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Firms from the subsea and offshore engineering sectors were among the winners in a Europe-wide call to find new technologies to quickly and easily connect wave energy devices at sea.

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Trelleborg is to showcase a variety of advanced polymer capabilities engineered specifically for wind turbine applications at WindEurope Offshore 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark, later this month. Experts from a number of its business areas will demonstrate how to ensure renewable projects deliver efficient power generation over an increased service life. Trelleborg will also use the flagship European offshore wind event to officially launch Frame, a new radar absorbing material for wind turbines, blades and nacelles.

By Vincent Lagarrigue, Trelleborg Oil & Marine

PSM Instrumentation has announced it is part of an innovative floating wind platform project which allows the exploitation of wind potential at sea in depths of more than 40 metres. The innovation focus of the project is the conception of a floating foundation, based on the experiences from the oil and gas industry, which will support wind turbines in offshore applications.

LED lighting specialist Glamox has launched a new range of explosion-proof interior decorative LED luminaires. The new AX60 luminaire is certified for use in Zone 1 hazardous areas and completes the Glamox AL60 family of decorative LED luminaires.

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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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