Comment/Opinion

Incentives 4.0

13/11/2017

The adoption of leading-edge technology sometimes needs a helping hand. In the early 1980s, CNC machine tool and robot investment in the UK was given a boost by government grants, for example, but such direct ...

Peak combustion

29/09/2017

Our supplement on the energy sector kicks off on p53 (see online magazine section, September). No prizes for spotting that this area has been hit hard, with activity in engineering companies that serve this sector ...

Just because you can....

18/08/2017

You knew that CADCAM had taken off in the ‘80s within automotive companies because cars that had once been angular gradually gave way to a new generation of more and more curvy models. They remain so today, although the ...

In awe of bright light - laser developments continue

31/07/2017

For those who can remember the ‘60s – yes, I know, if you can, you weren’t there – then the abiding memory of the laser beam from that time will be that of Sean Connery as James Bond about to be cut in two by Auric ...

Electric shock

20/06/2017

Electric car, good; internal combustion engine, bad. Simple, right? Not if your country is a major producer of cars and internal combustion engines, the machine tools that make related components, as well as the tools ...

A rising tide lifts all

19/05/2017

Last month (April), London-headquartered technology supplier representative organisation the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) divined more positive meaning from manufacturing-related indices than did the ...

Equally valued, technically

17/04/2017

Over many years, Machinery has watched how technical training has fallen away (as measured by engineering apprenticeship numbers) and as initiative after initiative to boost parity of esteem between academic and ...

Local: the new global?

13/03/2017

Donald Trump and Brexit are a reflection of the fact that a large constituency in each country feels left behind by globalisation; through the loss of high paying manufacturing jobs, for example. But ‘peak ...

Reshoring by tweet

01/02/2017

The 45th president of the United States is in place – Donald J Trump. He took the role on 20 January this year, just prior to Machinery going to press. An unusual presidential campaign that saw hopeful candidate Trump ...

Industry 4.0 - understanding the data

09/01/2017

Happy New Year. ‘Brexit’ may have found its way into the Oxford English Dictionary, but ‘Industry 4.0’ has yet to make it. We’ll hear much more about both this year, for sure, as the situation continues to evolve. ...

Old news; new possibility?

04/01/2017

The UK’s industrial policy has been of topical interest lately. The UK has been engaged in an analysis of its relative economic decline, with a focus on manufacturing, since the late 19th century.

Industry 4.0, starting from zero

23/12/2016

At the MACH 2016 exhibition in April, Machinery bumped into exhibition organiser the Manufacturing Technologies Association’s recently-appointed Industry 4.0 champion, and we revealed what he had to say in July (see ...

Skill required: what Britain needs, post-Brexit

21/12/2016

With the Brexit vote out of the way, we can now get on with…discussing the details of Brexit, ad infinitum. The two fundamentally opposed issues remain – controlling EU migration to the UK (we can already control non-EU ...

This month 25 years ago: December 1991

01/12/2016

UK manufacturing – not so bad; industrial policy – in Sweden; German lathe supports batch-of-one production; CO2 versus YAG lasers; computer modelling; EDM and fuzzy logic; UK automotive industry – spending, growing