Mark Craig | Mechatronics Engineer

What is Mechatronics? The term mechatronics breaks down to a combination of mechanics and electronics but since its inception has grown to encompass computer and control systems. This powerful fusion of interdisciplinary knowledge and engineering approach is vital to the automation of industrial manufacturing processes.  Why is it vital to industrial automation? Industrial automation would... Read more »

Accelerating Innovation (Part 1): From the WHY to the HOW

Accelerating Innovation The critical importance of innovation to national and company competitiveness has become widely accepted.  The only legitimate question now is the ‘how’. Companies are coming under increasing pressure to innovate and grow. Unfortunately, much of the advice being proffered in this area is not massively helpful – see our previous post Innovation Quick Fix. With the need... Read more »

Standards for Innovation and Design

DBA Procurement Ready Do we need standards for innovation management and design? ISO, the International Organization for Standardization, certainly thinks so. Since 2012/13, Technical Committee ISO/TC 279 has been working towards the development of standards covering the ‘terminology, tools, methods and interactions between relevant parties to enable innovation’. Progress, however, has been very slow with the new standard... Read more »

The ABCD of Innovation

Innovation Innovation is everywhere. Funding calls, seminars, advice and my personal favourite elevator pitches (shudder). How can we make sense of it all and more importantly where do you start? If 20 years in design and engineering consultancy have taught me anything, it usually helps to start at the beginning. Possibly an obvious statement, but actually... Read more »