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An ambitious collaborative digitalisation project which aims to help the UK oil and gas industry save millions has taken a significant step forward with the first meeting of its steering group committee in Aberdeen last month.

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A start-up company, led by oil and gas stalwarts James McCallum and Colin Manson, is launching a digital platform that aims to solve one of the most pressing problems facing the upstream oil and gas industry.

Crondall Energy, a floating production and subsea specialist, has announced it is growing its subsea pipelines team with the appointment of Katya Murray who joins them as a senior consultant.

The fast moving and trend driven nature of today’s industrial markets, mean that OEMs may increasingly need to specify, order and receive parts in double quick time.

NORD reports it has optimised the design of its proven IE3 asynchronous motors with numerous details that achieve a better assembly and cooling.

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When watching films or TV shows of a certain vintage, one can’t help noticing how ubiquitous the street phone booth was for everyday ‘real-time’ communication. And there seemed to be an awful lot of paper on desks in episodes of The Bill, accompanied by the incessant clatter of manual typewriters. Needless to say, things have moved on in leaps and bounds from a technological perspective in today’s business and social world (maybe except for the reams of paper that still seem to be on quite a few office desks).

The result of the recent election will undoubtedly reverberate for some time to come. What should have been a seasonally calm period period, leads many of us to contemplate how the number one concern for manufacturers - Brexit - will now finally play out.

There has been debate recently about whether the increasing level of automation in manufacturing and warehousing environments is posing a threat to people’s jobs. Ostensibly, this might seem to be a rational concern. So, what’s the truth? Although expensive to set up, Sophie Hand, UK country manager at automation parts supplier EU Automation, maintains that highly automated ‘lights-out’ manufacturing comes with a series of advantages, the first of which is increased profitability.

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