In environments like loading and unloading areas, where safety is paramount, companies face a dual challenge of meeting operational demands while ensuring employee well-being. Despite regulatory pressure and evolving expectations, the persistence of manual processes raises critical questions about the sustainability of current safety measures in the face of increasing operational pressures and employee shortages. Wouter Satijn, Sales Director, Joloda Hydraroll, explains further.

Melina Diaz, Product Engineering Manager at Donaldson, outlines the steps required to comply with legislation designed to ensure workplaces are optimally placed to minimise the possibility of combustible dust creating an explosion risk.

Leeds Manufacturing Festival  has announced it will host the launch of a pioneering new digital platform this week, showcasing the very best employers offering engineering apprenticeships across the UK, as part of the festival’s campaign to address the skills and recruitment crisis facing manufacturing and engineering firms.

The engineering and infrastructure sector is developing at a rapid pace. There has been growth over the past decade, with the number of people working in engineering increasing from 5.4 million in 2010 to 5.7 million in 2021, with a peak of 6.3 million in 2019. PWE reports.

According to predictive maintenance provider, Senseye, large plants lose an average of 27 hours a month to machine failures. Digital, dynamic control of industrial cranes on the factory floor is a largely unknown, but pivotal, source of uptime. Andy Swann, business development manager for cranes & power transmission at CP Automation, explains why

As the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is to ‘inspire inclusion’, Towergate Health & Protection is reminding employers of the importance of providing female employees with equal, adequate, and appropriate support. Three of Towergate Health & Protection’s inspirational women have provided their thoughts regarding changes needed relating to health and wellbeing support in the workplace.

Schneider Electric UK has announced it has opened applications for its newly expanded 2024 apprenticeship programme. The company, a global leader in energy management and automation says it will see it’s cohort double in size for its 2024 apprenticeship programme, with opportunities spanning Levels 3 to 6 across a broad range of specialisms.

Make UK, one of the country’s leading business organisations, has announced it has partnered with Peoplesafe, a personal safety technology leader, to protect the manufacturing industry’s workers.

Pilz Automation Technology has announced it is continuing its series of free Machinery Safety webinars throughout 2024, with some new additions to the schedule.

The BCMPA says it  was delighted to host 24 of its members at the Contract Pack & Fulfilment (CP&F) zone at Packaging Innovations & Empack at the NEC as retailers, brand owners and entrepreneurs continued to seek the support of UK contract manufacturers, packers and eCommerce/fulfilment providers.

Most e-bikes are powered by Lithium Ion (Li-on) batteries, larger versions of the kind found in smartphones, tablets, and some laptops.

CEO of multi-disciplinary engineering firm adi Group Alan Lusty speaks ahead of National Engineers Week 2024, commenting on the dire need to engage and inspire young students into the profession.

The UK's premier packaging event looks set to be the most insight-packed, inspiring, and forward-thinking to date, with over 7,000 visitors expected across the two days.

To mark the 17th annual National Apprenticeship Week, HMG Paints says it is celebrating the variety of apprenticeship journeys currently taking place within the business.

The first Lifting Equipment Technician apprentice will be undertaking their End Point Assessment at the LEEA workshops in Huntingdon on 15th March 2024.

Every year, National Apprenticeship Week (NAW) celebrates the power of apprenticeships, highlighting the positive impact they make to individuals, businesses and the wider economy.

Oxford-based electrical/mechanical contractor and Royal Warrant holder Lowe & Oliver has announced it is officially launching its new apprentice training facility, the ’centre for excellence’, to mark the beginning of National Apprenticeship Week.

Wendy Tai, Director of Product Marketing for ServiceMax, looks at why there is a need for a Gen Z injection to meet digital-driven maintenance challenges and asks whether the industry is doing enough to embrace and train a younger generation of technicians?

To encourage more girls to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, global engineering technologies company, Renishaw, has hosted students from Denmark Road High School in Gloucester.

Bachy Soletanche has announced it recently switched from diesel to electric forklifts at its manufacturing site in Burscough, Lancashire, as part of a companywide plan to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030.

Dave Dyer, technical sales engineer at thermal fluid specialist Global Heat Transfer, explains how manufacturers can make changes around the facility to improve the productivity of their heat transfer system and better prepare for incidents that could lead to health and safety risks or costly downtime.

Wendy Tai, Director of Product Marketing for ServiceMax, looks at why there is a need for a Gen Z injection to meet digital-driven maintenance challenges and asks whether the industry is doing enough to embrace and train a younger generation of technicians?

LiftEx 2023, sponsored by CoreRFID, attracted the crowds to the Exhibition Centre located among the docks on the banks of the Mersey in Liverpool on 21-22nd November. Over 1000 visitors across two days came to see the lifting products and services from more than 80 global exhibitors. This included all the latest lifting products including hoists, mobile and overhead cranes, steel chains, wire rope, winches, shackles, web slings, rigging, spreader beams, height safety and load monitoring equipment, IT solutions and more. 

