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Production among UK manufacturers grew at the fastest pace since January 1995 in the three months to July, according to the latest quarterly CBI Industrial Trends Survey.

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As pharmaceutical manufacturers look to boost productivity and minimise downtime, frequently now with the goal of moving from batch production to continuous operation, Neal Welch, life science sales manager, Automation Systems Division at Mitsubishi Electric, highlights the importance of smart condition monitoring technologies.

If there’s one thing that continues to hamper the UK manufacturing sector, it’s the ongoing struggle for greater productivity. As many factories are turning to capital equipment and modern machinery in an effort to speed up production lines and improve worker output, drive technology is becoming critical to enabling better plant automation, ensuring maximum productivity, and reliability throughout the entire production cycle. Marcus Schneck, CEO at norelem UK, looks at the importance of standard components in drive technology.

Large pumps have generally been designed to perform for decades, making them a valuable asset that requires periodic maintenance. When the performance of an older pump begins to deteriorate, it may be a sign that the impeller is worn or the volute has become corroded, and by the time this happens, finding new parts can be a considerable challenge. Fortunately, modern design techniques and manufacturing processes can create a vast range of components using reverse engineering. Jesse Jackson, customer services manager at Sulzer's Mobile Service Center in Alabama, looks at what can be done to resurrect an ageing pump asset.

Next year’s CeMAT – the world’s leading intralogistics fair – will have a completely new look, being co-located for the first time with Hannover Messe. The traditional time of year will also change: Instead of a biennial appearance in May or June, the logistics industry will be showcased from 23 to 27 April in pavilions 32 to 35 as well as in adjacent halls at the Hannover Exhibition Grounds. PWE reports.

Whether it’s smart watches or fitness trackers, e-textiles or connected eyewear, wearables have entered the mainstream and taken consumer markets by storm. Such devices come with a host of practical functions, interweaving cutting-edge technology into our daily lives. Cleo Cabuz, vice president of engineering, Honeywell Industrial Safety, looks at the key to a safer and more productive workplace.

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Editor's Comment 

With the summer season upon us, the election is almost a distant memory. However the result will undoubtedly reverberate for some time to come. Without exception, of those manufacturers I’ve spoken to recently all have highlighted their concern at the increasing lack of clarity since the election result.

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