Microsoft’s 2019 Manufacturing Trends Report explores the six emerging developments that empower manufacturers to design more intelligent operations and increase the speed and efficacy of doing business.
To seize the opportunities of Industry 4.0, manufacturers need to overcome a digital engineering skills drought. Could low-code and business-led application development be the keys that unlock Industry 4.0 for your business?
Europe’s largest digital manufacturing show celebrated the many opportunities for UK manufacturing to achieve a step-change in performance. Show director, James Smith reports on a buzzing two days in Liverpool.
Lincolnshire-based Luxus is the UK’s largest independently owned producer of prime and recycled polymers, serving markets including automotive, horticulture, packaging, and more. For the past 50 years, the business has continually invested in both cutting-edge technology and its team's capabilities to maintain its market leading position.
A recent global study – After The Fall: Cost, Causes and Consequences of Unplanned Downtime* – showed the majority of companies have experienced at least one unplanned downtime outage over the past three years, costing an average $260,000 an hour across all businesses.
Digital Manufacturing Week and the Digitalising Manufacturing Conference showcased UK manufacturing in optimistic mood. Members of the cross-industry Digital Readiness Level Tool organisation were there to hear inspirational stories from suppliers, makers and their customers.
Manufacturers claim they aim for quality, but often place more focus on cost control. Alicia Dimas, director of policy at the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI), says product quality and profitability can co-exist.
Britain’s manufacturers are rightly proud of their cutting-edge, market-leading innovation – and now is the time to capitalise on the industry’s strengths. For those able to do so, there is every reason to be confident about the future.