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Achieving predictive maintenance (PdM)

Predictive Maintenance - image courtesy of APS
In manufacturing, transportation, energy, or any asset-intensive field, downtime and shrinking MTBF (mean time between failures) are the enemies, topped only by outright system failure. All three greatly increase overhead. And so does crisis maintenance.

Turbulent times demand fresh supply chain thinking

While the UK’s largest manufacturers are dependent on the ability of local supply chain to continue improving their productivity.
2016 has been one of surprise and turmoil for UK manufacturers with largely unexpected outcomes in both the EU referendum and the US presidential elections. These geopolitical events contributed to an unprecedented level of uncertainty surrounding international trading relationships, as Dom Tribe explains.

Automotive engineering clusters: driving innovation

Engineering clusters are tipped to play an even bigger role in the automotive industry of tomorrow - image courtesy of EU Automation.
Autonomous vehicles may be making most of the headlines in the world of automotive engineering, but behind the scenes, collaboration rather than autonomy is proving to be the road to successful automotive innovation. Jonathan Wilkins looks at some of the most exciting automotive engineering clusters around the world.