Maintenance & Productivity
The upgrade of an HVAC system nearly always brings savings in maintenance; in one instance it has also about an approximate 50% improvement in performance at a cheese factory in Scotland.
Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new polymer coating which can provide an early warning of structural damage and can be applied to coat metals, other polymers and glass.
Jonny Williamson takes a tour of Festo’s ultra-modern technology plant in Ostfildern-Scharnhausen (just outside Stuttgart, Germany), a site heralded as the forefront of automation for the future.
Human casino dealers could become a thing of the past if robots like ‘Min’ take over the dealing duties at the worlds gambling hotspots.
The internet of things; 3D printing; cloud deployment, and big data may have captured the imagination and budget of many manufacturers, but amid this glamour, it's easy for the basics to fall to the bottom of the list of IT priorities, warns Andrew Kinder - industry and solution strategy director, Infor.
If you're a factory manager, you're probably looking for ways to maximise productivity.
Dr Zakwan Skaf - lecturer in Diagnostics and Prognostics, School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, Cranfield University – examines the growing significance of asset management.
The systematic design and application of asset management and maintenance needs a strategic approach throughout its life cycle in order to optimise benefits in terms of technical and business risk. Professor of Maintenance Systems at Cranfield University, Andrew Starr explains.
Zodiac Aerospace presented its worst ever annual financial results for the 2014/2015 fiscal year, facing an operating income shortfall of 44.6% as a result of production delays at its aircraft seat division.
Automotive OEM, Opel, has reportedly slashed its manufacturing tool production costs by up to 90% using 3D printers, and is now able to 3D print assembly tools in less than 24 hours.