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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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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04 May 2022

Even smaller UK firms are turning to automation to help tackle skills and recruitment challenges. Robots can help keep the plastic processing sector moving, with minimal human intervention, says Nigel Flowers

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22 April 2022

RESEARCHERS AT Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, have developed a new form of AI, which can adapt to perform its tasks in a changeable environment by observing human behaviour.

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25 January 2022

Fully automatic wood parts inspection from Simon IBV, using IDS industrial cameras, has helped German brush manufacturer Lessman to further automate its production writes Silke v.Gemmingen

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02 December 2021

To achieve dramatic improvements in productivity we need to speed up the adoption of industrial automation and robotics, argues a joint report from the MTC, IPRC and Loughborough University.

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19 November 2021

At a time when the digital transformation of the intralogistics industry is accelerating, it is essential that maintenance keeps pace, as James Billam explains

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17 March 2021

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC has helped JK Machinery upgrade the design of an automated printing machine to deliver an enhanced, futureproof and cost-effective solution to its customers.

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01 February 2021

The last year has seen demand for online deliveries has gone skyward, and retailers have had to adapt rapidly. As a result, automation is becoming fundamental to the warehousing and logistics industry, particularly for online retail products sold in volume

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11 May 2020

Billy Sisk explains why digitally transformed businesses are best positioned to react to the challenges of coronavirus

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28 January 2020

As we value more bespoke products in both commercial and industrial settings, how can manufacturers ensure they meet demand without compromising on efficiency, cost or quality? Jonathan Wilkins, director at industrial automation parts supplier EU Automation, explores how automation can help manufacturers improve mass customisation.

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18 September 2019

Jon Condon, Rockwell Automation Country Director, Ireland, considers some of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for the industrial sector in Ireland.

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18 September 2019

Beyond the recent media controversy, 5G has the potential to bring about a fundamental change in the way manufacturers operate. Here Jonathan Wilkins, director at industrial parts supplier EU Automation, explains how 5G can benefit manufacturers.

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16 April 2019

Tim Bednall, sales & marketing manager for Wood Automation & Control’s Systems Division, highlights the depth of expertise and talent that UK manufacturers can draw upon to ease the path to automation and, in turn, greater productivity.

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05 February 2019

Successfully applying a level of smart manufacturing will bring greater efficiencies and flexibility to any given production process and is a significant step toward ‘futureproofing’ a production enterprise, explains Chris Evans, marketing & operations group manager, Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V. Automation Systems Division.

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21 March 2018

Whilst the principles of selective laser hardening are not new, advances in laser technology have made the process more practical for a wider range of applications and an efficient and cost effective method of heat treating ferrous metals. TLM Laser’s director Andy Toms, explains more and looks at the increased efficiency that, he says, results when high powered diode lasers are combined with a mobile laser hardening robot system

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17 October 2017

Science fiction writer, Ray Bradbury once said, ‘Living at risk is jumping off a cliff and building your wings on the way down.’ Though this is an inspiring thought, it's unlikely that construction or even cognitive thought would be at the forefront of someone’s mind when faced with a precipice. Sometimes we need a push to tip us over the edge. Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director of EU Automation explores the top three tipping points in the realisation of Industry 4.0.

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21 July 2017

In common with most industrial processes, bringing an element of automation to packaging activities can be of great benefit - today's automated packaging equipment is capable of working with various designs and multiple sizes, optimising the packing of small, large, and fragile products in a speedy manner, eliminating human error and helping to ensure zero variation in the packaging process. Charlotte Stonestreet reports

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07 January 2015

Although behind the rest of the EU and US markets in terms of sales, the UK food industry has shown an increased interest in robots over the last 12 months. John Rainer, regional sales manager FANUC UK comments

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25 July 2013

New Eiger freezer door installed as business heats up at leading meat packaging company...

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05 April 2013

Standard machine elements - suppliers of handwheels, crank handles, lobe knobs, grip knobs, wing knobs, handles, tubular handles, adjustable handles, levers, oil caps, plugs, rotary controls, oil level indicators, filler breathers, levelling feet...

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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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