Archive for 'Industrial' Category:

explain yourself machine
By Joe Smallman: Thursday 10th August, 2017

Explain yourself machine

According to Stephen Hawking, artificial intelligence will be “either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity”. The recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence are largely due to developments in machine learning. However, one of the key challenges of machine learning is that when ‘the machine’ gets it wrong, it is very hard […]

Chemistry and Innovation
By Stuart Gilby: Thursday 22nd June, 2017

Innovation sans frontières

Innovation is not restricted by normal boundaries; this was demonstrated by the breadth of work presented at the Royal Society of Chemistry’s (RSC) “Chemistry Means Business” in Manchester last week. The emerging technologies were focussed on four themes: Health, Food & Drink, Energy& Environment and Materials & Enabling Technologies. However, the first presentation I attended […]

Rural Solar Power
By Niloy Choudhury: Thursday 15th June, 2017

Humans are coming: how distributed energy production is changing the world

The price of solar modules is dropping fast. From 2006 to 2014 the price of solar modules has dropped from $3.25 to $0.72 per watt and continues to drop further. In some parts of the world energy from solar is competitive with conventional sources of energy production even without government subsidies. But if we consider […]

Home control system
By Simon Jordan: Friday 2nd June, 2017

Correlation or cause – real sensors for the age of fake news?

The energy grid is a wide and complex system with many inputs and a huge number of outputs and consumers. Demand is fluctuating all the time, yet the information coming back from consumers may be months out of date. It’s possible to measure the inputs to the system at the distribution side, but that gives […]

Alfred Newman - taking note
By Alfred Newman: Thursday 25th May, 2017

Taking note – fake or fiver?

Authentication – the art of being able to tell what’s real from what’s fake. With fake news in the press, and old pound coins being replaced, not to mention a new five pound note, it is timely to talk about authenticity. Alfred Newman takes us through the three layers behind an authentication system. From the […]

Vinyl record stylus
By Simon Jordan: Wednesday 24th May, 2017

You ain’t got soul – why analogue sounds better

Clearly real instruments have analogue outputs (especially the voice), yet nearly all music is stored and sold digitally. The recording process is ‘perfect’ after decades of development, the human ear is well understood – yet vinyl records are coming back. Analogue recording requires multiple types of signal conversion – from pressure waves to electrical signals […]

Attila the Hun
By Mehmet Kaya: Tuesday 23rd May, 2017

What do Attila the Hun and robotics have in common?

“Industrial automation and robots are coming to get your job.” Well, history seems to be repeating itself. When I was reading the reports recently from Oxford Martin School’s program, The Guardian and many other respected sources about automation and robotics related job losses, I couldn’t help remembering Attila the Hun. These reports conclude that around […]

Vlog - James W
By James Westley: Tuesday 16th May, 2017

Vlog: Condition and performance monitoring

With an aging stock of manufacturing equipment, how can we improve reliability? James Westley, Senior Engineer within our Mechanical and Analytical group, discusses how low cost sensors and clever algorithms could provide an answer. Transcript There are a lot of old machines in the world today, in fact we have an aging population of machines […]

Circular economy
By Catherine Joce: Thursday 27th April, 2017

The circular economy: why and how?

Having introduced the circular economy in my first blog on this topic and considered the adoption of its thinking by some big names and start-ups, I now consider the why and how of adopting this thinking. Perhaps the question is not why are businesses showing an interest in these schools of thought, but why now? […]

Smart Home
By Tom Fry: Monday 17th April, 2017

How much energy is your home consuming? And where is it going?

How much energy is your home consuming? And where is it going? Home energy monitoring is an industry that has experienced rapid growth over last 5 years but this is a question that many home owners still find themselves asking. Traditionally, home energy management systems can very easily measure the total power consumption of the […]