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    Routeco LIVE made a successful return!(01/06/2018)

    Routeco LIVE made a successful comeback with three one-day events that took place across the country. Read the highlights and catch up on what you might have missed as the DPA & Connectivity Editor takes you through the event!

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    All aspects of plastics design covered at PDM(01/06/2018)

    PDM, a true showcase of the UK’s dynamic plastics sector, is returning to its traditional home of Telford this June. The free-to-attend event which offers an all-encompassing exhibition and conference for plastics design, moulding, packaging and recycling will take place at the Telford International Centre on 19 and 20 June 2018.

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    norelem gets young engineers firing on all cylinders(01/06/2018)

    Despite 5.7 million people working in engineering enterprises, the proportion of young people working in this industry is decreasing year-on-year. Paul Mulvey, UK Sales Director at norelem, discusses how they are supporting young talent into the sector.

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    How automation can drive the UK’s electric vehicle industry(01/06/2018)

    It is largely assumed that the UK is close to missing out on opportunities presented by electric vehicle (EV) development. Take the area of lithium-ion batteries, for example. Supply is currently dominated by businesses based in Japan, South Korea and China; many of which have had a 20-year lead over the UK in establishing an effective battery manufacturing supply chain.

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    Tantalum: Real-life counterpart of Black Panther’s vibranium(01/06/2018)

    Comic book fans flocked to cinemas as Black Panther hit the screens. Underpinning the film’s plot was fictional metal vibranium, which powered the titular hero’s kingdom of Wakanda. Interestingly, this metal was, in part, inspired by tantalum. So, what of the Marvel Universe vibranium’s real-life counterpart?

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    What are we doing about plastic wrapped consumer goods?(01/06/2018)

    With the use of polypropylene films under attack, Sales and Marketing Director Tony McDonald of flow wrapping machinery manufacturer Ilapak is being asked this question more often. Here, he debates the ban of all plastics following Ilapak’s latest machine developments to successfully run new sustainable polymer-based films.

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    Maximising the effectiveness of BLDC motor commutation(01/06/2018)

    Brushless DC (BLDC) motors have seen strong uptake over the course of the last two decades, supplanting traditional brushed motors. They are capable of delivering major advantages over their brushed counterparts - including significantly higher operational efficiency levels and longer working lifespans (as they are not as prone to mechanical wear and tear).

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    Keep your old servos(01/06/2018)

    Servo motors are reliable workhorses that will typically operate virtually maintenance free on most applications for 10 to 15 years before they will eventually need to be replaced. In fact, it isn’t uncommon at all for quality servos to last longer and some operators are still running motors that are over 15 years old with no performance or maintenance issues at all.

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    Faster, smaller, more powerful – setting a new standard for servo drives(01/06/2018)

    More than ever before, machine and system manufacturers are being confronted with demands for increased productivity and availability. At the same time, pressure is constantly building to reduce the manufacturing costs for production machines.

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    The power of adaptive programming(01/06/2018)

    Andy Preston, UK Drives Product Manager, ABB Limited, focuses on adaptive programming: a little known feature of a variable speed drive but one that offers a “get out of jail free card” when installations don’t quite go to plan.

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    Digital twin – it’s not just a buzzword(01/06/2018)

    Small and large businesses are all facing the same issues - the need for innovation and the potential for market disruption. You really only have two choices when it comes to disruption; you’re either the one doing the disruption or you’re going to have to respond to a competitor disrupting your market.

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    The benefits of an intelligent prototyping strategy(01/06/2018)

    In an effort to meet growing demand for the rapid delivery of high-quality products and services that meet customers’ specific needs, manufacturers have been required to accelerate the development process and improve time to market. Key to this is the importance of validating a product’s design.

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    First air-worthy metal 3D printed RF filter ready for take-off(01/06/2018)

    Airbus Defence and Space achieves 50 percent weight reduction and faster production times using 3D Systems’ Direct Metal Printing.

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    Optimas sets the component supply standard for Tier 1 automotive assembly supplier(18/05/2018)

    Simplifying the fastener requirements of a multi-billion-dollar automotive assembly supplier demands a consistency of approach - a methodology that Optimas refers to as a global component standard.

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    Customised workstations and assembly lines for smart factories(18/05/2018)

    Managing Director of Minitec, Gary Livingstone recognises that the increasing demands of industry which requires competitive yet “made to measure” fit for purpose products can put strains on a manufacturing organisation which is not prepared to or able to adopt a flexible approach to providing customers with what they want.

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