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Technological advances have already had a huge impact on manufacturing and will continue to do so. This page covers some of the current trends in technology that are affecting manufacture now and will do so in the future.
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This short video outlines the challenge for manufacturing industries of keeping up with technological change.
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I Live in the Future and Here's How It Works by Are we driving off a digital cliff and heading for disaster, unable to focus, maintain concentration, or form the human bonds that make life worth living? Are media and business doomed and about to be replaced by amateur hour? The world, as Nick Bilton--with tongue-in-cheek--shows, has been going to hell for a long, long time, and what we are experiencing is the twenty-first-century version of the fear that always takes hold as new technology replaces the old. In fact, as Bilton shows, the digital era we are part of is, in all its creative and disruptive forms, the foundation for exciting and engaging experiences not only for business but society as well. Both visionary and practical, I Live in the Future & Here's How It Works captures the zeitgeist of an emerging age, providing the understanding of how a radically changed media world is influencing human behavior: nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;With a walk on the wild side--through the porn industry--we see how this business model is leading the way, adapting product to consumer needs and preferences and beating piracy. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;By understanding how the Internet is creating a new type of consumer, the "consumnivore," living in a world where immediacy trumps quality and quantity, we see who is dictating the type of content being created. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;Through exploring the way our brains are adapting, we gain a new understanding of the positive effect of new media narratives on thinking and action. One fascinating study, for example, shows that surgeons who play video games are more skillful than their nonplaying counterparts. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;Why social networks, the openness of the Internet, and handy new gadgets are not just vehicles for telling the world what you had for breakfast but are becoming the foundation for "anchoring communities" that tame information overload and help determine what news and information to trust and consume and what to ignore. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;Why the map of tomorrow is centered on "Me," and why that simple fact means a totally new approach to the way media companies shape content. nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;*nbsp;Why people pay for experiences, not content; and why great storytelling and extended relationships will prevail and enable businesses to engage with customers in new ways that go beyond merely selling information, instead creating unique and meaningful experiences. nbsp; I Live in the Future & Here's How It Works walks its own talk by creating a unique reader experience: Semacodes embedded in both print and eBook versions will take readers directly to Bilton's website (www.NickBilton.com), where they can access videos of the author further developing his point of view and also delve into the research that was key to shaping the central ideas of the book. The website will also offer links to related content and the ability to comment on a chapter, allowing the reader to join the conversation.
Technology and Innovation Centres
This video introduces the UK's Catapult centres. "Catapults are centres of technology and innovation where the best engineers, researchers and businesses work side by side to help accelerate the journey of new products and services to the market. There are seven Catapults which focus on high value manufacturing, offshore renewable energy, cell therapy, connected digital economy, transport systems, future cities and satellite applications." Source: Youtube
Find out more about the Catapult centres and the Catapult Programme.
This video looks at The Advanced Manufacturing Research Park outside Sheffield. This is one of the centres of excellence helping to take innovation out of the laboratory and into the market place.
Technology in new product development
This video looks at the role of technology in new product development at Caterpillar UK.
The video specifically looks at the development of the next generation of high-powered diesel engines.
Big data and knowledge based automation "will be important in the on-going automation of many tasks that formerly required people. In addition, the volume and detail of information captured by businesses and the rise of multimedia, social media and the internet of things will fuel future increases in data, allowing firms to understand customer preferences and personalise products." (Source of information: The Future of Manufacturing)
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Big Data at Work by
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In clear, conversational language, Davenport explains what big data means-and why everyone in business needs to know about it. Big Data at Work covers all the bases: what big data means from a technical, consumer, and management perspective; what its opportunities and costs are; where it can have real business impact; and which aspects of this hot topic have been oversold.This book will help you understand: - Why big data is important to you and your organization - What technology you need to manage it - How big data could change your job, your company, and your industry - How to hire, rent, or develop the kinds of people who make big data work - The key success factors in implementing any big data project - How big data is leading to a new approach to managing analytics. With dozens of company examples, including UPS, GE, Amazon, United Healthcare, Citigroup, and many others, this book will help you seize all opportunities-from improving decisions, products, and services to strengthening customer relationships. It will show you how to put big data to work in your own organization so that you too can harness the power of this ever-evolving new resource.
3D printing "is expected to have a profound impact on the way manufacturers make almost any product. It will become an essential 'tool' allowing designs to be optimised to reduce waste; products to be made as light as possible; inventories of spare parts to be reduced; greater flexibility in the location of manuturing; products to be personalised to consumers; consumers to make some of their own products; and products to be made ith new graded composition and bespoke properties." - Source of information - The future of manufacturing)
This video introduces plans to build a dedicated 3D Printing Centre that will be located next to the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Coventry.
This video gives a useful introduction to 3D printing and discusses some of the implications that 3D printing will have on businesses manufacturing in the UK.
Please bear in mind that any predictions are the presenter's personal opinions.
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Make - 3D Printing by
The 3D printing revolution is well upon us, with new machines appearing at an amazing rate. With the abundance of information and options out there, how are makers to choose the 3D printer that's right for them? MAKE is here to help, with our Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing. With articles about techniques, freely available CAD packages, and comparisons of printers that are on the market, this book makes it easy to understand this complex and constantly-shifting topic.Based on articles and projects from MAKE's print and online publications, this book arms you with everything you need to know to understand the exciting but sometimes confusing world of 3D Printing.
Advances in advanced and autonomous robotics "are likely to make many routine manufaturing operations obselete, including healthcare and surgery, food preparation and cleaning activities. Autonomous and near-autonomous vehicles will boost the development of computer vision, sensors including radars and GPS, and remote control algorithms. 3D measurement and vision will be able to adapt to conditions, and track human gestures" (Source of information - The future of manufacturing)
This 2014 Financial Times report looks at Rethink Robotics' latest creation, Baxter. The company believes the robot will redefine how robotics are used in manufacturing. It can be trained to perform more delicate operations. FT's Sarah Mishkin finds out how the makers envisage it being used in the workplace.
The development of the internet has provided a wide range of opportunities for businesses.
Here is an example:
From computer chips to chillies
Jason Nickels and Steve Waters decided to give up their well paid jobs in IT to become chilli farmers. They are able to sell their products across the UK, thanks to their online sales.
Internet of Things
"There is potential for major impacts in terms of business optimisation, resource management, energy minimisation, and remote healthcare. In factory and process environments, virtually everything is expected to be connected via central networks. Increasingly, new products will have embedded sensors and become autonomous" (Source of information - The future of manufacturing)
Find out about the Internet of Things and how it is likely to impact our lives in the future.
Computerised manufacturing execution systems (MES) will work increasingly in real time to enable the control of multiple elements of the production process. Opportunities will be created for enhanced productivity, supply chain management, resource and material planning and customer relationship managment. (Source of information: The future of manufacturing)