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With the spectacular four-year bull run of pharmaceutical and biotech valuations from 2011-2015 over, manufacturers understand that their need to adapt is more urgent than ever before. Here, George Walker, managing director of Novotek UK and... Read more

The smart factory is now an integral part of Industry 4.0 and Atlas Copco is taking its smart factory vision to the next level. The company's new project “Smart Connected Assembly – Powered by data”  addresses the various difficulties... Read more

Commonly recognised for its bulging eyes and triangular head, the praying mantis is often portrayed as a motionless predatory insect. Here, Graham Mackrell, managing director of specialist gear manufacturer Harmonic Drive UK, explains how the... Read more

The story of the Tower of Babel describes a time where all human beings spoke the same language. When the Babylonians decided to build a tower tall enough to reach heaven, God stepped in and created a multitude of languages so the builders could... Read more

In what has been described as a world first, an electric driverless truck has begun making daily freight deliveries on a public road in Jönköping, Sweden according to its developer, Einride, and DB Schenker, the logistics customer. Read more

The latest industrial trends, trade novelties, cost-efficient industrial solutions, the latest "conquests” of Industry 4.0 and more than 130 industrial branches at the same place and the same time... Read more

Figures by the International Federation of Robotics state that robot sales in Poland grew by 26 per cent between 2010-2015. To cater for this market, TM Robotics has established a partnership with native automation distributor, PolRobot... Read more

Following two years of construction, Japanese technology group Yaskawa has now opened its new €25-million robot production facility with European robotics development centre in Kočevje, Slovenia. The plant is intended to supplement the existing... Read more

When we think of virtual reality (VR), many of us still think back to the bulky, unflattering headsets found in video game arcades in the 1980s and 1990s. However, modern VR and augmented reality (AR) technology is more than a quirky arcade... Read more

New Zealand’s Invert Robotics, the developer of the world’s first non-magnetic, climbing inspection robot for hazardous environments, has secured an investment agreement of US$8.8million (€7.7-million) to expand its business in Europe and worldwide.. Read more

The Salico Group, initially established in Italy and now comprising affiliate and partner companies based in Italy, Spain, UK and US, puts quality and technological innovation at the core of its business Read more

The potential for autonomous drones is huge. By providing an overview of a forest fire, inspecting power lines, or supplying medicines to disaster-struck areas, a great deal of time and money can be saved at the same time as safety is increased... Read more

The technological and social revolutions of the past few decades have completely reshaped industry. The food packaging and palletizing industry is no exception. In fact, the last ten years alone has seen the adoption of advanced technologies at an... Read more

One of the first biologic drugs, Insulin, was commercialised by Eli Lilly in 1982 to extend the lives of diabetes patients. Now, there are over 2,700 biologic drugs available, which are changing the lives of patients with diseases such as cancer, rhe Read more

With more than 6,000 exhibiting companies and more than 200,000 visitors every year, HANNOVER MESSE is the world’s leading tradeshow for industrial technology. To maintain its leading position in the age of digitalisation, HANNOVER MESSE will... Read more

Today’s plant automation systems provide transparent monitoring of system status, plus tools such as condition monitoring or predictive maintenance – all help to reduce unscheduled downtime. However, what about brownfield installations with legacy... Read more

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£2.5-million in funding has been awarded by the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), an arm of the UK Ministry of Defence, to a consortium headed up by Blue Bear Systems Research Ltd for the development of drone swarm technology. Read more

With ORDERFOX.com, Buyers and CNC Manufacturers can digitise their work processes. Buyers can take advantage of the efficient and automated procurement processes to expand their supplier network and find new production partners. CNC Manufacturers... Read more

Fish and bees rarely, if ever, have a chance to interact. However, engineers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne found that, with the use of a robot translator, the two distinctly different species are able to communicate with... Read more

ILAPAK is experiencing increasing demand for flow wrappers integrated with robotic feeding systems as bakeries push for greater flexibility from their packaging plant. Read more

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