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Campus selected for new satellite innovation centre


Harwell science and innovation campus selected to host new centre for satellite innovation


the Technology Strategy Board, will be based at Harwell Oxford, the science, innovation and business campus in South Oxfordshire. The Oxfordshire location was


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chosen because of a growing cluster of organisations dedicated to advances in space technology and development of satellite applications. From Harwell the Satellite Applications Catapult will also be well placed to deliver its vision, supporting the UK business across the UK,


developing commercially


successful satellite-based applications and services. Making the announcement at the


Farnborough International Air Show, Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said: “I’m delighted that the Satellite Applications Catapult will be located at Harwell. The Technology Strategy Board are already committed to investing £10 million this year alone in innovation in technologies that make use of satellite and space infrastructure. The Catapult will give real impetus to commercial development in this area, where the UK can set itself ahead of the competition. With the international


he new Satellite Applications Catapult, one of seven new technology and innovation centres to be established by


NEWS IN BRIEF


ODVA schedules 2012 industry conference


ODVA has announced the 2012 Industry Conference and 15th Annual Meeting will be held from 16-18 October at the Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort in Stone Mountain, near Atlanta. Conference attendees can anticipate technical presentations, workshops and networking events that will focus on improving the usage of information and communication technologies in industrial automation. The annual meeting will include keynote speakers on topics of interest, including security, energy optimisation and determinism. “ODVA strives to help ensure the


reputation that Harwell already enjoys, it makes it an ideal location for the Catapult.” Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the


Technology Strategy Board said: “The large amount of space related innovation at the Harwell science and innovation campus makes it the ideal location for the Satellite Applications Catapult. Building and supporting clusters of excellence is one of the key objectives of the Catapult programme and we are extremely pleased the Catapult delivery team has chosen it as its base. “The 2010 Space Innovation and


Growth Strategy set objectives for growing the UK space industry from


6% to 10% of global market, which translates to £40bn for the UK by 2030.” Paul Febvre, Project Director of the


Satellite Applications Catapult delivery team said: “The Catapult will be a world-class centre for the development and commercial exploitation of satellite products, services and applications.It will be the place where the best researchers, SMEs and large companies come together and innovate with satellite technology and applications. We are excited to be establishing the Catapult at Harwell, from there we can build strong foundations by engaging with the UK’s existing assets and regional competencies.”


Apprenticeships rise in engineering


New statistics showing a rise in the number of apprenticeships in engineering and manufacturing are “extremely encouraging”, says EAL


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rovisional data published by government showed that in the first nine months of 2011/12 academic people


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apprenticeship in engineering and manufacturing technologies. This


compares with 48,970 starts in the entire 2010/11 academic year. Ann Watson, managing director of


EAL, the specialist organisation for industry qualifications, said: “It has been well established that


the


manufacturing and engineering sector is facing skills shortages. Therefore, it is vitally important that young people are enthused about jobs in these industries. “It is extremely encouraging to see


that more opportunities are being provided, as shown in the latest apprenticeship figures, and that employers are embracing this golden


education pathway. We must now continue to push growth in this sector if we are to meet the demand for skilled workers.” The rise in the number of


Apprenticeships has coincided with news that the proportion of 16-to-18 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEETs) has risen from 7.5 per cent to 8.1 per cent between 2010 and 2011. It has also been revealed that there is a rising number of students who are being left


jobless after


graduating from university – over 20,000 according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency.


prosperity of our members and the industrial automation industry through open, interoperable communications technologies,” said Katherine Voss, executive director of ODVA. “Attendees will benefit from continued learning and discussions on issues, solutions and technological trends and advances.” www.odva.org


Stäubli announces quick


mould change roadshow There are many solutions to improving productivity and profitability in an injection moulding shop, but frequently selecting those that will yield the most benefit can prove challenging. Stäubli’s quick mould changing demonstration vehicle is an excellent opportunity to review a range of innovative and effective systems first hand. The demonstration vehicle will be in the


UK during August and September 2012. Companies interested should register now on the dedicated Stäubli website so that their request can be considered for inclusion in the tour schedule. www.staubli.com/roadshow-uk


Mitsubishi wins award for


simplifying communications The Food and Beverage Industry has voted a unique Mitsubishi Electric integrated communications solution as the most important technological development of the year. The C-Controller solution provides a direct real-time connection between shop floor production assets to the enterprise level, interfacing to SAP, Oracle, DB2 and other business systems. Mitsubishi’s C-Controller solutions


provide unique plant to business connection options, interfacing directly to business level systems such as SAP, without the need for PC level gateways, providing a ruggedized and inherently more secure path for this vital production data and this is achieved by configuration, without the need to create complicated software routines. automationsolutions.mitsubishielectric.co.uk


INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY • July 2012


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