Technology

Accurate temperature control leads to integrity

Jodie Commercial, components product marketing manager at Omron, explains the importance of accurate temperature control in sealing applications on Form, Fill and Seal machines Whether it is the product manufacturer, machine builder or automation supplier, they are all working towards one goal: finding the best way to move vulnerable goods from producer to consumer. Ultimately
Technology

An integrated approach to robotics

With background debate concerning growth in the manufacturing sector, and the wider topic of whether the UK adopts automation and robotics in line with global competitors, Omron’s Robert Brooks addresses some of the issues that might be making machine builders nervous about using robotics. This article was featured in the Control, Drives & Automation magazine
Future

Behind the mask

At the UK’s 2013 Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition Omron showed a ‘smile calibrator’ with OKAO technology designed to measure, compare and even calibrate the smiles of visitors. People were invited to check the quality of their smile and even compare it against that of a friend. This article was featured in the Controls, Drives
Machines

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
Technology

Ethernet set to become the mainstream industrial networking technology

A recent research report from IMS Research (part of IHS Inc) suggests that the use of Ethernet networking technology for motor drives and motion control will more than triple by the year 2016. New Ethernet nodes are, according to the report, likely to account for over 20% of the new networked motion-control products in 2016.
Future

1:2914? Not a problem for the Eco-Runner

Shell’s Eco-Marathon is a brilliant concept, bringing together teams of students from all over Europe who use their creativity and ingenuity to develop ultra-fuel-efficient vehicles. Vehicles are entered in one of seven fuel categories – petrol, diesel, biofuels, fuel made from natural gas (GTL), hydrogen, solar or electricity. The challenge involves doing ten laps of
Creators

Changing attitudes to automation amongst UK manufacturing companies

Brian Holliday discussed how automation has historically been seen as too expensive, too unreliable, unsafe and only the preserve of large multinationals The fourth report from the seminars at the Total Processing & Packaging Exhibition    Siemens’ Brian Holliday started by highlighting how the manufacturing industry is changing faster than ever before, but that the UK market is
Creators

Changeover reduction can radically improve your bottom line and competitive edge

Russell Page of Picme discussed how within the world of lean manufacturing, changeover reduction (SMED) is a fundamentally key principle to the elimination of waste Our second report from the seminars at the Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition   In order to stay competitive in today’s economic climate, all organisations must continually look at what
Creators

Is it time for UK companies to re-evaluate their heat technology?

Cathal Wilson, Ceramicx Projects Manager and Assistant Professor Dr Anthony Robinson from Trinity College Dublin presented their groundbreaking work on Infrared-based Heat Work Technology for the processing & packaging industries Our first report from the seminars at the Total Processing & Packaging Exhibition   Established in 1992, Ceramicx is located in a rural Irish community,

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