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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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UKAS is recognised by the government to assess against internationally agreed standards. But how does UKAS demonstrate its own conformity and competence? Paul Greenwood: UKAS Operations Director explains. By Paul Greenwood, Operations Director at UKAS.

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GAMBICA is proud to have been part of initial meetings held by City and Guilds in partnership with specialist engineering awarding organisation Excellence Achievement and Learning (EAL). It is aimed that T Levels will gradually become one of the main choices for learners after GCSEs. By Nikesh Mistry, Sector Head of Industrial Automation at GAMBICA

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The public sector offers many business opportunities for the measurement and testing industry. To help you get started, Tenders Direct has created a step tender writing process for you to follow.

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After 31 December 2021, all products which are covered by the UK Regulations that are listed below must be labelled with the UK Conformity Assessment (UKCA) mark. But will the UK Conformity Assessment infrastructure be able to cope with the demand from manufacturers and importers?

By Jeff Llewellyn, BMTA President

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By Joe Neame, Science Specialist at NCFE

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Upskilling technical skills is a top growth priority for manufacturers as we emerge from the pandemic, especially as the sector increasingly moves towards digital skills.

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Acoustical Investigation & Research Organisation Ltd (AIRO) provides measurement and testing of the acoustical properties of materials, constructional elements and products both in AIRO’s purpose-built laboratory at Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire and on-site.

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The revision of ISO/IEC 17011 “Conformity assessment — Requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies” in 2017 placed more focus on accreditation bodies taking a risk-based approach to the planning and conduct of assessments. Jeff Ruddle, Strategic Development Director, UKAS tells us more. 

By Jeff Ruddle, Strategic Development Director, UKAS

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Professor Samia Nefti-Meziani takes a look at robotics, soft cobots and cognitive automation and how they offer an overarching approach towards a human-centred smart production environment.

By Professor Samia Nefti-Meziani

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