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The Floating Wind Joint Industry Project (JIP), managed by the Carbon Trust, has recently launched the Floating Wind Technology Acceleration Competition to accelerate the development and commercialisation of floating wind. The Carbon Trust, together with 14 leading offshore wind developers represented by the Floating Wind JIP, will select the best ideas with a particular emphasis on mooring systems and operations and maintenance (O&M).

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Interpump Group, one of the world’s largest manufacturer of plunger pumps, is increasing its range of ATEX certified pumps.

Nanotechnology specialist NextGen Nano has released an infographic tracking the development and history of solar power, to explain the technology’s future. Since its inception, large surface areas have been required to provide any meaningful power generation from solar, but newer technologies like NextGen’s organic solar cells are set to change this.

AMETEK Sensors, Test and Calibration (STC) has introduced the intrinsically safe HPC50 handheld pressure calibrator, with high accuracy and ease of use for process control applications in the oil and gas industries. The new pressure calibrator is part of the company’s Crystal line of pressure products.

Bender UK will be exhibiting at SPE Offshore Europe 2019 on Stand 3J05. It will showcase its total capabilities for the oil, gas and subsea industry - oil, gas and subsea operators demand high production outputs and safe, functioning platforms to maximise productivity. State-of-the art LIM performance

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Editor's Comment 

With so much uncertainty surrounding Brexit, manufacturers are becoming increasingly frustrated and desperate to move on. But one thing is very certain - the new Prime Minister must not underestimate the benefits of a good deal for British manufacturers as it will unlock new investment and confidence in factories and boardrooms across the country. It should also not be underestimated that Europe still has huge belief in the UK and getting a deal will ultimately open many doors that have been closed by uncertainty.

I was recently lucky enough to attend the launch of two new engineering Institutions for children at the House of Lords, which will help nurture and encourage the abundance of talent we need as an engineering nation.

When we think of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a number of prominent buzz-phrases will probably come to mind – for example: Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Smart Manufacturing; and maybe even Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, the Digital Twin and a lot more besides.

With major cyber security breaches making the news in recent weeks, the various scares highlight the importance of protection for manufacturers, and at the recent Hannover Messe, cyber security was a major theme for this year’s event.

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