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Improving reliability with outsourced maintenance strategy

Plant maintenance is a highly skilled operation that requires considerable resources for unexpected repairs and long term planning for preventative maintenance programmes. Large scale equipment, such as gas turbines, generators, compressors and ...

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Seeing the way to the factory of the future

Around 540 million years ago there was a rapid burst of evolution known as the Cambrian Explosion. One hypothesis for this is that the evolution of vision started an arms race. Complex vision ...




Digital designs, physical products

Our cover this month investigates the uptake of virtual reality in the engineering industry and asks if goggles and gloves are more than just a passing gimmick. My gut feeling is this technology is ...



Five innovative uses for PLM

Jigsaw fanatic, Graham Andrew, along with a team of over 200 people, tried to complete a mammoth 33,600-piece jigsaw puzzle in 2016, only to realise there were four pieces missing. With so many ...



Thinking like an engineer

It’s well-known by now that the UK is in serious need of more engineers, and that education plays a significant role in closing this skills gap.


PLCs of the future

An etymological fallacy is an assumption that a word’s current and historical meanings are the same. However, as language evolves, modern definitions do not necessarily resemble original ones. To ...


On the efficiency of drive components

There are often the questions about which motor shows the highest efficiency. In particular, when talking about applications with limited power supply, such as a battery driven tool or a solar panel ...


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