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Operations Insight: Texmark Chemicals refinery of the future

This insight appears on HPE’s website.  Texmark manufactures the polymer dicyclopentadiene (DCPD), which is used to make everything from ink to boats.  But refining the product is hazardous, because it involves highly reactive chemicals and  requires a great deal of … Continue reading

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Robotics in creative industries

CNC Robotics are one of the UK’s leading robotics manufacturers.  They are installing their clever machines into a wide variety of settings, but one of the most interesting is in the creative industries (as this webpage explains).

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Using AI to detect crime – risks as well as benefits

Companies are using AI and machine learning to detect and prevent many different illicit activities: routine employee theft insider trading fraud money laundering child pornography terrorism. But there are issues associated with this, as this Oliver Wyman article explains.  Namely: … Continue reading

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Have you ever heard of haptic gloves?

I expect you have heard of virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR), but haptic gloves?  Such gloves give human hands feedback information – through vibration or force or other touch-sensual feedback.  All of these are examples of so-called “wearable … Continue reading

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Hyperloop explained

In a recent blog I talked about hyperloops.  One start up that is investing in this technology is Virgin Hyperloop One.  This is their video of their prototype test track.

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The sewbots are coming!

Having blogged about “fast fashion”, I thought you ought to see this video from the Wall Street Journal.  It is about automation in the fashion industry.  But it also examines in some detail the implications of this for labour economics … Continue reading

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The future of transportation is SAE 4 & 5, Maglev and Hyperloops

Interesting piece by the Economist Intelligence Unit on the future of transportation in 5, 10 and 25 years from now. Five years from now the EIU argues that driverless cars will be more numerous more quickly than was predicted – … Continue reading

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Digital transformation in the sports industry

We have blogged a lot about how 14.0 is transforming manufacturing and financial services, but it is of course affecting every sector of the economy.  This article by Giorgio et al on the Deloitte University website looks at how the … Continue reading

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Ryanair – chockers and nuts

Just back from trip to Bonn.  Flew Ryanair Bristol to Koln – no problem.  Return trip had two interesting process issues…. First, it is common practice of low cost airlines, in order to ensure a swift turnaround, to move passengers … Continue reading

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Bristol Airport Silver Parking

The process consists of the following stages: pre book a space online, providing car registration number and flight number. stop at entrance barrier for car registration to be scanned. drive to “Check-in” and park. walk to “Reception” building. queue before … Continue reading

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