The Apprentice Automation Challenge – formerly known as the Home Automation Challenge – is the highly successful programme run by IMechE to encourage young engineers to stretch their imaginations and skills – and for the winner to earn a handsome prize of £2,000.
The “seismic” shift from fixed automation to mobile robots will transform material handling within the industrial supply chain, as well as other areas of manufacturing – according to new research by a global tech market advisory firm.
The 10th quarterly SWMAS Manufacturing Barometer included a ‘special focus’ exploring the attitudes of UK SME businesses towards robots, revealing where manufacturers are successfully using automation, where they are not, and what we can learn from them.
UK manufacturers are leading the way in automation uptake across key processes when compared with the national average, despite lingering caution over the technology's “potential for physical and financial upheaval."
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has outlined the serious failings of government to adopt the fruits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution as swiftly as its neighbours, urging it to reinforce STEM subjects at universities so industry leaders have a fighting chance to take the reins with service robotics and AI in the future.
Leading figures in UK manufacturing recently met to discuss how to capitalise on the wealth of opportunities enabled by emerging technologies, and assess whether fears over automation, digitalisation, and artificial intelligence are justified.