Fresh ideas in manufacturing is what keeps this industry vibrant and moving towards the future – and at ‘Innovation Alley’ at the Smart Factory Expo in Liverpool, there’s no shortage of new and exciting businesses trying to stand out from the crowd.
Smart Factory Expo’s ‘Best of British’ exhibition is exactly that - a host of new and well-established UK firms showcasing a range of industry disciplines that The Manufacturer deems the cream of the crop.
A team of apprentices from the Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre has won this year’s Home Automation Challenge with their automated watering device, an innovation that’s set to make the lives of plant lovers easier.
From vehicles and consumer electronics, to healthcare devices and energy generation, every aspect of our lives has become increasingly dependent on batteries. As such, the commercial opportunities around innovative new energy storage technologies has become a strategic focus – not to mention a significant new revenue driver – for individual businesses, research institutions and entire nations.
We are constantly regaled with how our future will be changed by advances in technology: 5G super-fast communications, autonomous vehicles, AI, and digital life at bewildering speeds. Rarely do we stop to ask what will power this technological acceleration.
RS Components is the world’s largest distributor of electronic, electrical and industrial components. Freestyle’s Oliver Forrester sat down with its President of EMEA, Mike England to hear how he turns theory into practice and inspires digital transformation on a global scale.