Technology and Innovation

Achieving predictive maintenance (PdM)

Predictive Maintenance - image courtesy of APS
In manufacturing, transportation, energy, or any asset-intensive field, downtime and shrinking MTBF (mean time between failures) are the enemies, topped only by outright system failure. All three greatly increase overhead. And so does crisis maintenance.

Automotive engineering clusters: driving innovation

Engineering clusters are tipped to play an even bigger role in the automotive industry of tomorrow - image courtesy of EU Automation.
Autonomous vehicles may be making most of the headlines in the world of automotive engineering, but behind the scenes, collaboration rather than autonomy is proving to be the road to successful automotive innovation. Jonathan Wilkins looks at some of the most exciting automotive engineering clusters around the world.

Engineering smart factories of the future

Smart Factories - image courtesy of University of Warwick WMG.
Revolution is in the air. Smart factories of the future will need to be innovative, nimble and smart; constantly changing and improving on the back of intelligent use of data. Professor Robert Harrison explains the challenges and opportunities for forward-thinking manufacturers.