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Andy Pye

A symbol of hope


The UK is ambitious to increase its trade with the rapidly emerging economies, and is prepared to prioritise it over maintaining trading levels with its established trading partners.

Charlotte Stonestreet

Automation gets a bad press - again


There is a problem here in the UK with the way some of the mainstream media portrays robotics and automation. Take for example the Sun’s recent coverage of the latest wearable safety technology being rolled out to warehouse workers at 25+ sites belonging to online giant, Amazon.

CDA Guest Blog

Auto-mate: Why automation can be a business’s best friend


Automation and the manufacturing/production industries are no strangers; they’ve been bosom buddies since the 1970s and have been quietly reshaping business for almost half a century. Few sectors have embraced automation so much and for so long. However, the world is changing and some within the sector are being left behind.

Charlotte Stonestreet

Essential up-skilling


With the engineer recruitment crisis continuing seemingly unabated and, in all probability, Brexit exacerbating the situation, the need to encourage more young people to study STEM subjects and subsequently pursue a corresponding career has been widely acknowledged. Whether or not such efforts ultimately prove a success remains to be seen, but in the meantime employers in the industrial sector could do much worse than to look at their existing workforces and make sure that they are achieving to

Andy Pye

Robots trapped between a rock & a hard place


The dilemma posed by robotics is highlighted by two reports published this month. A report in the Luxembourg Times notes that an increased use of robots is probably behind a decline in total employment rates in 11 emerging Eastern European countries. Conversely, the UK, the lack of investment is making industries uncompetitive.

Charlotte Stonestreet

Manufacturing at increased risk of cyber attacks


It seems that cyber crime is never far from the headlines, once again hitting the front-pages recently when Dutch military intelligence thwarted a Russian cyber-attack on the headquarters of the international chemical weapons watchdog. While such incidents rightly gain much press coverage, it is important to remember that cyber security is important across the board and not just in matters of international security.

Andy Pye

Green technology: what the Government giveth, so Brexit taketh away


Launched on the same day last month (12th September) were two industrial initiatives, the Green Task Force Alliance and the EURIS report on the effects of a no-deal Brexit.

Andy Pye

EEF survey shows slow Industry 4.0 progress


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?


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


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.