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How to increase profitability in indoor farming

7th Jun 2019

Indoor farming promises high yield, high quality and locally-grown crops. But despite steadily decreasing operating costs, many crops are still not profitable. So, where are the innovation opportunities to drive down costs...

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
Whitepaper

The future of vertical farming: the intelligent ecosystem

12th Mar 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
  • AI & Analytics
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
eBook

Our wet shave challenge: how fluid delivery innovation can enable a ‘device plus chemistry’ future

9th Jun 2020

The ‘device plus chemistry’ movement is making its presence felt in areas such as home care and beverages as well as oral care and beauty.

  • Fluids & thermodynamics
  • Industrial design
  • Mechanical engineering
  • User Experience (UX)
Opinion

Looking beyond the headlines to the unmet needs in mechanical ventilation

28th May 2020

Recent months have seen an extraordinary global focus on intensive care and mechanical ventilators, as governments respond to the COVID-19 emergency. Understandably, much of the media attention has concentrated on urgent efforts to create the capacity to cover worst case pandemic scenarios. But beyond the headlines, what role will innovation now play in improving ventilators and ventilation? 

  • Human factors
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Sensing
  • Strategic advice
eBook

Our baby bottle challenge: highlighting fluid expertise that delivers across industries

28th May 2020

Fluid delivery is harder than it looks. And if precise and robust control of delivery can dramatically enhance the convenience, performance and user experience of a product, the opposite can undermine its reputation at a stroke.

  • Fluids & thermodynamics
  • Industrial design
  • Mechanical engineering
  • User Experience (UX)
Opinion

Reducing risk with cross-sector thinking: an aeroponics example

16th Apr 2020

Leveraging a broad range of technical experiences, from seemingly unrelated fields can help solve critical problems. This example looks at aeroponics in terms of challenges within the vertical farming sector, showing how insight in the right place can transform work across industries...

  • Fluids & thermodynamics
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Physical sciences
Vlog

The challenges of human/robot interaction in the real world 

7th Apr 2020

Robotics can enable humans to work better, faster and more precisely. We specialise in developing robotics in areas not traditionally automated, and sometimes in areas where automation was not even thought possible...

 

  • AI & Analytics
  • Embedded software
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
Opinion

Robotics and automation in construction

31st May 2019

While automation and robotics have benefited automotive assembly, warehousing, and agritech, beyond some early forays, automation and robotics in construction applications are noticeably scarce.

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Robotics
Opinion

Low cost nano-climate control for vertical farming

15th Mar 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 Dec 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 Dec 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 Nov 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