Plant & Works Engineering
Survey reveals key role for robotics in tackling COVID-19 and future pandemics

One in three UK adults see a key role for the use of robotics in tackling the COVID-19 crisis and future pandemics, recent research has highlighted. The public poll, commissioned by the EPSRC UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems (UK-RAS) Network, which was released as part of the annual UK Robotics Week, which returned for its fifth year in June 2020.

Make UK comment on Chancellor's announcement

New ‘collaboration taskforce’ announced to aid economic recovery

University of Bradford’s mass production of innovative face shields for health service

Advanced IO-Link encoders streamline machine controls

SICK has released advanced variants of its AHS36 and AHM36 IO-Link absolute encoders that can harness valuable diagnostic insights for better machine control and availability. With versatile programming options, they make it easy to integrate data from encoders into localised and ‘edge computing’ configurations to improve the efficiency of automated plant.

Pumps and Valves: New normals, new challenges

While end users in the process industries began to digitise their plants decades ago with the introduction of “smart/intelligent,” digitally integrated process transmitters and final control devices, pumps and valves have often been last in the queue. Andy Pye, consultant editor for PWE, reports.

A head of steam

From the first industrial revolution to the fourth, inspirational change has been driven by a willingness to embrace the unconventional and cross traditional industry boundaries. A partnership between one of the UK’s oldest and best-known boiler manufacturers, Byworth Boilers with SICK’s industrial instrumentation division, has helped fine-tune its boiler house controls to save up to 7% on customer fuel bills.

COVID-19 – how business is adapting in the face of adversity

Alistair Binks, general manager of technical and life sciences translation specialists Albion Languages, explains to Plant & Works Engineering how the COVID-19 pandemic has driven businesses to focus inwards, looking with a critical eye at their more “fragile” business areas, or those markets which they may have relied upon too heavily so far.

Talking Industry

DFA Media, the publisher of Plant & Works Engineering and its sister magazines Drives & Controls, Smart Machines and Factories and Hydraulics & Pneumatics, is proud to announce Talking Industry, a new series of live digitally broadcast panel discussions with leading experts from the industrial, automation and manufacturing sectors.

NEW DATES - Plant & Asset Management Exhibition and co-located shows rescheduled

DFA Media, organiser of Plant & Asset Management Exhibition and co-located shows, has been actively monitoring and following advice regarding the Coronavirus outbreak (Covid-19) over the past weeks. It has been decided that the events will be postponed and rescheduled for 25th-27th January 2021, which will take place alongside MACH Exhibition. The co-location of events include:

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