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Associations, Services and Universities
BITE 2017 - Business, Innovation, Technology & Efficiency
Events : 21 March, 2017
A free one-day event, based in Sussex aimed atmaking business better with an exploration of entrepreneurial skills and alternative funding options. To register your interest or book a stand at the event, please visitwww.bite2017.com.(Editor's note: Check out the great white shark video within the event banner!!)
 
NPL launches Instruments Division
Test & Measurement : 06 November, 2016
The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has launched a new Instruments Division, aimed to bring its measurement instruments and expertise closer to industry.
 
METALL #2 ′takes innovation to market
Events : 10 October, 2016
Following the successful launch of the new Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Alliance (METALL) in July, the latest event, METALL #2, also received a very good response from local manufacturing, engineering and technology businesses.
 
Survey - Skills gap is stifling SME Manufacturing Growth
Engineering : 07 October, 2015
The growth plans of more than one in four of Britain’s small and medium sized manufacturers are being jeopardised by a shortage of skilled people, according to the annual Manufacturing Survey by MHA, the UK-wide group of accountancy and business advisory firms.
 
Process safety guidelines on current thinking and best practice
Association : 21 July, 2015
Major hazard industries are set to benefit from new process safety competencies and lead metric guidelines that represent current thinking and industry best practice. The guidelines are the inaugural works produced by the Institution of Chemical Engineers Safety Centre (ISC).
 
Don't write off CDs and DVDs just yet!
Events : 28 April, 2015
If you thought that digital downloads and internet streaming heralded the imminent demise of the CD and DVD, think again. Members of the Sussex Manufacturing Forum recently heard how Southwater-based Sony DADC continues to produce millions of discs every year – and looks set to continue well into the future thanks to continuing worldwide demand and consolidation of manufacturing capacity.
 
Sony DADC supports the future of manufacturing in Sussex
Events : 08 April, 2015
The popular Sussex Manufacturing Forum will be meeting on 16 April at the South Lodge Hotel in Horsham and promises to have something for everyone involved in the manufacturing and engineering industries throughout Sussex.
 
Taking the positives for manufacturing from UK Budget 2015
Engineering : 19 March, 2015
According to Chris Coopey, Head of the Manufacturing Group at MHA, the national association of independent accountants, George Osborne’s Budget speech resulted in a raft of announcements that are largely seen as positives for the manufacturing and engineering sector.
 
Application guide for Ground Fault Protective Devices for Equipment
Electrical Industry : 12 March, 2015
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published NEMA PB 2.2-2014 Application Guide for Ground Fault Protective Devices for Equipment.
 
Thin Film Transistors: pre-production prototyping programme
Association : 12 March, 2015
SmartKem, supplier of Tru-Flex semiconductors, has announced an three-year collaboration programme with the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), for the development of pre-production prototypes featuring semiconductor inks for the manufacture of ultra flexible thin film transistors (TFT). The three year agreement will explore the manufacture of unbreakable and foldable displays and electronics.
 
Re-shoring production to UK boosts competitive advantage
Events : 05 January, 2015
At the latest Sussex Manufacturing Forum, Vent-Axia, the Crawley-based, award-winning manufacturer of fan and ventilation systems how re-shoring production from China has created new jobs and boosted the competitive advantage of the market-leading company.
 
Fieldbus Foundation - HART merger to go ahead
Engineering : 21 September, 2014
The Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation is to merge to form a new body called FieldComm Group. This single trade and standards body for process automation communications and integration technologies will come into being on 1 January 2015 and be based in Austin, Texas. Until that time, the HART Communication Foundation and Fieldbus Foundation will continue to operate independently.
 
Manufacturing Report calls for "Demand-Led Education"
Association : 19 September, 2014
The manufacturing sector is calling on government to move towards ′demand-led education’ to help the sector bridge the current skills gap.
 
Recruitment hits three-year high
Engineering : 17 June, 2014
Recruitment confidence amongst London and SE manufactures hits a three-year high according to the latest (January-March) Barometer Survey by the Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS).
 
