The growth in technology and applications underpinning Industry 4.0 is having a massive impact on British manufacturing. Brian Williamson discusses how British firms can make the most of their investments.
Groundbreaking advances in manufacturing that reduce concrete waste, lower R&D costs and improve the accuracy of production processes were the highlight at the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Innovation Awards ceremony in central London last night.
The old joke, ‘Invented in Britain, developed in the US, made in China, sold everywhere’ may be an exaggeration, but it contains an important lesson for UK manufacturing – ideas are necessary, but they are not sufficient to build a successful future. Richard Hill reports.
Yamaha has launched its new Advanced Robotics Automation Platform, which it hopes will allow the low cost construction of automated manufacturing lines through a significantly greater unity with the IoT.