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BARA (British Automation And Robot Asscoiation)

It's a reshore thing

14/06/2024

BARA chair, George Thompson looks at automation's role in reshoring


Charlotte Stonestreet

Industry 5.0 - coming to an industrial facility near you soon

14/06/2024

AT THE recent Smart Manufacturing and Engineering Week event, one of the more popular buzzwords I heard being bandied around was Industry 5.0. While it might seem only a short time since Industry 4.0 was all the rage, the concept was first coined over ten years ago so it stands to reason that things are moving on.


Charlotte Stonestreet

Invest to be the best!

02/05/2024

ANYONE FAMILIAR with the UK industrial sector will no doubt be aware of the relatively low levels of investment in the UK when compared to, for example, our European counterparts. Indeed, the finger is often pointed at under-investment when it comes to figuring out the reasons behind the UK’s perennial issue of low productivity. Add to this the growing need for sustainability – which simply cannot be achieved without investment in the latest technologies – and the need for investment has never been greater.


BARA (British Automation And Robot Asscoiation)

Line up the easy wins

17/04/2024

BARA chair George Thomson draws on his end-of-line experience


Charlotte Stonestreet

Does this give much needed certainty?

05/03/2024

AS I write this on the eve of what is in all probability the final budget before the next election, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has as you will no doubt be aware announced a £360m boost to UK manufacturing and R&D.


BARA (British Automation And Robot Asscoiation)

Food for thought

14/02/2024

BARA chair George Thomson chews over some food and drink sector challenges


Charlotte Stonestreet

Close, but no strategy

11/12/2023

HAND UP everyone who can tell me when the UK last had an Industrial Strategy. For those of you that don’t know, and indeed are at all interested, the UK has not had an Industrial Strategy since March 2020. To state the obvious, that's the best part of four years without a proper long term plan. In contrast, the US, China, France and Germany, all have industrial strategies, underlining the importance of such a stance on the international stage.


BARA (British Automation And Robot Asscoiation)

To automate is to innovate

14/02/2024

BARA chair George Thompson on the the PPMA Group of Associations rebrand to AutomateUK


Charlotte Stonestreet

Is your ICS cyber secure?

19/10/2023

IN A somewhat concerning report, cyber risk management specialist Bitsight has identified nearly 100,000 exposed industrial control systems (ICS) worldwide, potentially allowing an attacker to access and control physical infrastructure such as power grids, traffic light systems, security, water systems, and the like via the internet.


BARA (British Automation And Robot Asscoiation)

Not all integrators are created equal

06/10/2023

George Thompson, chairman of the British Automation and Robotics Association (BARA) looks at how knowledge is power when it comes to integration expertise


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