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Charlotte Stonestreet

Have you started your net zero journey?

12/05/2022

IF YOU haven’t already realised, it is becoming increasingly clear that if global warming is to be kept to a point that avoids catastrophic events, drastic and immediate action needs to be taken across all sectors.


Charlotte Stonestreet

...and along comes the next challenge

16/03/2022

WELL, they say things come in threes and with the pandemic, Brexit and now war in Europe, we certainly seem to have the holy trinity of all challenges, not just for the industrial sector, but for society at a whole.


BARA (British Automation And Robot Asscoiation)

Automation & sustainability go hand in hand

15/03/2022

George Thompson, chairman of the British Automation and Robotics Association (BARA), looks at how automation can bring key benefits in the drive for sustainability


Charlotte Stonestreet

CDA celebrates 10 years

18/01/2022

This year Controls, Drives & Automation celebrates its 10th Anniversary. They say that time flies when you’re having fun, and I think that this must be true as it certainly doesn’t feel as if ten years have passed since I was brought on board to edit the first issue!


BARA (British Automation And Robot Asscoiation)

There's more to automation than robots

14/01/2022

In the first of his new regular columns for Controls, Drives & Automation, the recently appointed chairman of the British Automation and Robotics Association (BARA), George Thompson looks at industrial automation beyond robots, and the importance of integrator knowledge


Charlotte Stonestreet

UK industrial robot sales on the up

05/11/2021

Emersed in the world of Controls, Drives & Automation as I am, where I get to see a huge range of positive stories about the latest automation technologies and applications, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the UK is not actually a particularly ‘automated’ nation, at least in comparison with many other developed countries.


Charlotte Stonestreet

3D printing motors on

13/09/2021

3D printing - also referred to as additive manufacturing - is not new. Indeed, it has been used been used for rapid prototyping in, for example, the automotive and aerospace, sectors and for tooling for upwards for upwards of 30 years. Then along came Industry 4.0, and additive manufacturing was identified by some as having the potential to transform the manufacturing process itself.


Charlotte Stonestreet

Industry FOMO has to be a good thing, right?

07/07/2021

A recent survey of 300 managers, directors and higher-level executives from the industrial manufacturing community across the UK, USA, France and Germany by Ubisense has found that amongst those surveyed, almost half (46%) feel they are being left behind when they see industry peers roll out Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, despite more uncertainty of the value, benefits and role of the internet of things in their assembly processes compared to 2020.


Charlotte Stonestreet

We have the technology...

18/05/2021

THIS WEEK, a report from the  International Energy Agency has concluded that if the world hopes to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions by mid-century, nearly half the cuts will have to come from technologies currently only in the demonstration or prototype phase or not yet commercially available.


Charlotte Stonestreet

Reasons to be cheerful

31/03/2021

Brexit. The global pandemic. The UK's perennial productivity crisis. These issues are not necessarily going to be high on anyone's list of reasons to be cheerful - unless you are Mike Wilson, that is. Ever one to be optimistic, at a recent industry event (online, of course), the Chairman of the British Automation and Robot Association (BARA) turned these particular challenges on their head, viewing them instead as opportunities in relation to automation.


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