Manufacturing Posts

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Origins and future of Industry 4.0

Published 24 April 2017

At the University of Missouri’s Center for Eldercare and Rehabilitation Technology, professors of engineering and nursing hook up sensors to perform clever feats in medicine.

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Problem with US economy

Trade, automation and US decline

Published 19 January 2017

Job losses in US manufacturing can’t simply be put down to China or IT

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Robots aren't taking over. Photo by JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images.

The robots aren’t taking over

Published 15 January 2017

The idea that IT is surpassing human beings sells us short

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James Watt

Scots manufacturing: time to revive Enlightenment traditions

Published 20 May 2016

Why it’s time for Scottish manufacturing to revive Enlghtenment traditions

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Manufacturing at Heart

Published 29 November 2015

This manufacturing.fm interview, entitled ‘Thinking about the future’ was produced as a Manufacturing at Heart podcast

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Circular economy

Circular business models won’t revive urban manufacturing

Published 17 November 2015

In design, one needn’t always accept the problem as given. So why are we talking business models anyway?

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New ideas that could give UK manufacturing a lift

Published 23 April 2015

Advocates often exaggerate the speed of development and the impact of new technologies. Yet by 2035, those that are now emerging will have matured – and in some of them the UK is already strong.

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Celebrate manufacturing

Seven reasons we should celebrate manufacturing

Published 9 June 2014

Commentators bemoaning the rise of ‘stuffocation’ miss the benefits manufacturing provides.

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Maker-Bot Replicator 2

3D printing: Gimmick, revolution or spooks’ nightmare?

Published 19 March 2013

Special report 3D printing, otherwise known as additive manufacturing, is a subject that pumps out enthusiasts faster than any real-life 3D printer can churn out products.

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Sharp Project

The Japanese in Britain: Sharp Corporation

Published 1 October 1984

What makes a multinational from Osaka set up in Manchester?

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Exiled to Malibu

Published 2 December 1980

A capitalism in which manufacturing turns out modest production runs with easily customised products? The possibilities were being exaggerated decades before 3D printing. Review of one of the most influential forecasters and forecasting books: Alvin Toffler, The third wave, Collins, 1980.

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