Tech and Manufacturing

Drone ships would be safer, cheaper and less polluting for the $375 billion shipping industry that carries 90 percent of world trade, Rolls-Royce says.Amazon are developing aerial drones to deliver parcels and we already have driverless cars.  Now, Rolls Royce is developing unmanned container ships.

This is product development on a major scale.  Oskar Levander is vice president of marine innovation engineering at Rolls Royce.  He is a man with vision and says “The idea of a remote-controlled ship is not new, it has been around for decades but the difference is the technology now exists”.

passwordIf you’re like me, you will use the same passwords over and over again.  I’ve been forced to change my password a few times because of restrictions and criteria of various sites, e.g. must be alpha numeric, eight+ characters, caps, can’t re-use old passwords and so on.  So I must have about ten passwords I have to remember.  It’s not easy.  However, some people use really easy passwords.

mark fergusonA new academia-industry research consortium by the name of AMBER was launched today, 24/10/13, by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). AMBER stands for Advanced Materials and Bio-Engineering Research Centre.  It is a new centre to translate science into new discoveries and devices for a range of sectors, particularly ICT, medical devices and industrial technologies.

There is a new Virus which I have recently dealt with – that is a lot more damaging that any other virus I have come across.  This is very serious.

BMW M5 4BMW was established as a business manufacturing aircraft during World War One in 1917. At the end of the war it was forced to cease production of aircraft engines by the terms of the Versailles Armistice Treaty. The company consequently shifted to motorcycle production in 1923 and then moved into the production of Automobiles in 1928 as the Treaty lifted.

cyber crimeSeven Eastern European men have been charged in New York with 27 counts of wire fraud and other computer-related crimes, alleging that the group hijacked 4 million computers across 100 countries in a sophisticated clickjacking scheme in order to hijack surfers trying to get to the iTunes store or the IRS. The enterprise allegedly netted the crooks more than $14 million.

A toothpaste factory had a problem: they sometimes shipped empty boxes, without the tube inside. This was due to the way the production line was set up, and people with experience in designing production lines will tell you how difficult it is to have everything happen with timings so precise that every single unit coming out of it is perfect 100% of the time. Small variations in the environment (which can’t be controlled in a cost-effective fashion) mean you must have quality assurance checks smartly distributed across the line so that customers all the way down the supermarket don’t get pissed off and buy someone else’s product instead.


Mobile PhonesHere in Ireland, mobile phone usage is the largest in Europe per head of population.

We have over 120 per cent market penetration with five million subscribers in a population of 4.2 million. Vodafone and 02 account for about 85% of the market. "3", Tesco and Meteor make up the balance. Even mobiles, as we knew them 5 years ago, have changed completely.  I’m going to show you how changes in technology can be used to advantage in your business.

How to save money by being

more cost effective

Method Study

 As an Industrial Engineer, one of the basic tools I learnt was Method Study.  It leads to making your business more efficient, successful and cost effective.  And you can make it work for you in your printing business.


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