15 July, 2024

Cutting-edge innovations shine at Fluid Power & Systems and Air-Tech

19 June, 2024

Having attended the Fluid Power & Systems and Air-Tech events, alongside Drives & Controls, at the NEC on 5-6 June as part of Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week 2024, it was evident that there was a considerable amount of new technology and educational content on display. Fluid Power & Systems and Air-Tech specifically offered an in-depth look into the latest advancements in hydraulic and pneumatic technology for both industrial and mobile markets. Readers of Hydraulics & Pneumatics would have found much of interest across these events, including the adjoining Smart Factory Expo, Maintec, and Design Engineering Expo

Strategic partner for Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week 2024, The British Fluid Power Association (BFPA), had a major presence at the event which included a dedicated stand with representatives available to engage with members and prospective members, offering insights into their education and training courses and delivering presentations on key topics. Chris Butcher, BFPA Managing Director, emphasised the event’s value for members to showcase their products and technologies, highlighting how the fluid power industry has gone through a significant technology transition with the integration of electronics, robotics, mechatronics, and the high level of automation and control across many market sectors.

Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week 2024 addressed key issues facing manufacturing and engineering businesses today, regardless of their market sector. The events collectively focused on themes such as innovation, supply chain management, sustainability, digital transformation, and the development of people and skills.

Overall, the Fluid Power & Systems and Air-Tech Exhibitions at Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week 2024 provided a comprehensive platform for industry professionals to explore the latest technologies, share knowledge, and address the pressing challenges facing the sector. The events underscored the importance of hydraulics and pneumatics in driving innovation, improving efficiency, and fostering sustainable practices. However, the forthcoming election will shape the landscape for manufacturing and engineering industries in the UK for the next 5 years and we may see potentially significant shifts, depending on the policies of the newly elected government. Potential changes in trade policies, funding for technological advancements, and regulations around sustainability and digital transformation could either bolster or challenge the sector. Industry leaders and associations will need to closely observe the new administration’s approach to support and develop the manufacturing and engineering sectors. The outcomes of the election could influence future events like Smart Manufacturing & Engineering Week, shaping the themes and priorities to align with the new political and economic context

Aaron Blutstein, Editor

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