The predominant understanding manufacturers have regarding 3D printers is that they are basically a prototyping tool. This pre-conception in some cases may hold back wider adoption and the chance to leverage the transformative capabilities the technology offers.
Digitalisation offers British manufacturers a huge opportunity to drive efficiency and certify quality. So, how can they embrace this and encourage growth through technology? The answers may lie, somewhat surprisingly, in the music industry, the CEO of Digital Catapult, Jeremy Silver, explains.
Donald Trump was derided during the 2016 US presidential election for saying globalisation, and specifically China, had destroyed US manufacturing. The experts said he was wildly wrong, that the sector was in good health and that ‘Make America Great Again’ was populist nonsense.
IoT has amalgamated hardware and software with the internet to create a more technically-driven environment. Gartner predicts that by the year 2020, there will be 20.4 Billion IoT devices. Implementation of IoT in healthcare, smart cities and manufacturing industries has formulated innovative ways to collaborate these devices.
The Manufacturer argued against the Melrose bid. We supported the company - and the Unite union - in their objection to the takeover, on the grounds that a break up of the venerable company would be a terrible mistake for the UK - and for the workforce.
Mixed reality, combined with and augmented by the power of Artificial Intelligence, will be one of the key technology shifts helping to transform the entire product lifecycle - from design and production, through to sales, operation and maintenance.