• The benefits of automation in pharmaceutical manufacturing

    ViewpointJonathan Wilkins, marketing director of obsolete industrial automation parts supplier EU Automation, explains how technological advances in automation and robotics are benefitting the pharmaceutical industry of today.
    The modern pharmaceutical industry can be traced back to local apothecaries that distributed botanical drugs to local communities. The apothecaries expanded to wholesale manufacture in the mid 1800s. During this time, all of the manufacturing processes were manual and it o
  • Tank Storage Asia 2017

    With 75 per cent of the world’s oil demand coming from Asia, the Tank Storage Asia exhibition and conference continues to be the perfect place for the industry to capitalise on these favourable conditions. Storage prospects in the region continue to flourish, with 280 million barrels of capacity expected to be added by the end of 2017. With predictions that sustainable storage expansion will continue over the next 10 years, there couldn’t be a better time to visit or exhibit.
    The tw
  • Green automotive future lacks vital components

    Prof Mark Jolly, head of the Sustainable Manufacturing SystemsCentre at Cranfield University, says that as the death knell sounds for diesel and petrol cars, we’re not getting the full story on the energy and environmental costs of their successors
    Why don’t we have energy rating labels for our cars and other vehicles?
    We think we already do — via the checks on tailpipe emissions and CO2 that are backed up by government legislation and the car manufacturers themselves, with th
  • UK not yet planning to increase troop numbers in Afghanistan

    Michael Fallon welcomes Donald Trump’s decision to increase military presence but stops short of saying UK will follow suitThe UK will rethink how its military resources are deployed in Afghanistan but Michael Fallon is not yet mulling an increase in troop numbers like Donald Trump, a senior defence source has said.The UK government source said it was premature to talk about raising the level of military personnel in Afghanistan and no direct requests had been made by the US, despite Trump
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  • Too many have died in Afghanistan already. Trump must not draw us back | Owen Jones

    The history of this bloody conflict shows the west cannot win. The UK must refuse to become embroiled againThe test of any professed opposition to Donald Trump is what response is forthcoming when he starts dropping bombs or sending soldiers to die. There were those who spoke in grave tones about Trump’s threat to world peace – even implying he was an American Hitler – but got teary-eyed as soon as he sent missiles hurtling towards a Syrian airfield. Now he has unveiled plans t
  • Israel tests F-35I refueling procedures

    Israel has begun an evaluation campaign using its air force's fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35I "Adirs" to test locally developed systems and aerial refuelling procedures for the type.
  • Stretchable biofuel cells use sweat to power wearable devices

    Engineers have developed stretchable biofuel cells that extract energy from human sweat to power a range of wearable devices.
    Biofuel cells island and bridge structureThe epidermal biofuel cells, which are claimed to generate 10 times more power per surface area than any existing wearable biofuel cells, are a major breakthrough in the field, which has been struggling to make devices that are stretchable enough and powerful enough.
    Engineers from the University of California San Diego were able t
  • This week’s poll: Ford’s car scrappage scheme

    Is the car scrappage scheme announced by Ford to help take more polluting cars off the road a good model to achieve this goal?
    Take Our PollA scheme announced by Ford today offers customers at least £2000 if they trade in any vehicle registered before the end of 2009 with a pre-Euro V standard engine, and joins scrappage schemes announced previously by Vauxhall and BMW. Discounts range up to £7000 off a new Transit van. We would like to know whether readers agree that this model of s
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  • Spasers seek and destroy metastasized cancer cells

    Researchers have developed a method of finding and destroying metastasized cancer cells in the blood stream without damaging healthy cells.The nanolaser – dubbed spaser – can be used as an optical probe. When released into the body (possibly through an injection or drinking a solution), it can find circulating tumour cells (CTCs), adhere to them and destroy these cells by breaking them apart to prevent cancer metastases. The spaser is claimed to work by absorbing laser light, which c
  • Last week’s poll: Brexit — benefits of interim customs union

    Engineer readers doubt whether an interim customs union will help industry during the Brexit transition periodNegative opinions overwhelmed positive in last week’s poll on the suggestion that an interim customs union arrangement mimicking the current situation during a transition period towards Brexit would be of benefit to industry. Of the 389 respondents, only 21 per cent chose an option approving of the idea, that it was a practical suggestion that would avoid a cliff-edge. The largest
  • Think again: how a Degree Apprenticeship can kick-start your career

    Going to uni is a positive life-changing event, but it’s also a route to into engineering that leaves most graduates with a mountain of debt at the start of their careers.
    Degree apprenticeships offer a route into engineering that pays a salary and combines Uni-based teaching with the sort of structured, on-the-job training that can put apprentices ahead of their graduate peers.
    Alex Deakin – a Degree Apprentice at JLR specialising in Supplier Technical Assistance – is set to g
  • Inside the Year in Industry programme

