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Happy birthday to you... I


s everybody else singing happy birthday twice over to themselves while washing their hands? Personally, I prefer the Spongebob Squarepants theme song. I’m sat writing this on my fifth day of social distancing and working from home, and the world certainly looks like a much different place than it did when I was writing my February comment. It seems as soon as we have begun to deal with one thing - Brexit - another comes along to take over our day-to-day lives, but this is nothing my generation has seen before.


As you will notice when flicking through our pages, we don’t feature the show previews we had planned in the features list, this is because widely, most of our shows planned for this year have been postponed or cancelled. More details of this on the news page (page 5). Also head to page 48 - 49 for a positive collection of news stories that have landed in my inbox on what some companies in the industry are doing to help tackle the epidemic. One thing I will say is that every day of this challenging period for both our industry and our personal lives, is a day closer to returning to normality. Scientists everywhere are working towards a vaccine, we are working to flatten the curve by self- isolating and social distancing, and on a daily basis now I’m getting emails about strides in the right direction. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.


On page 12 Stuart Goulding, managing director at EMS Ltd looks at the three ways micromotors can improve factory efficiency in our drives and controls feature. Page 16 in our smart factories and automation feature, the future looks green with EU Automation, speaking about reducing the environmental impact of a manufacturing facility with automation.


In our machinery feature, page 24, Siemens presents the next level of digital transformation for the machine tool industry.


Jungheinrich talk us through creating the smart - and safe - workforce in the collaborative warehouse on page 26. All of this plus much more!


All in all, I hope you enjoy this issue, and I wish you all good health, hopefully things will be looking better when the time comes to write my next comment. Take care of yourselves! See you in April.


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