There is a growing need for UK manufacturers to embrace new technologies as they face ever-increasing demand to improve efficiency. Whether this is due to foreign competitors, the ambiguity of what to expect post-Brexit, or simply stakeholder pressure, businesses large and small are forced to do more with less.
My afternoon at this year’s Manufacturing Automation and Robotics Summit included a roundtable discussion on Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems, with delegates coming together to identify the key takeaways for them and their businesses.
In the latest in our new series of podcasts, we hear from an American whose life took a very unexpected turn. Completely contrary to all his plans, he created a highly successful manufacturing business - in Lancashire - bringing him fulfilment, and jobs to his enthusiastic and highly skilled workforce. However, he might have got off to a better start in the UK if someone had explained to him the concept of Bank Holidays ....
My morning roundtables at this year's Manufacturing Automation and Robotics Summit included discussions around 'Autonomous Mobile Robotics', 'Cobots versus Standard Robots', and 'End of Line Automation'.
While the key to a successful digitalisation project is data, the key to meaningful, accurate data is the factory network. And businesses need to plan carefully to ensure theirs can deliver on their needs.
Globally, digital transformation in manufacturing processes are moving forward – customers demand more of them, which means they need to invest in gaining that edge, securing growth, improving products and winning in their markets.