     Gennie Dearman is chief operating officer for the Engineering Development Trust (EDT), the organisation that runs the Year in Industry programme for interns looking to get a feel for engineering. 
    The Year in Industry has a good claim to be the original internship programme. Founded 30 years ago, it has been much imitated – to the extent that many university courses for engineers and scientists describe the time with a company that their students take mid-degree as ‘a year
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  • Wireless “flexible electronic skin” promises versatile monitoring

    Researchers in South Korea have borrowed from nature to design a super-soft electronic skin patch that transmits data to a mobile phone.
    The system is used in conjunction with a smartphone which provides remote power and processingThe system, which fits onto a silicone disc about 4cm in diameter, is flexible enough to follow the curves of the body and can be stuck just about anywhere, according to its developers at Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology. Team leader Kyung-In Jang, a
  • Engineering podcast competition aims to change the world

    The winner of the How to change the world engineering podcast competition has been announced, with US student Bethany Gordon taking the top prize.
    A student at the University of Virginia, Bethany’s podcast explored how engineers could collaborate remotely to crowdsource practical solutions to humanitarian crises. It proposed using virtual reality to experience life in a temporary home in a shipping container in rural Armenia, the former Soviet republic that suffered a catastrophic earthqua
  • New dawn for thorium reactor research

    First molten-salt thorium nuclear reactor experiment in over 45 years starts in the Netherlands
    Petten researchers prepare to place the crucibles containing thorium salt into the reactor Credit: Thorium Energy WorldThe first phase of the Salt Irradiation Experiment (SALIENT) has begun at the Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group in Petten, a nuclear research facility on the Dutch North Sea coast. The experiment is being carried out in cooperation with the European Commission Laboratory Joint Re
  • Experts call for international ban on autonomous weapons

    Over 100 roboticists and artificial intelligence experts have called for an international ban on lethal autonomous weapons systems.
    Modular Advanced Armed Robotic SystemThe call – made at the start of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2017) in Melbourne – has been endorsed in a letter signed by the founders of 116 robotics and AI companies who are concerned about their technologies being repurposed to into autonomous weapons.
    The letter, which inclu
  • Nanowire array to stop soldiers freezing

    US researchers develop nanowire system to heat battledress for cold climate combat
    The US Army wants paratroopers to operate weapons as soon as they land in Arctic conditions Credit: US Army AlaskaWinter has never been the soldier’s friend. In ancient times, wars were only fought between spring and autumn; and in campaigns from Napoleon’s time onwards, the onset of winter has precipitated catastrophic defeat. At this week’s American Chemical Society meeting, researchers from St
  • Laser sheds light on heart attack plaques

    An international team of doctors and scientists has discovered a new laser technique for detecting arterial plaques that cause heart attacks and strokes.The research, carried out at Warwick University’s WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group), Rice University’s Baker Institute, and Monash University in Australia, used near-infrared light to identify the high-risk plaques. By increasing the wavelength of the light currently used to image the fatty build-up found in arteries (atherosclerotic
  • Wreckage of lost ship USS Indianapolis found after seven decades

    Researchers announced Saturday they discovered wreckage of the lost warship the USS Indianapolis, 72 years after the World War II cruiser was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The wreckage was found...
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  • US Soldiers gear up for solar eclipse

    On Monday, Aug. 21, the United States will experience a solar eclipse, where the moon passes between the sun and the Earth. For Soldiers on some Army installations, the entire sun will appear to...
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  • Could the X-37B Space Plane be Preparing for a Mission in September

    The United States Air Force (USAF) is preparing their secretive X-37B space plane for its fifth mission in early September. As always, most of the X-37B’s payload and mission is classified, but...
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  • US Army Aviation Soldiers usher in a new era of warfare

    The air mission briefing began promptly at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. The Soldier in charge of the briefing, Spc. Eleazar Gonzalez, provided updates on the operating environment and flight schedules,...
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  • 'Our sons were heroes' say families of British men killed fighting Isis

    Thinktank report angers families by saying British volunteers with Kurdish forces should be treated as potential terroristsThe families of two British men killed fighting Islamic State in Syria have condemned a report urging the government to treat those who join Kurdish forces in the region as potential terrorists, insisting their sons should be remembered as heroes.The report by the Henry Jackson Society suggests that British volunteers who travel to Syria to join the Kurdish People’s Pr
  • News story: Royal Navy leads international efforts to seize drugs worth £400M

