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23 July, 2021

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We must apply the lessons of Covid to the future

15 June, 2021

UK manufacturing appears to have come through the Covid pandemic relatively well. Nikesh Mistry*, Gambica’s sector head for industrial automation, argues that we need to apply the lessons learned during the past year to help improve our levels of growth and productivity, and to ensure that the UK achieves a sustainable competitive advantage.


Do you need to buy new equipment? Or just use your existing kit better?

04 May, 2021

Before installing new equipment in your plant, or upgrading existing, equipment, you need to ask what you are trying to achieve. Nikesh Mistry*, Gambica’s sector head for industrial automation, argues that often you just need to use your existing equipment better.


Academics and industry join forces to bridge the skills gap

05 April, 2021

A new chapter has begun in the never-ending story of tackling skills shortages in the UK’s manufacturing sector. Nikesh Mistry*, Gambica’s sector head for industrial automation, explains how a new group has been set up that brings together representatives of academia and industry with the aim of coming up with novel ideas to tackle the problem. 


Five routes to more sustainable factories

08 March, 2021

Manufacturers have a key role to play in helping the UK to achieve its goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Nikesh Mistry*, Gambica’s sector head for industrial automation, argues that now – before factories return to full-capacity operation – is an ideal time to implement sustainability measures, and he suggests five.


Digitalisation technologies can help us to move forward

16 February, 2021

During the pandemic we have become more reliant on technology than ever before. As we emerge, manufacturers will need to turn increasingly to connected technologies as they adapt to the new future, argues Nikesh Mistry*, Gambica’s sector head for industrial automation.


Conserving energy – in our  lives and in our factories

06 January, 2021

The Covid pandemic has forced many people to reconsider how they live their lives to conserve their mental and physical energies. Nikesh Mistry*, Gambica’s sector head for industrial automation, argues that we need to adopt a similar approach in the way that we use energy in industry.


Learning lessons from other island nations

26 November, 2020

As the UK starts to emerge from the pandemic and to implement Brexit-related changes, we need to look to lessons we can learn from other island-based economies, argues Nikesh Mistry*, Gambica’s sector head for industrial automation.


Helping to bridge the academic-industry gap

16 October, 2020

A recent online conference organised by Gambica has highlighted the need to bridge the gap between universities and industry. Nikesh Mistry*, Gambica’s sector head for industrial automation, reports on some of the ideas that emerged from the event, and on plans to help narrow the gap.


Let’s get started on tomorrow, today

16 September, 2020

As we prepare for life after the pandemic, we will need to adopt new ways of doing things that may be very different from how we did them in the past. Nikesh Mistry*, Gambica’s sector head for industrial automation, looks at some of the new technologies, work practices and approaches to training that will be vital in the post-Covid era.


Play, Pause, Rewind, Stop… Anthropause?

11 August, 2020

The post-Covid world is going to be very different to the one we inhabited before the pandemic arrived to wreak havoc on almost all aspects of life on earth. Nikesh Mistry*, Gambica’s sector head for industrial automation, argues that we need to think carefully how technologies such as VSDs could help lead us to a better, more sustainable world.


The real obstacles on the road to smarter factories

23 June, 2020

Many manufacturers are not enjoying the full benefits of digitalisation, partly because of the difficulty obtaining real-time data from their plants and machines. In this guest column, Jan Hemper, technical director of Gambica* member, InControl Systems, argues that such barriers can be overcome by closer cooperation between SIs and suppliers.


5G or not 5G: that is the question

18 May, 2020

Conspiracy theorists have had a field day with 5G communications, resulting in their followers burning down dozens of 5G transmitter masts. Nikesh Mistry*, Gambica’s sector head for industrial automation, argues that there is no scientific basis for these fears and that 5G promises enormous potential benefits for industrial users.


Do we need an apprenticeship designed for panel-builders?

14 April, 2020

In an attempt to broaden the qualification options available to prospective engineers, a group of organisations is drawing up proposals for apprenticeship specifically for panel-builders and wiremen. Nikesh Mistry*, Gambica’s sector head for industrial automation, explains the thinking behind the idea.


Are you cyber-prepared?

05 March, 2020

If Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ phone can be hacked, it can happen to any of us. Gambica’s sector head for industrial automation, Nikesh Mistry*, argues that companies need to put more effort into implementing cybersecurity measures to protect their automation systems and other installations.


Digitalisation: the writing is on the wall

10 February, 2020

Gambica’s sector head for industrial automation, Nikesh Mistry*, uses the example of a pen as an analogy to illustrate the benefits that digitalisation can bring to manufacturing.


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