Manufacturing / Engineering Industry

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This month 25 years ago: March 1992


Machinery Awards, a familiar name; PC-based CNC, we’re still waiting; big export order for UK machine tool builder; the launch of a UK-developed-and-made CNC system; in-depth training update, plus more

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This month 25 years ago: February 1992


Production engineers – representation, changing role; cell-based manufacturing; international competition – parochial outlook and a prophetic statement; aerospace and auto makers speak to UK machine tool industry, plus ...

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Mazak new machines and industry 4.0 news


The traditional Open House event at Yamazaki Mazak’s European Technology Centre in Worcester in November 2016 launched two new machines among more than 20 displayed, and revealed several software-related developments ...

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Industry 4.0 primer for business, and safety advice


EEF has published an Industry 4.0 primer to help firms get to grips with the topic, while at a detailed level, Neil Dyson at TÜV SÜD explains how advanced Industry 4.0 machinery is likely to demand a modified approach ...

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A new industrial strategy - strategic efforts


In the light of Prime Minister Theresa May’s statement about industrial policy, Andrew Allcock offers a historical perspective and reviews what government and key representative bodies have said so far

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Old news; new possibility?


The UK’s industrial policy has been of topical interest lately. The UK has been engaged in an analysis of its relative economic decline, with a focus on manufacturing, since the late 19th century.

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Skill required: what Britain needs, post-Brexit


With the Brexit vote out of the way, we can now get on with…discussing the details of Brexit, ad infinitum. The two fundamentally opposed issues remain – controlling EU migration to the UK (we can already control non-EU ...

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Get on the map - growing UK-sourced work


The GTMA-driven Reshoring UK initiative saw a recent auto industry-focused networking event bring together speakers that outlined various facets of the reshoring picture. Andrew Allcock was there

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This month 25 years ago: November 1991


Manufacturing’s image; Cincinnati Milacron – another low-cost VMC, eyes growing market share; Yamazaki Machinery UK one of the 10 best in the world; Renishaw easy accuracy check; modular fixturing; gang-tooled lathes; ...

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The shape of Industry 4.0


Andrew Allcock spoke to Siemens’ Andy Hodgson at MACH 2016, trying to pin down details relating to Industry 4.0, which was variously highlighted at the biennial manufacturing technology event (extended version)

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Industry 4.0 – the breadth


The MACH 2016 exhibition in April was the platform for a number of disparate Industry 4.0 offerings, all claiming their slice of the fourth industrial revolution environment, as Andrew Allcock details