In the much-publicised march towards the digitalisation of manufacturing, one very important element is routinely ignored, namely how to integrate the digital sharp end with back office systems that traditionally have relied on paper.
Companies make a big effort to show off when it comes to their latest product innovations. In the automotive industry this may be around concept cars; in defence and energy, virtual reality simulation is all the rage; and in silicon foundries it may be pushing the limits of miniaturisation to maintain the march of Moore’s Law.
A new initiative launched today by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult (HVMC) is seeking innovative UK small and medium enterprises (SMEs) whose technology can be adapted and commercialised to solve societal and industry challenges in sectors that are new to the company.
Behind the effortless glamour of a luxury watch brand, modern watch manufacturing requires ultra-precision engineering and a finely honed sense of what to manufacture in-house and what to outsource. Dan Hayes hears the Bremont story from British watchmaker Giles English.