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The Second Industrial Revolution: Part Three of 4IR in Context

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The Second Industrial Revolution: Part Three of 4IR in Context

In a series of articles, we are taking a look back at the industrial revolutions of the past to glean lessons from history as the Fourth Industrial Revolution gathers pace. In this part, the focus is on the Second Revolution, also described as the Technological Revolution.

The breakthroughs in big ideas perhaps lost some pace in the mid nineteenth century, but advances in the 1870s have led historians to place the start of the second revolution here, and it describes a period from 1870 to the start of World War One in 1914. It was in this period, spanning the end of the 19th century and the start of the 20th, that ideas around technology and mass production bore fruit, and together brought about a veritable explosion of productivity which quickly transformed the world into the modern industrial age that we all now inhabit. Read more.

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Forty Years of Portable Arm Measurement

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Forty Years of Portable Arm Measurement

In advanced manufacturing settings, portable arms have become a familiar sight, both in inspection areas and shop-floor environments. Their versatility and usefulness have also resulted in their use spreading to a wide variety of settings beyond manufacturing, from clinical measurement in hospitals, to data-archiving of antiquities in museums.

With the passage of 40 years, the range of available arms has proliferated, and specialist arms have developed to improve their suitability for specific applications. Whilst non-contact laser scanning, diverse probing options, wireless connectivity, absolute encoders, and endless software enhancements have transformed the usability of portable arms, their ‘genetic code’ remains remarkably close to that of their early ancestors from the 1980s. Read more.

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INSPHERE receive investment from Foresight Williams

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INSPHERE receive investment from Foresight Williams

INSPHERE are delighted to announce that the company have received £1.5 million investment from the Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund.

The company’s growing portfolio of measurement solutions and in-process systems will provide cutting-edge, Industry 4.0 technology to enable manufacturing companies to monitor and control the performance of automated manufacturing solutions using metrology-grade systems.

“INSPHERE is showing itself to be a pioneer, delivering much-needed valuable improvements in aerospace, automotive and defence industry production processes by using technology to offer in-process metrology

- Andrew Bloxam, Senior Investment Manager at Foresight.

The investment marks a point of growth for the company that will accelerate disruptive new developments in the field of manufacturing monitoring and control. Click here to see the full press release.

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Why Industry 4.0 is Already Failing

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Why Industry 4.0 is Already Failing

For the manufacturing sector, each industrial revolution has been driven by significant advances in technology. Whilst we sit on the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, known as Industry 4.0, the likes of cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things and robots have been crowned the future of smart factories. But is anyone able to map out the next industrial revolution with any certainty?

In a series of articles, INSPHERE is examining whether revolutions can indeed be mapped out in advance, and whether history and current state-of-the-art can really guide us to predict what prospects lie around the corner – the trouble with predictions is that they can sometimes be wrong. Read more.

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INSPHERE launches BASELINE at Nuclear AMRC

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INSPHERE launches BASELINE at Nuclear AMRC

On March 21st, INSPHERE will be launching a new rapid machine tool verification system at Nuclear AMRC where the company have been working over the past year to test and develop the system on the centre’s largest machining platforms.

BASELINE is a system that reduces machine downtime and material scrap rates. The technology provides full verification of a large machine tool in less than one hour, facilitating regular checks and providing confidence in performance prior to cutting metal. BASELINE supports a move towards adopting Industry 4.0 philosophies. Its development has been made possible with funding from NATEP and access to the world-class facilities at the Nuclear AMRC. Read more.

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Training - The Root of a Thriving Manufacturing Industry

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Training - The Root of a Thriving Manufacturing Industry

In the UK, manufacturing is a thriving industry that directly employs 2.6 million people and sectors such as the aerospace industry generate annual revenue in excess of £30 billion, providing excellent careers for well over 100,000 people. Our position as a major world player is founded on a highly-skilled workforce, institutional knowledge and a history of technological advances. Retaining this strong global reputation is essential to economic wellbeing but also continued growth. Read more.

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Putting the Fourth Industrial Revolution into Context

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Putting the Fourth Industrial Revolution into Context

Industry 4.0, or the Fourth Industrial Revolution, has been discussed a great deal in 2018. At INSPHERE we feel that Industry 4.0 will indeed live up to the current hype, and that metrology data will be the key enabler that delivers truly smart manufacturing and drives productivity to a higher level. 

Can revolutions can be mapped out in advance? Do they truly drive changes or are they just the result of incremental development? These questions are still relevant today – they may help us to take an objective look at whether i4.0 is just marketing jargon or a genuinely transformative event. To help answer these questions in the context of the present day, INSPHERE will be releasing a series of articles over the coming months, looking both backwards through history and forwards into the short and medium-term future. Read more.

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Made Smarter with Metrology

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Made Smarter with Metrology

Made Smarter, an independent review commissioned by the government and released last year, identified the positioning of the UK with respect to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Since its release, over the last 12 months it has been impossible to discuss the future of manufacturing without hearing terms like Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning or Big Data. The terminology, branding and messaging has come to the fore of the manufacturing conversation. However, the over-arching sentiment that seems to have been established is clear: collect data and use it to improve your manufacturing system. Read more.

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INSPHERE's NATEP-funded BASELINE Project

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INSPHERE's NATEP-funded BASELINE Project

INSPHERE have a long history of using measurement data to improve both product quality and manufacturing productivity in aerospace and other advanced manufacturing sectors. As a company, we place a strong focus on innovation and making full use of emerging opportunities to help drive a revolution in high-value manufacturing, and to make the promise for Industry 4.0 a reality.

In 2017, the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP) awarded funding to INSPHERE to complete an 18-month project to develop BASELINE, an original concept for a rapid verification system for large machine tools. In a new article, NATEP discusses the developments of the project and the system that will reduce machine verification downtime from five days to as little as one hour. You can read the article here and if you’d like to know a bit more, contact us for further discussion.

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5 Steps to Better Portable Arm Measurement

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5 Steps to Better Portable Arm Measurement

A popular board game in the 1980s famously took, "a minute to learn... a lifetime to master". Portable arms are a deceptively simple metrology system for which the same catchphrase applies. Arms are designed to be highly flexible and easy to use for a wide variety of measurement tasks. However, understanding measurement datasets and how to use them for verification, reverse engineering or any other application can be far more involved than it first appears. 

Here are five steps to help provide a sound basis for adopting more robust and effective methods when using portable arms. Read more…

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INSPHERE working with the Nuclear AMRC

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INSPHERE working with the Nuclear AMRC

INSPHERE have been working at the Nuclear AMRC with the centre's Soraluce FX12000 horizontal machining platform. We've been running large-scale trials with our current rapid machine tool verification system, BASELiNE.

You can read about the trials in the Nuclear AMRC newsletter here and don't forget to sign up to INSPHERE's quarterly for company updates, technical articles and more here.

 

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3 Steps to Using Measurement to Improve Manufacturing

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3 Steps to Using Measurement to Improve Manufacturing

In the latest article by INSPHERE's Chief Executive, Ben Adeline discusses three steps to help develop a systematic approach to improving measurement data to add value and improve productivity in manufacturing.

You can find the full article here and don’t forget to sign-up to our quarterly newsletter that contains all our exciting technical articles and case studies from our current portfolio of work.

 

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