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Industry 4.0 and its Implications on the Design Process

Industry 4.0 is the term that represents the next stage of automated manufacturing that includes cloud computing, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and advancements in other digital technologies. These developments have led to what is being called ‘Smart Factories’; factories in which all the machines, devices and sensors are able to communicate, share information and make simple decisions autonomously. This next phase of manufacturing will allow the process to become more reliable, more flexible, will reduce labour costs and improve productivity.

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Office Move Represents Milestone in Company Growth

We are pleased to announce that we have recently relocated our South Wales Design Studio to Riverside Court in Chepstow. After spending 3 years on the bank of the River Wye in the centre of Chepstow, the decision was made to move to a larger office space in order to accommodate our long term expansion plans. After securing a number of exciting design projects and actively recruiting new team members – the move represents a milestone in our company growth. Read more

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Why You Should Consider The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS)

The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) is designed to help small, early-stage companies raise equity finance by offering tax reliefs to individual investors who purchase new shares in those companies. It complements the existing Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) which offers tax reliefs to investors in higher-risk small companies. SEIS is intended to recognise the particular difficulties which very early stage companies face in attracting investment, by offering tax relief at a higher rate. Read more

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ITERATE SUCCESSFULLY SECURE REGISTERED TRADEMARK

We are thrilled to announce that ‘ITERATE’ is now a registered class 42 trademark within the UK. This key milestone represents the maturity of the business and adds to the intellectual property now owned by the company. Being able to register a trademark is an important tool for any business and offers brand protection; however, many people do not fully understand what it means or how it works. So here is a brief explanation of what TM, R and C mean and the differences between them.

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The Influence of Arduinos in New Product Development

Arduinos and similar microcontroller boards are having a huge impact on the way modern products are developed. The low cost and easy to use systems mean that designers and engineers are able to prototype and test ideas in a short period of time, allowing them to make design decisions based on rapid feedback.

By ‘hooking up’ simple electronic components, one is able to test: interfaces, interactions and record data; allowing designers to make changes and improve the quality of a final product. There are a number of ways Arduinos have accelerated the new product process, which are explored below:  Read more

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ITERATE Welcomes Daniel Bartlett

Daniel Bartlett joins the team at ITERATE Design + Innovation on the Jobs Growth Wales (JGW) programme. JGW is a Welsh Government European funded scheme that enables 16-24 year olds to ‘kick-start’ their career, and is intended to support the creation of 8,955 new job opportunities over the next 3 years right across Wales. Dan follows in the footsteps of Ross Johnson, who undertook a JGW placement with the company in October 2016; joining the design team on a full-time basis in April of this year. Read more

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Bad Packaging Design Shamed by Recycling Association

Pringles tubes and Lucozade Sport bottles are the “villains” of the recycling world, a trade body has said. The Recycling Association named them in a list of products that pose the biggest challenges for reuse. The greater the number of materials used in packaging, the harder it is for recycling machines to separate them. The distinctive Pringles packaging – with its metal base, plastic cap, metal tear-off lid, and foil-lined cardboard sleeve – was said to be a “nightmare”. Lucozade’s bottle is recyclable but it is enclosed in a sleeve made from a different kind of plastic. Read more

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How Amazon Launchpad Is Helping Start-Up Companies

Amazon Launchpad is a platform setup with the intention of helping start-ups to grow by taking advantage of Amazon’s pre-existing network of fulfilment and marketing. Applicants are generally accepted from a pre-approved list of funding sources such as Kickstarter, venture capitalist firms and other types of start-up accelerators; but they also consider applicants who raised finance using alternative methods. Once accepted onto the Launchpad, Amazon offer a range of marketing and PR tools to help grow a business. Read more

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ITERATE TALKS TO THE FORCE BEHIND THE SINCLAIR C5 REVIVAL

In a chance meeting, our Managing Director, Gethin Roberts talks to Grant Sinclair, the man behind the revival of the Sinclair C5 in the form of the IRIS eTRIKE®. During a promotional photo shoot alongside the bank of the River Wye in Chepstow, Grant explains that his vehicle is “faster, safer and more efficient than the C5” originally developed by his uncle, Sir Clive Sinclair during the 1980s. The IRIS eTRIKE® claims to be the worlds fastest commuter bike and can reach speeds of 30mph using its on board 250 Watt pedal assist technology and its ultra safe exterior utilises materials only found in ski helmets. IRIS eTRIKE® retails at £3,999 and is currently available to pre-order for £99 from GrantSinclair.com. Read more

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Funding For British Innovators

The British Design Fund (the “Fund”) is an early stage investment fund that specifically invests in, and provides support for, early stage UK product design and manufacturing companies. ​The Fund seeks to work with extraordinary entrepreneurs, with scalable products, who are ready to accelerate growth into the retail space and build long term value and thriving stand-out businesses. The British Design Fund is driven by a team with strong retail product and investment experience. The Fund’s partnership with ​Sapphire Capital Partners LLP and ​Twenty20 Mentoring Limited gives it unique access to valuable sector specific expertise in order to successfully research, identify, invest in and accelerate early stage UK based companies in the product design and manufacturing sector. Read more