Automating cricket ball production

Global cricket ball manufacturer uses automation with a vision system for efficiency and upskilling  Under the laws of cricket, it is illegal for players to rub any substance other than saliva and sweat onto the ball, let alone scuffing it with their fingernails. Similarly, strict rules apply to the manufacturing of cricket balls. Here’s how […]

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Willows project disproves myths surrounding heat pumps in older buildings

A 180-year-old home’s heating system has been revolutionised with the introduction of an air source heat pump, combating concerns that heat pumps are unsuitable for older buildings. Leading manufacturer of renewable heating technology, STIEBEL ELTRON UK, provided its knowledge, support and heat pump hardware to transform the building’s heating system. The project saw The Willows, […]

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The energy crisis: securing the future of British manufacturing

With rising energy costs placing considerable pressure on UK manufacturers, government measures such as the Energy Bill Discount Scheme (EBDS) have offered some welcome relief. But, with the EBD scheme due to end in March ‘24, how will British manufacturers continue to control overheads while remaining competitive against cheaper manufacturing capabilities overseas?  Graham White, Managing […]

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What the Future Holds for Bearings

As an integral part of many operations, the demand for stronger, more durable and longer-lasting bearings is on the rise – and, for many applications, conventional steel ball bearings can often not compare to their hybrid counterparts. Steve Bacon, Sales Director at Bearings and Drives Limited, shares an insight into the latest innovative technologies in […]

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What’s holding back robot adoption?

With the UK lagging behind its competitors, what needs to change?   The most recent statistics from the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) found that the UK has approximately 101 robots per 10,000 employees. With the world average cited at 126 units, it’s clear that the UK is lagging far behind its competitors when it […]

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Bridging the skills gap in CNC automation

User-friendly systems revolutionise productivity  In today’s rapidly evolving industrial landscape, the integration of robotic automation has become imperative for manufacturers seeking to enhance productivity, efficiency and overall competitiveness. However, a formidable challenge looms over this technological integration — the scarcity of skilled robot programmers specifically tailored for CNC applications. The shortage of these professionals in […]

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Unlocking efficiency: AI’s transformative role in warehousing

Everybody is talking about Artificial Intelligence but what are its potential applications for warehousing and supply chain? Edward Napier-Fenning, Sales & Marketing Director of leading supply chain software company Balloon, explores five key areas that can boost performance – including route planning, picking, labour management reporting and data entry.  Quite suddenly, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is […]

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The role of used machinery in Lean Management

Lean Management is especially important in turbulent economic times as it boosts a company’s efficiency and competitiveness through process optimisation. Used machinery can also play a role in this strategy, offering a cost-effective way to promptly address production bottlenecks and optimise the machinery pool. In economically turbulent times, one corporate strategy comes into particular focus: […]

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