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Andy Pye

EEF survey shows slow Industry 4.0 progress

16/08/2018

Manufacturers in the UK are boosting investment in fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0 or 4IR) technologies, according to a newly published survey by EEF. It provides new evidence that many companies have moved beyond the initial 'conception' phase and into the 'evolution' phase where they are seeing real benefits from their investments.


Charlotte Stonestreet

Is Industry 4.0 good for your health?

16/08/2018

There’s no doubt that the increased automation which comes about with Industry 4.0 is well and truly on the radar in the manufacturing sector. And with increased automation comes the need to develop health and safety strategies accordingly.


Andy Pye

SMEs urged to harness Industry 4.0 - or risk falling behind

20/06/2018

Small-scale manufacturers are in ‘critical danger’ of losing out to their competitors unless they adapt quickly and adopt Industry 4.0 into their strategies, warns Lucy Pamment, product manager at supply chain technology Access Group. The company has published a new free guide, Industry 4.0 User Manual for SMEs.


Charlotte Stonestreet

Delivering the future

19/06/2018

Amongst the many industrial shows and events that I attend throughout the year, the UKIVA Machine Vision Conference always proves to be one of the most interesting, with its extensive programme covering not just what is possible today, but also what we will be seeing in the near future.


Charlotte Stonestreet

Manufacturing needs its mojo

03/05/2018

At the recent MACH exhibition, Jürgen Maier, Chief Executive of Siemens UK and chair of the Made Smarter industry-led review talked about how the UK manufacturing sector could, as he put it, “get it’s mojo back”.


Andy Pye

Could - or should - robots be taxed?

25/04/2018

As automation increasingly encroaches on traditional forms of employment, many governments around the world have been grappling with the consequences. The "left behinds" have been a strong influence in recent elections and the rise of populism.


CDA Guest Blog

Should robots pay taxes?

16/04/2018

The world’s first robot tax was introduced in South Korea last year. The tax was created amid fears that a rise in automation and robotics was threatening human workers and could lead to mass unemployment in the country. But, this so-called robot tax was not actually a tax at all. Instead, the country limited tax incentives for investments in automation, lessening the existing tax breaks for automation. Calling it a tax was simply rhetoric delivered by its opponents. Essentially, it was just


Charlotte Stonestreet

More robots doesn't have to mean fewer jobs

08/03/2018

There is no doubt about it, even if the UK is not leading the way when it comes to implementing industrial robots, the worldwide movement towards more automated, digitalised ways of working will increasingly impact on people’s work and the roles that they carry out within the workplace. Indeed the workplace itself will be - and in many cases already is – altered as a result of growing robot and AI implementation.


Andy Pye

The limits to automation

07/03/2018

The robot revolution hasn't happened at the pace predicted two decades ago, but it is coming, and rapidly. Computer power, big data, improvement in sensors, vision technology and speech recognition are challenging the role of humans in many professions.


CDA Guest Blog

Predicting the future

31/01/2018

The fourth industrial revolution is well underway and as state-of-the-art technology drops in price, many more industries are benefiting from smart factories. As a recent PwC survey found 72 per cent of companies expect to achieve advanced levels of digitisation by 2020, the reach of these technologies is only set to increase in 2018. Here, Nick Boughton, sales manager at systems integrator, Boulting Technology, shares his predictions for 2018.


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