2019 marked the 50th anniversary of Concorde’s first flight — it took off from Toulouse, France for its first test flight on March 2, 1969. Although no longer in operation, the development of Concorde led to the progression of pioneering technologies, which still help today’s aerospace engineers develop new high-speed aircrafts.

Concorde was certainly ahead of its time, but some of the problems its designers encountered still exist today, such as those encountered when using commercial off-the-shelf products.

The Condor Cluster was a supercomputer built out of 1,760 Sony PlayStation 3s running on the Linux operating system. Built to analyse high definition satellite imagery, the Condor Cluster was in operation for just a few months before Sony disabled the use of Linux on the PS3, leaving no means to procure functioning Linux replacement units.

Over the last decade, manufacturers debated the pros and cons of traditional robots and cobots; often struggling to decide which to adopt in their facilities. Here we explore how the lines between the two will fade in the new decade, as each evolves and gains the benefit of the other.

To most people, man and machine seamlessly working hand-in-hand is like something out of a science fiction film. However, it is steadily becoming commonplace in the modern manufacturing facility. Here we examine the rise of collaborative robots in the manufacturing industry and considerations site managers must make when adopting them into their facility.

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