Call for participants in next MAS Barometer Survey
Engineering : 17 June, 2014
MAS are looking for SME manufacturers based in London and the SE who would like to take part in the next quarterly MAS Barometer Survey that takes just five minutes to complete.
 
Ultra-fast electrical circuits using light-generated tunneling currents
University : 23 April, 2014
Scientists in Singapore have successfully designed and fabricated electrical circuits that can operate at hundreds of terahertz frequencies, which is tens of thousands times faster than today’s state-of-the-art microprocessors. This scientific breakthrough has the potential to revolutionise high-speed electronics, nanoscale opto-electronics and non-linear optics.
 
Growing skills shortages in manufacturing hinder SME growth strategy plans
Engineering : 08 April, 2014
The latest annual SME Manufacturing Survey from MHA, the UK-wide group of accountancy and business advisory firms, paints a picture among manufacturers of growing optimism, supported by continuing investment in R&D and capital expenditure and an increase in recruitment, including a 13% rise in the numbers due to take on apprentices. That said, a shortage of recruits at every level, is harming future prospects and has been described by Chris Coopey, the Head of MHA’s Manufacturing Group as "a national scandal.’
 
National Curriculum failing to address Skills Gap
Events : 11 March, 2014
The Sussex Manufacturing Forum gave rise to animated debate between panel members from secondary schools, FE colleges and universities and Forum members over the decreasing number of suitable candidates entering the manufacturing and engineering professions.
 
Process sector gets together to grow the market
Association : 28 February, 2014
UK trade body GAMBICA is to host the eleventh edition of the Measurement and Control Information Exchange System (MACIES) event at the Siemens headquarters in Manchester on 21 March 2014. MACIES is an informal gathering which reviews market data and makes predictions for the next financial year.
 
Time is running out for manufacturers to claim £000s in tax relief
Law/Legal/Litigation : 05 February, 2014
Manufacturers are just one of many UK businesses which often have unclaimed capital allowances, according to Sussex-based chartered accountants and tax advisers, Carpenter Box. As a result, many business owners could be owed hundreds or even thousands of pounds by the tax man.
 
Institution to host showcase of 40 of the most promising green UK technologies
Association : 05 February, 2014
EcoConnect CIC’s Cleantech Innovate event gives UK investment-ready companies the opportunity to present their cutting-edge green technologies to a diverse audience including potential investors and corporate buyers.
 
Can the internet of things drive adoption of energy harvesters?
Energy : 27 January, 2014
The Internet of Things adds connectivity to things. It is a broad term referring to applications as diverse as internet connected vehicles to consumer electronics such as smart phones. However, the edge of the Internet of Things network will consist of simpler sensors and wireless devices that provide, among other things, the identification of objects, sensing, control and automation. Raghu Das, CEO of IDTechEx considers the role of energy harvesters.
 
Annual Manufacturing Survey to drive the sector forward
Engineering : 22 January, 2014
Request to complete survey by 24 January 2014 and receive an early copy of the report. The data captured from the survey will be anonymised and analysed by Philippa Oldham, Head of Manufacturing and Transport at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), with further commentary from Cranfield University – renowned for its manufacturing and engineering faculty. Every business involved will get their own early copy of the report.
 
Manufacturers and Engineers Condemn Skills Gap
Events : 19 December, 2013
Skills shortages topped the agenda at the second meeting of the Sussex Manufacturing Forum, with 16 manufacturing and engineering businesses airing concerns about recruitment being a barrier to growth. From apprentices to graduate engineers and at every level in between, the common theme was that there are not enough skilled candidates – with worries expressed over skills and attitude among the current cohort of applicants.
 
Take advantage of positive upturn for Manufacturing
Events : 29 November, 2013
Next meeting of Sussex Manufacturing Forum – 10 December 13, South Lodge Hotel,Horsham, West Sussex, England. This event is free to attend and representatives from Forum sponsors UKTI, HSBC Bank and Carpenter Box will be on hand to offer advice on everything from lean processes to exporting and R&D tax claims.
 