    The UK and France commanded a multinational naval task force which has scored eight drugs busts over the period, seizing 1.75 tonnes of narcotics worth nearly £400m, including 265kg of heroin and 455kg of hashish worth £65m by the Royal Navy Type 23 frigate, HMS Monmouth.Since April, British, French, US and Australian warships in Combined Task Force 150 (CTF150) took part in Operation Southern Surge to counter narcotics trafficking, which funds terrorism in the region, scoring eight
  • May’s hypocrisy will never rule the waves | Letters

    Royal Navy cuts | EU retirement rush | Tourism | Big Ben | Pink for boys | Evelyn WaughThe prime minister’s ecstatic welcome of the Royal Navy’s new £36bn aircraft carrier to Portsmouth (Report, 17 August) made me choke on my cornflakes. Can someone tell her that one ship, however colossally expensive, does not a navy make. Thanks to David Cameron, and a succession of defence cuts by his predecessors, the numbers of Royal Navy ships and their capabilities have been decimat
  • Israel to declare full capability with Hermes 900 fleet

    The Israeli air force expects to achieve full operational capability with its Elbit Systems Hermes 900 unmanned air vehicles at the end of August.
  • SMEs encouraged to use Manufacturing Growth Programme

    SMEs are being urged to take advantage of the Manufacturing Growth Programme, a scheme set up to provide specialist assistance to manufacturers.
    Manufacturing Growth ProgrammeOver 1000 SMEs have been given a business boost over the last ten months thanks to the £9.7m business support initiative.
    The Manufacturing Growth Programme (MGP), funded by the European Regional Development Fund and delivered by Economic Growth Solutions, has helped companies across the UK to grow, develop new produc
  • Synthetic antifreeze to improve aircraft and transplant safety

    UK chemists and medics mimic natural ice protection mechanism with applications in engineering, medicine and food
    Ice is a constant bugbear to many sectors. Its sharp-edged crystals interfere with the aerodynamics of aircraft, the smooth functioning of aircraft engines and wind turbines, and slice through the delicate cell structures of food and organs awaiting transplant as they are frozen to preserve them. But some animals and microbes that have evolved to live in the frigid regions of the Ear
  • A-Levels: STEM on the rise but teacher crisis deepens

    This year’s A-Levels saw a small jump in the numbers studying STEM subjects, but a shortage of teachers across technical disciplines could threaten these gains in coming years.A total of 41 per cent of total A level entries were in STEM subjects (up slightly from 39 per cent in 2015 and 40 per cent in 2016). For girls, the figure remains static at 35 per cent, while 46 per cent of entries for boys were in STEM. As was widely reported, boys outscored girls in the overall results for the fir
  • Fallon apologises to families of soldiers killed in Land Rovers in Iraq

    Defence secretary says sorry to relatives for delay in introducing better-protected vehicles that ‘could have saved lives’The defence secretary has apologised to families of British soldiers killed while travelling in Snatch Land Rovers for delays in replacing the lightly armoured vehicles.In the letter to families seen by the BBC, Michael Fallon said bringing better protected vehicles into service could have saved lives. Related: Tony Blair prosecution over Iraq war blocked by judge
  • New catalyst design promises to cut NOx emissions

    Pollution from diesel engines could cut be cut following the discovery of a new reaction mechanism that improves catalyst efficiency.New catalyst designs are needed to reduce the emission of nitrogen oxides – NOx – because current technologies only work well at relatively high temperatures.
    “The key challenge in reducing emissions is that they can occur over a very broad range of operating conditions, and especially exhaust temperatures,” said Rajamani Gounder, the Larry
  • UK developed functional ink could be used to print 2D electronic devices

    An advanced new ink that can be deposited using conventional inkjet printing techniques could be used for the mass manufacture of a host of laser and optoelectronic devices according to a group at Cambridge University.
    Developed by a team at the university’s Graphene Centre, the ink is made from black phosphorous (BP), a two-dimensional material similar to graphene.
    A black phosphorus crystalWorking with reserachers at Imperial College London, Finland’s Aalto University, and China&rs
  • Scifi Eye: A humble future for the world’s great navies

    Scifi novelist Jon Wallace explores the future struggle to rule the waves
    Ever since HG Wells’ The War of the Worlds, in which HMS Thunderchild engages Martian tripods off the Essex coast, the world’s navies have fired the imaginations of science fiction writers.
    Perhaps this is no great surprise. The ocean dramas played out in human history, from Actium to Lepanto, from Jutland to Midway, offer tales of individual bravery and genius, of empires crushed and born, of cruel fate and bl
  • ​New Delhi approves Apache acquisition for Army

    New Delhi's Defence Acquisition Council has approved the acquisition of six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters for the army at a cost of $651 million.
  • Fallon apologises to family of dead soldier over equipment delays

