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IMechE’s response to Government’s call for increased ventilators

25 March, 2020

Dr Helen Meese, vice chair of the Biomedical Division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers commented recently on the Government’s call for more ventilators to be manufactured.

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

25 March, 2020

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.

Call for ideas and expertise to help tackle novel coronavirus

25 March, 2020

The Royal Academy of Engineering has commented that it recognises the critical role that engineers can play in managing the impact of the pandemic, and is asking its Fellows, awardees and partners to use their combined engineering expertise and UK and global networks to help identify solutions, organisations and contacts that could help governments address challenges and assist the public health response.

New dates for Smart Industry Expo

12 March, 2020

DFA Media, organiser of Smart Industry Expo and co-located shows, has been actively monitoring and following advice regarding the Coronavirus outbreak (Covid-19) over the past weeks. It has been decided that the show and its co-located events will be postponed and rescheduled for 25th-27th January 2021, which will take place alongside MACH Exhibition. The co-location of events include:

Hannover Messe 2020 postponed

06 March, 2020

Deutsche Messe has postponed Hannover Messe 2020 to July 2020 as a result of global concerns surrounding Coronavirus. The decision was made in close co-operation with the Hannover Region Health Authority, the Hannover Messe Exhibitors' Council and the partner associations VDMA (German Engineering Federation) and ZVEI (German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association).

CPI appoints new CEO

06 March, 2020

CPI, part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, announced recently that its Chief Executive Officer, Nigel Perry MBE FREng will step down at the end of March 2020. Frank Millar, CPI’s Chief Operating Officer has been appointed his successor and will take on the role of CEO from April 2020.

Digitalisation and Engineering Forums at Smart Industry Expo 2021 launched

06 March, 2020

The biennial co-located events; Smart Industry Expo, Drives & Controls, Plant & Asset Management, Fluid Power & Systems, and Air-Tech Exhibitions – are once again set to return to Birmingham’s NEC between the 25th -27th January 2021, alongside MACH 2021.

Green is key: sustainability in battery manufacturing for E-mobility

06 March, 2020

How can automation solutions with artificial intelligence help optimise maintenance and production for sustainable manufacturing? Henry Claussnitzer, business engagement manager automotive, EMEA, Omron Europe, reports.

A new reality for dairy processing

10 February, 2020

Smart Machines & Factories looks at how dairy manufacturers can use AR to augment plant maintenance.

Make UK announces national Manufacturing Awards

10 February, 2020

Alfreton based David Nieper Ltd was named Manufacturer of the Year at the finals of a major national Manufacturing Awards programme organised by Make UK, the manufacturers’ organisation.

Increased process reliability through intelligent scanning

10 February, 2020

At this year's recent "Innovations & Highlights 2020", Jungheinrich highlighted a networked digital fork camera for intelligent scanning of goods. The solution is the latest feature of the optical assistance system family addedVIEW.

A platform for knowledge at Smart Industry Expo

10 February, 2020

The biennial co-located events; Smart Industry Expo, Drives & Controls, Fluid Power & Systems, Plant & Asset Management, and Air-Tech Exhibitions – are once again set to return to Birmingham’s NEC between the 25th -27th January 20121, alongside MACH 2021 Located at the heart of the co-location are The Digitalisation and Engineering Forums.

Europe-wide survey which builds a strong business case for the Smart Factory

30 January, 2020

teknowlogy/PAC, Europe’s #1 independent research firm, conducted a survey of over 200 European manufacturers to understand the progress, opportunities and challenges with Smart Factory initiatives.

New digital skills grow North West manufacturing

27 January, 2020

North West business leaders are now armed with the vision and the skills to pursue smarter manufacturing after completing Made Smarter’s leadership programme.

Manufacturers invest more than ever in employee health & wellbeing

27 January, 2020

With an alarming backdrop of ever-increasing skills shortages, rapid technological change and an ageing workforce, MAKE UK’s chief executive, Stephen Phipson, says manufacturers are investing more than ever before in their employees’ health and wellbeing. He commented that counselling, health-screening and mental health first aiders are the norm in factories across the UK with modern and flexible working opportunities sitting at the heart of British industry.

Digitisation brings major benefits for poultry specialist

27 January, 2020

A bespoke IT system from food and drink specialist CSB-System has helped a Slovenian poultry processor to double its growth, improve cost-efficiency and increase production volume by 40%. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

Robots or cobots; Which to choose?

27 January, 2020

Jonathan Wilkins, director of industrial automation parts supplier, EU Automation, discusses what manufacturers should consider when choosing which type of robot to invest in.

igus invests in automation to reduce lead times

10 January, 2020

igus has announced the official opening of its automated assembly line for readycable at its UK facility in Northampton. Representing a significant investment for company, the new line uses fully-automated machines and lean manufacturing methods to streamline its manufacturing process to deliver fully-harnessed drive cables shipped within 24 hours of order placement.

New portfolio of industrial connectivity solutions addresses key I4.0 challenges

10 January, 2020

New robust, industrial Ethernet physical layer (PHY) products to help manufacturers address key Industry 4.0 and smart factory communication challenges surrounding data integration, synchronisation, edge connectivity, and system interoperability, have been launched by Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI).

Atlas Copco celebrates 100 years in the UK

10 January, 2020

Atlas Copco has marked its century of operations in the UK with a look forward at how industrial technology might evolve over the next 100 years.

2020 must be year of automation for UK manufacturing to reclaim lost ground

10 January, 2020

UK manufacturers must tip the balance in favour of automation in 2020 to avoid falling behind international competition, according to FANUC UK’s managing director Tom Bouchier.

Protecting wireless networks from cyber-attacks receives £6.1 million funding boost

10 January, 2020

Cyber security and wireless experts from academia and industry will join forces to tackle the growing threat posed to wireless networks by cyber-attacks, thanks to a £6.1 million funding boost from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and industry.

Young people on the Falklands Islands inspired by the possibilities of 3D printing

08 January, 2020

The Falkland Islands are an archipelago comprising two main islands and 778 smaller islands covering an area of 12,000 sq km (almost half the size of Wales) with a population of just over 3.5 thousand. Here, a radio station covers local news and the territory's only newspaper is Penguin News. The islands are self-governing: Susannah Nightingale, Communications Regulator is appointed by the Governor of the Falkland Islands. There are two schools in Stanley, the capital, the Infant and Junior School and Camp Education (IJS&CE) teaches ages 4 to 11 and the Falkland Islands Community School caters for ages 11 to 16.

University of Birmingham roboticist chairs global nuclear expert group

08 January, 2020

University of Birmingham Professor of Robotics, Rustam Stolkin, has been elected as Chair of a new international Expert Group on Robotic and Remote Systems (EGRSS) - part of the OECD’s global Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), which brings together the governments of 33 member nations.

Artificial intelligence set to revolutionise manufacturing

08 January, 2020

The UK has the potential to lead the world in the application of artificial intelligence for manufacturing, according to an AI lead at Coventry's Manufacturing Technology Centre.

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