Smart factories and the role of edge computing

Making sense of the edge According to Google Trends data, worldwide searches for ‘edge computing’ have increased tenfold in the last five years. Google alone boasts 340 million search results for the phrase — hardly simple revision for those curious…

Manufacturing at the Edge (Future Factories: Episode 1)

The Modern Factory Floor Factories of tomorrow are a very different landscape from the factories of old. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has enabled plant operators to monitor every aspect of the manufacturing process. From a single sensor on…

Human error vs (AI)mperfection

It is undeniable that technological advances are easing many aspects of life. An example of this is the automation of industrial processes which reduces the need for physical labouring thereby freeing people up for more complex decision-making. In recent years,…

Top 10 technologies of 2021

Despite only launching in August of this year, our IoT news site has seen an amazing range of interesting and innovative stories. It’s been a hard task to narrow them all down, but here’s our top ten technologies since launching!…

Advanced connectivity to precision tools enabling Industry 4.0 solutions

Sylvac SA, a Swiss based manufacturer of measuring tools, has incorporated BLE modules from Insight SIP, the specialist in ultra-miniature RF modules, to enable enhanced connectivity features within its range class leading digital measuring instruments. Sylvac SA is a family-owned…

Technology to help cities identify most cost-effective route to Net Zero

ClimateView has unveiled plans to help the growing numbers of cities with net zero commitments identify the most cost-effective route to decarbonise their economies as it announced the close of a €10m funding round. Newcastle, Mannheim and Bern are among…

Reclaiming the robotics revolution

Until recently, the Industrial Revolution was largely associated with drastic engineering efforts that transformed global industry. Two centuries later, we are experiencing another shift in global manufacturing. Nigel Smith, Managing Director of Shibaura Machine, formerly Toshiba Machine, industrial robot supplier,…

How robots can help to keep people safe in the workplace

Over the course of the last year, robots have helped manufacturers protect human operators by achieving social distancing whilst maintaining high throughput in the manufacturing process. However, robots and automated applications can do much more to create a highly efficient…

Getting started with industrial data

There is a growing need for industrial businesses to adopt more modern technologies to improve process efficiencies, operational effectiveness and product quality. However, proper industrial data collection and management is integral to realising these goals. To support industry in making…

How robotics and automation are creating jobs in manufacturing

SME manufacturers adopting robotics and automation are creating hundreds of new and upskilled jobs, with the support of Made Smarter. Since 2019 the North West Adoption Programme, a collaboration between UK government and industry designed to support the increased use…