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Digital skills helped UK manufacturers to survive Covid

02 November, 2020

When the Coronavirus pandemic struck, British manufacturers adopted digital technologies rapidly, with nearly half switching to digital working practices within two weeks of lockdown, according to new research published by the manufacturers’ organisation Make UK, and Sage. Within a fortnight, 94% of the 208 companies surveyed said they had staff working from home in industries often associated with manual tasks and a high proportion of production-based work.

Trio enters servodrive market with ‘lowest-cost’ 64-axis system

30 October, 2020

The UK-based motion control specialist, Trio Motion Technology, has entered the servodrive market for the first time with a drive and motor package that, it says, will make it faster and easier for OEMs to apply its high-performance Motion Coordinator motion controls. It adds that combined with its free Motion Perfect 5 software, it now offers the lowest cost-per-axis motion control for 64 axes.

Variohm adds US magnetic encoder specialist to its group

26 October, 2020

UK-based Variohm Holdings has acquired the US magnetic sensor and encoder manufacturer, Phoenix America, for an undisclosed sum. The deal will give Phoenix a marketing platform in Europe, while Variohm’s five existing European-based group members – Variohm EuroSensor, Herga Technology, Ixthus Instrumentation, Heason Technology and Positek – will gain an American sales and support channel for their sensor, measurement and motion control products.

Control Techniques rebrand aims to end confusion

23 October, 2020

The Welsh drives-maker Control Techniques has launched a new identity aimed at clearing “confusion” in the marketplace about the company. CT, which is owned by the Japanese group, Nidec, has also launched several new products including: its largest-ever drive; a dedicated pump drive; a series of I/O modules that allows drives to manage applications without needing a PLC or Scada system; and a new version of CT’s Motion Made Easy servo control suite.

5G in manufacturing project goes live in Bristol

22 October, 2020

The first phase of a pioneering project to assess the potential benefits of 5G wireless communications for UK manufacturers, has gone live with the switching on of a private industrial 4G network at the National Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol. The installation – part of the Government-backed 5G-Encode project – will establish a baseline using existing 4G technologies before a second phase, using 5G, goes live next year. The performance of the two technologies will then be compared.

Talking Industry tackles automation in post-Covid era

05 October, 2020

DFA Media, the publisher of Drives & Controls and its sister magazines Smart Machines and Factories and Plant & Works Engineering, has announced the second in its Talking Industry series of live, digitally broadcast panel discussions with leading experts from the industrial, automation and manufacturing sectors.

UK manufacturing output rises for fourth month in a row

01 October, 2020

The UK manufacturing sector continued its recovery from the Coronavirus-induced downturn during September. Output and new orders increased as new work intakes improved from both domestic and overseas markets, according to the latest seasonally adjusted IHS Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI).

Mach exhibition is postponed from January 2021 to 2022

29 September, 2020

Mach, the UK’s largest manufacturing trade event, which had been due to take place at the NEC Birmingham in January 2021, has been rescheduled to April 2022. The Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), which owns and runs the Mach exhibition on behalf of the industry, asked companies that had booked to exhibit in January whether they wanted to go ahead with the show, or postpone it to 2022. 

UK robot sales fell by 16% in 2019, but its base grew by 5%

25 September, 2020

Sales of industrial robots in the UK fell by 16% last year compared to 2018, with around 2,000 machines being shipped. The total number of robots in use in the country grew by 5% to 21,700. These figures come from the World Robotics 2020 Industrial Robots report just published by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR).

UK industry cuts spending with no sign of V-shaped recovery

21 September, 2020

Britain’s manufacturers have slashed investment in a battle to stay afloat, despite improvements in output and orders, according to a survey by the manufacturers’ organisation, Make UK, and business advisory firm BDO.

£300m programme aims to transform UK manufacturing

14 September, 2020

The UK Government is investing £147m in the Manufacturing Made Smarter programme over the coming five years with the aim of boosting productivity by 30%, accelerating the move to net-zero emissions, creating thousands of skilled jobs, and reshaping the future of manufacturing. The government is hoping that a similar investment by industry will achieve a total expenditure of around £300m.

Government injects £65m into robots, batteries and health

11 September, 2020

The UK government has announced a £65m cash boost for three key technologies that could transform people’s lives – robots, high-tech batteries and advanced healthcare treatments. The funding will come from its Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, managed by UK Research & Innovation (UKRI).

Despite 19% US spurt, EU still takes 46% of UK's goods exports

10 September, 2020

The US was the biggest single export market for UK manufacturers in 2019 – with sales expanding by 19% to reach £54.4bn – but almost half of the UK’s exports (46%) went to Europe, with the top six EU markets accounting for around a third of total exports, worth £169bn. The figures come from UK Manufacturing Facts, 2020/21, just published by the manufacturers’ organisation Make UK and Santander UK.

UK manufacturers call for job support to be extended

07 September, 2020

Britain’s manufacturers are calling on the Government to extend its Job Retention Scheme (JRS) or risk losing key skills that will leave the UK in the slow lane behind its major competitors as industries recover from the pandemic.

CP Automation acquires Magnetek’s UK elevator business

03 September, 2020

Scunthorpe-based CP Automation has acquired Bedford-based Magnetek Elevator UK, which supplies AC and DC drives for geared and gearless lift applications. CP says that the deal will establish it as a leading supplier of drives to the vertical transportation industry. 

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