May, 2020

Data can change the world

28th May, 2020
When you shop online, do you ever see suggestions like “Customers who purchased this item were also interested in...”? These suggestions are generated by algorithms crunching data from a vast pool of previous customer purchases. This sort of data utilization is rapidly spreading across many industries and areas of society. For example, in nursing homes sensors are installed to convert the residents’ activity into data. This is then used...
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Why the world needs this 400-year-old business practice

28th May, 2020
Stakeholder capitalism formed the overarching theme of this year’s World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. Interacting with the delegates, I observed just how seriously this philosophy is now being taken. Global business leaders are recognizing that their company’s relationship with employees needs to change, their commitment to communities needs rethinking, and another important stakeholder - the planet - needs to become a central part ...
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Dreams of continuing the family business

13th May, 2020
The current economic boom has manufacturers scurrying to keep up with demand. Steere Enterprises, which makes advanced air induction systems for global automakers, runs its factories hard, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Its management examines every detail to ensure processes run smoothly and continuously. While manufacturers typically fine-tune their production lines to reduce costs and eliminate down time, Steere Enterprises even took the forklift...
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How the online shopping surge is driving greener warehouse machinery

13th May, 2020
From Amazon and eBay to ASOS and Deliveroo - e-commerce has revolutionised our shopping habits. Nowadays, all it takes to get books, clothes, and the latest gadgets delivered directly to our front doors, sometimes even on the same day, is a couple of thumbs and a smartphone. Given such convenience, it is no surprise online shopping is proving so lucrative. Over the past five years, online sales of non-food items have soared in the UK, rising from 11.6 p...
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Frigates to forklifts: A designer’s journey from the navy to industry

13th May, 2020
What do warships have to do with forklift trucks? For Kero Uusitalo, these two vastly different vehicles have shaped his working life – combining his childhood dreams and an enduring passion for design. As a boy, he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father who was an officer in the Finnish navy. After leaving school, where he excelled at technical subjects and showed a flair for art and design, Kero spent a year studying to be a commercial s...
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How The Logistics Of Warehouse Production Is Changing

6th May, 2020
Amazon hit headlines around the world when it delivered its first parcel by drone in 2016. Automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) are still more common in warehouses than swarms of robots.   Today drone delivery flights are being tested around the world, training to drop off everything from medicine, to TV streaming sticks, to fast food.   But automated flights to customers’ front doors represent just the final step in a long journey...
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How science is engineering solutions to future global challenges

6th May, 2020
The world is going through a fundamental transformation, which is changing the way we live, work and think. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is ushering in dramatic change and giving rise to a future filled with exciting opportunities and new challenges. Together, governments and businesses must find solutions to society’s most pressing needs – from creating a carbon-free economy to tackling population growth and urbanization. In any period of...
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Meet the scientist turning CO2 into liquid fuels

6th May, 2020
The world emits a lot of carbon dioxide – about 37 billion tonnes a year. But what if we could capture some of that CO2 before it reaches the atmosphere and do something useful with it instead? Engineer Florian Möllenbruck has set his sights on making this vision a reality. After being awarded the Werner von Boie Award for 2019 for his research on synthesizing methanol from gas-fired power plants, the Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) e...
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