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Smart Factory Expo

Last week Adam attended The Manufacturer’s Smart Factory Expo.
Smart Factory Expo is where it all comes together in an exciting combination of ‘show and tell’ – with pitch clinics, exhibition floor presentations, networking events, drop-in advisory clinics, the launch of the North West Pilot of the Government’s Made Smarter Review, and the country’s largest gathering of digital manufacturing exhibitors.

Advanced engineering 2018

Earlier this week our Sales Partnership Manager Adam attended the advanced engineering event!

Adam discovered major changes within the engineering sector, discussing how Amber Road’s business travel services can positively impact many firms.


Emcon’s Manufacturing Expo

Our Sales Partnership Manager Adam attended Emcon’s Manufacturing Expo and had this to say about the event:
“Really productive day at the engineering & manufacturing convention, it really does attract the biggest & best engineering and manufacturing companies across the UK.
Great to forge links with exhibitors who are looking to expand their supply chain. Walked away with a number of opportunities and look forward to supporting their growth.”

Top 10 manufacturing trends for 2019

3. Cyber security

Cyber threats will continue to dominate technology spending. As companies become more digital, and increase their connected footprint, they will be increasingly exposed to cyber criminals. At the same time, they need to balance the need for security with the need to be able to innovate.

Businesses will need to develop new ways of securing their operations, with a growing realisation that the firewall approach isn’t fit for purpose, either in preventing breaches or allowing them to be more agile.

2. IoT expansion

It is widely accepted that the Internet of Things (IoT) market is growing at an exponential rate and becoming the norm for many, with 3.6bn connected devices used for daily tasks this year. In 2019, we can expect this growth to continue to spread.

Boosted by 5G connectivity and advances in sensor technology, the manufacturing industry will see more IoT devices than ever before to drive forward the industrial revolution.

1. Industry – university collaboration

There has long been an understanding of the value of industry/university collaborations; however, until recently this was limited to a few select partnerships. In 2019, links between industry and academia will continue to strengthen as both sides seek to use the resources and expertise of the other to enhance their own offerings and increase their understanding of the theoretical and practical applications of new technologies.

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Manufacturing Global

What does the automated warehouse of the future look like?

An automated warehouse is a breath-taking sight: picture a circuit board of activity as scores of box-shaped robots soar between pallets, scanning shelves and retrieving stock for delivery to a picking station.

This is just one of a variation of scenes depicting the applications of automated technology across the UK’s warehouses.

Automation itself is not new to warehousing operations or the wider supply chain, but with recent advancements in big data and the Internet of Things, it is reaching new levels of sophistication.

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The Manufacturer

Autonomous vehicles, so near and yet so far

A highlight of the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed was the sight of a 1965 Ford Mustang driving itself autonomously up the famed hill climb with the Duke of Richmond and a BBC TV crew in the back.

In the front, ready to take over in the event of a threat to ducal dignity, was Dr James Brighton, head of the Advanced Mechanical Engineering Centre at Cranfield University.

It was his team that made the Mustang capable of autonomous driving, with the assistance of Siemens UK. Nick Peters caught up with Dr Brighton afterwards.

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The Manufacturer

McLaren opens composites production facility in Sheffield

UK sports car manufacturer McLaren Automotive has officially opened a new £50m composites technology centre in Yorkshire.

The centre will produce carbon fibre chassis for the firm’s range of cars
Based alongside the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) on the border of Sheffield and Rotherham, the McLaren Composites Technology Centre (MCTC) is the firm’s first purpose-built facility beyond its campus in Woking and is part of an effort to cement its status as a world-leader in lightweight materials technology.

Officially opened by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, the facility will help McLaren deliver on its so-called Track25 business plan that will see it invest £1.2bn in research and development to deliver 18 new cars or derivatives by the end of 2025.

Once fully operational in 2020, the centre will produce carbon fibre chassis that will be sent to the McLaren Production Centre (MPC) in Woking for hand assembly into cars.

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The engineer


SafeStart International, a safety and performance training programme, has invited companies to attend its latest discovery workshop on 28 November, taking place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

Created for health and safety leaders, operations and HR managers, the workshop will address reoccurring workplace safety issues including human error, injuries, lack of employee engagement, and the perceived conflicts between production and safety. Problems such as these can leave management frustrated and employees in harm’s way.These “common safety pain points” are pressing issues that every manager will encounter at one time or another. SafeStart experts at the event will outline the factors that lead to these issues and provide insight into how they can be solved.

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Manufacturing management

Bosch and Daimler confirm San Jose as pilot city to trial self-driving vehicles

The automotive giants, Bosch and Daimler, have announced that San Jose is set to be the pilot city to test their autonomous vehicle technology, Practical Motoring reports.

It has been revealed that both companies will provide self-driving on-demand ride-hailing services to a “selected user community in San Jose.”

In a joint statement, the companies said: “Using automated Mercedes-Benz S-Class vehicles, Bosch and Daimler propose to offer the service to a selected user community in the San Carlos/Stevens Creek corridor between downtown and west San José.”

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Manufacturing global

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