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Machines

Robotics integrates with vision, motion and PLC in single platform

A delta robot solution that is no more difficult to integrate into your system than any other standard automation component? Mark Simms takes a look at the latest part of Omron’s innovative Sysmac platform. These days machine builders who develop machines for the packaging industry are facing ever increasing challenges to provide designs that will
Technology

Safety first: making the difference in automated production

It’s sometimes easy to forget that production safety is not just a question of obeying the law: it can actually have a direct and positive impact on productivity, reliability and output quality. That’s been proven in practice by Helios Energy Europe (Heliene), one of Spain’s leading manufacturers of high-output photovoltaic energy systems. These generate electricity
Future

A new wave of collaborative innovation

This year’s KPMG survey found that collaboration is becoming more important to global manufacturers, especially where innovation is concerned as a majority of respondents to increase collaborative their efforts with partner companies, key customers, and suppliers. This year’s survey found that 72 percent of respondents worldwide believe the “next wave of transformational innovation” in manufacturing
Creators

Five reasons why collaboration makes sense

ATM Group, based in Salem, Germany, specialises in test systems for photovoltaic and semiconductor industries and has enjoyed considerable success since it was established in 2005. ATM’s CEO, Schadnusch Nejad, attributes this success to a range of factors, but emphasises in particular a policy of close co-operation with the company’s key suppliers. The five key
Cool stuff

Breakthrough in bioplastic

For thirty years now scientists have been on the hunt for packaging material from biomass with the same properties as crude oil. Chemists have now found the solution in the form of a new catalyst. A breakthrough in the production of bioplastics for the packaging industry. Less pollution resulting in lower costs. Manufacturers will no
Machines

Omron CP1H stuns manufacturer of leak testing machines

In order to improve the throughput of leak testing machines for PET bottles, Air Logic Power Systems (ALPS) replaced custom-made PC-boards with an Omron CP1H PLC system. This allowed the company to quickly meet strong demand for smaller and more competitively priced leak testing machines. Air Logic Power Systems (ALPS) is a leading manufacturer of
Technology

Omron investing in the safety of American eggs

Omron Automation & Safety in the United States is investing in the egg-marking technology of Ten Media. This will see Omron providing Ten Media with production and purchasing services, automation hardware and technical support. ‘By securing Omron as a partner, we’ve fortified our bench and automation capabilities’, says Mitchell Chait, President of Ten Media. American
Machines

Image processing: productivity plus sustainability

It’s fairly well accepted that manufacturing processes now have to take sustainability into account along with increased productivity. Put simply, production machinery must offer minimum resource consumption along with maximum efficiency. And one of the key technologies that will help deliver this is image processing. Energy consumption and the use of raw materials can be