In the last few years, COVID lockdowns combined with an economic crisis have severely disrupted global supply chains. According to data from maritime intelligence service eeSea, ten per cent of the world’s shipping capacity has been lost due to current port congestion.
Despite the drone global market having an expected worth of $15 billion by 2022, the manufacturing industry was reported to account for less than two percent of drone deployments. This is surprising, given that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) find a wide variety of industrial applications, from surveillance to infrastructure inspection. Here, Neil Bellinger, Head of EMEA at EU Automation, discusses the benefits of drone use in manufacturing.
Every year, a number of words drop out of the dictionary. That is to say, they become obsolete. ‘Slubberdegullion’ (a slobbering or worthless fellow) and ‘groaking’ (watching someone longingly while they eat), are two that are now considered obsolete by lexicographers.
When taught how to fly, pilots are often told to “think ahead of the aeroplane”, meaning that they have to always plan for the next step. It’s no surprise that the same can be said about aerospace supply chains.
New research from Interact Analysis projects that total manufacturing industry output will grow by 4 percent in 2022, then decline by US$0.2 trillion to US$44.3 trillion in 2023, before rising again in 2024 and 2025.
Digitalisation is not only transforming production systems, but also the way industry functions as a whole. Here, Connectivity’s Acting Group Editor, Sophia Bell, chats with Sachin Mathur, Director of Software & Control, EMEA at Rockwell Automation, about how digital transformation has accelerated over the last couple of years – in response to the unprecedented challenges wrought by Brexit, Covid-19 and supply chain disruptions – and how it can optimise manufacturing operations.
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