Rob Smith

Machine safety: why sticking to standards is a step in the right direction

Rob Smith | Added: 4 Dec 2016

Keeping European law at arm’s length may not be a good thing when it comes to following machine saf…

Editor’s comment: why engineering needs an upgrade

Rob Smith | Added: 15 Nov 2016

One of the first topics I was fortunate enough to write about for Process Engineering magazine was …

Networking: the cost of bad communication

Rob Smith | Added: 10 Oct 2016

Industry is fighting against a tide of inadequate networking systems, while also attempting to unif…

Industry analysis: unleashing the potential of the IIoT

Rob Smith | Added: 3 Oct 2016

Technologies that connect us to the Internet of Things already exist, but don’t expect everyone to …

Nuclear power SMRs

Small modular reactors ‘by 2030’

Rob Smith | Added: 29 Sep 2016

A report by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) says small modular reactors (SMRs) could come o…

Taking control: beating the hackers with better security

Rob Smith | Added: 25 Sep 2016

Would-be hackers have a fight on their hands as control system manufacturers beef up the security f…

Wylfa Newydd

Editor’s comment: the nuclear energy agenda

Rob Smith | Added: 5 Sep 2016

Despite Hinkley Point C taking centre stage, it isn’t the only major new nuclear project the UK has…

New nuclear: a blueprint for low-carbon energy?

Rob Smith | Added: 5 Sep 2016

The development of new nuclear plants will play a major role in the UK’s future energy mix as low-c…

Editor’s comment: hope amidst the turmoil for oil & gas?

Rob Smith | Added: 11 Jul 2016

The UK’s oil and gas industry is in a state of turmoil. The price of oil plummeted from a high of r…

Oil & gas: technology and teamwork must reign supreme

Rob Smith | Added: 11 Jul 2016

Battle lines have been drawn as the UK’s oil and gas industry hopes to thrive in the years ahead. R…

Process safety: the rules of personal protection

Rob Smith | Added: 27 Jun 2016

Protective equipment is usually seen as a last resort in the battle to ensure worker safety, but in…

NWED: Women in Engineering Day

Editor's comment: tackling the issue of female representation

Rob Smith | Added: 23 Jun 2016

Despite major efforts in recent years to dramatically increase numbers, just 6% of the UK’s registe…

Premier Oil North Sea platform

Oil & gas jobs plummet by 120,000

Rob Smith | Added: 10 Jun 2016

A new report published by industry trade body Oil & Gas UK reveals that by the end of this year, mo…

Weir Group pump

Editor’s comment: sizing up pumps

Rob Smith | Added: 24 May 2016

Pumps are vital. Without them, the process industries would come to a grinding halt.

Pharma & bio – the march of modernisation

Rob Smith | Added: 17 May 2016

Giants of the pharmaceutical industry are becoming more flexible as modern processes start to take …

Pills drugs medicine

Editor’s Comment: Modern medicine

Rob Smith | Added: 16 May 2016

We are fortunate in the UK. For many illnesses, you need only head to your local pharmacy and hey p…

Data is driving the industrial IoT

Rob Smith | Added: 9 May 2016

Plant operators are integrating more data technology to gain a better understanding of their facili…

Process safety: smart enclosures

Rob Smith | Added: 4 Apr 2016

Materials specification and innovative design are modernising the enclosures market, writes Robert …

EDF Hinkley Point C nuclear power

Hinkley Point C 'will go ahead' says EDF chief

Rob Smith | Added: 23 Mar 2016

EDF Energy chief executive officer Vincent de Rivaz has this morning told the UK energy and climate…

The small matter of nanomaterials safety

Rob Smith | Added: 21 Mar 2016

Nanomaterials have the potential to ignite, explode and cause serious damage to human health. There…