automation

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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
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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
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Remote access enables global support for machines

In our globalised economy, packaging machines made in France could be sold to a food manufacturer in the Netherlands for installation in Brazil. The customer will, of course, be looking for good back-up as part of the deal, and for the machine maker, providing active and long-term support offers a major sales advantage, leading to
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
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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
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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

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