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The UK has a bold target to become a zero-emissions nation by 2050. If it can be achieved, this would make the UK the cleanest country in the world in terms of greenhouse gas emissions. 31 years certainly seems like a long time to achieve this... Read more

AUTOMOTIVE & HEAVY VEHICLES

Human footfall causes a range of vibrations, all with varying degrees of effect on the overall structural integrity of a building. This concept might conjure images of Millennium Bridge-style swaying or collapsing buildings — but in reality, the... Read more

CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING

Most industrial machinery used today can be effectively referred to as “legacy” hardware and is older than at least 10 years. There are several reasons for this, the most obvious being that if it works, why replace it? Another reason is that newer... Read more

The RPA industry is growing at a rate like no other. Gartner has coined RPA as ‘the fastest-growing segment of the global enterprise software market’ – and predicted that the global market for RPA services will hit an estimated £5.98 billion... Read more

AUTOMATION, ROBOTICS & AI

In 2020, more than 70% of manufacturers will accelerate their smart factories journey to boost revenue and productivity... Read more

AUTOMATION, ROBOTICS & AI

Warehouses are some of the most important industrial facilities out there. Even if the public doesn’t always think about it, the supply chain and all its moving parts, including warehouses, make modern living possible... Read more

What does a smallish Central European country have to teach the rest of the world about inclusive growth, fighting income inequality, and social cohesion, all while steering clear of protectionism and maintaining an open economy – in short... Read more

As we see a ramping up of the climate change protests by a newly emboldened Extinction Rebellion, like with so many other issues facing the world at this point in history, their actions seem to result in a total division of opinion and a further... Read more

3D printing has been touted as being a manufacturing cure-all for a whole host of different applications. The reality is very different, but this doesn't stop the onslaught of news articles proclaiming 3D printing to be the answer. Here's a... Read more

Ken Moir, Vice President of Marketing at label design software and management systems provider NiceLabel gives us his predictions for the biggest trends set to transform the packaging and labelling industry in 2020... Read more

Proper management of the lighting solutions in a plant or warehouse is one of the most significant contributors to higher energy consumption, which, in turn, can balloon operating costs for an organisation. Expenses are even higher for companies... Read more

ENERGY & UTILITIES

The plastics or polymers industry was for many years a hidden industry. For most of its history, nobody has known much about the plastics business because it is sandwiched between oil and gas and a huge variety of finished goods. The meat cannot... Read more

The social influence of robots on people and the insecurities this can bring should not be underestimated. Research conducted by Kaspersky and Ghent University has found that robots can effectively extract sensitive information from people who... Read more

The engineering and technology worlds never stand still; in fact, their rates of progress only seem to increase with each passing year. From 3D-printed houses to cashier-free shops, 20189 saw some incredible technological advances, and this year... Read more

Kari Terho, General Manager of Elisa Smart Factory explains how his team has boosted the battery cell production yield by 16% with Predictive Quality Analytics at eLab, the electromobility research centre in the University of Aachen in Germany... Read more

Marc Baret, Director of EMEA industrial services at Rockwell Automation gives us his take on servistisation of industrial automation now and where it can take manufacturers in the future... Read more

It is very unlikely that you will use a piece of technology from 100 years ago, such as a typewriter or a gramophone, in everyday life. However, a town in California has hit the headlines for doing just that. Could manufacturers learn a lesson... Read more

Manufacturers that want to stay competitive on the market often find themselves in product pricing wars but the key to profit is often closer to home. For one thing, operating costs are a common major expense with the average organisation spending... Read more

Shelf space – the final competition frontier in retail. Far from just holding your product and making it easier to transport, packaging can be (and often is) the deciding factor when consumers are choosing what to put in their basket... Read more

Research from Cornell University and McKinsey & Co., among others, suggests that a diverse workforce leads to increased creativity, motivation and morale, all qualities which are paramount when developing innovative engineering solutions... Read more