Author Archives: Prof Peter Jones

Alibaba’s robots dance to the music

A few years ago I wrote a blog entitled “The robots are coming!”.  Well, here they are…. Advertisements

Posted in Chap 06 Materials and inventory, Sector: I.T. & ecommerce | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Having trouble maintaining your social media profile? Let a robot do it for you…

CNN Tech have a story about Facebook filing for a patent on a self-balancing, telepresence robot.   Apparently it could follow you around and stream live broadcasts onto your Facebook page – to save you the bother.   Oh joy!

Posted in Chap 12 New products and services, Sector: I.T. & ecommerce | Tagged , | Leave a comment

How paper is made

Great video showing in detail how paper is made (not an industry I have blogged about before).  Good example of a continuous flow process.  The paper industry is confident of future growth.  This is because of the growing concern about … Continue reading

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How the IoT and AI can turn facilities management from a bug into a butterfly

Facilities management tends to be thought of as dull, unglamorous, and a chore, whereas the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) are trendy, forward-looking, and exciting.  So you might think that never the twain shall meet – but … Continue reading

Posted in Chap 04 Location and design, Sector: Construction, Sector: Hospitality & Tourism, Sector: Retail | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

i4.0 and IoT explained

This IO-Link video provides a good introduction to industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things.

Posted in Chap 03 Processes and life cycles, Sector: I.T. & ecommerce, Sector: Manufacturing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Everything you wanted to know about coffee but never dared to ask – almost

This report on the BBC News website has five charts that tell you everything you need to know about coffee, namely: The top 10 coffee producing countries (Brazil is No. 1 of course). Which country drinks the most (very much … Continue reading

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JLR job cuts

This article on the BBC Business News website explains that Jaguar Land Rover are reducing their workforce by 1,000.  All of these workers are on temporary contracts.  Tata Motors explain this is because of the fall in sales of diesel … Continue reading

Posted in Chap 07 Capacity and demand, Sector: Manufacturing | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Space tourism coming ever closer

Sorry I am a bit late with this, the flight took place 6 April, but it is worth seeing….

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Operations Insight: Cost benefit analysis of innovations in agriculture

Agriculture and AgriFood Canada (AAFC) invests in developing and popularising innovations in their industry sector.  Two such innovation projects were swath grazing to feed beef cattle in autumn and winter, and the development of a midge resistant wheat. In the … Continue reading

Posted in Chap 16 Innovation and CI, Sector: Agriculture & Food | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Using sensors and analytics to predict and/or resolve problems

Short 3 minute video from IBM about “predictive maintenance”.  Actually it explains how sensors and analytics can be used to diagnose all kinds of problems so that they can be fixed, not just the maintenance of plant and machinery.

Posted in Chap 09 Quality, Chap 10 Processes and technology, Sector: Construction, Sector: Energy & Utilities, Sector: Manufacturing | Tagged , , | Leave a comment