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ESA launches €1bn project to create next generation metals

12 Sep 2014

Lighter vehicles, stronger nuclear reactors and more compatible medical implants are among the goals of a new billion-euro European Space Agency metals project.

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Nano-factory promises automated production of complex molecules

29 Aug 2014

Researchers in Switzerland have created a “molecular assembly line” that acts like an automated factory for building complex chemical substances.

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Bashing metal myths

22 Aug 2014 | By Michael Kenward

The Advanced Forming Research Centre wants to change industry’s attitude to forging and forming materials, reports Michael Kenward

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Working together in perfect harmony

12 Sep 2014 | By Jon Excell

Could a new generation of “human-ish” industrial robots able to work alongside their human counterparts help spread automation to even the smallest of engineering firms?

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The connected world and beyond

4 Jun 2014 | By Jon Excell

The first day of The Engineer conference gave glimpses of the future of manufacturing, the importance of long-term investment and how we will continue to explore our neighbouring planets

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September 1914: Electric emergency vehicles

10 Sep 2014 | By Stuart Nathan

Electric vehicles were being used by the emergency services a century ago, and were seen as the best technological option

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September 1860: Fisher’s washing machine

2 Sep 2014 | By Jon Excell

Nearly half a century before the world’s first electric domestic washing machine was introduced The Engineer reported on a novel domestic washing machine that employed a strikingly different concept to today’s rotary machines.

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  • RM Group uses ABB's IRB 6640 and IRB 460 robots as part of mobile packaging system

    Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:03 GMT

    Robots from ABB have helped systems integrator RM Group to turn an innovative idea for a mobile packaging system into a working reality. Housed in 45ft (14m) articulated trailers, RM Group’s mobile packaging plant uses ABB’s IRB 6640 and IRB 460 robots as part of a system designed to provide customers with a versatile, efficient and easily transportable way of bagging products at source.

  • ABB Robotics set to demonstrate IRB 460 robot for palletising at PPMA Show 2014

    Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:51 GMT

    On stand F42 at the PPMA Show, ABB Robotics will showcase key features of its IRB 460 robot, said to be the ‘fastest palletising robot in the world’. The event runs from 30 September to 2 October at the NEC in Birmingham.

  • Roemheld set to introduce new-generation clamps and clamping elements at Euroblech

    Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:44 GMT

    Roemheld is set to launch a new generation of hydraulic clamps, electromechanical clamping elements and the latest in magnetic clamping technology at Euroblech 2014.

  • Data sheet: Iemca Next 25 loader from 1st Machine Tool Accessories

    Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:08 GMT

    Iemca’s Next 25 is an automation solution designed for multi-spindle lathes combining easy handling with high performance. This compact loader handles 3–25mm bars.

  • White paper: shift from information technology to intelligent technology

    Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:06 GMT

    In the third instalment of its ‘Looking Ahead’ series about future manufacturing challenges driven by technological, demographic and environmental changes, toolmaker Sandvik Coromant explores the ramifications that keeping pace with — or falling behind — the coming technology shifts will have on the success of businesses. According to Sandvik Coromant’s white paper ‘Manufacturing Intelligence’ and its video ‘Looking Ahead’, we are now on the verge of the fourth industrial revolution, ...

  • Technical guide: a short guide to sheet metal deburring equipment

    Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:13 GMT

    Surtech — a specialist in the manufacture, design and distribution of mechanical surface finishing equipment and materials — has released a short guide to sheet metal deburring equipment.

  • TRUMPF fibre laser profiling centre helps LPE deliver best trading figures in 26-year history

    Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:52 GMT

    Lincoln Precision Engineering (LPE), a laser cutting company based in the East Midlands, has installed a TRUMPF TruLaser 5030 fiber laser profiling centre with BrightLine fiber technology. According to LPE, this installation has helped deliver the best months’ trading figures in the company’s 26-year history.

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