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Opinions and viewpoints from across the industrial spectrum, raising key issues of relevance to the engineering design community.


The requirements of a successful acquisition

A year on from its acquisition of UK based professional battery manufacturer Accutronics, global battery manufacturer Ultralife Corporation is now reflecting on the key strategies that allowed the ...


Making smarter investments in automation

Highlighted in the Government’s Made Smarter Review, industrial digitalisation technologies (IDTs) are transforming the manufacturing industry — that’s artificial intelligence (AI), 3D printing, ...


Collaborative robots – risks and rewards

When you are contemplating how to complete a challenging, tedious, dirty (or even dangerous) job there is usually a heightened sense of satisfaction when you actually get it completed. That sense of ...


Passport to export post-Brexit

The current uncertainty surrounding Brexit and what it will mean for British businesses has forced many companies to begin targeting markets outside of the European Union (EU). Here, Steve Hughes, ...







Stop positioning yourself using Industry 4.0

I recently read this description about a common writing faux pas while searching for examples of mixed metaphors: "In Garner's Modern American Usage, Bryan A. Garner offers this classic example of a ...



Making Britain’s manufacturing smarter

First came the dawn of mechanical machines, succeeded by the introduction of electricity, quickly followed by the third industrial era, the advent of computers and the internet. Now, as we enter the ...



Industry 4.0: The Smart Factory

As the UK moves forward with plans to embrace the fourth industrial revolution, it’s no longer enough for manufacturers and engineers to simply think in a smart way, you must be looking at what ...



Making Britain’s manufacturing smarter

First came the dawn of mechanical machines, succeeded by the introduction of electricity, quickly followed by the third industrial era, the advent of computers and the internet. Now, as we enter the ...



Four facts about Industry 4.0

Ian Millington, manging director of adi Automation, part of the adi Group of companies, lists four facts about Industry 4.0.



Eliminating poor quality electrical components

In 1897, the conflicts between the increased use of bicycles alongside horses and pedestrians in Germany created chaos and disruption on the roads. Implementing a less disruptive system for the ...


Inclusivity creates innovation

This week the government released its Industrial Strategy, aiming to drive productivity within the UK. But is a lack of engineering skills and diversity within UK industry holding back productivity ...


We need to automate past skills shortages

For many, automation is a bit of a dirty word. There’s negative connotations driven from past job losses that are, perhaps, unfair. Automation is really about efficiency, productivity and getting ...




The top 7 design tips for 3D metal printing

3D metal printing can help you to create “impossible” designs that are lightweight, strong and ideal for demanding applications in aerospace, automotive, medical and more. But to get the most from ...

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