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      Modern manufacturing demands drive growing reliance on factory software tools (29/01/2018)

      OEMs and contract assemblers are constantly pursuing a technological edge over their competitors, investing in better, more modern machines, to win new business and grow their market share.

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      Defence industry poses new challenges for supply chain (26/01/2018)

      Although defence budgets are under constant review, on both sides of the pond, there is talk that an increase in spending may be vital for our security. In the US, President Trump has proposed an extra $54 billion above previously announced plans.

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      AI and IoT – looking to the future of the smart factory (19/01/2018)

      The combination of the IoT with rapidly-advancing artificial intelligence (AI) technologies will allow manufacturers to make the most of big data. And indeed, the era of the smart factory is already upon us.

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      The benefits of cloud computing in the manufacturing industry (16/01/2018)

      The domestic canary isn’t what many of us would consider an obvious tool for industrial labour. Today, connectivity advancements and cloud computing are making industrial environment monitoring much more sophisticated than the former. As we enter the era of the smart factory, COPA-DATA discusses the benefits of cloud computing for the manufacturing industry.

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      Waste not, want not… (14/11/2017)

      Electronics are everywhere: in our homes, our workplaces, our cars and on our person – they have become pervasive throughout our everyday lives. But while electronics manufacturers typically focus on sourcing, they tend to neglect the end stages of the production lifecycle: repair, refurbishment and recycling.

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      Supporting new product development (06/11/2017)

      SMS hosted a 2017 event celebrating the opening of their dedicated, in-house Product Development Centre. This interview with SMS explains why SMS decided to make such a substantial investment in technology to support the front-end of the product lifecycle – from concept to creation.

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      5 key documents to include in your electromechanical build pack (03/11/2017)

      To accurately produce a quotation for, then manufacture, an electromechanical assembly, your CEM will need many key documents from you. Whilst you may be tempted to send your latest build pack immediately, this piece explains why it’s worth reviewing it in detail first.

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      Viewpoint: ‘Interesting times’ ahead for UK manufacturing (25/10/2017)

      Despite its well-documented, long-term decline – largely brought about by off-shoring to low labour cost countries (LLCCs) – reports of UK manufacturing’s demise have often been greatly exaggerated. Certainly today, in common with other mature developed industrial economies, manufacturing represents a smaller proportion of the economy than it once did, both in terms of GVA (gross value added) and employment.

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      Three times you need the right 9V battery (20/10/2017)

      We know batteries are important, but we continue to buy cheap, subpar batteries that run out too quickly and simply cannot handle the heat. This piece explores the demands that three essential applications place on the humble 9V battery.