Engineering Institute set to build new hi-tech businesses
University : 24 October, 2013
An engineering institute set up by the University of Derby will be creating new hi-tech start-up businesses within five years, says its Director Professor Richard Hall. The Institute of Innovation in Sustainable Engineering (IISE) was set-up earlier this year (2013) at the former Victorian mill building of Lonsdale House on Quaker Way, north-west of Derby city centre. It is currently being refurbished and will eventually contain some of the most advanced engineering equipment and processes in the country.
 
Sussex Manufacturing Forum makes impressive debut
Events : 17 October, 2013
The first Forum event in September 2013, attended by a wide cross section of manufacturers and engineers, heard about the challenges of growing a business internationally from Geoff Edwards, Chief Operating Officer of Bowers & Wilkins Loudspeakers based in Worthing.
 
IET Incoming President - maiden speech (Webcast)
Events : 02 October, 2013
Incoming President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology Barry Brooks is making his maiden speech on British Innovation, Engineering and Invention via Webcast on Thursday, 3 October 2013 at 18.45 (GMT+1).
 
Institution of Chemical Engineers and American Institute of Chemical Engineers partner to address interconnected global challenge
Association : 23 September, 2013
Two of the world’s largest organisations of chemical engineers – IChemE and AIChE – are creating a joint working group to respond to the technology challenges presented where issues surrounding water, energy, and food supplies overlap.
 
Virtual World Congress (VMC) research benchmark pilot supported by chemical engineers
Trade Association : 18 September, 2013
The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) is supporting a pilot by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) which will help to benchmark the quality and impact of UK funded chemical engineering research compared to international competitors.
 
GAMBICA - Lifetime cost is more important than purchase cost
Electrical Industry : 23 July, 2013
Trade body GAMBICA is set to deliver two seminars at The Machine Building Show at the tail end of September. The seminars will be based on energy efficiency and electric motors.
 
Fatigue risk management: brain/eye combined monitoring could lead to fewer road accidents
Association : 14 July, 2013
Latest advances in capturing data on brain activity and eye movement are being combined to open up a host of ′mindreading’ possibilities for the future. These include the potential development of a system that can detect when drivers are in danger of falling asleep at the wheel. The research has been undertaken at the University of Leicester with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and in collaboration with the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina.
 
Carbon dioxide sensor market to be worth $145.6 million by 2020
Market Research Organisations : 19 April, 2013
The CO2 sensors market has been forecast to rise at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 32.5% through to 2016, driven by the increasing demand for location-specific CO2 sensors, and the increasing institutional usage of CO2 sensors. The market for advanced carbon dioxide sensors will expand from $10.3 million in 2012 to a towering $145.6 million.
 
GAMBICA tops British Standards table for contributing members
Engineering : 15 April, 2013
A report from the business standards orgaqnisation BSI has revealed that GAMBICA has more members contributing to BSI committees than any other trade association. The report, entitled Structuring Knowledge: Standards Development Briefing states that GAMBICA has representation on 100 technical committees and sub committees.
 
Video File: Wind energy conversion - a windmill without moving parts
Energy : 15 April, 2013
A pioneering wind energy converter can convert wind energy into electricity without the use of moving parts. This means there is far less wear and tear, maintenance costs are lower and there is no nuisance due to noise or shadows. This means that the turbine is ideally suited for installation offshore or in urban areas, for example on the roof of a high-rise building.
 
An Industrial Ethernet initiative for process automation
Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing : 15 April, 2013
ODVA has launched an "initiative for process automation’ in cooperation with major suppliers to the process industry, including Cisco Systems, Endress+Hauser, Rockwell Automation and Schneider Electric, to further accelerate the adoption of industrial Ethernet in process automation.
 
UK Minister for Universities and Science announces £85 million research capital fund
Government Research Programmes : 03 April, 2013
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is to invite capital bids against an £85 million fund to increase the strength and productivity of the research base within three technologies: * Advanced Materials (£30 million) * Grid-scale Energy Storage (£30 million) * Robotics & Autonomous Systems (£25 million)
 
Friction Products: Nisshinbo dominating with a 15% value share
Market Research Organisations : 23 March, 2013
The friction products market has been forecast to hit a value of US$18.78 billion by 2016, driven by an increase in demand from the automotive industry and the increase in demand for customised products.
 
