Comment/Opinion

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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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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 ...

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Peak combustion

29/09/2017

Our supplement on the energy sector kicks off on p53 (see online magazine section, September). No prizes for spotting that this area has been hit hard, with activity in engineering companies that serve this sector ...

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Just because you can....

18/08/2017

You knew that CADCAM had taken off in the ‘80s within automotive companies because cars that had once been angular gradually gave way to a new generation of more and more curvy models. They remain so today, although the ...

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In awe of bright light - laser developments continue

31/07/2017

For those who can remember the ‘60s – yes, I know, if you can, you weren’t there – then the abiding memory of the laser beam from that time will be that of Sean Connery as James Bond about to be cut in two by Auric ...

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Electric shock

20/06/2017

Electric car, good; internal combustion engine, bad. Simple, right? Not if your country is a major producer of cars and internal combustion engines, the machine tools that make related components, as well as the tools ...

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A rising tide lifts all

19/05/2017

Last month (April), London-headquartered technology supplier representative organisation the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) divined more positive meaning from manufacturing-related indices than did the ...