• 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.

  • 30 Oct
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    Discover the Routeco difference

    In the challenging times that we face today, there has never been a better time for the UK manufacturing and industrial sector to embrace the use of technology and automation.

  • 30 Oct
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    Cobots give gear manufacturer a competitive production edge

    In the fourth and final instalment of an exclusive Omron cobot series, Danish gear manufacturer, Fischer Gears, boosts the competitiveness of its production process by installing two Omron TM robots. The collaborative robots (cobots) free experienced employees to focus on more value-added tasks.

  • 27 Oct
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    Ditch those cabinets and reduce wiring runs

    For automation system OEMs, machine builders and systems integrators, one of the most expensive parts of any project is installation. The complex mass of cables and wires needed by modern automated systems often makes installing a new machine a time- and labour-intensive process.

  • 12 Oct
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    Bosch Connected Industry digitalises rail transport

    Lineas, a large private rail freight operator in Europe, is digitalising its wagon fleet with Nexeed Track and Trace from Bosch Connected Industry.

  • 12 Oct
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    The end of an era for automation: How the Siemens SIMATIC S5 transformed manufacturing

    Siemens SIMATIC-S5, the iconic workhorse of automation, is being put out to pasture. Since its launch more than 40 years ago, the programmable logic controller (PLC) has automated countless machines and processes and transformed production in every industry imaginable.

  • 30 Sep
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    Cobots: Killing jobs or future-proofing SMEs?

    In the third instalment of an exclusive Omron cobot series, Peter Lange, Business Development Manager of Fixed Robotics, argues that collaborative robots (cobots) offer a cost-effective solution to the labour shortages and shorter product lifecycles that are expected over the coming decade.

  • 30 Sep
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    Control Techniques' mentor drive chosen for cliff railway project

    Control Techniques has been chosen to provide a new DC system for a historic cliff railway project in Aberystwyth, UK.

  • 30 Sep
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    Doing more with less: Reclaiming the manufacturing “real estate”

    “Doing more with less” is a common goal for many industrial businesses, especially as today’s plants face pressures to maintain high production levels with lower machine footprints. Here, Bradley McEwan, Business Development Manager at Beckhoff Automation UK, explains how new servo drive and connectivity technologies can help manufacturers reach this goal.

  • 8 Sep
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    Robot stacks sandwiches in 800 milliseconds – food for thought

    Although simple automation can give some manufacturers the boost needed to increase production and product consistency, more complex applications often require intelligent, flexible robotic solutions that can adapt to variable products and picking locations.

  • 4 Sep
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    Control panel specialist cuts manufacturing time by 35% with EPLAN Cogineer

    It is widely acknowledged that control panel manufacturers who automate their planning processes benefit greatly from shorter project lead times and reduced errors, and that secondary processes such as the production of documentation are also simplified. Nevertheless, a reduction in manufacturing time by a full 35% is more than most companies would hope for, but that’s exactly what was achieved when Hanseatic Power Solutions GmbH (HPS) adopted EPLAN Cogineer.

  • 4 Sep
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    ABB supplies electrical package and drives automation to new Grupo Gondi mill

    ABB has supplied and commissioned a full electrical solution for packaging paper producer Grupo Gondi at its greenfield site in Monterrey, Mexico.