Monitoring manufacturing processes to optimise productivity and energy consumption
Engineering : 23 March, 2013
Saving energy is becoming ever more important for manufacturing companies. One prerequisite is to capture machine energy consumption for each step in the production process. This can be achieved with a monitoring system developed by Fraunhofer FIT that, due to its service-oriented architecture and its ability to use heterogeneous sensors, can easily be integrated in existing facilities.
 
Lease implications of the withdrawal of the air-conditioning refrigerant gas R22
Law/Legal/Litigation : 22 March, 2013
With the use of refrigeration gas, R22, being banned from January 2015 with no exceptions, Brethertons LLP offers guidance on the lease implications of the withdrawal of the refrigerant.
 
UK's Government-sponsored Frontier Engineering projects aim to meet Global Challenges
Government Research Programmes : 18 March, 2013
New innovative engineering projects and an international partnership between the UK and US will bring leading engineers and scientists together to address some of the major engineering challenges facing the world.
 
Government and Industry Joint Strategy secures £2 billion investment for aerospace R&D
Aerospace : 18 March, 2013
This long term investment will be overseen by a new Aerospace Technology Institute - an industry-led body that will bring a national, single focus to research and facilities in the sector.
 
ZeroWIN research project aims for zero waste in industrial networks
: 25 February, 2013
′ZeroWIN’ (Towards Zero Waste in Industrial Networks) is a five-year project, funded by the EC under the 7th Framework Programme, with 31 academic and industrial partners across Europe and Asia. The project is concerned with regional collaboration of companies from traditionally separated sectors, which exchange by-products - energy, water and materials - in such a way that the waste from one industry becomes raw material for another.
 
2012 Contraction in Global Motion Control forecast to rebound for 2013
Market Research Organisations : 25 February, 2013
Sales of motion control products have decreased in 2012 in China as a result of overcapacity, and the global motion control market is forecast to decline by 1.9% compared to 2011, according to a study recently published by IMS Research
 
Webinar briefing launches HITEA 2 Competition, seeking highly innovative technology enablers In aerospace
: 13 February, 2013
The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £5 million in collaborative research and development that encourages innovative solutions to some of the higher-risk challenges facing the UK aerospace industry. This competition will continue to focus on the development of innovative or disruptive solutions in high-risk technology areas with high potential identified in the UK Aerospace Technology Strategy roadmaps.
 
Energy security tops agenda at London counter terrorism event
Events : 08 February, 2013
Energy sector security has taken on an entirely new dimension following the recent hostage crisis at the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria, say analysts who have long viewed the security of physical infrastructure supporting the sector as its principle Achilles Heel.
 
Increased demand for industrial automation to boost electric drives market in Eastern Europe, Russia and CIS
Market Research Organisations : 23 January, 2013
The demand for industrial automation, rising energy costs and improved understanding of the advantages of electric drives will encourage their uptake across Eastern Europe, Russia and CIS over 2012-2016, according to nerw research from Frost & Sullivan.
 
Frost & Sullivan: Increased demand for industrial automation will boost electric drives market in Eastern Europe, Russia and CIS
Market Research Organisations : 19 January, 2013
The demand for industrial automation, rising energy costs and improved understanding of the advantages of electric drives will encourage their uptake across Eastern Europe, Russia and CIS over 2012-2016.
 
EEF Survey: REACH regulations are 'Elephant in Room' for Industry as fears grow over awareness
Association : 14 January, 2013
Britain’s manufacturers are being urged to get to grips with the requirements of a European Directive on the restriction or banning of certain hazardous substances, or face the prospect of unlimited fines or even prison through a failure to comply.
 
Parametric excitation: measuring flow using a tiny wobbling tube
Test & Measurement : 03 January, 2013
One milligram per hour: fluid flow can be measured with great precision using a tiny ′wobbling’ tube with a diameter of only 40 micrometres. Thanks to a new technique, the sensor, which makes use of the ′Coriolis effect’, can be made even more compact, e.g. for medical applications.
 
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