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The Summer Report 2021, now in its 14th Year is undertaken by independent research house IX Consulting and commissioned by BCS, (Business Critical Solutions
Industry survey highlights key challenges re technology and power

The continued confidence in future demand levels in the datacentre sector could be hampered by the challenges around the availability of power according to the latest independent industry survey, which captures the views of over 3000 senior datacentre professionals across Europe, including owners, operators, developers, consultants and end users.

Nozomi Networks Labs Report: Vulnerability Disclosures Rising at an Alarming Rate; Ransomware Attacks Costing Critical and Industrial Infrastructure Millions
Critical manufacturing vulnerabilities spiked 148% in the first half of 2021

A new report from Nozomi Networks Labs finds cyber threats growing at an alarming rate in the first half of 2021.

Tripwire Survey: 98% of Security Professionals Say Multi-Cloud Environments Pose Greater Security Challenges
Multi-cloud environments pose greater security challenges

Tripwire, a leading global provider of security and compliance solutions for enterprises and industrial organisations, has announced the results of a new research report that evaluated cloud security practices across enterprise environments in 2021.

Building decision-makers list budget constraints and buy-in from senior leadership as the two biggest barriers to their adoption of smart technologies, according to a new research report from Johnson Controls
How the foundations of the UK will be defined by smart buildings’

Building decision-makers list budget constraints and buy-in from senior leadership as the two biggest barriers to their adoption of smart technologies, according to a new research report from Johnson Controls.

Research from Ubisense finds 40% of global manufacturers don’t know how to get started with IoT, a 9% rise on 2020 levels
Industry study finds manufacturers’ feel they are being left behind in the IoT race

Research from Ubisense finds 40% of global manufacturers don’t know how to get started with IoT, a 9% rise on 2020 levels

IDTechEx have recently released
Small cell development

45 Million of 5G Small Cells Will be Installed by 2031 forecasts IDTechEx

BEUMER sales manager Jörg Spiekermann describes the challenges of the mechanical engineering companies in the packaging sector and has the answers.
Digital solutions in the packaging industry

Digitalisation, films made of recycled material and the increasing use of robots - mechanical engineering companies in the packaging sector have to face continuous changes. BEUMER expert Jörg Spiekermann reports.

5G features have matched or exceeded expectations for majority of early adopters and organizations are optimistic about the opportunities that it offers, according to the Capgemini Research Institute
Industrial organisations are embracing 5G

According to “Accelerating the 5G Industrial Revolution: State of 5G and edge in industrial operations” report released recently by the Capgemini Research Institute, industrial 5G adoption is still at the ideation and planning stages, with only 30% of industrial organisations having moved to the pilot stage or beyond. This means there is a huge window of opportunity for telcos and those industrial organisations that are yet to make a move.

New report on the warehouse automation service market

 In a new report on the warehouse automation service market, research company Interact Analysis has revealed that soaring growth in the warehouse automation equipment market is causing parallel growth in the market for service contracts – worth $4.3bn in 2020 and projected to grow to $8.7bn by 2025.

Investment in robotics research

As the economies reopen from the pandemic, Asia, Europe and America adjust their robotics research funding programs (R&D). What are the targets of the officially driven government programs today? This has been researched by the International Federations of Robotics and published in the 2021 update paper of “World Robotics R&D Programs”.

Welding process management as a competitive advantage

Everyone’s talking about Industry 4.0 nowadays. It’s a hot topic for society, politics and the economy. But what about digitisation in metal-working companies? What does it mean for joining technology with its various welding processes? What is the impact of digital networking on systems and components and how do companies stand to benefit? The focus here is on cost effectiveness and competitiveness.

The landscape for the industrial robot market is undergoing significant change

As the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the landscape for the industrial robot market is undergoing significant change. Automotive is a key sector for the industrial robotics industry due to its size and the high level of automation in the industry.

Data Security - the battle of GAIA

Smart Machines & Factories investigates a new European initiative aimed at challenging the dominance of a few large American and Chinese data handline companies.

Smart simulation: video gaming turns digital twin to accelerate uptake of collaborative robots

Andy Pye, consultant editor for Smart Machines & Factories, speaks to Vikaso director Vaibhav Boricha, who plans to come out of lockdown all guns blazing to accelerate the update of collaborative robots.

Talking Industry arrives

Like manufacturers across the UK, publishers are also having to adapt to a COVID-19 world. This has presented challenges but also great opportunities to engage closer with our readers and understand your needs better. As part of this Smart Machines and Factories and its sister magazines Drives & Controls and Plant & Works Engineering, have launched Talking Industry, a new series of live digitally broadcast panel discussions with leading experts from the industrial, automation and manufacturing sectors.

COVID-19: The importance of digitalisation

In these surreal times that we are all living through and equally adapting to, it is hard to see any light at the end of the tunnel. But as editor of a magazine dedicated to the digitalisation of UK manufacturing, there are uplifting stories which give me a  significant amount of hope that when this period begins to abate that the UK will enter a period of reflection about the importance of manufacturing to not only our economic prosperity but also the significance it plays to the social fabric of our nation.

An increased appetite for smart factories

A new study from the Capgemini Research Institute has found that smart factories could add at least $1.5 trillion to the global economy through productivity gains, improvements in quality and market share, along with customer services. Smart Machines & Factories reports.

Digitalisation - the foundations for a vibrant future

The result of the recent election will undoubtedly reverberate for some time to come. What should have been a seasonally calm period period, leads many of us to contemplate how the number one concern for manufacturers - Brexit - will now finally play out.

We need more robots, not fewer

In an important – but, perhaps, under-publicised – new report, a committee of MPs has addressed the future of automation in the UK, and its vital importance to the economy. Contributing editor Tony Sacks has been looking through the report.

Demystifying digitalisation

According to Made Smarter, by 2030 the UK will be the global leader in the creation, adoption and export of advanced digital technologies, shaping how the modern world does business. These new technologies will enable faster, more responsive and more efficient processes to deliver improved productivity and higher quality products at a reduced cost.

Translator in a box

At the recent B&R Innovations Day: Enabling the Adaptive Machine, held at the Williams F1 headquarters in Oxford, Sam Tinsley, managing director of Cutting Edge Services - supplier of food processing machinery, services and consumables - highlighted how the company is working with B&R to add incremental automation solutions in an under-invested and low-tech industry such as butchery, in order to raise productivity and address labour shortages for the industry. Smart Machines & Factories’ Aaron Blutstein reports.

Bring engineering into primary schools

I was recently lucky enough to attend the launch of two new engineering Institutions for children at the House of Lords, which will help nurture and encourage the abundance of talent we need as an engineering nation.

Another apprentice graduates

Fairfields has announced that another apprentice has completed its apprenticeship programme. Billy Hanner has now moved into a permanent and full time design engineer position within the Projects Team at the Head Office.

Cyber-attacks on smart factories are on the rise

A series of major cyber-attacks on manufacturing enterprises has highlighted the extreme and growing risks that such attacks pose. Contributing editor Tony Sacks has been reading a new report that looks at how the interconnected nature of smart factories makes them particularly vulnerable – especially because many manufacturers still rely on outdated versions of Windows, which are no longer receiving security updates.

Busting digital myths

Running under the lead theme of "Industrial Intelligence", this year's Hannover Messe shone a spotlight on digital connectivity, particularly as it applies to connecting people and machines in an age of artificial intelligence.