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What Does Right to Repair Mean for Manufacturers?

Post By: Ryan King On: 27-07-2021

Right to Repair groups have been forming over the past ten years in a bid to change the traditional manufacturing policy of built-in obsolescence, and to combat environmental destruction...


Why Is Cybersecurity Important In Factories?

Post By: Ryan King On: 20-07-2021

The future seems rosy for smart manufacturing, but there is a downside. Cybercrime is on the rise, and though it might not seem as though industry presents a particularly valuable target, hackers think otherwise...


Reducing Obsolescence Risk In Manufacturing

Post By: Ryan King On: 09-07-2021

Obsolescence is an accepted part of any life cycle. However, industrial automation equipment is surprisingly durable, and if you installed new machinery in the 1970s, you might still be using it 50 years on...


Manufacturing A Circular Economy

Post By: Ryan King On: 09-07-2021

The threats to our climate and our global subsistence are beginning to impact industry, in a shift that brings recycling more directly into the manufacturing environment.


What Is A Digital Shipyard?

Post By: Tom Rowse On: 27-04-2021

Digital shipyard is the term applied to the adoption of Industry 4.0 capabilities in designing, building, maintaining our ships and submarines as well as using this technology to monitor and maintain the associated infrastructure...


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Welcome to Manufacturing at Rowse, where we'll provide you with regular news and industry updates for the world of manufacturing. Rowse has been in business as an electrical wholesaler for over 15 years. During this time, our experienced engineers and design teams have become acquainted with all types of manufacturing. We are a family-based company with wide-ranging interests and practical expertise, and you can always find a knowledgeable team member at Rowse to advise you.

What Is Manufacturing?

In the literal sense, the word "manufacture" is of Latin origin, and means made (factum) by hand (manu). Historically, therefore, manufacturing began at the moment that a human hand first transformed raw materials into a useful product. This could have been as simple as knapping flints to make cutting tools, or weaving raw fibres into a garment or basket. Many things are still made by hand, including textiles, ceramics and wooden furniture, but the majority of modern manufacturing takes place with the aid of machines.

Since the Industrial Revolution in the 1760s, and the harnessing of steam power that developed throughout the 18th century, machinery has taken the weight of manufacturing out of human hands. From the beginning, entrepreneurs in manufacturing industries were keen to get the work done faster, cheaper and more efficiently. Machines, being much stronger and more durable, also enhanced manufacturing potential far beyond human abilities. They could lift heavier loads, pump fluids for long periods without interruption, and, perhaps most importantly, produce and replicate an item exactly with endless repetition. Manual labour is still involved, but mostly for the operation of machinery, and many factory applications have now been automated.

Manufacturing today is a large-scale enterprise, converting all kinds of raw materials into finished merchandise, and representing 15-20% of the world's economy. Manufactured goods can be purchased directly by consumers, or by wholesalers like ourselves, who distribute them to retailers. They may also be supplied to other manufacturers who will use them to produce more complex manufactured products.

How Can Rowse Help With Manufacturing?

The team at Rowse is always on the lookout for any technological developments or market innovations in manufacturing. We are a recognised distributor of many automated systems and individual components, and we have the expertise to supply and service many different types of equipment. Our team is always happy to conduct a site visit and consultation for setting up and/or improving your existing systems. We can field experts in system design, machine safety, pneumatics and automation. They can carry out a risk assessment exercise on your premises, ensuring that all equipment is performing optimally, and in full compliance with standards and safety regulations.

We are also premier stockists and authorised distributors for many leading manufacturers, such as Siemens and Harting. Our extensive product portfolio covers many specialist areas, including industrial electrics, lighting, pneumatics, automation/control and safety. We have special expertise in sourcing parts, both current and obsolete, and we’ve created a handy product search tool to find what you need, fast. Whatever your manufacturing needs, Rowse is here to help.