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Researchers in Peru Have Discovered a Way to Grow Potatoes on Mars

13-Aug-2017 09:03:00

Researchers at the University of Engineering and Technology in Peru have demonstrated the ability to grow potatoes on Mars. The Peruvian scientists created a simulator based on extreme Mars-like conditions, including atmospheric similarities and Peruvian high-salinity soil similar to that found on Mars.

 

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Topics: Innovation, News, Food & Beverage

Silo Budgeting: The Major Cause of Bad-Decision Making

11-Aug-2017 05:08:00

Does this ring any bells? You’re sat in a meeting to sign off on an important new project and the thorny issue of who is paying for it comes up.

“Well we can’t. I’ve used up all of our budget on the new conveyor,” says the Production Director.

Finance quickly jump in. “Well, if we are going to contribute, we’ll have to insist on the first option.”

Maintenance, sensing problems further down the line, pipe up. “Well you would, it’s the cheapest and you won’t have to maintain it.”

Everybody looks at IT. “No, it’s impossible, this new ERP system has bled us dry.”

If this sounds familiar you almost certainly have silo budgeting, in which pots of money are given to individual functions, more often than not causing project delays, division and inter-departmental conflict, not to mention non-delivery of project objectives.

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Topics: News, TCO, Engineering

The Joy of Six

07-Aug-2017 05:25:00

There are six product areas at the heart of ERIKS. And there are six reasons why ERIKS is your best source for products for all six areas.

Products are at the heart of everything ERIKS does. ERIKS’ engineering know-how, commitment to providing long-term solutions, and great customer service, all exist simply to support and enhance the product offering.
It’s an offering which encompasses SIX product areas essential to industry:

  • Bearings and lubrication
  • Power transmission
  • Fluid power, transfer and control
  • Sealing and polymer
  • Flow control
  • Tools, safety and maintenance
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Topics: News, Innovation, Power Transmission, Fluid Power, Transfer & Control, Sealing & Polymer, Flow Control, Bearings & Lubrication, Tools, Safety and Maintenance

Future Engineering Encouraged by ERIKS Volunteers

28-Jul-2017 12:18:23

Earlier this month, we were proud to support Business in the Community's Passport to Employment Programme at schools local to ERIKS Head Office.

Together with other large employers in the Midlands Region (JLR and Lloyds Bank were amongst some of the well-known names) the programme allowed us to work with Y9 children to help:

  • Increase their awareness of job opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing and in the local area
  • Them identify the skills and qualities needed for those jobs
  • Them think about the skills and qualities they already have
  • Them understand the different career pathways available to them after the leave school
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Topics: News, Engineering

Industry 4.0 What's Holding the UK Back?

20-Jul-2017 05:51:00

The so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution has received much press attention over the past few years, bringing with it the promise of automation, efficiency and output like never before.

However, when it comes to implementing this, UK manufacturers are standing still. Following a new report on the attitudes of UK industry towards Industry 4.0, Gary Price, International Product Manager, Automation and Services at ERIKS UK, examines what is holding manufacturing back, and why its inertia may prove costly in the long term.

It's an exciting time for manufacturing as the rise of Industry 4.0 gathers pace. The advantages are clear: more automation, less downtime, slicker processes and smarter decisions.

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Topics: News, Innovation, Best Practice, Automation, Efficiency, Industry 4.0

Get the Green Light for ESOS and Avoid Fines

19-Jul-2017 05:04:00

It's Time to Get Organised for ESOS

In 2014, the government began the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) as part of ongoing improvements in energy efficiency within large UK companies. This scheme is now moving into the next phase, and eligible businesses are being encouraged to gather data and choose a route to compliance. 

As the next stage sets in it’s clear businesses need to get on board with green thinking – avoiding this mandatory scheme will result in enforcement notices being issued, and a number of companies have already been fined for non-compliance.

The action is clear: Get organised – before it’s too late.

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Topics: Innovation, News, Best Practice, Efficiency

2017 Could Be the Year of the Smart Factory

18-Jul-2017 11:08:44


According to YCF, a member organisation supporting the manufacturing industry, 2017 could be the year of the smart factory. 

The organisation stated that the next 12 months will be a critical time for manufacturers to understand the importance of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT), but will crucially be the time they begin to implement new machinery encompassing automation and data exchange.
Yet, despite this positivity, there is concern over the manufacturing and engineering skills gap as this new technology will require new skills.

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Topics: News, Innovation, Industry 4.0

The Amount of Aggregates Transported by Rail Is Increasing

10-Jul-2017 10:09:54

The movement of aggregates by rail is rising in the UK, according to a report by BDS Marketing Research, which also suggests that the trend is set to continue, with a recent increase in depots and more in planning.

This is despite an overall decrease in the volume of freight moved by rail in recent years.

The report, entitled ‘Estimated outputs of aggregates moved through rail depots in Great Britain’, estimates the volumes and market shares of companies operating aggregate rail depots in Great Britain and includes information on those recently opened as well as planned.

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Topics: News, Innovation

Industry 4.0 The Elephant in the Room? - The Debate

02-May-2017 07:51:06

In a new report, which can be downloaded from the ERIKS UK website, we ask the question, “Is UK Industry ready for Industry 4.0?” Here, Gary Price, International Product Manager for Automation and Services at ERIKS UK, details some of the findings.

Industry 4.0 is the hot button topic for UK industry, but there are formidable obstacles in the way of implementation. ERIKS UK recently published a report analysing UK industry’s preparedness for Industry 4.0 specifically and its impact on maintenance.

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Topics: News, Innovation, Best Practice, Automation, Industry 4.0

Vote for ERIKS - De Partnership Verkiezing

26-Apr-2017 12:25:14

A team of young professionals from ERIKS are participating in a government backed Dutch challenge called ‘De Partnership Verkiezing’. Our team have been working on a business case to solve the challenge of unsafe working conditions in Vietnam, where 5000 people die due to unsafe working conditions every year. 

ERIKS has the know-how and the products to help solve this problem, but it's not just about tools. Safety is in people's hands, but also in people's minds. Young professionals from ERIKS developed a business case  for designing a serious safety gaming app to change the attitude and behaviour of workers.

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Topics: News, Innovation, Health & Safety, Engineering

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