David Tolfree

The exponentially emerging technologies are accelerating the realisation of the ideas and dreams of scientists and engineers. more

Dec 7, 2017 9:27 AM david tolfree blog

Systems Integration

Inspired by the recent successful mission of NASA’s Cassini-Huygens spacecraft, I am reminded of the importance placed on the reliability of systems technologies. more

Oct 18, 2017 4:08 PM david tolfree blog

Smart Manufacturing: Is it an Opportunity for the Future of UK Industry?

The word smart, like many others, has entered the lexicon of the digital world. Smart Manufacturing is a US term, synonymous to the European Industry 4.0 term. more

Jul 26, 2017 10:26 AM david tolfree blog

BIG DATA and Industry 4: What are its Implications for the Future?

In the early 1980s when powerful so-called super-computers were just becoming realised, communication and information technologies were still developing and were much less sophisticated than we know them now. more

May 23, 2017 11:02 AM david tolfree blog

SMART Cities of the Future

Humanity faces many challenges. For the first time, we possess the knowledge and technology to meet these challenges. more

Mar 29, 2017 9:21 AM david tolfree blog

Developments in micro technologies in this century have enabled the production of a wide range of smart sensor systems. more

Dec 8, 2016 2:12 PM

In this article I want to raise awareness of the impending crisis resulting from the resistance of certain types of bacteria to antibiotic drugs. more

Jul 28, 2016 9:42 PM

In an article last year, I discussed abundance and the possibility of a future Techno Utopian World. Now I want to highlight the appearance of a truly transformative era. more

Feb 17, 2017 2:01 PM

Developments in micro technologies in this century have enabled the production of a wide range of smart sensor systems. more

Dec 8, 2016 2:12 PM

Can a Techno-Utopian world of abundance for all ever be achieved? This question provokes further questions and many answers. more

Oct 18, 2016 4:27 PM

During the last four decades there has been a huge growth in conferences covering almost every aspect of human endeavour. more

Sep 7, 2016 4:48 PM

One of the themes of the 2016 World Economic Forum (1) held in January at the Swiss resort of Davos was focused on ‘Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution’. more

May 25, 2016 3:18 PM 1 Comments

In my columns I shall be reviewing new directions for those emerging technologies that are most likely to have a profound impact on manufacturing industries in the decades ahead. more

Apr 5, 2016 4:28 PM articles

I want to thank the editor for the opportunity to write a column in CMM. more

Feb 9, 2016 10:18 AM

The 20th international COMS Conference was held in the attractive Royal City of Krakow on 14-16 September 2015. more

Nov 10, 2015 11:19 AM articles

Many articles have been written about the issues of manufacturing and marketing micro-nano products. They are often based on theory rather than hard experience. In reality, practice is very different from theory. more

Sep 2, 2015 4:08 PM articles

David Tolfree presents a brief historical review of its evolution from a few companies and practitioners back in the early 1990s to the thousands now engaged. more

Feb 11, 2015 2:48 PM articles

Before communication technologies, people met physically in villages and town centres to exchange ideas and trade. more

Jan 9, 2015 11:08 AM articles

How Drivers are Enabling the Use of MEMS and Nano Technology in Biotechnology

Dr. Steven Walsh together with Robert Tierney, Nikos, University of Twente, and David Tolfree, European VP of MANCEF, review the drivers that are promoting small tech (micro and nano technology) based innovations in the pharmaceutical industry. more

Dec 5, 2012 11:08 AM , , Steve Walsh's column