The manufacturing sector currently contributes Â£6.7 trillion to the global economy. Despite being subject to regular negative reports, the UK continues to play a significant role in the evolution and growth of global manufacturing.
In the past manufacturability was often foremost in the designer's mind. A lot of geometries which might have been almost impossible or very expensive via conventional manufacturing techniques are now possible and sometimes even cheaper via 3D printing.
Regardless of the additive manufacturing technology used, as the industry advances, consideration of up- and down-stream processes for powder management are becoming more of a focus.
Partnering with tech companies whose investments in the Fourth Industrial Revolution are aimed at streamlining manufacturing processes is the shortest, most reliable route to your company winning the future.
Manufacturers, who invest in the latest manufacturing technologies and innovation ecosystems, will become more competitive than those who compete on price alone. Advanced technologies are producing better quality products, that, in turn, deliver higher margins ...
Robotics, AI, and basic IoT digitization is the technology that will be needed to design smart factories. Abundant data and smart robotics will magnify a factory's output, while minimizing costs and defects.
Additive manufacturing or 3D printing is generally considered to be for prototyping but there is an increasing trend towards using it for production. So when does it make sense to switch to or consider using 3D printing for production of your products or parts within them?
As the baby boomers born in the 1940s and 1950s start to retire, this means that the manufacturing, lumber, distribution, and retail sectors look set to suffer from a lack of sufficiently-skilled staff in the next 20-30 years.
When working with large diesel engines, or commercial aerospace systems that require the output of large metal parts with complex shapes, creative solutions are required to hold and protect them throughout the downstream machining and finishing process.
Human Machine Interface (HMI) is present when human interaction with an automated device becomes necessary. HMI is present now more than ever due to the need for more reliable hardware, higher data security, and efficiency.
SME Publishes Second of Three Smart Manufacturing Reports to Encourage Adoption of Emerging Technologies
The Smart Manufacturing Report series from SME addresses the necessity and advantages of moving to a smart facility to thrive in an ever-increasingly competitive environment. Update - 2nd Report Now Available
For decades, we have seen jobs in manufacturing disappearing, but now the jobs are beginning to come back, because technology is helping to produce high-quality goods in the U.S. as inexpensively as in Asia.
The market share is increasing and more production industries are acquiring 3D printing units. Subtractive manufacturing has been rendered less effective, but there are many industries that are reluctant to give up their old ways.
Here we take a look at how the automotive industry is using AR to enhance production, reduce the cost of design and prototyping, and maintain their position as early adopters of new technologies.
While manufacturers aspire to digitally transform their operations, many lack the data-centric foundation required to support this digital shift and face an uphill battle with legacy systems. Here's how to push past this constraint to realize digital dividends.
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