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Whitepaper

PHA: plastic the way nature intended?

8th May 2018

Our whitepaper looks at the potential of PHA bioplastics in the food service industry. We've designed a range of sustainable, biodegradable plastic products, all served up on a bioplastic tray...

  • Industrial design
  • Innovation management
  • Product realisation
  • Synthetic biology
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
Report

Identifying breakthrough innovations that will transform the supply chain

17th October 2018

Products are incorporating increasingly complex technology, putting greater pressure on the supply chain. As a result, gaps are forming and the risk to reputations and revenues is growing through issues such as...

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Data science & analytics
  • Electronics & ASICs
  • Machine learning & AI
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
  • Tracking & location
Opinion

Moving towards fully robotic fulfilment

17th September 2018

Order fulfilment in the retail space is generally partially automated, transport is automated, bin picking is not, can the human be removed from the loop?

  • Machine learning & AI
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
Opinion

How the Last Mile issue is solving itself

11th July 2018

The Last Mile issue is enormous and complex. Rising e-commerce demand, urban density and energy costs are all conspiring to make this an important issue for everyone. I believe that entrepreneurial ingenuity...

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Robotics
  • Service design
Opinion

Nintendo Switch: real-world wireless visualisation

11th June 2018

It’s well understood that the number of connected devices will grow exponentially over the coming years. The most disruptive innovation will see connectivity introduced to traditional non-wireless products, or elements of products...

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Industrial design
  • Radio systems
Opinion

Thinking big - the Ocado way

25th May 2018

We often ask ourselves what innovation truly means. It’s an important question for any ambitions business to consider as history has shown that a revolution in technology brings far greater benefits than an evolution to a legacy technique.

  • Cloud/scalable systems
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Electronics & ASICs
  • Industrial design
  • Radio systems
  • Robotics
  • Tracking & location
Opinion

Drone services lift off in the US

17th May 2018

Can Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or “drones”) ever mix safely with existing air traffic? Recent news suggests that the Federal Aviation Authority in the US thinks so...

  • Radio systems
  • Robotics
  • Sensing
Opinion

Finding the formula for predictable biology

14th May 2018

As a keen fan of Formula 1, I’m amazed at the start of each season (especially those that follow a major rule change) that the teams manage to produce brand new cars from scratch, capable of performing...

  • Industrial design
  • Innovation management
  • Product realisation
Opinion

What do Amazon and Eddy Merckx have in common?

4th May 2018

Eddy Merckx dominated professional cycling, the 'Amazon' of his era. Other teams had to innovate or retire. Warehouse automation faces the same challenge.

 

  • Innovation management
  • Machine learning & AI
  • Robotics
Infographic

Bioplastics: versatile alternatives to conventional polymers

26th April 2018

Following the proposed ban on plastic straws and cotton buds in England, our new infographic shows how versatile bioplastics could help.

  • Industrial design
  • Innovation management
  • Product realisation
  • Synthetic biology
Opinion

The connected kitchen

22nd March 2018

When our kitchen is connected to the world, what will our life be like? How will the supply chain be affected?

  • Industrial design
  • Innovation management
  • Sensing