REDDITCH, England (Reuters) - At Muller Precision Engineering’s plant in Redditch, south of Birmingham, James Gibbs is in charge of three clattering pieces of machinery older than he is. FILE PHOTO: A worker holds a component for a Volvo truck at the Muller manufacturing facility in Redditch, Britain August 28, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples His two co-workers - one Polish, the other Hungarian - place semi-finished metal parts on plastic spindles every 20 seconds and hold them between grinders for another 15 seconds, then check their dimensions before dropping them into a tray. “It’s a very repetitive job,” said Gibbs, 27. “You’ve got to keep your concentration for however many hours you’re on there, so that you don’t misload it.” By the middle of next year, the work of two of the staff will be done by sensors and robotic arms. British manufacturers have long lagged behind their developed country peers on automation, … [Read more...] about UK automation picks up as flow of European workers slows ahead of…
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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will grant Modern-Expo Group a $15 million investment loan for automation and robotization of production in plants in Belarus and Ukraine, as well as support for its innovation center, the company said. “The loan will allow the development of modern technologies in retail, including work on the use of artificial intelligence, neuromarketing and big data, which will also help us better match our offer to the needs of customers,” said the owner of the company, Bogdan Łukasik. Modern-Expo Group is a producer and supplier of modern equipment for the retail industry. It provides its range to major international retailers such as Auchan, Carrefour, Tesco, Żabka Polska, British American Tobacco, CCC and many others. … [Read more...] about EBRD to grant Modern-Expo Group $15 mln development loan
Automation is killing us, warns filmmaker Maxim Pozdorovkin in his new documentary "The Truth About Killer Robots," which premieres Saturday at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film is also the first ever to be narrated by a robot -- a possible sign of what's to come in the motion picture industry. "When I started making the movie, the idea of robots killing people was very trendy, people were talking about the theoretical possibilities," Pozdorovkin told AFP. Most cautionary tales about automation have considered "what robots will be able to do in the future," he said. "But I'm more interested in how technology presently works on us. How is automation transforming us? This is a deeper issue, fundamental to who we are as a species." The movie considers laws for robots first imagined by Isaac Asimov in the his 1942 short story "Runaround," which states that machines must not harm humans. It presents the viewpoints of engineers, journalists, philosophers and, through archival … [Read more...] about ‘Killer Robots’ film warns of perils of automation
Bangla for Britain; Historians for Britain; even Vapers for Britain, with its snappy tagline: “it’s time to quit… the EU”. At first glance, the Twitter and Facebook feeds belonging to these hyper-specific campaigns appear to be independent, grassroots affairs. In fact, they’re among a dozen “outreach groups” backed by the Vote Leave campaign, which was this week found to have overspent and cheated during its campaign by the Electoral Commission. Some of these groups were tied to lobbying organisations, founded by known Tory campaigners, shared offices with Vote Leave, or had web addresses traceable to Vote Leave chief executive Matthew Elliott. LGBT+ campaign group Out and Proud trumpeted its independent status as “not … affiliated to any political party” despite being headed by a council candidate who is deputy chairman of his local Tory party, the New Statesman found. These outreach groups were operated by real … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightBrexit astroturfing: did fake grassroots groups help swing the EU referendum?
The production line at Pasta Foods's factory in Norwich. Picutre: Sonya Duncan ARCHANT EASTERN DAILY PRESS (01603) 772434 The East of England’s manufacturing industry is “highly productive” compared to the UK average, a new report claims. According to trade body EEF there are now 14,040 manufacturing companies in the region, up 2% from last year, while in 2017 there were almost a quarter of a million people employed in the sector, an increase of 4.3% since 2010. EEF, which published the regional manufacturing outlook report with business advisory group BDO, said the East of England’s output and order book have continued to “grow solidly” over the past year, supported by a “robust” export order pipeline. The region now accounts for 9.3% of UK exports in the sector, with 60.2% of those going to Europe, EEF and BDO said. Charlotte Horobin, East of England region director for EEF, said the report demonstrated the industry’s … [Read more...] about East Anglia’s manufacturing sector is ‘highly productive’ compared to other regions