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Machines

It’s time for a new approach to machine control

Can you add value to your machines, perhaps adding greater sophistication and complexity, without impacting on development time and programming cost? Robert Brooks and Karl Walker look at the evolution of a new breed of machine controllers. At the heart of every machine is a machine controller. That might seem an obvious thing to say,
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.
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

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