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The making of a 3D printed rehabilitation orthosis

The making of a 3D printed rehabilitation orthosis
Medical 3D printing has many applications in various fields. In orthotics, industrial 3D printers are used to manufacture custom-sized orthoses, braces as well as prosthesis and parts for powered exoskeletons. First two helps patients with broken bones while the latter are used for amputees. By Marcin Traczyk, ZMorph.
7th March 2016

T-Platforms introduces MIPS-based Tavolga Terminal computer

T-Platforms introduces MIPS-based Tavolga Terminal computer
T-Platforms has announced a desktop PC called the Tavolga Terminal TB-T22BT powered by the MIPS-based Baikal-T1 processor from Baikal Electronics. The system can be configured as a fully functional workstation or a thin-client terminal and runs the latest version of the Debian 8 operating system – one of the most popular Linux distributions for the MIPS architecture. By Alexandru Voica, Imagination Technologies.
4th March 2016

Keeping costs down while increasing productivity

European manufacturers are estimated to spend over €400bn every year on maintenance activities. Studies show that about 30% of failed machinery can be repaired at half the cost of buying replacements, which suggests a potential 15% saving. John Mitchell, business development manager, CP Automation, discusses the issues that stop manufacturers cutting costs and improving productivity – the essence of lean manufacturing.
2nd March 2016


The benefits of remanufactured automotive parts

During World War II, access to natural resources was incredibly difficult in most European countries. Most countries found that, the effort to build planes, ships and tanks was crippling, creating an urgent need to reuse and remanufacture industrial parts. Beginning with the rebuilding of automotive and truck parts in the 1940s, this gave birth to an entire industry and is now common practice. Here, Darren Halford, sales director of industrial automation supplier European Automation examines the situation 75 years later.
29th February 2016

Planning a revamp?

Planning a revamp?
Let me set the scene. As a plant manager, you've set your sights on a full system upgrade. You've broken the news to the rest of the team and you’re pleasantly surprised to see they share your excitement. You might think their happiness is a result of having a brand new system, but in reality it might be the prospect of having a short holiday while the upgrade is completed.
23rd February 2016

Top 3 trends in smart city power

Top 3 trends in smart city power
The race is on to develop smart cities of the future that are cleaner, greener, easier to navigate and better to live in. The prospect of living in a place where utilities, roads and even buildings work in harmony to make life easier, all while reducing environmental impact, may still seem farfetched, but it's quickly becoming a reality. Here Steve Hughes, managing director of REO UK considers the top three trends in power quality that are the key to smart city success.
18th February 2016

A CO2 tax could unleash renewable energy revolution

A CO2 tax for companies should be the foundation of the imperative renewable energy revolution. The fact that the recently completed COP21 climate agreement does not mention this political measure with respect to reducing global emissions, is a major missed opportunity, according to Wouter Last, President, plant IT, and engineering specialist, Hint.
17th February 2016

Beyond IoT: pervasive sensing

Beyond IoT: pervasive sensing
In manufacturing facilities, unplanned outages force continuously operating processes to go through shutdown and start-up procedures. It's under these conditions that serious incidents are most likely to occur. Ideally, manufacturers should to be able to anticipate equipment failures to prevent these outages.
16th February 2016

Microsoft to end support for Windows XP in UK ATM machines

Last month, Microsoft ended support for embedded Windows XP in ATMs. This Windows XP operating system is still used in the majority of ATMs that deliver cash to customers around the world. So, does this mean ATM customers will now be more vulnerable to cybercrime? By Paul Wilson, Product Manager, Easy Solutions.
16th February 2016

The rise of ubiquitous computing

The rise of ubiquitous computing
The concept of ubiquitous computing dates back to 1991, only two years after Marty McFly supposedly travelled to 2015 in Back to the Future Part II. The concept was first described by scientist, Mark Weiser who said: "The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it."
8th February 2016


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