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Editor's Blog and Industry Comments
Being smart about smart meters
06 November, 2016
Although they're usually found in our homes, smart meters are also becoming commonplace in both commercial and industrial applications. It’s understandable as to why – indicating not only how much energy is being used, but also how much is being wasted at the expense of a business. Steve Hughes, managing director of power quality specialist REO UK, believes that smart meters are a smart investment for businesses and how they help to overcome power quality challenges.
Whistle blowing strengthens public trust in chemical engineering
19 January, 2016
A recent amendment to the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Code of Conduct has made whistle blowing a mandatory duty of chemical engineers that belong to IChemE. This has been implemented to strengthen public trust in the profession, and provide support to engineers who come across illegal practices.
Protecting your production line from malware and hackers
19 January, 2016
Back in June 2010, malware computer programme Stuxnet hit the headlines as the first computer worm to target modern supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and programmable logic controller (PLC) systems. Industrial control system (ICS) users became aware of how software hackers and malware could affect operation. Back then, you'd be forgiven for thinking that as a regular ICS or SCADA user, you had nothing to worry about. Five years on, everything has changed.
Don’t let harmonics get you down
05 January, 2016
To help engineers and facilities managers that might be considering commissioning or replacing harmonic filters in the new year, supply and repair specialist CP Automation has published an article on what to keep in mind before making a purchasing decision.
Wireless standard harmonisation creates a problem where none previously existed
23 August, 2015
As more and more wireless devices come to the market, concerns have emerged within the standards body responsible for managing the radio spectrum allocation and wireless device conformance that more guidance is needed to help ensure spectrum sharing, argues Tony Ingham of Sensor Technology.
Challenging times ahead for the food industry (01 January, 2015)
Parliamentary report: UK missing out on remanufacturing "Triple Win" (01 January, 2015)
Storms whip up safety concerns - the role of EN61010 (21 September, 2014)
Outsourcing of testing for electronic manufacturing service providers gains momentum among OEMs (21 September, 2014)
Emerging regions prove increasingly profitable for industrial valves and actuators market (08 September, 2014)
Definitive guide to product liability issues for non-US manufacturers (08 September, 2014)
£1 billion Advanced Propulsion Centre announces Hub location at Warwick (11 August, 2014)
Lasting safety lessons as Flixborough remembered (22 July, 2014)
Industrial wireless blackout looms, GAMBICA warns (15 July, 2014)
UK power outages doubled last year, according to report (21 May, 2014)
Smart meter in-home displays could save Great Britain £6 billion, report claims (08 May, 2014)
Cost of poor hydrocarbon process safety tops US$34 billion (15 April, 2014)
Economic Intelligence Unit: networked manufacturing unlikely to decimate employment (15 April, 2014)
More than half of Brits "would not use driverless cars" (15 March, 2014)
SPS-Drives - automation for the people and a Gateway to Asia (15 March, 2014)
UK announces £3.6 million for UK manufacturing research on using light in new ways (10 January, 2014)
Enterprise Dark Data is a Hidden Asset (19 November, 2013)
Research reveals outsourcing R&D abroad boosts innovation (25 October, 2013)
CBI/BDO: Lack of finance to support exports "shackles international ambitions" (24 October, 2013)
Report examines the impact of Government initiative on UK innovation (10 October, 2013)
Poor internal systems may be costing UK manufacturers millions of pounds (10 October, 2013)
Calling all engineering students! Go for the Valeo Innovation Challenge 2014 (30 November, 1999)
UK Government needs to pull the micro levers to sustain manufacturing recovery (18 September, 2013)
Natural mechanical gears seen for first time (12 September, 2013)
Water challenges make UK desalination plants more likely (12 September, 2013)
BYOD trend prompts mobile automation website launch (23 August, 2013)
CHP shakes off Cinderella syndrome (13 August, 2013)
Industry 4.0: catalyst for trade with Asia? (13 August, 2013)
UK Government responds to innovation strategy criticism (23 July, 2013)
Fixing failed electrical work may account for a quarter of electriciansí work (23 July, 2013)
Transfer of knowledge key to process safety performance (07 May, 2013)
Supply chain expert: Japanese carmakers must put quality and safety first (15 April, 2013)
Fire aftermath - Ellis calls for plastics ban for cable supports (11 April, 2013)
Why Not Make the Green Deal Work for You? (11 April, 2013)
CBI monthly industrial trends survey: UK industrial output to pick up sharply in next three months (26 March, 2013)
Mapping health and wellness of employees in Manufacturing (18 March, 2013)
CBI economic forecast: UK organic growth beginning to return? (13 February, 2013)
European Pricing Forum: pricing strategy vital in voltatile markets (14 January, 2013)
Record year for vehicle components manufacture, but beware misplaced optimism (14 January, 2013)
A proposal for a Government-backed Electrotechnical Sector strategy (16 November, 2012)
CBI Survey: UK manufacturing inudstry orders fall (27 October, 2012)
Study: Employees more productive on days they exercise (27 October, 2012)
Clean energy - Co-operatives UK urges government to help communities take control (20 October, 2012)
Why failure can be the best thing to happen (18 October, 2012)
£3 million Greenius (Green Genius)Award competition opens (30 September, 2012)
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