PRODUCTS & SERVICES

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24 January 2022

SCHMERSAL GROUP's PS216-Q200/-Q210 pull-wire switch can be used as a signal generator to perform multiple functions in one pull.

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02 December 2021

EUROPE'S LARGEST supplier of collaborative robots, Universal Robots, is launching a new financial leasing scheme with the aim of reducing the costs of introducing automation into the UK and Ireland’s SME manufacturing markets.

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02 December 2021

MOTION-FIRST automation control manufacturer, Trio Motion Technology, has launched a robot range that provides machine builders with a fully integrated control solution.

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02 December 2021

THE EWELLIX smart actuator CAHB-2xS has patented non-contact sensors to provide a true absolute position of movement that never require calibration, while motion is constantly monitored with the option to synchronise multiple actuators to offer parallel motion, even at full speed.

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02 December 2021

THE INDUSTRY BODY for professionals working with Profibus and Profinet, PI UK, has announced online certified training courses beginning in 2022.

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07 October 2021

A BY-product of the power generation process at waste-to-energy plants, incinerator bottom ash (IBA) can be recycled into construction aggregates and metals. Specialising in the transformation of this residue ash, Blue Phoenix wanted to improve the reliability, uptime and troubleshooting capabilities of its plant in Widnes, Cheshire.

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17 September 2021

SME MANUFACTURERS adopting robotics and automation, with the support of Made Smarter, are creating hundreds of new and upskilled jobs. Since 2019 the North West Adoption Programme, a collaboration between UK government and industry designed to support the increased use of digital technologies, has supported 41 businesses with 45 technology projects focused on robotics and automation machinery.

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13 August 2021

A CHEMICAL manufacturer has increased production, flexibility and control through a ‘game-changing’ automation solution. Hampshire-based GEO Specialty Chemicals (GEO) develops and manufactures high purity chemicals. It produces over 300 products for more than 1000 customers in the coatings, adhesives, medical, water treatment and construction markets.

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04 August 2021

Responding to manufacturers’ end-of-line labour challenges including staff shortages, social distancing measures and self-isolation, OMRON UK will debut its cobot palletiser, the RB1200, at PPMA Show 2021.

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11 June 2021

INDUSTRIAL OR collaborative? We all want to get the most out of our production, however the demarcation line between the two options is not as clear as you might think. Barry Weller, solutions marketing manager – OEM at Mitsubishi Electric, looks at how to identify what type of robot best suits your application and how to integrate it.

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11 June 2021

PANDUIT's "WE Connect: The Journey of Innovation" live event on Wednesday 16th June 2021 will be streamed in real-time from four Customer Briefing Centres in EMEA, and its global headquarters in Chicago, USA.

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01 June 2021

DESIGNED WITH maximum functionality in mind, samos PRO from Wieland Electric is a compact modular safety controller for machine and automation control.

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06 May 2021

AUTOMATING PROCESSES is the way forward in the field of aluminum processing. IMA Schelling offers its new saw-robot combination for companies cutting plates weighing up to 500kg. It adds highly efficient material handling to the proven IMA Schelling cutting technologies.

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30 March 2021

ABB IS is expanding its collaborative robot (cobot) portfolio with the new GoFa and SWIFTI cobot families, offering higher payloads and speeds, to complement the YuMi and Single Arm YuMi in ABB’s cobot line-up.

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10 March 2021

IN ASSOCIATION with IPE sister title, Controls, Drives & Automation, the British Automation & Robot Association (BARA), is holding a roundtable event on the Safety Benefits of Robots for Dangerous Tasks and Environments. The event will take place on Tuesday 16 March 2021 at 2.30pm.

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05 February 2021

INTRODUCED BY RARUK Automation for its MiR autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), GuardCom – developed by ROEQ – uses proven sensor-based technology innovatively to remove a robot’s reliance on wifi.

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01 February 2021

A NEW Kawasaki robot has replaced an older version which completed an estimated two million fault-free lifting cycles for one of Ireland’s leading pallet producers.

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18 November 2020

CYCLOIDAL GEAR specialist Nabtesco and the controller expert KEBA are are bundling their expertise, experience and know-how to enable customers to manufacture robots with point and path accuracy down to hundredths of a millimetre.

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02 October 2020

RARUK Automation is formalising three partnerships with world-leading providers of ancillary systems for the latest generation of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). As a result, the company can now offer the entire range of material handling products from ROEQ, along with the Iconsys iAM-R robot arm solution and the UV-C facility disinfectant system from Enabled Robotics.

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25 September 2020

LENZE'S SMART servo axis combines a i950 inverter, g700 planetary gearbox and m850 synchronous motor to cover high-precision positioning tasks as well as dynamic handling and assembly applications, robotics, and conveyor solutions. It also acts as a comprehensive data source for IIoT and service models; the smart inverter makes the use of additional sensors unnecessary.

