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By Bruce Ackman: Wednesday 22nd February, 2017

The Smart Grid – New Thinking for Old Technology

With the rapid adoption of renewable energy generation and electric vehicles, we are profoundly affecting the way in which electricity needs to be generated, stored and distributed. The Smart-Grid initiative is a broad-based and complex effort to digitize an otherwise analogue and very old infrastructure with the benefit that better use of information will lead […]

By Andrew Strong: Tuesday 14th February, 2017

The Cost of Reliable Wind Energy

I spent a fascinating couple of days in Hamburg at the Wind O&M (Operations & Maintenance) Forum, hearing about the wind energy industry’s efforts to reduce the levelised cost of energy (LCOE in £/kWh) of electricity produced by onshore wind turbines. Whilst the industry has made huge strides in progress since the world’s first wind farm* was commissioned in […]

By Dave Gladwin: Wednesday 14th December, 2016

Getting Smart at the Edge – Predictive machine maintenance

Machine maintenance may sound like a dull subject but getting it right could propel maintenance strategies straight into the heart of state of the art technologies. I’m talking about predictive maintenance. If you consider that a single unplanned shutdown in the semiconductor industry can cost as much as $3 million, you can see how getting […]

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 […]

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 […]

By Tom Fry: Tuesday 12th July, 2016

Technology Transfer to some of the World’s Largest Industries

My colleague’s article on Edge Intelligence is well timed. Economic and environmental pressures are forcing companies, and indeed entire industries, to find ever more innovative solutions to optimize their processes and reduce down time. The shift from traditional manufacturing processes towards Smart Factories or Industry 4.0 requires a combination of smart sensors, wireless and wired […]

US Crash
By Niall Mottram: Thursday 30th July, 2015

Land of the Free, Home of the Brave

Route 66, Chevy Corvette, Harley Davidson, Ford Mustang. America is full of motoring icons, the land of the open road, a nation whose modern day existence owns a great deal to the motor car and the freedom that it brings. But that freedom still comes at a surprisingly high price. In 2014 alone some 32,675 […]

By Nathan Wrench: Tuesday 10th March, 2015

Defrosting cold-chain product development

Monitoring temperature-sensitive items is not new. We rarely see it being done, however, as by the time we tuck into our fresh bananas, or receive the latest vaccine, any evidence of temperature and condition monitoring technology has long gone. And therein lies the problem. Tracking how food and pharmaceutical products have been treated is possible, […]

By Nathan Wrench: Wednesday 21st January, 2015

Let consumers improve your production line reliability

Condition monitoring is not a new topic. In fact, servicing machinery is an occupation as old as the machine. Nothing works for ever – but a thorough maintenance schedule certainly helps. Typically however, this is rarely low-cost; just asking your local garage to check why your car has a warning lamp on usually results in […]

By Nathan Wrench: Thursday 11th September, 2014

Fresh thinking for vehicle telematics

The Internet of Things will have pretty radical implications for all of us in the next few years. Ubiquitous low-cost ‘appcessories’ that measure everything about anything are already coming on to the market, connecting to our mobile phones and beyond. As the cost of connectivity continues to drop, more of our day-to-day devices will start […]