Manufacturing has been earmarked by the World Economic Forum and the European Union as a major driver of increased employment opportunities, reduced carbon emissions and better educational prospects for young people. This huge ambition largely rests on the advent of the smart factory and the rollout of Industry 4.0, which will make manufacturing more affordable in high-wage countries.
The latest SolidWorks World event, held at the beginning of the month in Los Angeles, CA, saw the latest installment of the globally renowned event tackle the latest approaches to technology, design and engineering.
Head of international content, Tim Brown, got along to see all the latest the event had to offer.
Smart manufacturing through connected operations has created many benefits for manufacturers. The analytics on large volumes of operational data are now being used to improve output and productivity as well as for better safety and preventative maintenance.
Britain’s manufacturers are urging the Chancellor to maintain his focus on driving up productivity and pressing ahead with infrastructure investment in the forthcoming Budget to ensure that businesses are teed up for post-Brexit success.
Liberty Vehicle Technologies, part of the global metals and engineering group, Liberty House, has unveiled plans to invest £10m in the creation of a centre of excellence at Leamington Spa to accelerate its growth in the automotive sector.
The manufacturing sector is experiencing a dangerous skills shortage that appears to be getting worse with every passing year. There is a great deal of blame to go around, but a significant portion of it rests with the education system. Changing that requires a change in national attitudes to manufacturing, as Nick Peters reports.