The challenges of today’s machine building industry

The ramping up of the low wage economies in the machine building sector means that OEMs often feel they are working under the shadow of the threat of cheap imports. In the first of a series of articles, Robert Brooks and Karl Walker look at the ‘must-have’ features that will keep UK machine builders ahead

The flexibility dream came true!

On the face of it, there are not many parallels between vehicle production and packaging machinery. However, the challenges are very similar, particularly in the increasing need to offer manufacturing versatility, dealing efficiently with different products. Mass production used to be a synonym for standardisation – “you can have any colour as long as it’s