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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 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 […]

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By Simon Jordan: Thursday 5th May, 2016

Edge Intelligence

The Internet of Things (IoT) is full of promise for remote monitoring. This is critical to modern businesses – not just because customer expectations are higher, but they are tending to provide services rather than hardware. Rolls-Royce famously did this with their jet engines, selling thrust rather than metal. This has accounting advantages for the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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