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13/12/2017 - Air Apparent
Amid the buzz surrounding Industry 4.0, or the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it is easy to forget the effect of the technologies that powered industry’s earlier transformations. The factories of the original Industrial Revolution were driven first by water and then by steam. Later, the mass production of the Second Revolution was enabled by electricity, especially by the electric motor, which freed industrial engineers from their dependence on cumbersome belts and shafts and allowed controllable mechanical power to be delivered anywhere it was required.
 
20/11/2017 - Military can bridge skills shortage
In the UK, there is currently a shortfall of 20,000 engineers each year. Brexit is expected to see this figure increase and, to avoid hindering Britain’s industrial growth plans, the Government has pledged an investment of £500 million pounds into further education. Here, Matt Collins, business development manager at power distribution specialist ide Systems, explains how businesses can address the skills shortage.
 
16/10/2017 - HRS Heat Exchangers - Recovering high value products helps food factories maximise returns
When processing any kind of remotely viscous food product it is inevitable that a certain amount will adhere to surfaces, such as the inside of vessels and pipe work, or become left in equipment after processing. The potential value of this lost product can soon add up, especially when handling large quantities of viscous, valuable products such as honey, syrups and purées.
 
25/09/2017 - Automation platforms deliver productivity benefits in food and beverage production
There are clear benefits for food & beverage manufacturers in rationalising their automation vendors. Using a single source of supply for automation components can play a big role in improving flexibility and reducing downtime but as Jeremy Shinton of Mitsubishi Electric explains, an automation system can be much more than just the sum of its parts.
 
14/08/2017 - Why do we blame robots when the line stops?
Production and packing lines will stop working for any number of reasons, but the default assumption will often be that a robotic malfunction is to blame. Instead of scapegoating the technology, Paul Wilkinson, Commercial & Information Systems Manager at Pacepacker Services, offers some advice on getting to the root of the problem.
 
31/07/2017 - Now is the right time for Food and Drink SMEs to invest in automation
There’s never been a better time for food and drink SMEs to invest in robots for the workplace. Sales and exports are booming, and robots are more powerful than ever. Paul Wilkinson, Commercial & Information Systems Manager at Pacepacker Services, examines the current challenges of the food and drink industry and details how robots can assist SMEs to boost productivity and compete with larger industry players.
 
18/07/2017 - Top tips on toxic gas treatment to prolong AD plant lifespan
Developing an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant doesn’t come cheap. Costs range from £100,000 up to as much as £24m. When calculating their costings and potential ROI, developers often plan for a plant lifespan of 20 years, so it’s essential that plants are well maintained to avoid unexpected expense.
 
10/07/2017 - When and where will Industry 4.0 actually happen?
There are a great many people now invested in working towards achieving the goals set out by Industry 4.0. For a concept that started life as a German government strategy project it is fair to say that it has captured the imaginations of many engineers and futurists from around the globe.
 
31/05/2017 - Road to IIoT: Lessons for Manufacturers from Other Industries
For most manufacturers, the road to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is an evolutionary journey. And while it may be marked with twists and turns, it doesn’t have to be fraught with risk and uncertainty. - By John Fryer, Senior Global Marketing and Product Management Executive, Stratus Technologies
 
30/05/2017 - DMT Environmental Technology - Busting the biomethane myths
Over the past few years, more and more companies have woken up to the financial and environmental benefits to be gained by making the most of their organic waste streams. In fact, the anaerobic digestion (AD) industry – which converts millions of tonnes of food, sewage and farm waste into renewable energy (biogas) and biofertiliser – has been one of the UK’s biggest success stories in recent times.
 
 
  
 
    
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