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,
Machines

Your cup of tea? Mespic’s packaging solution

Mespic, with headquarters in northeast Italy, has worked with Omron to develop innovative all-in-one packaging solutions that end-users now demand, and that successful machine makers strive to provide. A recent example is this end-of-line plant for secondary and final packaging of tea. Flexibility and versatility are the two main drivers for the evolution of packaging
Machines

Learn how your book cover gets that shiny look: Bagel’s industrial laminating machines

Located in Barcelona, Bagel Systems S.L.L. is a company that designs and sells machinery for the graphics arts sector, particularly industrial laminating machines. Laminating is the process by which a plastic film is applied to any type of surface. In the specific case of laminating in the graphics arts, the plastic film is applied to

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