Issue No. 222
10th January 2024

Helping manufacturers to facilitate the ‘connected worker’

As we enter 2024, industry commentators have been making predictions for the year ahead, with the rise of the ‘connected worker’ being one that piqued my interest. Reports suggest that, by 2026, 60% of manufacturers will invest in new technology to transform the shop floor operator experience to mitigate attrition and productivity losses. Embedding technology by involving operators in the process –the ‘connected worker’ – will enable manufactures to drive productivity and efficiency, and improve the shop-floor worker experience. Much of the technology that is spoken about already exists within current control and automation systems; machine builders who can demonstrate to manufacturers how they can best use it could have an important competitive advantage.  

With best regards

Mark Simms, Editor


HMS Networks acquires Red Lion Controls

HMS Networks has entered into a binding agreement with Spectris Group Holdings to acquire Red Lion Controls, a well-established US-based provider of industrial automation solutions.

Collaborative robots automate palletising at Sanofi

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Entering 2024 with an air of optimism

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Designing hardware to protect the physical side of the internet

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Model A36R absolute encoder with BiSS C interface

The Model A36R absolute encoder from British Encoder Products is designed for high performance in a compact mechanical package.
Food Manufacturing Live


Showcasing design, production and process engineering in the food and drink sector

Taking place on 1 May 2024 at the National Motorcycle Museum, Food Manufacturing Live serves the design, production, process and maintenance engineering teams across the UK food and drink manufacturing sector.

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