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Schunk discusses working hand in hand with robots

Schunk discusses working hand in hand with robots

In this interview, we talk about robotic grippers with the experts at Schunk, whose Co-act EGP-C gripper has now also been DGUV certified for HRC operations by the German Social Accident Insurance, following the certification of the SVH 5-finger hand. Why is certifying individual components so important for you, when it is actually the entire […]

By July 31, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
BitFlow predicts growth in vision-guided robotics

BitFlow predicts growth in vision-guided robotics

As the plant floor has become more digitally connected, the relationship between robots and machine vision has merged into a single, seamless platform, setting the stage for a new generation of more responsive vision-driven robotic systems. BitFlow, a global innovator in frame grabbers used in industrial imaging, predicts vision-guided robots will be one of the […]

By April 25, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Mitsubishi pictures the factories of the future

Mitsubishi pictures the factories of the future

Factories populated by autonomous vehicles delivering parts and sub-assemblies across the shop floor, robots working alongside human operators to assemble customised products – all scheduled automatically by live orders placed online. While this is a utopian vision of manufacturing for many and there are certain industry sectors where the journey to smart manufacturing is a […]

By April 24, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
TM Robotics: Should robots be taxed?

TM Robotics: Should robots be taxed?

Robot tax? A tax on robotics is as absurd an idea as a tax on pencils. As Britain’s political parties discuss a potential tax on automation and robotics, Nigel Smith, managing director of Toshiba Machine partner, TM Robotics, explains why slowing down the machine economy would lead to a productivity disaster. The world’s first robot […]

By April 24, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
TUV SUD discusses collaborative robot safety

TUV SUD discusses collaborative robot safety

The use of collaborative robots can be considered to be part of the fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0. ISO 8373 defines an Industrial Robot as: “An automatically controlled, reprogrammable, multipurpose manipulator programmable in three or more axes, which may be either fixed in place or mobile for use in industrial automation applications.” Collaborative Robots, sometimes […]

By April 22, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Brillopak outlines opportunities with robotics

Brillopak outlines opportunities with robotics

David Jahn, director at packaging automation specialist Brillopak, examines how robotics can help food manufacturers and packhouses to seize the opportunities presented by disruptive packaging trends. Environmental concerns have been a consideration in packaging development for some years, but events in recent months have brought about a paradigm shift on packaging sustainability. Blue Planet II’s […]

By April 13, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Brillopak and Omron highlight smarter factories

Brillopak and Omron highlight smarter factories

In food produce environments and packhouses, the benefits of automation when it comes to workforce health and safety are uncontended. From eliminating arduous and repetitive tasks to working uninterrupted within inhospitable chilled settings, robots are most certainly the future. Case loading specialist Brillopak and industrial automation pioneer Omron explore how smart robots, hardware and software […]

By March 26, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
UK business must come together to enhance productivity

UK business must come together to enhance productivity

Fanuc UK’s managing director, Tom Bouchier, has called on businesses across the UK to work together to improve productivity and global competitivity during a keynote speech at Fanuc’s UK facility in Ansty Park, Coventry, on Thursday 16th March. Speaking at the event, Mr. Bouchier said: “As a nation, our manufacturing output is consistently behind other […]

By March 22, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Universal Robots says cobots can help SMEs

Universal Robots says cobots can help SMEs

Taking on tasks such as stretch wrapping, packaging handling and palletising, robotics can significantly accelerate highly repetitive manual tasks on the product line. Employees can be freed up from strenuous tasks and reassigned to other responsibilities, not only providing them with opportunities to undertake more varied activities, but also allowing older staff members to remain […]

By March 1, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Fanuc says it’s now or never to bridge the skills gap

Fanuc says it’s now or never to bridge the skills gap

Coventry-based Fanuc UK is urging manufacturers across the country to prioritise skills and training for young people in 2018. Since launching its purpose-built training facility in Ansty Park last May, the company has seen overwhelming demand for its robotics, robo-machines and CNC programming courses, as well as its long-standing apprenticeship scheme. Anthony Bentham, customer services […]

By January 12, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
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