Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring

Professor Duncan McFarlane Is it possible for SME manufacturers to tap into the benefits of digitalisation without the costs and risks inherent in large-scale integrated solutions? In a radical new project, research teams at the universities of Cambridge and Nottingham are collaborating with SME manufacturers to identify and develop a range of viable low-cost digital … Read more

Digital Twinning : Predictive Foresight, Creative Hindsight

With the UK economy struggling to keep up with rapid technological advances, I ask myself where do we, as a Nation, find the dynamic systems and people capable of contributing to continuous business improvement processes and predicting the future, without adversely affecting business culture and ongoing commitments? Irrespective of the industry or sector we operate … Read more

Unlock Your Digital Advantage – Key messages from Martin Welsh and Aimee Doole of Booth Welsh

These days, digitalisation is the word on everyone’s lips. The questions of “where to start?”, “where to invest?”,”where are the business benefits for me?” and “what should my strategy look like?” are common questions that everyone is asking just now. The old adage, ‘Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast’, originated by Peter Drucker who believes that … Read more

SMAS 2018 Manufacturing Conference: Key Takeaways from SP Technology

Claire MacLean, Marketing Executive at SP Technology joined Director, Roy Henderson, at the recent Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service (SMAS) conference in Cumbernauld. SP Technology demonstrated some of their robotic and automation equipment at the show, alongside their long-standing partner Beckhoff and their Sales Manager, Alan Smith. The stand certainly attracted a lot of positive attention … Read more

The Next Industrial Revolution Must be Led by Scotland

Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens and author of the UK Government’s Made Smarter Review argues that the next industrial revolution must be led by Scotland. Everyone knows that Scotland has a rich industrial history and everyone knows, too, the difficult times that Scottish industry faced in the final decades of the 20thcentury. But making, creating … Read more

The Future will Look Nothing Like the Past

Booth Welsh is a technology company, with a strong capability in EC&I and a bias towards process control and automation. Over the past two years, we have  embraced Industry 4.0 (or digitalisation) and recognise the value it can bring to manufacturing. As efficiencies gained through traditional process automation and other cost reduction methods slows, digitalisation … Read more

Back to the Future with a Bantam

Professor Rab Scott, Head of Digital at the AMRC, uses the example of an old Colchester Bantam lathe to show how easily – and cheaply – companies can digitally enable these workhorses of the past to upgrade their legacy manufacturing processes. A 1956 Colchester Bantam Lathe may not be the most likely piece of kit … Read more

Good Measurement and Data Confidence: Vital to Made Smarter Review

Janine De Fence, Strategic Development Manager at NPL Scotland, looks at the significance of measurement and data confidence for manufacturing businesses to realise the value from industry 4.0. The government’s Made Smarter Review published in October 2017, sets out an ambitious plan for UK manufacturing, seeking to create a world-leading innovation ecosystem to accelerate industrial digitalisation across … Read more

Making Smarter in Scotland: Manufacturing a Circular Economy

Colin Kennedy, Sector Manager for Manufacturing at Zero Waste Scotland explores the opportunities for manufacturing businesses on the path to a circular economy. Scotland is at the cutting edge of developing a more circular economy – designing products and services to keep materials in use for as long as possible – and harnessing the innovation … Read more

Manufacturing Trends that Shouldn’t Be Ignored

Manufacturers must keep current with the changes in their industry if they want their businesses not just to survive but to thrive. In our latest blog, Zeynel Badak, Sales Director at E-Max Systems discusses the manufacturing trends that shouldn’t be ignored. As a company that has worked almost exclusively with manufacturing organisations over the last 20 years, we … Read more