on 2020 levels

Small cell development

15 July, 2021

45 Million of 5G Small Cells Will be Installed by 2031 forecasts IDTechEx

Digital solutions in the packaging industry

05 July, 2021

Digitalisation, films made of recycled material and the increasing use of robots - mechanical engineering companies in the packaging sector have to face continuous changes. BEUMER expert Jörg Spiekermann reports.

Industrial organisations are embracing 5G

29 June, 2021

According to “Accelerating the 5G Industrial Revolution: State of 5G and edge in industrial operations” report released recently by the Capgemini Research Institute, industrial 5G adoption is still at the ideation and planning stages, with only 30% of industrial organisations having moved to the pilot stage or beyond. This means there is a huge window of opportunity for telcos and those industrial organisations that are yet to make a move.

New report on the warehouse automation service market

14 June, 2021

 In a new report on the warehouse automation service market, research company Interact Analysis has revealed that soaring growth in the warehouse automation equipment market is causing parallel growth in the market for service contracts – worth $4.3bn in 2020 and projected to grow to $8.7bn by 2025.

Investment in robotics research

08 June, 2021

As the economies reopen from the pandemic, Asia, Europe and America adjust their robotics research funding programs (R&D). What are the targets of the officially driven government programs today? This has been researched by the International Federations of Robotics and published in the 2021 update paper of “World Robotics R&D Programs”.

Welding process management as a competitive advantage

04 June, 2021

Everyone’s talking about Industry 4.0 nowadays. It’s a hot topic for society, politics and the economy. But what about digitisation in metal-working companies? What does it mean for joining technology with its various welding processes? What is the impact of digital networking on systems and components and how do companies stand to benefit? The focus here is on cost effectiveness and competitiveness.

The landscape for the industrial robot market is undergoing significant change

26 May, 2021

As the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the landscape for the industrial robot market is undergoing significant change. Automotive is a key sector for the industrial robotics industry due to its size and the high level of automation in the industry.

Data Security - the battle of GAIA

16 July, 2020

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

Smart simulation: video gaming turns digital twin to accelerate uptake of collaborative robots

13 July, 2020

Andy Pye, consultant editor for Smart Machines & Factories, speaks to Vikaso director Vaibhav Boricha, who plans to come out of lockdown all guns blazing to accelerate the update of collaborative robots.

Talking Industry arrives

10 July, 2020

Like manufacturers across the UK, publishers are also having to adapt to a COVID-19 world. This has presented challenges but also great opportunities to engage closer with our readers and understand your needs better. As part of this Smart Machines and Factories and its sister magazines Drives & Controls and Plant & Works Engineering, have launched Talking Industry, a new series of live digitally broadcast panel discussions with leading experts from the industrial, automation and manufacturing sectors.

COVID-19: The importance of digitalisation

01 April, 2020

In these surreal times that we are all living through and equally adapting to, it is hard to see any light at the end of the tunnel. But as editor of a magazine dedicated to the digitalisation of UK manufacturing, there are uplifting stories which give me a  significant amount of hope that when this period begins to abate that the UK will enter a period of reflection about the importance of manufacturing to not only our economic prosperity but also the significance it plays to the social fabric of our nation.

An increased appetite for smart factories

31 March, 2020

A new study from the Capgemini Research Institute has found that smart factories could add at least $1.5 trillion to the global economy through productivity gains, improvements in quality and market share, along with customer services. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

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