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UK falls further behind in automation race

Welcome to the June issue of PBSI! The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) has published its World Robotics Report 2019 which highlights robot sales and density for countries around the world in 2018. The results show that the UK continues to drag its feet in adopting robots and automation.

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Multi-circuit monitoring

Eastron Europe has opened Sales and Customer Support offices in the United Kingdom. Utilising the new, high-tech manufacturing facilities of Eastron Electronic Company in China, combined with UK design, the company is providing streamlined support and supply of its extensive range of metering products for the UK and European markets. Here, Graham Lockhart, Sales Director at Eastron Europe, discusses the company’s latest solution for electricity sub metering.

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Weather the storm

The 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations (BS 7671), which came into full effect on 1st January 2019, significantly increases requirements for the provision of surge protection in electrical installations. Peter Croucher of Weidmüller UK examines the new requirements and discusses how to go about meeting them.

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DC is dead, long live DC

Thirty years ago, as the reliability of AC inverters improved, several well-known companies and big names in the automation business announced that DC was dead. In some cases, selling prices were altered to make the DC drive product less competitive to try and promote the AC technology. With this being the case, why is it that all these years later DC drives are still in demand and being used in production critical applications?

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Suppress interference for safe and smooth drives

To ensure the stability and safety of drive assemblies, OEMs and machine builders can choose from a variety of mains- or motor-side suppression accessories – or combinations of the two – to ensure drives comply with specific EMC requirements of the application, says Mark Checkley of KEB Automation.

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