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How Industry 4.0 will reinvigorate UK manufacturing

I n manufacturing technology, there is a current trend in data exchange and automation which is called Industry 4.0 (pronounced four point zero). It is mainly composed of the internet of things, cognitive computing, cyber-physical systems, and cloud computing. Industry 4.0 is also being called the fourth industrial revolution. Industry 4.0 is about digitisation that brings the physical and virtual worlds closer together, ensuring that each learn from one another. Although Industry 4.0 has set out to transform the manner by which companies approach business, the UK is lagging behind in this and has a hurdle to climb to keep up with not only other European countries, but other international countries too.  

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Diesel engine – is it dying or not? Have your say!

N ow the question is, is there any way back for the diesel engine in the UK market? To get the right answer to this question we need to consider a lot of things, according to a European commissioner that said, ‘Diesel cars are finished’. Not everybody will accept his claim, but let’s review a few things and then consider if there is any future hope for the diesel engine in the UK market.

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FMEA & FEA – impact on Aerospace & Defence Manufacturing

Aerospace & defence manufacturing usually commands a lot of expertise, as both industries deal with production of systems with both complex designs and functionality. Therefore, their entire manufacturing processes are carried out with an extra level of precision, since any small defect will inevitably lead to the loss of multiple lives.

For instance, whenever aircraft are in the air, the lives of those in it are solely dependent on how well the systems of the aircraft were designed, developed and manufactured. Any minor errors that are made during the design, development or manufacture of any one of the thousands of components in the aircraft, will potentially lead to a significant number of fatalities. The same applies to any of the defence vehicles which are used by our military personnel, where the lives of the men and women in uniform using them, are dependent on how well these machines were designed, assembled and tested.

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Chassis Manufacturing Process

A vehicle frame forms the basis of an automobile which, known as the chassis, this frame supports the sub-assemblies and other components of the car. The chassis also provides stability to the car from the variety of forces and impacts that it has to sustain throughout its life. The construction of the frame is of a uni-body type in the case of passenger cars and most commercial vehicles, such as trucks, are produced with a body-on-frame construction.

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