24 October, 2020

Innovative companies changing the face of vertical farming

23 October, 2020

Vertical farming, the practice of growing crops indoors under tightly controlled conditions, is continuing to expand rapidly. Here, we explore some of the most innovative vertical farming start-ups, based on the recent IDTechEx report, ‘Vertical Farming 2020-2030’.


Fluid Power & Systems, Air-Tech and co-located shows rescheduled to take place on 5th-7th April 2022 at NEC, Birmingham, Halls 9 & 10

01 October, 2020

As a consequence of the Government’s recent announcement to the delay of events taking place from October 2020, and the continued uncertainty and local lockdowns, DFA Media, organiser of Fluid Power & Systems, Air-Tech and co-located shows, has announced the event has been rescheduled for 5th - 7th April 2022, which will take place alongside MACH Exhibition. The co-location of events include:


Festo gives the future of safe automation a hand

07 October, 2020

Industrial change has accelerated, demanding a new level of interaction between people, machines and data. Within its Bionic Learning Network, Festo has been studying and developing safe automation systems to relieve people of monotonous or hazardous tasks. The BionicMobileAssistant is a prototype robot system that deploys artificial intelligence to move independently, identifying and gripping objects and adaptively working with humans.


Could remote working become the new normal?

15 September, 2020

Back in 2015, a survey of business owners by Virgin Media Business predicted that 60% of office-based employees would regularly work from home by 2022. This year, global disruption saw us prematurely exceed this figure. The majority of office workers began working from home to ensure business continuity. Could our current experiences of remote working mean that we continue to exceed this prediction?


‘Fit and Forget’ actuators provide low maintenance solution for bread manufacturing

10 September, 2020

In recent months, due to the coronavirus pandemic, there has been a spike in demand for bread far in excess than previously seen. Whereas many people usually buy a ready-made lunch every day, now they are buying bread and eating at home. The UK bakery market is one of the largest markets in the food industry, and not surprisingly, there is a high need for modern technology to rise up to market demands. To keep up with today’s demand, the food processing industry needs to be efficient; this means most of the tasks need to be automated. But in every automated system, there are a host of smaller components that perform simple yet essential processes. Without these components, the automation could not take place.


Sensonics achieves ISO 45001:2018 certification

04 September, 2020

Condition monitoring specialist Sensonics has recently achieved ISO 45001 certification and now has a fully integrated management system that also encompasses ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.


Hydraulic fluids: Understanding the value high-quality zinc-based fluids can bring to operational productivity

26 August, 2020

By Emma Mallinson, hydraulics global product marketing manager, Shell.


Know your robots

17 July, 2020

There is rarely, if ever, a one-size-fits-all approach to manufacturing. It is important that site managers know what considerations to make when choosing an industrial robot to automate their processes. Jonathan Wilkins, director of industrial parts supplier EU Automation, discusses what he believes manufacturers should consider when choosing what type of robot to invest in.


Technology for a sustainable farming future

26 June, 2020

Agriculture in the future will see increasing use of scientifically precise farming techniques, where automated ‘agro-bots’ monitor, treat and work the land, using advanced technology designed to help maximise yields and minimise disease. With its extensive experience in automation and agricultural mechanisation, Yanmar is one of the companies showing the way in advanced field robotics research.


How to make on-shoring work - a competitive strategy

02 June, 2020

Mark Kelly, managing director of West Yorkshire based Fleming Seals and Polymers Limited (FSP) who are specialist design & manufacturers of components in high performance plastics including injection moulding, cast polyurethane, machines components, filled PTFE and sealing solutions, shares his experience of the benefits of an on-shoring programme and the change in direction FSP has taken since he bought the business two years ago.


Assessing product properties for optimal heat exchanger performance

14 May, 2020

By Matt Hale, international sales & marketing director, HRS Heat Exchangers.


Progressive cavity pumps for highest product quality

21 April, 2020

Seepex has recently launched the latest design of hygienic progressive cavity (PC)pump which has achieved EHEDGcertification, delivering the highestmicrobiological results with residue freecleaning guaranteed using CIP systems.


The real reason construction companies fail

27 March, 2020

By Larry Kokklenberg, PhD, of Leath Group, LLC.


Seawork to host daily Keynote speeches from leading experts

05 March, 2020

Seawork, which was due to be be held in Southampton’s Mayflower Park from 9 to 11 June 2020 has been postponed, however it will feature a series of short, informative addresses on the latest business imperatives in the commercial marine and civil engineering industries.


Priority Geotechnical enhances fleet with the addition of EMCI 4.50 rig

20 February, 2020

In the search for a smaller, more compact rig to add to its fleet of rigs, ground investigation contractor, Priority Geotechnical Ltd (PGL), has recently invested in the EMCI 4.50. Ground engineering and rock drilling company, Skelair International, assisted with the purchase of the EMCI 4.50 and it has already been used on a variety of projects in a short space of time.


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