New EPSRC National Facility For Innovative Robotic Systems
The University of Leeds has been awarded government funding of £2.6 million to become the UK hub for research into small to medium scale advanced robotic systems. This facility, which has secured an additional £1.7 million backing from industry and the University, capitalises on the University’s expertise in mechanical, electronic and materials engineering as well as computer science and medicine.
Unmanned Aerial Systems in Agriculture
Harper Adams University held a day-long seminar dedicated to current UAS technologies and their potential for Agriculture. View the presentations from the day which examine current options on the market, potential for financial impact and future issues such as Big Data.
£4.5m funding for future electronics manufacturing R&D of feasibility projects
The Technology Strategy Board have announced £4.5m of funding for electronics manufacturing via the competition “Manufacturing electronic systems of the future”. This competition opens on 17 February and closes on 2 April, and is intended for collaborative R & D or feasibility studies.
Chancellor announces £60 million to support UK’s world-leading aerospace technology
16 January 2014, Birmingham, England - The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne announced £60 million of new funding for the development of new high-tech aerospace technology at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry.
How Toyota drives non-labour resource efficiency
Steve Hope of Toyota Motor Europe explains how Toyota has dramatically improved its resource efficiency, reducing its energy, water and waste per vehicle by 70%, 75% and 60% respectively from 1993 to 2007.
Dr Greg Lavery presents the drivers and benefits of resource efficiency
At the recent Industrial Sustainability conference held at the University of Cambridge, the Next Manufacturing Revolution team joined a range of leading companies, including Marks & Spencer and Toyota, highlighting the benefits for to be gained from taking a proactive approach to sustainability. Dr Greg Lavery presented on the drivers and benefits of non-labour resource productivity.
Do you or someone you know suffer from arthritis?
The Design & Production Sector and Arthritis Research UK are looking to form a consortium to develop engineering and design solutions for those affected by musculoskeletal conditions. Do you have time to complete the latest arthritis sufferer survey and help provide the data so vital for us to target the right challenges?
Government is making available nearly £49 million in funding for engineering skills
Following the major analysis of the talent pipeline in engineering by Professor John Perkins the Government has announced a series of investments targeting the skills shortage. The Perkins review recommendations offered “a clear way forward to close the engineering skills gap” according to IET Chief Executive Nigel Fine who welcomed the government’s proposals.
The Defence Industry – essential to innovation?
With the DSEI exhibition being held in London, the defence industry itself inevitably hits the headlines. The engineering debate is almost as hotly contested as the ethical one.
Industry Insight- 3D Printing A Differentiation Engine
Martin Baumers and Christopher Tuck from the EPSRC centre for Additive Manufacturing at Nottingham University offer their perspective on the mechanisms that stand behind the current industry growth and the significant opportunities that lie ahead.
TAROS Lecture - MRG's autonomous Nissan Leaf
Every year cars get better. They get smarter, cleaner, safer and autonomy is just another axis in this space. One day (soon) they will drive us - the opposite is much harder to believe. In this talk, Professor Paul Newman describes some of the work the Oxford Mobile Robotics Group have been doing in driving this innovation thread.
TAROS Industry Day
The IET partnered with the ESP KTN to organise the industry day which comprehensively introduced the robotics community to the extensive European and UK funding opportunities as well as introduce industry sector opportunities that delegates may not have previously considered.
Engineering and Industrial Design - Success through collaboration
View the latest Design and Production Sector insight on engineering and industrial design written by Gus Desbarats.
The IET and Europe - Horizon 2020
A recent experience at a European conference highlights the opportunity and need for the IET and its members on the continent.
Long range, lower cost flight - Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd
View the latest Design and Production Sector case study on Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd - an organisation focused on pioneering applications in the energy, mining, government / defence and logistics markets.
Qinetiq: A Disruptive Design For Life
View the latest Design and Production Sector case study on Qinetiq, a UK defence, aerospace and security renowned for pushing innovation boundaries.