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Creators

Lean manufacturing helps Aqualectra stay ahead of the competition

‘I would be lying if I said the market for panel builders was booming at the moment, but we are still managing to hold our heads above water”, says Tom Stringer, general director of Aqualectra in Heerhugowaard. Stringer is a keen advocate of ‘lean manufacturing’, which enables panels to be produced as efficiently as possibly.
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
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
Machines

Energy efficiency: more than just cost savings

Energy is expensive, and more efficient use can make a significant difference on the bottom line. But there’s much more to energy efficiency than reducing operating costs. This was demonstrated in practical terms by Emmebi, a long-established family business making high-quality interior design products at Brianza in the heartland of the Italian furniture industry. At
Cool stuff

Smart packaging can talk

New packaging materials are not only more sustainable but also smarter. Near field communication (NFC) allows brand owners to communicate with their customers as well. It is predicted that this application will be widespread within a couple of years. NFC can be regarded as the successor to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), which can identify an