Additive manufacturing (AM) offers businesses a whole new world of opportunities, but do SMEs see it as an unattainable dream, or can they make it a reality for their businesses? Carl Gregg urges SMEs to believe it can be a reality.
Chris Prince, global engineering director at IMI Precision Engineering explains how focusing on well-defined, incremental steps makes digital transformation achievable in the budgets of many SME manufacturers.
The UK is Europe’s leader in space technologies, in both expertise and manufacture. The furore over the UK’s possible exclusion from the EU’s Galileo GPS satellite project has obscured the fact that it is only one of the projects being developed here, as Nick Peters and Maddy White discovered when they visited Airbus Defence & Space in Portsmouth.
According to statistics released last week from National Grid, Britain has now gone 114 continuous hours without burning coal to generate electricity, smashing the previous record of 90 hours. This is the longest period since the Industrial Revolution and is set to keep on rising.
Digitalisation is redefining the relationship between OEMs and their customers by transforming industrial machines from standalone hardware into software-enabled, intelligent machines operating within an integrated and connected digital ecosystem.
Accolade Wines is the number one wine company in Australia and the UK by volume, and the fifth largest in the world. See our recent tour in pictures that showcases their excellence.
Artificial intelligence is the technology to transcend them all. It is set to transform design, manufacturing and after-market phases through the entire product life-cycle.
Blockchain is a method of logging data in blocks, a digital ledger of transaction, agreements and contracts linked in a time-sequenced chain. The opportunities of blockchain could be huge for manufacturing, but so are the obstacles.
Manufacturers generate massive amounts of data, yet very few put this intelligence to use. Over the years, most industrial businesses have lagged behind in their IT capabilities and it has cost them.
A British National Investment Bank isn't about intervention, it's about having an infrastructure and industrial policy that supports our domestic manufacturing capability - particularly heavy industry like shipbuilding.