Blogs

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      EPDT’s May 2018 issue is now available (01/05/2018)

      This month’s issue contains features on Power technologies and Rail applications, as well as EPDT’s annual PXI for T&M supplement. Our cover story looks at how to use RFID and IoT technology to optimise real time rail maintenance.

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      Editorial: The UK state of engineering in 2018… (04/04/2018)

      EngineeringUK recently released its annual State of Engineering report, now in its 20th year, which provides a comprehensive analysis of UK engineering’s economic contribution and the composition of its workforce – as well as the extent to which the supply through the education and training pipeline is likely to meet future needs and demand for engineering skills. Let’s take a closer look at the key findings of this year’s report...

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      EPDT’s April 2018 issue is now available (03/04/2018)

      Our latest issue is online and in print! It contains features on lighting technologies and automotive applications, as well EPDT’s first IoT & Industry 4.0 supplement. Dovetailing two of the three areas, our cover focus draws on the importance of connected, smart lights.

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      Editorial: The 2018 outlook for #UKMFG… (09/03/2018)

      While working on our March 2018 issue, EEF’s 7th edition of its annual Executive Survey was published. Each year, EEF, the manufacturer’s organisation, surveys leading UK manufacturing executives about the growth opportunities and challenges they see for the year ahead…

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      STEM Matters: Revisiting the gap... (05/03/2018)

      The STEM skills gap has been a perennial problem for the UK engineering and manufacturing industries – but it feels as if a crunch point might be coming. In the past decade, the narrative around the value of the industry to the UK’s economy (and of STEM education in supporting their contribution) has been gradually – and positively – shifting...

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      EPDT's March 2018 issue now available (05/03/2018)

      Our latest issue covers display technologies and consumer electronics applications, as well as our most recent Outsourcing supplement. Our cover feature looks at real-time sensing and the development of smart homes.

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      STEM Matters: Coopertition, gracious professionalism – and LEGO robots!... (06/02/2018)

      I believe engineers are the (unsung) heroes who will create and develop the technologies to solve the grand challenges facing society and improve everyday life. FIRST, an international not-for-profit youth organisation and STEM engagement programme, believes this too...

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      Editorial: Industrial strategy & digitalisation made smarter… (05/02/2018)

      At the time of putting together our February 2018 issue, Theresa May was prepping her big Cabinet reshuffle – which turned out not to be so big, after all. I also attended a briefing by Steve Brambley, Chief Executive-elect of GAMBICA. Steve was talking about GAMBICA’s viewpoint on the Government’s recently published Industrial Strategy white paper...

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      EPDT's February 2018 issue is now available (05/02/2018)

      Our latest issue covers wireless and medical areas, with a cover feature on how the technological demand from hospitals, practitioners and patients is driving miniaturised medtech.

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      STEM Matters: We don’t know what it is, but we think it’s important... (03/01/2018)

      I sometimes feel like engineering is locked in a game of ‘good news, bad news’. Hot on the heels of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, while writing this month’s columns, I visited the Science Museum and heard about 2018 being the Year of Engineering...

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      STEM Matters: Could apprenticeships be the answer...? (05/12/2017)

      As covered in my editorial leader, Engineering UK’s annual State of Engineering report was released as we put this month’s issue together. This key report for our industry, now in its 20th year, provides a comprehensive analysis of UK engineering’s economic contribution and the composition of its workforce – as well as the extent to which the supply through the educat

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      Editorial: Looking back – and looking forward… (05/12/2017)

      This year has been an eventful one for EPDT – as well as for the UK’s electronics industry, UK manufacturing and the wider world. Assistant Editor, Sam Holland, and I have overseen some hopefully welcome developments to EPDT. And Brexit has continued to dominate the news and influence the dialogue for the electronics and manufacturing industries. Let’s take a quick look back at 2017 together – before we look forward to the year ahead...

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      STEM Matters: Mind the gap... (04/12/2017)

      According to EngineeringUK’s 2017 State of Engineering report, industry will need 265,000 skilled recruits every year through to 2024 – including 186,000 engineers – to meet both replacement and growth demand.

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      STEM Matters: New insights to STEM the loss of prospective engineers (06/11/2017)

      This piece was inspired by a tweet that I saw from the Royal Academy of Engineering about an exciting venture it launched this month, developed in collaboration with the Institute of Physics and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation (established by David Sainsbury), and in association with educational data dashboard experts, SchoolDash.

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      Editorial: State of the union for #UKMFG (03/11/2017)

      Last month, EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, published the latest version of its annual UK manufacturing fact card. Striving to be the voice of British manufacturing and engineering (in the UK and Europe), EEF campaigns and lobbies extensively on behalf of UK manufacturing, and offers business support and training to its membership and the wider industrial community.

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      EPDT's November issue now available (01/11/2017)

      This month's issue contains stories on electromechanical technologies and medical applications, especially wearable patient care technology, as well as our regular Electronics Outsourcing supplement.

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      EPDT’s October issue now available (25/09/2017)

      EPDT’s October issue is now available, with a strong focus on communications technologies and automotive applications – our cover story discusses the security implications of connected cars.

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      STEM Matters: from little acorns... (13/09/2017)

      Mighty oaks from little acorns grow. I’m often reminded of this proverb when I think about STEM education and inspiring the next generation of engineers and scientists...

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      EPDT's September issue now available (29/08/2017)

      EPDT’s September issue is now available, featuring the embedded topics of machine vision and graphical user interfaces; as well as lighting pieces on the powering and protecting of LEDs and UVC LED disinfection.

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      Editorial: Congrats to Cardiff Racing: first-ever UK winners of Formula Student (18/08/2017)

      Formula Student (FS) is a student engineering competition held annually in the UK – and Europe’s most established educational motorsport competition. Run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and based on the original Formula SAE event, it challenges university student teams from around the world to design, prototype, build, test and race a small-scale, single seat formula-style racing car for autocross or sprint racing.