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Andy Pye

Will Extinction Rebellion be coming for your data?

14/10/2019

In recent years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been touted as a powerful technology that will revolutionise the industrial manufacturing space. It is an amalgam of various uses at different phases of manufacturing, including generative design in product development, production forecasting in inventory management, and machine vision, defect inspection, production optimisation, and predictive maintenance in the production phase.


Andy Pye

Food for thought

14/08/2019

The urgency of global challenges - climate change, resource scarcity, food safety - is accelerating. How can a growing world population of 9 billion by 2050 access healthy food? How can we make travel and commuting safer with less environmental impact?


Charlotte Stonestreet

Funding crisis on the horizon?

21/06/2019

The partners of the Horizon 2020 SOMA Consortium recently announced the end of their highly acclaimed project to advance the state-of-the-art robotic manipulation capabilities for industry.


Andy Pye

5G - a real security risk?

21/06/2019

Countries and trading blocs have a long history of using regulations to ensure that all products, including imported goods, meet consistent expected standards. In the 1970s, the UL94 standard on polymer flammability was initially seen - outside the US - as a form of import control. Goods made of non-compliant polymers would simply be left on the quayside.


Charlotte Stonestreet

Watch this space

16/04/2019

When is comes to the space sector, while it might be NASA with its Mars Rovers and planet-hunting probes, or Elon Musk’s SpaceX and its Falcon Heavy megarocket that grab the headlines, the contribution made by the UK’s space industry should not be underestimated. Indeed, the sector has seen significant growth in income, exports and employment in recent years, with total income now standing at £14.8 billion.


AVANCON SA

Bottleneck eliminated

25/03/2019

When growth at Korean firm Hanmi Pharmaceutical Co meant order processing and picking lines were too slow to handle the orders in time, system integrator SMCORE proposed the Avancon ZPC-Conveyor concept.


Andy Pye

Overcoming the Iceberg Effect

15/04/2019

The case for investing in robotic process automation (RPA) seems incredibly strong. In practically every business, employees spend many hours per week undertaking repetitive manual tasks with data, such as copying and pasting, and capturing and rekeying. In the manufacturing environment, this is often even more prevalent.


Andy Pye

A symbol of hope

19/02/2019

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

04/02/2019

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

10/01/2019

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.


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