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30 seconds to industrial automation take off

You may have noticed the increasing number of space and sci-fi film releases over the past few years. From the renowned Apollo films to the 2014 release, Gravity, everyone has a favourite that they can watch over and over. I try not to judge, but if you haven't heard of Interstellar by now you must have spent the last year hiding under a rock. Personally, I didn’t notice any industrial automation parts floating in the background, but if the film set was as true to life as it seems, I can promise you there will be some.
3rd December 2015

I'll drink to that

I'll drink to that
Historically, manufacturing has been limited to the things we could physically see and touch. However, over the last few decades advances in science and technology have smashed these limitations. Now, consumer goods are lighter than ever, sportswear and equipment is more aerodynamic and flexible and advanced packaging enables food and drinks stay fresher for longer. Even your evening lager will now keep itself carbonated right through to the end of Corrie. All of this is possible through nanotechnology. Here Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of European Automation, examines the potential of nanotechnology for manufacturing.
24th November 2015

Top tips for choosing the right critical power supply

Top tips for choosing the right critical power supply
Today, more than 3 billion people live in cities and the urban population of the planet increasing constantly. This means a growing demand for electrical power and more complex requirements for buildings and manufacturing facilities. Add strict energy standards to the equation and the process of identifying the right critical power supply for individual applications becomes exceedingly tricky. Here, Pat McLaughlin, Operations Director, Boulting Technology, discusses what companies should keep in mind when choosing a switchboard.
19th November 2015


Industrial automation trends for 2016

Industrial automation trends for 2016
In 15 short years, rapid advancements in technology have changed the way we live. With each passing month, we’re introduced to new, innovative ways to play, eat, shop and communicate. But new technology isn’t just for consumers. In recent years, several waves of new technology have emerged and transformed the face of industrial automation. While traditionally, the manufacturing industry has been relatively slow on the uptake, a number of new trends are causing a growth spurt in industrial automation. By Martyn Williams, Managing Director, COPA-DATA UK
18th November 2015

$99 Raspberry Pi desktop computer was developed for makers

$99 Raspberry Pi desktop computer was developed for makers
  Hobbyists and makers have come up with some innovative ways to implement the computer into devices: from home automation products to beer brewing systems. This Raspberry-pi powered computer was designed with makers in mind.
10th November 2015

Top ten trends at IDTechEx Show! USA 2015

The following is an article by Raghu Das, CEO, IDTechEx, the global research and business intelligence firm that created the IDTechEx Show! USA 2015, which will be held on the 18th-19th of November, in Santa, Clara, California. Today’s emerging technologies are varied, vast and moving at the blink of an eye. Here are the top 10 key trends we’ll see at the show that are changing the way the world lives, works and plays.
4th November 2015

Voltage-fed or current-fed power topologies: a critical choice for users of multi-kW power sources

Voltage-fed or current-fed power topologies: a critical choice for users of multi-kW power sources
Many engineers working in a production, product testing or R&D role have a requirement for a high-voltage power source that is robust and capable of supplying loads of multiple kilowatts. Because of the nature of testing and R&D environments, this power source is often required to withstand abusive conditions. By Bob Collins, Managing Director, Magna-Power Electronics (UK).
28th October 2015

Key trends emerging in the MedTech sector

Rob Phillips, Managing Director of professional battery manufacturer Accutronics, has identified several key trends that are emerging in the MedTech sector, from rising energy densities to new innovations such as wireless charging. He offers his insights into these trends, where he predicts to see the most market growth in the next twelve months and where Accutronics fits into the industry.
27th October 2015

Researchers discover new method for 3D bioprinting

Researchers discover new method for 3D bioprinting
  A group of Carnegie Mellon researchers is bringing medical technology even closer to 3D printing functional hearts.
26th October 2015

Smart alarm clock will even call a taxi for you

Smart alarm clock will even call a taxi for you
  There are a plethora of hi-tech alarm clocks out there. Here's yet another. Only this one can be integrated into a smart home. 
26th October 2015


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