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Web-Lec migrating to www.promanufacturingzone.com
24 September 2012
Most stories previously posted on Web-Lec.com are now posted on <a href="http://www.promanufacturingzone.com">ProManufacturingZone</a> instead. Only stories not related to manufacturing industry will in future be published here.
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Web-Lec migrating to www.promanufacturingzone.com
24 September 2012
Most stories previously posted on Web-Lec.com are now posted on <a href="http://www.promanufacturingzone.com">ProManufacturingZone</a> instead. Only stories not related to manufacturing industry will in future be published here.
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GAMBICA: System efficiency, not product efficiency, is what counts
23 July 2012
With the economic downturn and subsequent cuts, manufacturers are reluctant to invest to improve motor-driven systems. However, as time passes, inefficient industrial machines consume more and more expensive energy and begin eating away at profits. At the 2012 Motor Driven Systems conference (8 November at the St John's Hotel, Solihull), GAMBICA will be launching a white paper comparing investing money in efficient systems, and saving capital but accepting higher energy bills.
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Forcing small businesses to pay for health and safety inspections "would add to red tape woes"
19 July 2012
A bid to force small businesses to pay for their own health and safety inspections is being criticised by the Forum of Private Business, which is arguing the move would leave firms struggling to cope with mounting red tape facing further bureaucracy and compliance costs.
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Fair, flexible and efficient electricity system vital - Hendry
19 July 2012
Two separate pieces of work that look at the future of our electricity system have been published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
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The long road to east-west pay parity
10 July 2012
Wide divisions still exist between pay markets of European countries - even within the European Union. The gap is narrowing between eastern and western Europe, but it will be many years before pay parity is achieved, says the Federation of European Employers (FedEE).
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Danfoss - new European Energy Efficiency Directive is good news for the environment
04 July 2012
The new European Energy Efficiency Directive has been agreed upon by the European Parliament. The Directive is meant to ensure that member countries cut their energy consumption by 17 % by 2020. Although the final text is not as ambitious as the initial proposal, Danfoss CEO & President Niels B. Christiansen is happy with the Directive.
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Infrastructure to revolutionise electric vehicles?
27 June 2012
A new transportation infrastructure that will revolutionise the way we use electric vehicles in the future was unveiled in Berlin at the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure World Congress.
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Forum of Private Business responds to Funding For Lending announcement
22 June 2012
In response to the Chancellor's announcement last night regards a new bank credit easing scheme, the Forum's Chief Executive Phil Orford said: "Borrowing costs have been rising while lending has continued to fall, so on the face of it this should be good news for those small businesses struggling to make ends meet."
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New round of higher apprenticeship funding meets CBI approval
22 June 2012
The CBI has commented on the Government's announcement of 4,230 new Higher Apprenticeships in sectors including aviation, low carbon engineering, legal services and space engineering, as part of the £25 million Higher Apprenticeships Fund.
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Memory resistors could take over where flash technology leaves off
08 June 2012
Engineers at UCL created a phase-changing memresitor device entirely in silicon that can operate at ambient conditions.
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Win $100k and help the developing world
29 May 2012
Open to anyone, TechforTrade's 3D4D challenge aims to unearth groundbreaking ideas that exploit developments in 3D printing, mobile phone based scanning technology and web based design applications to improve the incomes and livelihoods of people in developing countries.
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The Real Cost of the Greek Bail-out
25 May 2012
Whilst the political vacuum in Greece continues and Spanish banks teeter on the edge, the focus across Europe has been on re-financing national debts and propping up national economies to keep the eurozone alive. But perhaps one vital ingredient is missing: The cost of tax evasion and corruption in Greece outstrips its national debt, and that debt is now being largely underwritten by the German taxpayer.
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Energy costs and broadband telecommunications top list of infrastructure issues in small firms
12 May 2012
Energy costs and access to effective telecommunications, including broadband, are the most important infrastructure issues faced by small businesses, according to new research from the Forum of Private Business. A total of 80% of Forum members responding to the organisation's Referendum survey on Infrastructure for Growth believe that energy costs are "very important" or "important", with the same number citing telecommunications and broadband access - seen as a particular problem in rural locations.
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Banks must help to drive the export market for SMEs
12 May 2012
Banks must help to drive the export market for SMEs, says Forum The Forum of Private Business has welcomed new research suggesting the number of UK firms exporting goods and services has increased, but is urging banks to help keep the momentum going by relaxing lending criteria for firms looking at overseas trade operations.
