Comment/Opinion

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AI and data bias

31/01/2020

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a fast-developing technology and one that Machinery is coming across more and more. Our EMO review feature last issue (p14) and this issue’s cover feature (p10) both reference it.

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Convergence in view

24/10/2019

​Autodesk is a $2.6bn software business that has for a few years been talking about the convergence of design and manufacturing. Rather than separate processes, this sees the two as a single continuous effort. It takes ...

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Thoughts on EMO 2019 - Treading water

15/10/2019

”Seen anything interesting?” That’s the question, meaning ‘what’s the buzz here?’ that all journalists ask each other at any major exhibition, most recently at the biennial EMO manufacturing technology show, held last ...

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More than technology

11/07/2019

It is a widely held tenet that to succeed companies must principally have access to the very latest manufacturing technology, which often these days is complemented by its supplier’s process knowledge. The big welcome ...

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Push, pull, action

10/06/2019

I write this just as the Extinction Rebellion main event in London leading up to and after Easter weekend is winding down. The environment, specifically global warming, is hitting the news headlines. Much touted is the ...

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Engineered commodities

13/02/2019

​What is a commodity? It is something that is so standard, reliable and trusted that it is purchased without much, if any, consideration of any of its many technical or other attributes. And they are typically ...

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This month 25 years ago - January 1994

01/02/2019

Machine tool industry slowdown and remedies; chlorinated paraffin concerns; coolant recycling; high speed spindles; B Elliott companies bought out; largest press brake built in the UK; are transfer lines at end of the ...

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Technically drifted

08/01/2019

​It can be difficult to keep up with government education initiatives, both for mainstream and vocational routes. For the latter, most recently it’s been the move to compress some 13,000 vocational qualifications into ...

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Profound transformation

28/12/2018

Last month (October 2018), the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing’s flagship robotics and automation facility, Factory 2050, was officially opened, with Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP ...

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Saving the world

20/12/2018

Courtesy of Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II series, this year will surely be remembered as the tipping point for global plastic pollution. Bubbling under is another environmental issue of resource depletion or ...

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Max Fac; Max Fallacy

04/07/2018

​Conservative ‘hard’ Brexiteer Iain Duncan Smith (IDS) is trotting around telling interviewers that there is an “easy” technical solution (in support of so-called Max Fac) to the customs issue after we leave the ...

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Clever little things

29/03/2018

Linear development of technology, in terms of metalcutting machines and tools, tends towards faster, more accurate and increasingly better price-performance ratios. The departure from linear development occurs ...

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Schedule your visit

23/03/2018

Writing ahead of the Christmas break for this first edition of 2018 is not without risk. A lot can happen in the two to three weeks following the penning of this page. But, at the time of writing, the UK’s manufacturing ...

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Incentives 4.0

13/11/2017

The adoption of leading-edge technology sometimes needs a helping hand. In the early 1980s, CNC machine tool and robot investment in the UK was given a boost by government grants, for example, but such direct ...