I used to be a joiner

Not many people know this about me, but I started my work life doing a joinery apprenticeship. My dad was a career joiner and I began working with him when I was a teenager. It wasn’t always much fun – at that age you get all the jobs no one else wants to do like […]

A recent visit to the University of Sheffield got me thinking…

Having spent several days, whilst doing some recent work, exploring some of the sprawling University of Sheffield research sites, I began to wonder how on earth they keep track of their equipment. Honestly, I saw hundreds of huge, expensive machines and I dread to think how many smaller items there are that I didn’t see […]

What is a Phytochemical?

A phytochemical substance or phytochemicals are chemical compounds produced my plants and are generally designed to provide a benefit of some sort such as a defence against pathogens, to help thwart predators (for example they may be a poisonous substance in leaves), or provide a competitive advantage (such as growth inhibitors that are released and […]

Molecular extraction from biological samples

Following on from the recent series of articles on the subject of industries you probably didn’t know exist, this latest one is on molecular extraction from biological samples. There are many reasons that molecules may need to be extracted and this technology is used by many different industries such as the nuclear industry (for example, […]

A new approach to preventable lifestyle illnesses

Did you know, according to many doctors, for humans, biological ageing, by itself, is not a major problem until your about 80. In other words, take preventable ‘lifestyle’ illnesses out of the equation and many of us would be fit and healthy right through to our 9th decade – preventable lifestyle illnesses are the major […]

The fascinating world of ceramics

I have to admit I knew very little about the ceramic industry when I was tasked with creating an article for a manufacturer of vibrating screens & sieves; industrial agitators and mastelli; electric pumps for the ceramic industry; magnetic iron removers & filters; and products for companies that are specialised in industries where materials screening […]

Filler Metals in Fabrication

For many metal fabrication purposes, aluminium is relied up on for its versatility, strength, and often, its corrosion resistance – used in hundreds of applications right the way through from ship-building all the way to aerospace manufacture. However, certain procedures must be followed during the welding process to ensure proper application, for example, pre-cleaning procedures, […]

Essential Mixing Technologies

Processing Magazine recently wrote an excellent article on the subject of essential mixing technologies subtitled ‘For fast-growing food processing companies, efficient powder-blending and high-shear mixing is key’ on the subject of the different types of mixing and blending machines used by start-ups and small food businesses. In the article they talk about a couple of […]

How Many Surveillance Cameras are there in London?

Have you ever stopped and wondered how many cameras have recorded you on an average day during, for example, a regular trip to the shops or your usual commute to work? Well the answer may surprise you if you live in London or some of the other CCTV hotspots around the world The most recent […]

LED advertising

Traditional advertising has seen more of upheaval in the past few years than at any time since the first business in mediaeval times decided to put a wooden plank above its door advertising Mrs McReedy’s Herbal Cure-All Remedies. The move away from physical wood, paper or plastic installation has been swift and adopted by many […]

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