The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) presented the winners of the LEEA Awards 2023 with their trophies at the Awards Dinner on 21st November, held at the Rum Warehouse in Liverpool. The winners of the annual awards recognising excellence in the lifting industry are as follows:

Ovarro, a remote monitoring specialist across several sectors — including water, oil and gas, broadcast, transportation and power — has unveiled an ambitious new Graduate Programme. The initiative is aimed at fortifying Ovarro’s operations in the water management and leak detection industry and developing a dedicated sales division. Five graduate hires have joined the global company at its offices in Chesterfield, UK.

Lifting equipment specialist, Konecranes, has launched its RailQ 3D crane runway survey programme. The package has been designed to provide highly accurate measurement of crane runway alignment and is backed by comprehensive analysis of cloud-based data.

Martyn Williams, managing director of COPA-DATA UK, explains how industry can help to tackle the skills shortage in the sector, with just a little influencing required.

In the fast-evolving digital landscape, manufacturers face unique cybersecurity challenges, with IoT devices experiencing an average of 5,200 attacks per month. Add in ageing equipment, and the challenge to maintain operational resilience increases exponentially. Jeremy Whittingham, industry consultant and member of the Advanced Engineering* team highlights the vulnerabilities associated with outdated technology and provides manufacturers with insights on mitigating risks.

In 1998 Combilift originally made history with its world-first multidirectional C4000 3-wheel, all-wheel drive forklift. Last month, the company celebrated its 25th Anniversary at its headquarters in Monaghan, Ireland with the launch of its latest products. PWE reports

The plant in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, where Hyster Big Trucks are produced is celebrating its 70th year in 2023.

Hundreds of people potentially looking for a career within engineering and maintenance at Sellafield attended the department's first careers day.

Brooklands Innovation Academy brought together 400 students aged 12-14 for an action-packed day of hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths education. Led, in person, by Professor Brian Cox CBE OBE FRS, and a key partner in the national Science Summer School programme.

On 28th September, National Manufacturing Day, local youngsters enjoyed a factory visit with a Fort Dunlop-based manufacturer today as they considered careers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) sector.

Cramlington-based industrialised construction and digital manufacturing specialist, Merit, has announced it has welcomed 21 new engineering apprentices to the business as it continues its growth journey.

The BCMPA – the Association for Contract Manufacturing, Packing, Fulfilment and Logistics,  has announced it will be highlighting the many benefits of outsourcing at two major industry exhibitions later this month: London Packaging Week and – for the first time – eCommerce Expo, both being held at London’s ExCel.

SIX students gave up time in their summer holidays to take part in an engineering sustainability challenge which has inspired them to pursue future employment opportunities.

Having recently achieved the ISO 45001 certification for Air Products, Rachel Rawlings*, talks about why plant operators and engineers are central to the success of occupational health and safety initiatives.

A student “annoyed” at wasteful plastic hotel toothbrushes launched a business providing recyclable bamboo products as part of their MSc in Entrepreneurship at Aston Business School.

It has been announced that drone pilots have successfully completed two flight firsts on a UK nuclear site leading the way to increased safety of employees during decommissioning.

London Packaging Week organisers are warning potential visitors to this September's exhibition to move now and secure their tickets, with demand continuing to skyrocket.

In the article below Yale Lift Truck Technologies discusses how it has identified inflexibility as a key concern for fast-evolving intralogistics and warehouse operations.

A Coventry University Group’s apprenticeship course has been named as one of six green apprenticeships awarded the Coronation Emblem in celebration of the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) has announced the finalists for its 30th Awards for Excellence.

Ingram Micro Logistics has upgraded the materials handling systems at its Daventry warehouse facility with the introduction of electric-powered articulated Flexi StorMAX two-deep pallet picking and put-away technology from Narrow Aisle.

As leading forklift manufacturer Combilift continues to celebrate its 25 years in business, it has launched a new model truck at the recent Ligna show - the new Combi-CB70E. PWE takes a closer look at the new model.

Hart Industrial Doors has completed a contract to supply and install a Speedor Storm at the new Kidderminster facility for TVH UK, global parts and accessories suppliers.

The BCMPA – the Association for Contract Manufacturing, Packing, Fulfilment & Logistics has announced that Emma Verkaik will become its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), following the retirement of Rodney Steel on 1st June.

The skills shortages in engineering has been well documented. Led by the Institution of Engineering & Technology, a national campaign is now underway to try once again to address the shortfall of new entrants and embed engineering into the curriculum.

The week beginning 5th June 2023 is Manufacturing & Engineering Week (www.mandeweek.co.uk) with the centrepiece exhibitions Design & Engineering Expo, Smart Factory Expo, Maintec and the Drives & Controls zone taking place at Birmingham’s NEC on 7th and 8th June.

As well as dealing with increasing scrutiny regarding their impact on the environment, the nature of the Oil & Gas sector means that employee welfare is something that must be at the forefront of an organisations’ thoughts. Experts at FPE Seals have dived deep into the numerous ways employee welfare can be managed.

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