PRIORITISING FLEXIBLE ENERGY MODELS IN THE POST-PANDEMIC RECOVERY With this in mind, since 2020 respondents agreed that their

anufacturing businesses are heavily focussed on flexible generation and distribution alongside decarbonisation of their

energy use in the wake of the pandemic. This is according to key findings from Aggreko’s latest manufacturing report of Q2 2021, which surveyed over 200 decision makers from large UK manufacturers. Aggreko commissioned new research by global research

company, Censuswide, to gain an understanding of the potential need for more flexible energy models to support the UK manufacturing sector. Energy in Manufacturing: A Flexible Future? delves into changing energy perceptions and behaviours since 2020. According to the research, 90% of manufacturers now want more

flexibility and control when using onsite or decentralised energy sources. Chris Rason, Managing Director of Aggreko UK, said: “This particular piece of research has revealed some overwhelming statistics highlighting a clear need to challenge conventional methods of energy generation and distribution in a sector clearly under strain.”


After 18 months of empty exhibition halls and venues, face-to-face events are finally back on the agenda, with two process-related shows being staged in September.

Visitor registration has now opened for CHEMUK 2021, the UK chemical industries national expo, being held on 15th & 16th September at the NEC in Birmingham. Presenting over 350 exhibitors and 150+ expert speakers, CHEMUK 2021 brings together the UK’s chemicals, chemical processing, chemical product formulation and chemical-using industries (see page 39).

Later in the month, on the 28th-30th September, the PPMA Show 2021 also takes place at the NEC. This month’s cover and cover story is dedicated to the show, with a separate preview on page 37. Michelle Lea - Editor



o support the UK through its transition to fibre at a time of unprecedented demand, telecommunications solutions provider Salumanus has established Salumanus Ltd, a British division based in Manchester. Backed up by long-standing partnerships with telecommunications industry giants, Salumanus offers innovative solutions and technical support for telco operators, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), data centres and corporate networks, as well as technology for video and audio data transmission. The company offers a variety of innovative solutions for data transmission, intended to maximise the capacity of new and existing networks in a sustainable and cost-effective way. Its offering includes optical transceivers,

components and systems for wavelength division

multiplexing (WDM) and alien wavelength, as well as encryption and video transport solutions. To learn more about the

company’s offering please visit

business is feeling under increased pressure to decarbonise (82%); lower energy costs (79%); and secure energy supply (82%). Also, 79% of firms have felt increasingly pressured to decentralise

their energy supply and reduce associated costs since 2020. This was highlighted by the fact that 80% of respondents said they are now more likely to outsource a distributed energy contract. Distributed energy models like ‘Energy as a Service’ (EaaS)

agreements seem to be a popular solution going forward in this difficult period, with 97% of manufacturers surveyed preferring to control their energy supply without the valuable cost of capex. In response to the survey findings, Aggreko is campaigning for

manufacturers to challenge their conventional methods of energy management. For example, hiring EaaS is one business model which allows businesses to distribute and decarbonise energy without fixed energy pricing and committing to long-term contracts. To see the full report, visit:

rontline workers make up the majority of the workforce in traditional industries such as manufacturing, offshore oil and utilities. During the day they work on the factory floor or out in the field, but are unable to harness the benefits of digitisation like their deskbound colleagues can. Many are still using inefficient manual processes, paper trails, ring binders for reference and laptops to complete daily tasks even though successful digital transformation requires these processes to be fully digitised. According to Intoware’s partner, RealWear: “Physical reference materials and handheld devices contribute to expensive safety problems and they lessen situational awareness, since they require workers to take their eyes or hands off equipment or safety harnesses while working and are often difficult to use or set up while working in the field.”


As industries emerge from lockdown, and for businesses to stay competitive, it’s important the frontline workforce has the right tools to ensure improved productivity, safety and job satisfaction. So, what are the gains of digitisation and why start? A lot of communication between frontline workers and their supervisors is unstructured using paper trails, tick lists, text messages or even WhatsApp. This can mean insufficient reporting, a lack of transparency and ultimately, poor productivity. This is where digitalisation delivers, but how do you digitise when frontline workers don’t even have access to a computer or email? The latest assisted reality headsets combined with digital workflow instructions can provide an effective solution to productivity and give frontline workers access to the tools they need to speed up productivity. Assisted reality technology gives workers instant access to the right information when they need it, a reality first, digital second experience. This means users can view a screen with immediate field of vision, hands-free, helping them stay safe around workplace hazards.

Intoware has launched a new white paper with RealWear which outlines the benefits digital workflow instructions combined with assisted reality headsets can deliver to frontline workers.


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