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Interviews and Opinion

Dispelling the myths

Nigel Smith, managing director of TM Robotics, dispels some common misconceptions about implementing smart manufacturing.
 
Machine automation could be compared to the human body. Our eyes are the sensors that monitor operations. Our hands are the actuation to manoeuvre things around us. Finally, our brains are the process control, providing intelligence and managing processes. Traditionally, machines in industrial environments could only provide actuation, but not anymore.

Nikon opens up about its strategic focus on Quality 4.0

A recent interview with Tadashi Nakayama provides insight into the strategy of the firm’s Industrial Metrology Business Unit, of which he is Deputy General Manager.

In particular, he explained the company’s strategic focus on Quality 4.0, where digital, automated and connected inspection enables complete process control from design through to manufacture.

Working together in Industry 4.0

“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants,” - Isaac Newton, 1675.

Isaac Newton was a mathematician, astronomer, theologian and physicist whose work was a critical part of the development of much of the technology we take for granted.  His recognition of the importance of collaborative working should inspire the workers of today. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of EU Automation, explains how Industry 4.0 is allowing us to increase industry collaboration.

MACH to the future?

Manufacturers have every reason to be optimistic about the year ahead following an encouraging MACH 2018, says Dave Atkinson, UK head of manufacturing at Lloyds Bank.

UK manufacturers are in a strong position. Since the start of the year we’ve seen order books grow and optimism continue to rise. And the sector is confident about future job creation, too, with half of firms telling us they plan to create new jobs in the coming year.

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