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Automation lets the good times roll

Mitsubishi Electric has supported Optimation, a machine builder specialist in the packaging and converting industries, in an automated till roll packing system upgrade project. The improved setup combines a MELSEC iQ-F PLC, MR-J4 servos as well as a GOT2000 series HMI, doubling the speed of…

  • 5 days ago

PP C&A targets training boost with investment in Bright Sparks initiative

One of the UK’s leading strategic manufacturing outsourcing specialists has signalled its intentions to ramp up investment in its recently launched Bright Sparks University (BSU). PP Control & Automation, which works with twenty of the world’s largest machinery builders, is offering…

  • 20/07/2021

FANUC UK sets dates for 2021 open house

Building on the success of its first ever open house in 2019 and its debut virtual offering in 2020, FANUC UK will host an automation event in November this year. Taking place between Monday 1st – Friday 5th November, FANUC is inviting guests to visit its UK headquarters in Antsy Park…

  • 20/07/2021

FANUC produces 750,000th robot

FANUC Corporation, one of the world's most prominent suppliers of automation technology, continues to expand its market-leading position with the production of its 750,000th industrial robot, which is more than any other manufacturer in this segment. At present, FANUC produces around 8,000…

  • 13/07/2021

Omron leverages AI to simplify and optimise machine vision configuration

Traditionally, to identify defects and scratches in production has required the sensitivity and knowledge of technicians with extensive experience. But owing to rising labour costs and shortage of skilled labour, manufacturers need to automate processes that once relied on the senses of experienced…

  • 07/07/2021

CME enhances electrical design resource to support continued growth

Award winning Automation and Packaging Machinery specialist CME Limited continues its recruitment drive to support sustained growth with the recent appointment of Rachel Lawrence, who joins the Somerset based business as Electrical Design Engineer. Rachel’s appointment enhances the…

  • 05/07/2021

Analog Devices announces long-reach industrial Ethernet offerings to achieve last mile connectivity in process, factory and building automation

Analog Devices, Inc. has expanded its ADI Chronous Industrial Ethernet portfolio with solutions that bring long-reach Ethernet connectivity from the edge to the cloud and enable real-time configurability, lower energy consumption, and increased asset utilisation. The new ADI Chronous offerings…

  • 02/07/2021

Booming sales bring awards and sales team expansion for RARUK

In recognition of its proficiency in robotic automation sales and support, RARUK Automation has received three new accolades. RARUK Automation is now a designated UR Gold Distributor, and has been recognised as one of the Top 10 Distributors for Universal Robots (UR) in the EMEA region in 2020. Its…

  • 24/06/2021

Need intralogistics, automation or buildings? Big Box has the solution

The Big Box Group is a collection of businesses providing intralogistics, automation and temporary and permanent buildings to customers across a wide number of industries. Big Box Group, founded by Iain Gillard over a decade ago, started out as a supplier of racking and storage but as the industry…

  • 22/06/2021

Automating depowdering in 3D printing

Industry experts are forecasting a golden era for additive manufacturing, with annual growth rates of 24% anticipated into 2024. The automation of 3D printing processes offers further growth potential, for example in feeding or depowdering the components. When it comes to the depowdering of…

  • 16/06/2021