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FEATURES

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28 March 2024

Fully integrated robot vision systems are on the rise, but what does it takes to create a good one, asks Benedict Yelf

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17 January 2024

When considering investing in automation and robotic technologies, manufacturers should look for a business partner to help support them through the investment and integration process, says Paul Rivers

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15 November 2023

Sandwich producers are facing several headwinds, including labour shortages and food price increases. Given this, reducing preventable food waste has become even more important, suggests Stephen Hawes

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16 August 2023

Digital transformation is a key talking point right now and automation can facilitate the introduction of lights out manufacturing, boosting productivity by allowing production sites to keep run-in 24/7.

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13 June 2023

ABB will be showcasing its ability to offer a one-stop-shop for complete automated solutions for multiple industrial applications at Automation UK (CBS Arena, Coventry, 20-21 June).

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09 June 2023

ABB ROBOTICS is continuing to close the global education gap in automation and prepare students for the future of work with the launch of a ready-to-use education package.

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19 June 2023

Automation UK, the new exhibition highlighting the importance of robotics and system integration to the future growth of the UK economy, will bring automation to life in Coventry this week!

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04 May 2023

ABB'S ROBOTICS and Discrete Automation business is expanding its presence in Ireland with the opening of a new office in Dundalk, Co Louth.

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15 December 2022

Backed by some of the biggest names in the sector, Automation UK, the largest annual event in the UK showcasing automation, robotic and machine vision suppliers is set to take place between 20-21 June 2023

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06 March 2023

Robotics specialist FANUC has supported robot integrator DForce Engineering with the design and installation of two complete automation cells for aluminium underbody components for a prestigious automotive manufacturer, says Oliver Selby

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24 November 2022

There are plenty of scenarios where robotics can be deployed to increase productivity and precision while removing people from the drudgery of repetitive tasks. Cobots take this a step further by being able to work alongside human operators in a truly collaborative way, says Barry Weller

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30 June 2022

THE DRYLIN XXL gantry robot is up to 60% cheaper than comparable robot solutions and is particularly easy to put into service, with free online configuration help.

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29 June 2022

Robots are continuing to advance significantly, creating a diverse ecosystem of solutions, which support an increasing variety of industries and applications.

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27 June 2022

The pandemic has undoubtedly changed the way we work, but for OPEN MIND Technologies, undergoing an extensive online tendering and prove-out process against its competitors was an exciting new challenge. RE Thompson has ambitious plans for its manufacturing facility and implementing the correct CAM system was seen as a critical decision requiring due diligence for the subcontract manufacturer.

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13 June 2022

MANUFACTURERS AND customers benefit equally from an increase in production efficiency. One way to achieve this is the digitisation of production processes. But what exactly does that mean in practice and to what extent is the ‘smart factory’ changing the way work has been done so far? Phillip Hannesen provides insights into the digital change that is currently taking place in manufacturing at KEB Automation

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30 May 2022

It's no secret that despite its position as a top 10 manufacturing economy, the UK lags well behind its global counterparts when it comes to our use of industrial robots. According to the 2021 IRF World Robot Report, the UK ranks just 24th in the world robot density league with 101 units per 10,000 employees, far outpaced by countries such as China, Japan, Korea, the US, Germany, Italy and France. Globally, however, it is a promising picture – the average figure of 126 robots per 10,000 employees is nearly double what it was in 2015. This makes the UK’s continued reluctance to automate all the more surprising. Oliver Selby shares his thoughts on what could be holding the UK back, how companies like FANUC are helping to drive a change in mindset, and the surprising positives to come out of the pandemic

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18 May 2022

The adoption of robotics and automation is increasing in UK manufacturing, but still lags behind the global average. Made Smarter is helping SMEs to leverage these machines to solve the productivity puzzle and unlock people-potential, explains Will Kinghorn

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18 May 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic, a tense socio-political global climate, and an increasingly demanding customer base have all contributed to a growing need for flexibility in manufacturing. As a result, manufacturers need equipment that can be quickly and easily reconfigured, rather than fixed production lines where every change may require weeks of downtime. Neil Ballinger explains the role of automation cells in transitioning to a more agile business model

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16 May 2022

Machine automation is no longer the future of manufacturing; it’s already here, says Mike Melzer

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16 May 2022

After lagging behind their international counterparts for many years, UK manufacturers are finally waking up to the benefits of automation, prompted in part by labour shortages as a result of Brexit and the pandemic. With the vacancy rate reaching a record high of 4.1 at the start of 2022, increasing numbers of firms are now looking to automate their more repetitive or mundane tasks, freeing up employees for more value-added roles. However, in the face of this shift towards automation, UK manufacturers to avoid falling into the trap of prioritising purchase price over total cost of ownership, says Shinichi Tanzawa

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31 July 2019

FLIR Thermal Studio is a thermal image analysis and reporting software designed to manage large sets of thermal images and videos.

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