VACANT APPRENTICESHIP PLACES THREATEN TO DERAIL MANUFACTURING REVIVAL

Article Source: The Engineer Manufacturing’s recent growth could be hampered if apprenticeship places remain vacant, warns West Midlands training provider. This stark assessment has been made by Gareth Jones, joint managing director at In-Comm Training, who said his firm has over 100 positions – all attached to high value engineering jobs – that are available immediately. There is, however, an apparent a reluctance for people … Continue reading VACANT APPRENTICESHIP PLACES THREATEN TO DERAIL MANUFACTURING REVIVAL

ANCIENT ROMAN CONCRETE HAS LASTED FOR CENTURIES. OURS? NOT SO MUCH

Article source: The Washington Post Image credit: The Pantheon in Rome is seen in August 2017. The ancient Romans perfected their concrete mix — one that gets stronger with time — around 30 B.C. (Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images) Is there anyone around here who knows how to make concrete? Make it properly, I mean? We recently heard that 1,700 concrete panels at five stations along the Silver Line … Continue reading ANCIENT ROMAN CONCRETE HAS LASTED FOR CENTURIES. OURS? NOT SO MUCH

NETWORK RAIL LAUNCHES DIGITAL STRATEGY TO TRANSFORM RAILWAY TRAVEL

Article Source: IMechE The government and Network Rail have launched the Digital Railway strategy, a plan to transform Britain’s railways by rolling out new technology. The plan has been in consultations since 2015, but will be officially announced today by transport secretary Chris Grayling and Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne. New digital technology will allow additional services by enabling trains to run closer together, … Continue reading NETWORK RAIL LAUNCHES DIGITAL STRATEGY TO TRANSFORM RAILWAY TRAVEL

ENGINEERING SUPERHEROES – WEARABLE’S GIVE POWERS BUT CAUSE CONCERNS

Article Source: IMechE A new generation of wearable devices is giving workers superhuman powers. They might improve efficiency and safety records for companies, but could they fundamentally change what it means to be an engineer? Aaron Windmüller is standing in London’s ExCeL centre, one arm stuck out with his palm flat and his middle and ring finger bending back towards his wrist. Thumb, index and … Continue reading ENGINEERING SUPERHEROES – WEARABLE’S GIVE POWERS BUT CAUSE CONCERNS

TECH LEADER JOINS ENGINEERINGUK BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Article Source: EngineeringUK EngineeringUK has today announced the appointment of Jacqui Ferguson as a trustee. Jacqui brings a wealth of experience in digital transformation in the global tech industry. Jacqui is the former CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services UK, Ireland, Middle East Mediterranean and Africa, with extensive global experience including living and working in Silicon Valley for 3 years. Prior to Hewlett Packard she … Continue reading TECH LEADER JOINS ENGINEERINGUK BOARD OF TRUSTEES

SMART STICKERS TURN THE HUMAN BODY INTO A TOUCHPAD

Article Source: IMechE Researchers at Saarland University have developed smart sensors built into stickers, which could be attached to the skin to control mobile devices. The sensors make it possible, for the first time, to precisely capture touches on the body very precisely. “The human body offers a large surface that is easy to access, even without eye contact,” explains Jurgen Steimle, a professor of … Continue reading SMART STICKERS TURN THE HUMAN BODY INTO A TOUCHPAD

ESA AND NASA TO INVESTIGATE BRINGING MARTIAN SOIL BACK TO EARTH

Article Source: The Engineer The European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA have announced plans to jointly explore missions to bring samples of Martian soil back to Earth. Artists impression of a sample-carrying rocket being launched from the Martian surface. Image: NASA Whilst the discoveries made by a succession of probes and rovers have transformed our understanding of the solar system, the ability to analyse samples … Continue reading ESA AND NASA TO INVESTIGATE BRINGING MARTIAN SOIL BACK TO EARTH

MANUFACTURERS ARE OPTIMISTIC FOR THE YEAR AHEAD, SAYS NEW REPORT

Article Source: IMechE A survey of more than 240 manufacturers has found a broadly positive outlook, with 52% of firms in the sector expecting to increase their staff numbers. The survey, conducted for the Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking’s Manufacturing Barometer, found that the same proportion are more positive about the UK economy than this time last year, and four in ten (43%) expect Britain’s exit … Continue reading MANUFACTURERS ARE OPTIMISTIC FOR THE YEAR AHEAD, SAYS NEW REPORT

ENGINEERING FIRMS TO EXPLORE AI OPPORTUNITIES AFTER £1BN ‘SECTOR DEAL’ CONFIRMED

Article Source: IMechE Engineering firms including Rolls-Royce will explore the potential benefits of artificial intelligence after the government confirmed a huge £1bn ‘sector deal’. The deal includes more than £300m from the government, almost matched by a group of more than 50 technology companies and organisations. Ministers hope the investments will help seize a projected £232bn opportunity offered for the UK economy by 2030 – equivalent … Continue reading ENGINEERING FIRMS TO EXPLORE AI OPPORTUNITIES AFTER £1BN ‘SECTOR DEAL’ CONFIRMED

MINI SPACE STATIONS COULD FUEL EFFICIENT MARS MISSIONS

Article Source: IMEchE Miniature space stations stocked with fuel or cargo could save money and time for missions to Mars or beyond – but only if used properly, a researcher has claimed. Space experts have discussed the idea of strategically placed propellant depots for years, said aerospace engineer Koki Ho from the University of Illinois, but questions remained over their overall efficiency. If a delivery … Continue reading MINI SPACE STATIONS COULD FUEL EFFICIENT MARS MISSIONS