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Burnley engineering educator recognised in New Year’s Honours

08 January, 2019

Burnley born, Susan Scurlock, CEO and Founder of Primary Engineer and its wider programmes has been awarded an MBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours List for services to Education and Engineering across the UK. The honour is fitting recognition for Susan’s pioneering work that is helping reshape how young people are introduced to the skills needed for a career in engineering.

White paper reveals key digital transformation investments the UK chemical industry should make

19 December, 2018

A new white paper from Siemens examines the investment required to support the UK chemical industry’s digital transformation towards a highly connected and data-rich operating environment.

Expertise gap and lubrication errors are hampering adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies

17 December, 2018

Shell Lubricants’ latest manufacturing industry report exploring Industry 4.0, has revealed that UK manufacturers are engaged and optimistic about Industry 4.0 technologies with 96% of those surveyed anticipating that new high-tech equipment will deliver cost savings to their company. However, a lack of expertise combined with concerns about pace of change and costs are hindering the widespread uptake of connected, predictive and data-based technologies.

Sheffield AMRC joins forces with Primary Engineer to encourage young engineers

13 December, 2018

Sheffield City Region schools are taking part in nationally recognised Primary Engineer programmes supported by the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) to inspire the creative engineering talent of tomorrow.

MTC eyes NASA partnership

11 December, 2018

The Coventry-based Manufacturing Technology Centre is developing a partnership with the North American space agency (NASA) as US space scientists look to use MTC-developed technology in future space missions.

New Innovation Lab demonstrates the benefits of robots in manufacturing

11 December, 2018

Omron has opened a new Robotic Innovation Lab at the company’s UK headquarters in Milton Keynes. The lab, which represents an investment of £600,000 with a creation of five new jobs, is set to demonstrate how robots can be a boon to the UK manufacturing industry, as well as providing customers with a realistic overview of how robots can enhance their own individual applications.

Smart Industry Conferences launched

16 November, 2018

The newly launched Smart Industry series of Conferences: Demystifying the jargon: How to make the digitalisation transition will address and unravel the vast array of conflicting information around 4IR, discussing the practicalities, technologies and issues surrounding transition and implementation of digitalisation in manufacturing across key market sectors in clear and concise language.

Smart Machines & Factories 4IR survey results

08 October, 2018

The recent Smart Machines & Factories 4IR survey, supported by GAMBICA and EEF, and sponsored by Festo GB, highlighted that some manufacturers are already grasping 4IR opportunities, but others are still to take their first steps on their journey.

SPS IPC Drives set to highlight smart and digital automation

03 October, 2018

The 29th SPS IPC Drives event is set to highlight the importance of smart and digital automation. Some 1700 automation providers from all over the world are expected in Nuremberg on 27 - 29 November 2018.

EURIS survey highlights support for continued regulatory alignment with EU

27 September, 2018

An overwhelming majority of UK industrial product manufacturers want continued regulatory alignment with the EU, a new industry survey has revealed.

Manufacturers continue boosting 4IR investments

31 August, 2018

Manufacturers are continuing to boost investment in Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies with increasing evidence that many companies have moved beyond the initial ‘conception’ phase and into the ‘evolution’ phase where they are seeing real benefits from their investments according to a survey by EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation.

Highlighting the IoT possibilities in maintenance

23 August, 2018

Europe's biggest conference on maintenance & asset management returns to Antwerp, Belgium between September 24th - 27th.

SmartFactory secures €500,000 funding as part of Enterprise Ireland HPSU Fund

29 June, 2018

Irish manufacturing solutions firm SmartFactory announced funding of €500,000 as part of the Enterprise Ireland High Potential Start-Up fund. The investment was announced at the recent Start-Up Showcase Event in Croke Park and will see SmartFactory expand its operations and double its workforce over the next three years. The company, established in 2016, is based in the Nexus Innovation Centre at the University of Limerick.

Industry group collaborates to create communication solution

22 June, 2018

Rockwell Automation is joining industry leaders ABB, Belden, Bosch Rexroth, B&R, Cisco, Hilscher, KUKA, National Instruments, Parker Hannifin, Phoenix Contact, Pilz, Schneider Electric, TTTech, and WAGO (collectively known as Shapers) to create a communication solution for real-time and sensor-to-cloud applications in industrial operations. The solution will be based on the OPC UA protocol, which allows easy and secure sharing of information across different vendor technologies, and the time-sensitive networking (TSN) suite of standards, which helps improve latency and robustness in converged industrial networks.

Debating the politics of automation

15 June, 2018

Toshiba machine partner and robot distributor, TM Robotics, has released a white paper that examines the political challenges facing today’s manufacturing industry. Tackling issues such as the threat robots pose to jobs, robot taxation and investments in Industry 4.0, the company discusses the politics of automation from a robot manufacturers perspective.

Manufacturing sector is third most targeted for cyber-attacks

07 June, 2018

Nearly half of manufacturers have been the victim of cyber-crime, and a quarter have suffered some financial loss or disruption to business as a result, according to a new report.

Industry 4.0 webinar – from factory floor to the cloud and back again

06 June, 2018

A webinar that takes a look at the topic of digitisation in manufacturing and considers the process of connecting mechanical automation components to the cloud and how to derive insights from the vast amount of data collected, is being organised by Festo.

Siemens and Newcastle University relationship extends to accelerate digital innovation

31 May, 2018

The latest development in the partnership between Siemens and Newcastle University is being launched to accelerate digitalisation and boost skills to meet the needs of an increasingly-digitalised industry and society.

Bringing intelligent automation to SMEs

23 May, 2018

Automation specialist Cortex has partnered with The Robotic Workforce, as a Solutions provider, to make intelligent automation technology available to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), boosting productivity by up to 90%.

Record growth at Balluff: Group turnover rises in 2017 from €378 to €459 million

21 May, 2018

Rapid sales growth continues in the first quarter of 2018

Are you ready for the next step in PROFIBUS and Industrial Ethernet diagnostics?

06 April, 2018

PROCENTEC invites everyone to the launch of its newest PROFIBUS and Industrial Ethernet diagnostics solution: the PROCENTEC Mercury. This newest addition to PROCENTEC’s product portfolio will be showed at the PROCENTEC stand on the Hannover Messe from Monday April 23 onwards.

Knowledge Hub seminar line-up sets out complete ‘smart roadmap’ at forthcoming manufacturing events

23 March, 2018

The Knowledge Hub seminar line-up at the forthcoming co-located events; Smart Industry Expo, Drives & Controls, Air-Tech, Fluid Power & Systems, and Plant & Asset Management Exhibitions, has secured some the UK’s leading voices on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, offering expert insight, practical advice, and high profile panel discussions.

Career 4.0: How digitisation is revolutionising work

23 March, 2018

Digitisation is revolutionising the world of work: Robots work hand in hand with humans or travel autonomously through warehouses. Technologies like augmented reality and virtual reality connect workers with the factory, while exoskeletons support them on the job. Meanwhile, energy consumers are developing into energy suppliers.

Prime Minister announces £20 million Institute of Coding

23 March, 2018

IBM, Cisco, Microsoft and others join forces with universities and industry bodies to boost future digital skills.The next generation of digital specialists will be created through the new Institute of Coding, a consortium of more than 60 universities, businesses and industry experts set to receive £20 million to tackle the UK’s digital skills gap.

New appointment to drive IDS solutions at Siemens

23 March, 2018

Phil Banks has been appointed as the head of strategy, Integrated Drive Systems (IDS), Siemens UK & Ireland. As part of his new role, Banks, will be responsible for the development and implementation of the business strategy to drive further growth for IDS solutions.

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