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NEW UNIVERSITY TO FOCUS ON TECHNOLOGY OF THE FUTURE A


‘new model’ university in Milton Keynes is planning to


focus on teaching the technology of the future world of work, leading in areas including digital, cyber, autonomy, robotics and artificial intelligence. Developed in partnership with


business, the new university will be an educational institution for the 21st century, delivering a distinctive STEM-focused (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) undergraduate curriculum. Plans for the new university –


currently known as MK:U – have been in development since late last year, but took a big step forward recently, with the announcement that Milton Keynes Council has


chosen Cranfield University as the lead higher education provider. Professor Sir Peter Gregson,


chief executive and vice-chancellor of Cranfield University, said: “We look forward to working closely with Milton Keynes Council to create a smart university for a smart city. Cranfield is one of the UK’s most business-engaged universities and we already have strong links with Milton Keynes. I am delighted that, together with our partners, we will be helping to deliver the exciting vision of a new university for the city.” Building a university in the heart


of the city is a key part of achieving Milton Keynes’ long-term vision, which envisages the city growing to


accommodate up to 500,000 people by 2050 and involves being at the heart of the Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Oxford innovation corridor. Councillor Peter Marland, leader


of Milton Keynes Council, said: “For a long time, we’ve held aspirations for a bricks and mortar university in MK to attract talented young people and for local students to attend, and this is a significant step towards the creation of MK:U. “Through the MK Futures 2050


process, we identified how a university focused on technology could benefit our economy, especially alongside the development of the Cambridge- MK-Oxford corridor.”


MTC INTRODUCES FANUC TECHNOLOGY TO ITS TRAINING CENTRE


anuc has installed a range of its technology at the MTC’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre, as part of the MTC’s continued commitment to evolve its cutting-edge training and development facilities for the next generation of engineers. The AMTC, which is located next to the MTC at Ansty


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Park, Coventry, will now feature six Fanuc D21 Robodrill machining centres, complete with Fanuc CNC, as well as seven educational cells, each comprising of Fanuc LRMate200iD/4S robotic arms and control panels. The introduction of Fanuc technology to the AMTC is the latest development in what has become a close working relationship between the two organisations. Apprenticeships have long been a central element of


Fanuc’s UK operations, and the company currently has six apprentices in training at its Ansty Park UK headquarters. As part of its relationship with the MTC, however, Fanuc also welcomes AMTC apprentices to its facilities, providing further training and education, as well as exposure to the latest factory automation technology. Richard Watkins, operations director at the AMTC,


commented: “Robotics and automation are two of the MTC’s key areas for developing the next generation of engineering talent. Fanuc CNC is amongst the most popular machine tool control systems worldwide, and the company’s iconic yellow robots can be found in manufacturing facilities across all key industrial sectors. “To be able to have access to Fanuc CNC, metal-


(L–R) Paul Rowlett, AMTC managing director, Andy Armstrong, Fanuc UK sales & marketing manager, and Richard Watkins, operations director - AMTC


cutting and automation technology at the AMTC will be a huge asset to our apprentices, providing them with valuable opportunities to gain first-hand experience with technologies that they are likely to use throughout their career.” Andrew Armstrong, sales and marketing manager at Fanuc UK, added: “The UK’s manufacturing landscape is evolving at a pace not seen for decades. This is facilitated by the productivity and efficiency benefits derived from the greater connectivity and interoperability offered by manufacturing technology. Both the MTC and AMTC have been at the forefront of developing the next generation of engineers. Given Fanuc’s own commitment to fostering future engineering talent, we are delighted to be able to integrate our own state-of-the-art technology into their facilities.”


Initiative launched to encourage young people into manufacturing A


new initiative to educate young people about career


opportunities in the manufacturing sector has recently been launched in Bradford. The district is leading the way with


the first Bradford Manufacturing Week (8-12 October) and is calling for other regions to follow suit. The event, which aims to


introduce manufacturers to young people and boost apprenticeship numbers by creating more inspired, informed and ‘work ready’ applicants


into the sector, is being led by West & North Yorkshire Chamber. The brainchild of Nick Garthwaite,


MD of international chemicals and detergents manufacturer, Christeyns, the week aims to engage with around 75 local schools, reach more than 20,000 teenage students and create 1,000 work experience days across the district. With support from major


manufacturers, including BASF, and backed with headline sponsorship from Barclays, the launch marks the


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start of six months of school and manufacturer engagement before the week of events, tours, work placements, company visits and seminars begin in October. More information about sponsorship or how to get involved is available on the Bradford Manufacturing Week website at www.bradfordmanufacturingweek.co. uk or email bmw@wnychamber.co.uk or call 01274 206653. For regular updates and news follow @Bradfordmfg on Twitter.


British Steel has secured a major German rail contract after enhancing its manufacturing capabilities with a seven-figure investment. The deal will see the company deliver around 20,000 tonnes of 120 metre rail a year to Deutsche Bahn, Europe´s largest purchaser of rail.


britishsteel.co.uk


ABB is setting up a new Digital Solutions Centre in Singapore to drive innovation and bring pioneering solutions to its customers worldwide. Scheduled to open by the end of the first quarter of 2018, the centre is part of ABB’s Control Technologies business. It will develop innovative solutions, merging cloud, information and operational (IT and OT) technologies. These developments will help customers harness digitalisation to improve energy efficiency and increase operational agility across a number of industries.


www.abb.com


A new museum that brings together the world’s most significant Brunel collection at Brunel’s SS Great Britain in Bristol has opened to the public. To assist with its development, Renishaw has supported the museum since 2015 and was the founder member of the Being Brunel Corporate Club, formed to enable local companies to support the development of the new museum. As well as sponsoring Being Brunel, Renishaw has made a video contribution to one of its galleries.


www.renishaw.com


Fujitsu is changing the way computer boards are manufactured and tested, with a collaboration where robots assist humans, working side-by-side on assembly lines. The safety-first deployment is part of a co-creation project with robot manufacturer, KUKA at the Fujitsu Digital Smart Factory in Augsburg, Germany.


www.fujitsu.com


Boulting Technology, has announced a new alliance with NETbuilder, a leading provider of software and IT consulting services. The alliance will enable Boulting to provide UK clients across manufacturing, process and other industries with a full suite of end-to-end digitalisation services.


www.boultingtechnology.co.uk


Panasonic Corporation is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year. Konosuke Matsushita founded Panasonic on 7 March 1918, the same year in which the company introduced an improved attachment plug. Within 100 years, Panasonic has evolved into one of the world’s leading electronics manufacturers.


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