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Group buying can empower small business owners to beat spiralling costs
05 May 2012
The Forum of Private Business and the Buying Support Agency advise recession-hit firms to save money via clever purchasing.
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Campaign urges entrepreneurs to pass on the secrets of success
14 April 2012
The Forum of Private Business is calling for success stories from business owners flying high despite the global economic turmoil as part of its Get Britain Trading campaign to make 2012 the year of small businesses.
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Select Committee Report: MPs seek greater use of registered electricians
04 April 2012
The Select Committee of MPs taking evidence on the Building Regulations covering electrical and gas safety in dwellings has issued its detailed findings.
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Computing expert calls for greater awareness of the value of hardware uptime in Food and Drug compliance
HardwarePT's availability champion, Rob Dinsmore, has called for the pharmaceutical industry to recognise the value of high availability computing in guaranteeing the security of electronic record keeping in light of CFR21/11.
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Your mobile will own you (if it doesn't already)
23 March 2012
By 2020 "your mobile will own you", each individual's identity will be completely bound up in their phone, which will behave even more like personal computers, according to Stace Hipperson, Chief Technical Officer and co-founder of IT infrastructure modelling and data visualisation software company, Real Status.
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Ebullient mood at Automated Britain
23 March 2012
While little was in evidence in the budget this week to assist SMEs, a week earlier, the announcement of Nissanís investment of £125 million into Britain, for the unveiling of a new concept model to be manufactured at a state of the art factory in Sunderland, formed the backdrop of a Government address to delegates at the Automated Britain conference.
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The Henry Ford parable - a lesson for the manufacturing sector
23 February 2012
The American industrialist Henry Ford once said that, "If you need a machine and don't buy it, then you will ultimately find that you have paid for it, but don't have it." I believe that a century later, his assertion is more pertinent than ever for UK manufacturing, says guest blogger Steve Brambley, Deputy Director of GAMBICA, the Association for Instrumentation, Control, Automation & Laboratory Technology.
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Automated Britain attracts significant cross-party political support
19 February 2012
With GAMBICA and Intellect's Automated Britain conference coming up in March, policy makers in government, industry and politicians from all parties are supporting the event, reports Steve Brambley, deputy director of GAMBICA.
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Energy alliance with France predicted to bring jobs and investment
19 February 2012
The UK and France has put the green economy and energy security at the heart of their relationship. This came as companies from both nations agreed a raft of commercial deals, and the two governments signed up to new agreements to cooperate on energy issues.
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Researchers uncover dangerous SCADA weaknesses
11 February 2012
The troubled state of industrial control system (ICS) security is probably the worst kept secret in information security circles. These systems that monitor, manage and administer everything from nuclear power plants and other utilities to HVAC installations, robotics and even prison cell doors, are whistling past the graveyard, according to experts.
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Government's business support in spotlight following demise of local Business Links
04 February 2012
Following the demise of regional Business Links, and amid concerns new Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are more strategic bodies than business service providers, the Forum of Private Business has surveyed its members about changes to the business support landscape.
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Electrical fire safety awareness begins in the home
21 January 2012
50% of domestic fires are caused by faulty or misused electrical equipment, and as dangerous, sub-standard counterfeit products (including anything from mobile phone chargers and hand held games) have seen an unprecedented increase in recent years.
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Smart meters - engagement between industry and government key to ensuring £938m a year savings are realised, BEAMA asserts
21 January 2012
Responding to the publication of the Public Accounts Committee's report on "Preparations for the rollout of smart meters", BEAMA has welcomed the report's acknowledgement of the potential benefits of the UK smart meter rollout.
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Proposals for private sector science and technology universities elicit comment from IET
06 January 2012
On 4 January 2012, David Willetts, the Science and Universities Minister invited proposals for private sector science and tech universities. Stephanie Fernandes, Principal Policy Advisor - Education & Innovation - for the Institution of Engineering and Technology, has commented.
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SCADA and PLC vulnerabilities in correctional facilities
01 January 2012
Many prisons and jails use SCADA systems with PLCs to open and close doors. Using original and publicly available exploits along with evaluating vulnerabilities in electronic and physical security designs, researchers discovered significant vulnerabilities in PLCs used in correctional facilities by being able to remotely flip the switches to "open" or "locked closed" on cell doors and gates.
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