Bringing the green revolution to electronics

Bringing the green revolution to electronics

From biomemory to implants, researchers are looking for ways to make more eco-friendly electronic components. Researchers are investigating how to make electronic components from eco-friendly, biodegradable materials to help address a growing public health and environmental problem: around 50 million tonnes of electronic waste are produced every year. Less than 20% of the e-waste we […]

Funding boost for UC research on airborne microplastics

Funding boost for UC research on airborne microplastics

Could microplastics in the atmosphere play a role in climate change UC atmospheric chemist Dr Laura Revell is leading an investigation into this important question, with the support of a $300,000 Fast-Start grant from the 2019 Marsden Fund Te Pūtea Rangahau. In July 2019, a new report by the Royal Society Te Apārangi highlighted the […]

EMEX is forty years old

EMEX is forty years old

At the end of 2019, I put together the Media Kit for this year and, as always, was the challenge of gathering feedback on what readers want to read and be informed about. Needless to say, Climate Change sits right up the top of the list as a major area of concern. It involves refocussing […]

Marsden Fund grant supports UC study on ‘killer robots’ debate

Marsden Fund grant supports UC study on ‘killer robots’ debate

First there was gunpowder, then nuclear weapons. Now another revolution in warfighting is underway with the rise of algorithmic warfare using robots and precision targeting technology. Their use is highly controversial but to date there has been no systematic attempt made to map the debate unfolding in academic, intergovernmental, corporate and social media domains. Internationally, […]

Manufacturing talent: what can you do to bridge the gap?

Dealing with this manufacturing talent gap is a major headache for an industry already struggling to meet demand.

Manufacturing talent: what can you do to bridge the gap?

From 3D printing to blockchain, automation to predictive analytics, the fourth industrial revolution is changing how the manufacturing industry is operating. However, with this rapid transformation comes manufacturing talent challenges, exacerbated by an industry that has struggled to recruit the right people. 29 per cent of manufacturing vacancies are hard to fill and with a rapidly ageing workforce, it becomes increasingly […]

Retrofitting legacy equipment

Retrofitting viable legacy equipment, with smart technology, can be far more cost effective than replacing the entire production line and will can extend the lifespan of equipment. 

Retrofitting legacy equipment

Updating legacy machinery to add smart capabilities  After her mother took away her devices, a teen girl went viral after allegedly tweeting from her fridge. The reason this was so entertaining is because it’s unexpected — you don’t typically associate fridges with communication, just as you don’t with legacy equipment. Here John Young, APAC director […]

How viable is additive manufacturing?

How viable is additive manufacturing?

The manufacturing and legal issues surrounding additive manufacturing. In 1984, Charles Hull invented the first 3D printer, which used stereolithography to build up a plastic product layer by layer. Over 35 years later, additive manufacturing (AM) is drastically altering a range of industries, from manufacturing to the medical sector. But what are the limitations of […]

Connection Technologies Limited – looking forward to the next 20 years

Connection Technologies has a singular focus, to offer the most cost effective and reliable connector solution to match the customers’ demands within their business.

Connection Technologies Limited – looking forward to the next 20 years

The founder of Connection Technologies, Lewis Woodward, started the business in December 1999.   The aim then and still now is to work with the customer and assist them in achieving their goal. “I knew that without a successful customer, I was going nowhere”. 20 years ago, business conditions were different to what they are today. […]

This is what we can really do about climate change

Carbon dioxide emissions from the energy sector have more than doubled since the 1970s and remain on an upward trajectory.

This is what we can really do about climate change

Despite efforts to achieve net-zero by 2050, global emissions are still rising. A new study suggests ways to fast-track efforts to decarbonise the planet. Building a business case for sustainable energy could drive the transition. It’s not too late to stop climate change. According to new research, decarbonising fast enough to stabilise the climate and […]

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