    Phillip Hewett, 21, was killed in Iraq while travelling in a lightly armoured Snatch Land Rover that was vulnerable to bombsMichael Fallon, the defence secretary, has apologised to the mother of a British soldier who was killed by a roadside bomb while travelling in a Snatch Land Rover for delays in replacing the lightly armoured vehicle.In the letter to Sue Smith seen by the BBC, Fallon said bringing better protected vehicles into service “could have saved lives”.Related: Tony Blair
  • Fallon apologises to families of soldiers killed in Snatch Land Rovers in Iraq

    Defence secretary says sorry to relatives for delay in introducing better-protected vehicles that ‘could have saved lives’The defence secretary has apologised to families of British soldiers killed while travelling in Snatch Land Rovers for delays in replacing the lightly armoured vehicles.In the letter to families seen by the BBC, Michael Fallon said bringing better protected vehicles into service could have saved lives. Related: Tony Blair prosecution over Iraq war blocked by judge
  • Augmented reality soon possible for MK-19 training

    Setting up a range day for training on the MK-19 grenade launcher is no easy task. Researchers at the Army Research Laboratory-Orlando have an idea about how to change that, however, through the use...
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  • US Army Soldiers in Europe test Stryker cannon, Javelin system

    As one of the first Soldiers to shoot a powerful 30 mm cannon from a new Stryker combat vehicle, Staff Sgt. Randall Engler was excited about what the weapon could do for his infantry squad....
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  • Pentagon adjusts to life under unpredictable commander-in-chief

    After days of fiery talk of possible military intervention in the North Korea nuclear stand-off, Pentagon officials late last week suddenly found themselves digesting a surprising piece of breaking...
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  • Dozens of civilians killed in US-led raids on Syria’s Raqa

    US-led coalition air strikes aimed at dislodging Islamic State group militants from the Syrian city of Raqa have cost the lives of 59 civilians in three days, a monitoring group said Thursday. The...
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  • India clears $650 mn Boeing army chopper deal

    India approved a $650 million purchase of six attack choppers Thursday from US aviation giant Boeing, officials said, as it boosts its military might amid border tensions with China and Pakistan. The...
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  • RAF A400 Atlas Debuts During Mobility Guardian

    Many Mobility airframes from 11 international countries are attending Mobility Guardian, including the Royal Air Force’s A400M Atlas as it makes its debut in a large-scale exercise. The tactical...
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  • Arms Exhibition Highlights China’s Weaponry Innovation

    Tanks are rumbling past and missiles roaring. These are not scenes from a war film, but highlights of a weaponry exhibition held in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Wednesday....
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  • Chinese Land Forces Display Military Might at Arms Exhibition

    A large display of domestically developed arms used by Chinese land forces was presented to hundreds of foreign military officers at a shooting range in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region on...
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  • Sweden to Boost Defense Spending

    The government and two parties in the center-right opposition have agreed to increase the defence spending with SEK 8,1 billion until 2020. In 2015, five parties reached an agreement over defence and...
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  • US Army Engineers, dogs learning new tricks in mine detection

    All engineer Soldiers train at Fort Leonard Wood, even the four-legged ones. Fort Leonard Wood is home to the Combat Engineer Mine Detection Dog Handlers Course, where combat engineers are trained...
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  • GA-ASI chasing Avenger sale to international customer

    As the secretive General Atomics opened up its doors to a media pool for the first time this week, GA-ASI executives told reporters the company is pursuing a potential sale of 90 Predator C Avengers to an international customer.
  • Miniaturisation in motion and control seminar

    Renishaw Innovation Centre, New Mills, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire,Tuesday 12 September 2017
    As the world strives to reach new levels of productivity, it’s not just the need for speed that is driving machine design but also an awareness that size, mass and form of machine subsystems impact how the axes of motion should behave and how well these motions are measured and verified.
    Renishaw is at the forefront of these aspects of machine design both as supplier of position sensors as
  • Interview: Tim Hulbert, UK and Ireland general manager, Air Products

    Tim Hulbert, UK and Ireland general manager of Air Products is focused on the centrality of industrial gases
    The industrial gases sector is difficult to categorise. It is normally grouped with the chemicals industry and, indeed, the relatively few companies that comprise the sector are members of national and regional chemical industry associations.
    But chemicals is a manufacturing sector and industrial gases are, for the most part, not manufactured; they are elements or elemental molecules, and
  • Makers matter: CBI launches new Manufacturing Council

    The CBI is establishing a new Manufacturing Council to help British manufacturers take advantage of opportunities in industrial digitisation, innovation and emerging new markets.
    According to the CBI, Britain’s manufacturers must help shape the UK’s future economic performance as the sector makes up around 10 per cent of the UK economy and accounts for over two-thirds of all UK spend on research and development.
    The new CEO-level council is expected to bring together dozens of the UK

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