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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.


Andy Pye

Technology too hot to handle?

15/01/2018

Productivity growth in the UK will continue to stall without Government and industry action to tackle a digital skills deficit in small businesses, according to new research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).


Charlotte Stonestreet

Malware targets industrial safety systems

15/01/2018

News has emerged of a malicious software designed specifically to enable the damage or destruction of industrial equipment. Reports say that the ‘Triton’ malware, which has been designed specifically to communicate with safety instrumented systems (SIS) and deploy alternative logic to these devices, has been used used against at least one organisation in the Middle East, although it's not known in what kind of industrial facility, or even in which country, the malware appeared.


CDA Guest Blog

Three industries disrupted by automation

11/01/2018

The term, ‘disruptive innovation’ was coined by Harvard Business School professor, Clayton M. Christensen in his 1997 bestseller, The Innovators Dilemma. It refers to a new technology that disrupts an established product, shaking up or creating a new industry, writes Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at industrial obsolete automation equipment supplier, EU Automation.


Charlotte Stonestreet

Driving technology take up

23/11/2017

I was recently lucky enough to visit ABB’s facility in Helsinki. As you can imagine, conversation at one the world’s leading providers of variable speed drives inevitably turned to the huge level of electric motors that operate without a VSD.


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