• 27 Oct
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    Small potato producer gets a grip on growth

    This video features a system from FANUC Authorised System Integrator Schneider Packaging Equipment Co., Inc. engineered and built for Tasteful Selections LLC., the largest grower, shipper and packer of bite-sized potatoes in North America.

  • 2 Sep
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    Buying automation with confidence

    There is mounting pressure on manufacturers to increase throughput, run times, and provide safer working conditions – as a result, the adoption of industrial robots is increasing.

  • 2 Sep
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    A pizza challenge for Control Freaks

    Automation 'solutions provider' Control Freaks has applied the latest Mitsubishi Electric PLC technology to solve production challenges and increase competitiveness for Bakkavor's Lincolnshire-based pizza production facility.

  • 2 Sep
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    Automation Concern Two – It is expensive

    In part two of this exclusive four-part series, EPLAN discusses why concerns about expense should not hold you back from automating your panel building.

  • 30 Jul
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    Buying automation with confidence

    There is mounting pressure on manufacturers to increase throughput, run times, and provide safer working conditions – as a result, the adoption of industrial robots is increasing. During a recent roundtable, hosted by Paige West, Editor of Connectivity at the IML Group, a panel of BARA representatives and industry experts discussed developing the business case for automation and choosing the appropriate suppliers and applications.

  • 30 Jun
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    Warehouse automation services market to double by 2025

    Calling all System Integrators! In a new report on the warehouse automation service market, Interact Analysis has revealed that soaring growth in the warehouse automation equipment market is causing parallel growth in the market for service contracts – worth $4.3bn in 2020 and projected to grow to $8.7bn by 2025.

  • 30 Jun
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    Stäubli expands MPS robotic tool changer range to cover all robots and payloads

    Five new sizes have now been launched to expand Stäubli’s existing MPS tool changer range, covering payload capacities from 15kg to 80kg, enabling Stäubli to offer a robotic tool change solution for virtually all robots and payloads.

  • 30 Jun
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    Collaborative robots – the integrators’ perspective

    There is little doubt that collaborative robots are finding their way into a broad range of applications. However, the question is: how are these types of robots being used? Are the majority of them actually working in true collaboration and coordination with humans, or are they being used in other ways by replacing traditional industrial robots?

  • 4 May
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    Three steps to make your manufacturing facility smarter

    Industry 4.0 promises a step change in the efficiency of industrial production and automation. As well as delivering greater flexibility, events such as the COVID-19 pandemic have focused attention on an organisation’s ability to adapt and service demand with a remote workforce.

  • 4 May
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    Reducing electrical complexity with modern automation

    For all the uncertainties that the industrial sector has faced in recent years, one thing has remained constant: automation, and investment in it, has grown steadily. These systems provide a wealth of benefits, but they can present a series of challenges for electrical engineers in terms of wiring and control cabinet functionality.

  • 4 Jan
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    Finding the right control system to use in hostile manufacturing environments

    Northern Combustion Systems (NCS) has opted for Siemens Sirius ACT with a PROFINET remote push button station as a reliable and robust solution under hazardous conditions – a system that saved 50% on costs.

  • 4 Jan
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    How to add machine controllers to your factory floor effectively

    Machine controllers are at the heart of Industry 4.0 applications. They allow factories to run automated processes while ensuring product quality, consistency, efficiency and high throughput. Hence, choosing the right solution and implementing it correctly can make a significant difference to the success of an industrial automation project.

  • 4 Jan
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    Automated well plate filling machine leads to 8x greater productivity for IVD supplier

    Mitsubishi Electric has supported Horizon Instruments in the development of a highly automated well plate filling machine. The solution has boosted operations for a provider of immunoassays and in vitro diagnostic (IVD) devices, increasing production yield by 700-800 percent and is projected to cut waste by half.

  • 13 Nov
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    How to reduce cabinet clutter in food production

    Food manufacturers can achieve flexible production lines at minimal labour costs, by adopting automation without cabinets. Stephen Hayes, Managing Director of Beckhoff Automation UK, explains how food processing operations can be reconfigured with machines that can be transported and moved, more easily and faster than traditional machinery.

  • 30 Oct
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    Automation controllers and IoT connectivity

    Today’s automation systems are expected to deliver an increasing amount of data about every aspect of their operation and performance. The Internet of Things (IoT) provides, in principle, an attractive way of meeting these requirements, but how can IoT concepts be implemented easily, reliably and cost-effectively in the real world? Nick Rhodes, Electronics & Automation Team Leader at Weidmüller UK, has the answer.