Corporate Blogs

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By Andrew Strong: Tuesday 6th December, 2016

Keeping the lights on – being smart about power

Power Generation Week (11-15 December 2016 in Orlando, Florida) is the world’s largest power generation event with more than 20,000 participants from 111 countries. Topics covered will include energy storage, power generation technologies and industry trends. Cambridge Consultants is excited to be exhibiting for the first time; as we prepare for the event, we have […]

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By David Gladwin: Monday 5th December, 2016

The Invention Game

The first thing I can remember ‘inventing’ was an equation to describe a four dimensional cube (a tesseract), I was 14 years old on an outward-bound course and I was bored one evening. At the age of 17 I ‘invented’ a security system for my first car, a switch that cut the current to the […]

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By Simon Jordan: Thursday 1st December, 2016

The Lost Art of Control

There’s no shortage of Silicon Valley companies eager to wire up the world, and no shortage of sensor manufacturers which can supply new measurements of process variables. The systems to shape and present all this data have benefitted massively from the ‘big data gold rush’. This is leading to a new problem – and one […]

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By Andrew Lintott: Monday 28th November, 2016

Serendipitous Sam and the good ideas factory

My daughter’s interest started in the springtime, in an orchard, stemming from a seemingly inconsequential conversation about four leaf clovers. As I recall it was my wife who explained that sometimes, if you look, you can find a four leaf clover – and if you do then you are very lucky because very few people […]

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By Jon Edgcombe: Thursday 24th November, 2016

So you want to connect your IoT device to the Blockchain?

It’s been several years since the classic ‘double spending’ problem for digital currencies was solved – by elegantly preventing people duplicating the digital bits that represent the money. This was the advent of ‘cryptocurrencies’ such as Bitcoin. One of the key innovations was the ledger based data storage mechanism known as the Blockchain – a way of […]

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By Mehmet Kaya: Tuesday 22nd November, 2016

The Cobots are coming!

What does serving ice cream have in common with tending a CNC machine? Both can be performed by Cobots. The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) is one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, featuring 2,407 exhibiting companies and 115,612 registrants. The event is held every two years in September at McCormick Place […]

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By Niall Mottram: Monday 21st November, 2016

The Art of the Possible, but Commercially Viable

What links Donald Trump, Rethink Robotics and John Deere? At first glance not much, but dig deeper and some common themes emerge, driven by cause and effect. Let’s start with the cause. There have been acres of print and digital coverage devoted to the election result of November 8, so this blog will steer clear […]

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By Andrew Strong: Friday 18th November, 2016

Recycling – are we there yet?

I spent last week at the BrauBeviale exhibition in Nuremberg; this is a major event for the European drinks and beverages industry. It was fascinating to witness how the industry is innovating continuously so that competitors’ products are highly differentiated and appropriately eye-catching on the supermarket shelf. I was shown aluminium drinks cans with graphics […]

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By Mehmet Kaya: Thursday 10th November, 2016

Part Two: The Empire Strikes Back

Cobots were officially “invented” in 1996 by J. Edward Colgate and Michael Peshkin, professors at North-Western University. They were granted patents US 5,923,139 and US 5,952,796. They called the Cobots initially “Programmable Constraint Machines” (PCM). In this patent definition, it was indicated that PCM is a robot for direct physical interaction with a human co-workers, […]

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By Roger Burton: Thursday 3rd November, 2016

Nitrate Sensing in the Soil

Artificial fertiliser has been used for more than a century to increase crop yields. It’s typically the biggest annual operational expenditure for a farmer and therefore it’s important to use it correctly. Too much and it’s not only a waste, but it can create groundwater run-off, causing eutrophication and health issues. too little and crop yield […]