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Smart Factories & Automation

The need to build a transparent supply chain

Otherwise known as Industry 4.0, the rise in digitisation, automation and data collection has been driving the fourth industrial revolution in recent years. We’ve seen a phenomenal increase in the establishment of smart factories and the sharing of smart data, but how has Industry 4.0…

  • 23/01/2019

A formula to avoid I4.0 disrupting the manufacturing process

By Paul Trudgill, partner in Keebles’ corporate and commercial department … The sweeping changes resulting from Industry 4.0 - which is bringing a wealth of technological advancements to multinationals and large manufacturers - will affect all businesses responsible for production processes.

  • 22/01/2019

ABB’s new ceiling-mounted SCARA robot delivers maximum flexibility

ABB expands robot family with ceiling-mounted design aimed at fast and accurate small parts assembly. ABB has expanded its SCARA robot family with the launch of a compact invert-mounted model for small parts assembly applications. By mounting the IRB 910INV on the ceiling, manufacturers can…

  • 14/01/2019

Growing data demand to drive digital factory market to $111 billion in 2026

The Digital Factory market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 35 per cent to reach $111 billion in 2026, according to a new report published by ABI Research, a market-foresight advisory firm providing strategic guidance on the most compelling transformative technologies. These sales…

  • 21/08/2018

Can artificial intelligence beat a human hacker?

‘Please type the words you see in the image’. At some point we have all completed a captcha to prove we are human when online. So, when a robot successfully completed the test, we were left asking, are our computers secure? Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete parts…

  • 22/02/2018

Cobots enable companies to remain cost-competitive while keeping their manufacturing operations at home

The long-standing industrial practice of outsourcing manufacturing operations to low-cost parts of the world to keep manufacturing costs down has recently taken a turn. A report from Boston Consulting Group has shown that ‘the share of executives saying that their companies are actively…

  • 15/02/2018

Industry 4.0: We need to look at the smaller picture, says ERIKS

The debate around Industry 4.0 is too theoretical and risks leaving lower tier suppliers and smaller manufacturers behind, according to industrial services provider ERIKS UK & Ireland. The warning comes in the wake of the Made Smarter Review, published late last year, which outlined an initial…

  • 09/02/2018

Britain prepares for Industry 4.0: The optimist’s view on the future of work

Released at the World Economic Forum (WEF) 2018, the ‘Readiness for the Future of Production’ report highlights Britain as one of 25 countries in a positive position to benefit from Industry 4.0. However, much of the media coverage following the release of the report has centred on the…

  • 05/02/2018

Collaborative automation – A guide to common applications

In its latest white paper, ‘An Introduction to Common Collaborative Robot (cobot) Applications’, Universal Robots provides an overview of how the technology can be easily integrated into common industrial applications to improve manufacturing processes. The six featured in this…

  • 31/01/2018

The future of automation and Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 and the unstoppable rise of automation is redefining manufacturing processes once and for all. Manufacturers are presented with the challenge of updating and digitising their systems as a means of future-proofing their businesses. Failure to do so risks them falling behind their…

  • 05/01/2018