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As industry adopts increasingly digital technologies, the UK’s National Measurement Institute must continue to develop to support that evolution. NPL is actively seeking feedback and guidance on how we can best shape our development in the context of industrial digitalisation.

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Marta Vaquero, UKAS Accreditation Specialist – Food and Farm Certification, asks how well informed are we about the food safety controls that are applied in each step of the food chain?

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Most manufacturers are aware of the Government’s net-zero target. But being aware is one thing and achieving it is another. Make UK explores the key considerations for manufacturers as they either start or accelerate their net-zero journey.

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Paul Greenwood, Operations Director, UKAS clarifies the activities included in the UKAS ‘Office time’ invoice category.

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Dr Carl Wordsworth, Head of Water Sector for TÜV SÜD National Engineering Laboratory tells us how the upgrade of its water flow testing facility as part of the UK’s national Flow Programme is part of the organisation’s strategy to deliver more effective, economic and sustainable water management.

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Fluctuating global helium levels are causing problems, such as difficulty sourcing helium and increasing costs for the many industries that rely on it. Dr Elinor Hughes, Technical Copywriter at Markes International, discusses how Markes International and SepSolve Analytical have addressed the issue.

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In recent years, 3M has committed to sustainability in ever-increasing amounts. David Gurden-Williams of 3M United Kingdom PLC describes how 3M’s sustainability goals have now been aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. By David Gurden-Williams. Product Stewardship Specialist, Corporate R&D, North Europe Region, 3M United Kingdom PLC

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By Ana Sousa, Marketing and Communications Executive, LGC.

Innovation means introducing something new or different. The successful introduction of new ideas, devices or methods is important for businesses to improve their processes, products and services to the market.

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Gavin is Group Head of Communications at Schauenburg Analytical, which comprises Markes International and its sister company, SepSolve Analytical. We asked him to tell us a little about himself.

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J K Rowling has yet to write a book called “Harry Potter and the Fourth Industrial Revolution” but she might want to consider it – it’s something that will affect us all and there’s more than a little bit of magic involved.  But what exactly is it all about?

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Digitalisation is a highly desirable activity for a majority of businesses wishing to remain abreast of the latest technologies that can be used to optimise processes. Daniel Povey, Higher Research Scientist at NPL discusses the traceability of data produced by a digitalisation solution.

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The UK has a rich and diverse supply chain of innovative developers and manufacturers of advanced machinery technology and yet consistently imports more high-tech equipment than it exports. It is notable that those countries from which we import have established programmes of support for innovation, focusing on the development of advanced machinery. An opportunity exists for the UK to harness its strengths and take the lead in the development and supply of next-generation advanced machinery.

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NPL is the UK's National Measurement Institute, developing and maintaining the national primary measurement standards, provides the UK with a national measurement infrastructure and delivers the UK Measurement Strategy on behalf of UK Government.

By Alison Rooker, Apprenticeship Lead at NPL.

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When mandatory lockdown to contain the transmission of Covid-19 was announced by the UK Government in March 2020, many businesses rushed to implement changes to their operations, policies and procedures in order to continue work with minimum possible disruption. By Paul Greenwood, Operations Director at UKAS.

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