Current Trends and Future Horizons, TPN event 5 November 2014, Manchester.

The robotics and Mechatronics Technical Professional Network hosted an excellent robotics event in Manchester Examinig the recent RAS strategy for the UK created for David Willets other speakers examined key future trends in manufacturing, service and field robotics as well as exploring opportunity areas such as nuclear decommissioning.
You can watch the presentations from the likes of FESTO and ABB below.

Robotics in Advanced Manufacturing
Developing Future Robotics Based on Natures Past
The Devlopment of Advanced Bipedal and Quadruped Robotics
RAS 2020 Robotics and Autonomous Systems: a National Strategy Document

The Writer, Director and Cast of "The Imitation Game" get up close with and answer the IET's questions on the life, work and innovations of Alan Turing.

Given his relevance to the Institution the IET were delighted to secure an invite to the press phase of the film's promotional tour. Mark Reynard was on hand to discuss not only the contents of the film and the unquestionable importance of the man and his legacy; but also the status and recognition of engineers and engineering as a whole. You can see the series of videos below.

The Imitation Game

 Gordon Attenborough interviews Deputy Prime Minister at Farnborough Air Show

Sector Head Gordon Attenborough and the IET.TV team were recently invited to the Farnborough Airshow by The High Value Manufacturing Catapult as part of thegrowing relationship between the two institutions. The Rt. Hon. Nick Clegg MP was there to announce government investment in Aerospace research and development and Gordon took the opportunity to get his views on the Catapult and the contribution it makes to UK innovation.

Nick Clegg Interview

Future Factory Series: Energy Management and Manufacturing Sustainability

For the majority of companies increasing efficiency and reducing energy costs has become a key strategic objective and an underlying theme at the core of all long term planning. Businesses come under increased pressure to adopt new approaches to tackle rising energy prices, strict government regulation and attempts to increase sustainability while still attempting to remain competitive in the global economy. The most successful industrial manufacturing companies in the world recognise that environmental responsibility is not only good for business, it is becoming an integral part of the way industrial equipment is marketed, purchased and operated. More and more customers are willing to pay premiums for equipment that is produced and operated using environmentally compliant practices.

The conference will bring together industry experts to share best practice, solutions and strategies. Using case studies and specialist lectures the event will enable companies to create an effective plan in achieving a successful energy management policy. Whilst also addressing the huge challenge of combining innovative ideas regarding the design and manufacture of materials and products with sustainable processes and technologies, whilst ultimately conserving natural resources for future generations and reducing costs.
Presentations by representatives from the companies below are now available here on
Fujifilm, Pinsent Masons, EEF, SmartestEnergy, Ecopare Ltd

 Future Factory Series: Flexible Workforce

Workforce flexibility is shaping the way manufacturers manage their human capital to maximise their ROI. By altering the time, location and manner in which employees work to achieve both business and individual needs, workforce flexibility can, if correctly managed allow companies to maximise their workforce effectiveness and productivity.

This year's Manufacturer Flexible Workforce conference brought together SMEs and larger businesses to discuss how to achieve and sustain workforce flexibility, address challenges of motivation, retention and of the constantly ageing manufacturing workforce. Presentations by representatives from the companies below are now available here on
BAE Systems, Caterpillar UK, GE Aviation, Valliant Group, Siemens, Warwick Business School, 3M Healthcare Ltd,
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The award-winning Engineering Design Show, which will once again be co-located with the Electronics Design Show and the inaugural Embedded Design Show, is expected to attract more than 4,000 visitors and 250 exhibitors when it opens on 22-23 October at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. The Shows will still remain true to the founding... read more...
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A recent event was held at Cranfield University as part of their Academic Partnership with the IET. Students were invited to attend a series of presentations around some of the key sectors today, Manufacturing, Transport and Energy. Sadly Andrew McNaughton, Technical Director at HS2, had to withdraw at the last minute however, students made full use... read more...
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Modelling of Capacitive and Resistive Devices - what are your challenges?

Designing modern electronic devices requires a thorough understanding of the behaviour of electric fields, current and charge in dielectrics and conductive media. For instance electronic devices are generally susceptible to heating due to resistive and dielectric losses.

This webinar will explore the design benefits of a multiphysics approach to modelling this behaviour within capacitive and resistive devices including resistors, capacitors, insulation layers, electrostatic actuators, and resistive and capacitive sensors.

Learn best practices for modelling common multiphysics effects such as cooling air flow, thermal expansion, and Joule heating, in addition to the electromechanical couplings often observed in sensors and actuators.

If you have questions on this topic, or want to share your experiences in multiphysics simulation join the webinar on the 2nd April

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