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How fastening technologies can help overcome EV range anxiety
Many engineers already know that one of the earliest World Land Speed Records was set by an electric car, when the Belgian driver Camille Jenatzy took his bullet-shaped vehicle Le Jamais Contente to 100kph. In those days (1899), this was a fantastic speed and in 2018 the outright world speed record for a battery-powered car stands at well over 300mph. However, today’s EV engineers are driven by consumer demand and focusing more on range and durability than outright speed. As EVs have evolved for public consumption, a new phrase has entered the conversation and it is said to reflect the biggest reason why the buying public continues to resist the current crop of extremely competent EV offerings. ‘Range anxiety’ is still proving a difficult challenge to overcome for manufacturers and a genuine ongoing concern.
Fasteners for assemblies with relaxed tolerances
This article explores the benefits of using fasteners that can compensate for vertical and horizontal misalignment in assemblies where cost is more important than tight tolerances.
Robot wars: automation leaders and robot laggards
David Jahn, director at automation company Brillopak, believes that using terminology interchangeably, particularly robotics, AI and automation, is part of the reason why UK food factories have dodged making big investments, particularly at the end of line packaging and case loading lines. But with the EU labour crisis continuing to plague UK fresh produce houses, David says now is the time to get back to basics and review the entire productivity picture and how automation, not just robots, will align to and support long-term strategies.
Augmented reality and the benefits for manufacturing companies
The first developments of augmented reality (AR) technology came in 1968, when computer scientist Ivan Sutherland created an AR head-mounted display that superimposed virtual information onto the physical environment. While AR is becoming increasingly popular in popular culture, how does the world of manufacturing keep up with the opportunities available to them? Here, Nick Boughton, digital lead at systems integrator Boulting Technology, examines how AR can be used across the manufacturing industry.
Preventing downtime, raising productivity in pharma production
The age of the blockbuster drug is over. The last remnants of this golden age of pharmaceuticals are slowly coming out of IP protection and being mass produced by a large range of companies. As a new day dawns on the pharmaceutical industry, Gayle Walker, operations manager at Novotek UK & Ireland, explains what pharmaceutical companies can do to prevent unnecessary downtime in production and raise production efficiency.
Time for machine builders to innovate with material selection
Machine builders are continually innovating but one area that is ripe for innovation is material selection. This article explores some of the opportunities available.
Developing a safety strategy for industrial environments
According to research by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), manufacturing is statistically one of the highest risk industrial sectors to work in. With more than 3000 major injuries and nine fatalities occurring every year in the UK, can more be done to protect the health and safety of those working in industrial environments? Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of industrial obsolete parts supplier, EU Automation, explains what goes into making a workplace safety strategy.
How long until we are talking to robots?
Neal Welch, Mitsubishi Electric Business Manager for Life Science, explores how we interact with collaborative robots and how long it will be until voice activation becomes commonplace.