ccording to research by Close Brothers, 58 per cent of UK

SMEs do not use cloud-based computing where software, storage and other services are delivered over the internet using remote servers. In total, a third of small and

medium sized businesses (33 per cent) say that they do not use the cloud at all and 25 per cent say that they are not currently using the technology, but plan to implement it in the next 12 months. The reasons given for not using

the cloud for business vary. Of those not using the technology, over a third of companies (36 per cent) do not trust that it is secure enough. A

further 29 per cent believe transferring to the cloud would be too time intensive, and 16 per cent say that they cannot afford to invest in it. There is also a knowledge gap

when it comes to cloud technology. Three quarters of SME senior business decision makers (73 per cent) say they do not understand it well. One in ten (ten per cent) admit they do not know what it is. Smaller enterprises are least likely

to be familiar with business clouds. In companies with an annual turnover of less than £250,000, 14 per cent claim they understand the technology well. In comparison, in firms with a turnover of over

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RIKS UK has opened a new facility within its Flow Control Technology Centre in

Leicester, which brings together specialist knowledge and components in all aspects of industrial flow control systems under one roof. The centre employs 34 people, and comprises

of a workshop for repairing, designing, and upgrading pumps and valves, as well as an ‘Automation Cell’ where ERIKS develops and builds complete flow control solutions. The facility is staffed by engineers from a wide

range of disciplines who collaborate to deliver turnkey flow control solutions such as in-line blending and formulating, automatic dosing, dilution, filling, batching, filtration and clean-in- place systems. By basing the team at the Leicester site, every stage of the design and production

process can be carried out in one place. This includes the assembly of bare shaft

pumps, testing and certification of valves and actuators, and mounting whole solutions onto skids ready to integrate with whatever direct control system the end user operates. Andy Silver, ERIKS’ flow control director, says:

“Developing specialist flow control and dosing systems demands specialist knowledge, a comprehensive understanding of a wide range of components and access to these parts at competitive prices. By bringing all the expertise and production capabilities together, we can deliver tailored solutions that help customers reduce production downtime, improve health and safety, and increase the reliability of their processes and assets.”



elcome to the

June issue of Factory Equipment magazine.

In this issue we take a look at

Boilers, Pumps & Valves, Compressed Air, Facilities Management, Warehousing, Handling & Storage and much more. As ever, if you are interested in editorial, please get in touch via my details on the contents page. See you next month, and happy reading.

Rachel Tucker - Editor 4 JUNE 2019 | FACTORY EQUIPMENT

ifting equipment manufacturer and service provider, Konecranes Demag UK Limited, has

reaffirmed its commitment to providing equal employment opportunities by entering into partnership with the WES. The move is consistent with the company’s objective of promoting the engineering sector to women and recruiting female employees to establish a more diverse workforce. Konecranes Demag is taking an active role within the WES, attending the organisation’s events and adopting best practice procedures. The company will also advertise technical vacancies on the WES website, job boards and newsletters to make job opportunities more accessible to female engineers. WES is a charity and a professional network of

women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development. Working in partnership with industry, the organisation supports and inspires women to achieve their potential as engineers, scientists and as leaders. It encourages


engineering education and training to help companies meet their gender diversity and inclusion objectives. Konecranes UK HR director, Karen Winfield, stated:

“This is an issue about which I am passionate and I am delighted that Konecranes Demag is working with the WES to inspire and support women in engineering careers. Attracting women to technical roles is a challenge faced by many engineering companies. Our partnership with WES fits in with our global diversity programme and will enable us to encourage more women to join Konecranes Demag and the engineering sector at large. I am very excited about the community we are building and hope that it will inspire more women to join us.”

£5,000,000, 45 per cent say that they do. However, firms of all sizes

recognise the value of using the cloud for business. According to responses, the top reasons SMEs would consider adopting the technology are to enable flexible working (29 per cent), to save space (28 per cent) and to improve organisation and documentation (25 per cent). David Thomson, CEO of Close

Brothers Invoice Finance, said: “SMEs appear to still be at the early stages of adopting cloud technology, but these businesses could gain the most. Companies should consider how virtual servers could be used in their organisation and what kind of

system might best fit their specific requirements. “The cloud offers a number of

benefits for smaller businesses, including increased storage space, remote access to data, and reduced costs. It can also protect against a loss event as companies no longer need to rely on hardcopies of documents, manual back-ups or local infrastructure. “However, while this technology

has the potential to enhance operations, it is important to make an informed decision when choosing how to use internet-based applications. Businesses should remain alert regarding IT security and sharing sensitive information.”

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