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The future of vertical farming: the intelligent ecosystem

12th March 2019

Vertical farming promises a step change in production density, providing significant efficiency savings with the additional benefit of improved product quality. Vertical farming also presents the only viable option for growing crops within urban environments...

  • Innovation management
  • Machine learning & AI
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
Opinion

Low cost nano-climate control for vertical farming

15th March 2019

Vertical farming pushes the boundaries of a microclimate. But while lighting and sensors have evolved, cooling systems are almost identical to those first introduced in the 1900s. Vertical farming pushes the boundaries...

 

  • Dispense
  • Fluids & thermodynamics
  • Mechanical engineering
Opinion

Bringing desirability to medical devices

19th December 2018

The recent launch of the Apple Watch Series 4 is the latest example of a device developed by a traditional consumer product company making a well-publicized entry into the patient-facing medical device market. Patient-facing devices...

  • Digital health
  • Electronics & ASICs
  • Human factors
  • Industrial design
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Product realisation
  • User Experience (UX)
Whitepaper

Generic inhalers: beyond reverse engineering

11th December 2018

Many of the dominant pharmaceutical companies operate partly, or wholly, in the generic drugs market. In 2016, the generics divisions of Teva, Mylan and Novartis all reported revenues in excess of $9bn with the top ten manufacturers...

  • Human factors
  • Industrial design
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Product realisation
  • Strategic advice
Opinion

2018 Giant Health Event - The Future is FemTech

22nd November 2018

Menopause is in the spotlight helped by coverage from the BBC and other websites. Nicola Millar presented how technology can provide drug-free alternatives to help women going through menopause.

  • Dispense
  • Fluids & thermodynamics
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Sensing
Vlog

Vlog: Automating complex industrial processes

30th October 2018

Automating complex industrial tasks is becoming increasingly challenging, there are often no simple answers. Bruce Ackman discusses the challenge...

  • Innovation management
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Robotics
  • Service design
  • Strategic advice
Opinion

Delivering sustainable growth that doesn’t cost the Earth

22nd October 2018

When a client comes to us with a project that will transform a business to engage with entirely new opportunities in a sustainable way we are more than ready to take up that challenge.

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Physical sciences
Vlog

How can we automate the valuation of e-waste?

11th September 2018

e-waste can be a literal gold mine when it comes to recovering materials, but how to you identify and classify the high value from the low value efficiently?

  • Machine learning & AI
  • Mechanical engineering
Opinion

Demanufacturing and recycling electric bikes

28th August 2018

Demanufacturing and recovery of the embedded raw materials in the battery, electric motor and control unit could address some of the issues the electric bike parts suppliers are facing.

  • Industrial design
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Strategic advice
Opinion

Cool under heat: a device development story

12th July 2018

From idea to product concept. Stuart Watson charts the twists and turns in the story of the 'Cool Device'. Increasing the quality of our lives, as much as their duration, is an active area of technology innovation and investment...

  • Industrial design
  • Mechanical engineering
  • User Experience (UX)
Peer reviewed research

Adding Electronics to the Breezhaler®: Satisfying the Needs of Patients and Regulators

4th July 2018

Low adherence to therapy is a recognized issue in respiratory disease and has driven the development of electronic sensors for monitoring inhaler use. To date, sensors for dry powder inhalers (DPIs) have...

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Digital health
  • Electronics & ASICs
  • Embedded software
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Sensing
Opinion

Age related change and how technology can help us achieve lifelong health

3rd July 2018

We’re all aware that we’re getting older and that our population is living longer. But what are we doing about it? How are we adapting and learning to plan for lifelong health? If we’re honest, many individuals are probably...

  • Fluids & thermodynamics
  • Industrial design
  • Innovation management
  • Mechanical engineering