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Industry 4.0 Summitt

Manchester Central (M2 3GX)

28/02/2018 - 01/03/2018

Industry 4.0, the 4th industrial revolution, smart manufacturing, digital factories…these are (more)

Drives & Controls 2018

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

10/04/2018 - 12/04/2018

Drives & Controls exhibition is recognised as the UK’s leading show for Automation, Power (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference

Arena MK(MK1 1ST)

16/05/2018

Following a successful launch in 2017, UKIVA Machine Vision Conference returns to Arena MK, Milton Keynes, (more)

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For many years Britain has punched above its weight as a manufacturing economy, so it probably didn't come as any great surprise when Brazil overtook us as the world's sixth largest manufacturer earlier this month, disappointing though it may have been. But as the rebalancing of the UK's economy (more...)
Industrial Technology - NEWS
Published: - 10th March 2012
How many eco-sceptics does it take to change a light bulb? The answer, of course, is none - it's too early to say if the light bulb needs changing. Alright, it's an old joke, but it does remind us that even in these more enlightened times, in the wise words of Kermit the frog, it's not easy being (more...)
Industrial Technology - NEWS
Published: - 18th February 2012
There's an advert running on TV at the moment that strikes me as a little off the mark. If my own perceptions are in any way aligned with those of even a small portion of the general public, then this particular advert is spectacularly failing to do the job is was presumably intended to do. It (more...)
Industrial Technology - NEWS
Published: - 10th January 2012
Here's a question for you: what do formica, the microwave oven, Play-Doh, the Slinky, Viagra and hair restorer have in common? The answer is that they all came about as a result of trying to develop something entirely different.Formica, I recently learned, invented in 1912, was originally conceived (more...)
Industrial Technology - NEWS
Published: - 8th December 2011
The redoubtable Mrs Simms is in training for her second marathon. Or at least she was until a rather nasty cold struck her down, leaving her somewhat under the weather. I have to report that the current Mrs Simms is quite high maintenance when she's ill. Here's a top tip for all husbands: regardless (more...)
Industrial Technology - NEWS
Published: - 8th November 2011
If I remember correctly - and it's been a long time - my school days seemed to lurch from one fad or craze to the next, that emerged from nowhere and ran for a few weeks, before inevitably being banned after things ended in tears, usually because of loss, theft, arguments or some perceived health (more...)
Industrial Technology - NEWS
Published: - 1st October 2011
As a self-confessed Janeite, I could hardly let a recent trip to the beautiful and historic city of Bath pass without visiting the Jane Austen Centre, housed in a building just off Queen's Square. The building itself is not the actual establishment where the Austen family rented rooms: that (more...)
Industrial Technology - NEWS
Published: - 10th August 2011
I couldn't let this moment pass without celebrating the invention and mourning the demise of the sugar cube, and highlighting its largely unrecognised legacy within the field of engineering. The sugar cube was invented in 1841 by Swiss-born Czech entrepreneur Jakub Rad at the sugar refinery in (more...)
Industrial Technology - NEWS
Published: - 8th July 2011
The other day I was sat in a queue at the Dartford river crossing, about two miles from the toll booths, wondering if I was ever going to reach my destination. It had to be a pretty terrible accident to have caused such a delay, I thought. Or perhaps some major repair on one of the tunnels. Or maybe (more...)
Industrial Technology - NEWS
Published: - 14th June 2011
I got into a debate this week about the most important car ever designed. Not necessarily the greatest, and certainly not the fastest or the most beautiful or the most expensive or the most iconic, but rather the car that most fundamentally changed the direction of the automotive industry, along (more...)
Industrial Technology - NEWS
Published: - 8th May 2011
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