Blogs

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





Trust in the thrust

You might be sat on an office chair right now. Or even better, you may be sat on a swivelling bar stool. Both chairs rely on small thrust bearings to endure the thrust load of the human body sat on ...





Fuel cells - controlling the energy of the future

Fuel cells have been hailed as the energy source of the future; they can provide a non-polluting supply of power by re-combining hydrogen and oxygen to create electricity and water. The chemistry ...


An argument for small precision motors in defence

From common household appliances like electric toothbrushes and fans, to larger applications in locomotives and industrial plants, motors are ubiquitous. Some of the smallest motors can be found in ...


Weighing up the hybrid bearing debate

The best cyclists have a very special mindset, which allows them to focus on the bike and the road, without distraction, ignoring tailwind, overlooking the rain, appreciating the uphill. These ...


AI improves maintenance management for robots

As Industry 4.0 turns into a reality, businesses that are introducing more robots into the production environment will be able to benefit from increasingly efficient maintenance regimes. As with any ...



The EV overload

The rise of the electric vehicle, or EV, is inevitable. Over the past decade, many car manufacturers, including BMW, Audi and of course Tesla, have blown the lid off this new technology. As EV ...




Gripper tech: challenges and opportunities

UC Berkeley has developed a machine learning algorithm that enables a robot to determine which gripper is best to use for a particular object. The ambidextrous robot is therefore able to pick up ...


Make an impact in the real world with Digital Twins

Models so accurate they’re a digital twin of the product you’re creating can help you throughout the design and development process. 1D models can help you determine the best architecture for your ...



Why we should be happy to embrace edge computing

The benefits of taking the large amount of repetitive data created by machines and automated systems and processing it locally are huge. Edge computing takes the pressure off existing networks, data ...


The business case for metal AM

Every year, the additive manufacturing (AM) industry comes together for the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Conference, where attendees gain insight into the latest trends, exciting new ...






Are wearables the answer for an ageing population?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that by 2050, the worldwide population over 60 will have doubled to reach two billion people. With most age-related illnesses beginning at the age of 50, ...