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Bullet Point 1: Impact of technological change on businesses manufacturing in the UK (Automotive)
Definitions: Key Theory:
Automation ­ The use of machinery to replace human Main reasons for using technology:
labour. Modern, lean production techniques emphasis the Improve products Increase competitiveness and / or
need for flexible automation, using computer controlled pursue growth opportunities.
machines that can quickly be reprogrammed to perform
different tasks Improve processes Increase efficiency... reduce costs,
maximise sales, share, profits,
Robotics ­ the science of using robots in production profitability, return on investment
processes to replace people. Especially where such
processes are monotonous or hazardous The main methods used within technology within the
manufacturing industry:
Computer aided manufacturing ­ involves a computer in Automation
a variety of manufacturing tasks beyond the use of robots Robotics
on the production line. These include stock control and Computer aided manufacturing
ordering goods
Opportunities/Benefits: Key Facts and Figures:
1. Technology allows businesses to meet the 1. Jaguar ­ "create the Jaguar that's the perfect fit
demands of the customers that they supply for with your lifestyle, driving style and personal
tastes" ­ this creates a unique selling point for the
business and therefore will attract customers
2. 3D printing Allows all sorts of businesses to 2. Print it: About 5% of the Strakka Dome is 3D
make things at low costs, therefore costs will printed. Within the next five to 10 years Strakka's
decrease and make products finished to a higher Dan Walmsley thinks that's likely to be closer to
quality, die to the loss of human error within the 7080% " 3D printing enables us to try things, to
production process. test things, sometimes we're right, sometimes
we're wrong, but it gives us a clear direction, it
enables us to extract the best performance from
the car."
Threats/Problems: Key Facts and Figures:
1. Jobs are not satisfying in the 3D printing sector 1. One employee had this to say about MakerBot, as
recently as last week: "Unfortunately, the
company structure is completely disorganized
after a certain merger (Stratasys Acquisition) and
has created a rather chaotic environment. The pay
is also less than ideal."
"Only 27% of these MakerBot employees have a positive
business outlook for the company, while just a measly
28% would recommend that their friends get a job there."
2. Patents will expire that are protecting the 2. The 3D printing market could triple by 2018. But
product's and ideas from being copied the patents set to expire in 2014 concern laser
sintering, one of the oldest and lowestcost 3D
printing technologies on the market. A lack of
competition caused by intellectual property
protections keeps that price high, the theory goes,
and when those patents expire next year the price
of these machines will drop, increasing access to

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D printer .
How has technological advancements changed over time? What is the impact on this industry?
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Bullet Point 1: Impact of technological change on businesses manufacturing in the UK (Textiles/Fashion)
Definitions: Key Theory:
Automation ­ The use of machinery to replace human Technological progress has occurred in areas such as
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