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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 →
TM Robotics offers observations from IREX

TM Robotics offers observations from IREX

With over 300 exhibitors spread across two halls, the International Robot Exhibition (IREX) is the largest robot trade show in the world. Held at the Tokyo Big Sight in Japan, the biennial event welcomes robot manufacturers from around the globe to introduce the latest robotic technology. Here, Nigel Smith, managing director at Toshiba Machine partner, […]

By December 18, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
TM Robotics dispels the Industry 4.0 myths

TM Robotics dispels the Industry 4.0 myths

Machinery automation could be compared to the human body. Our eyes are the sensors that monitor operations. Our hands are the actuation to manoeuvre things around us. Finally, our brains are the process control, providing intelligence and managing processes. Traditionally, machines in industrial environments could only provide actuation, but not anymore. As we enter the […]

By November 10, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Can robots reboot manufacturing in Europe?

Can robots reboot manufacturing in Europe?

Since the mid-1990s manufacturing’s share of the European Union’s GDP has fallen from 21% to 15%, and this decline has been partly due to competition from developing economies. However, over time the collaboration between humans and robots has evolved and grown in importance on the factory floor. This trend has the potential to reignite competition […]

By October 28, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Automation can soften the impact of a hard Brexit

Automation can soften the impact of a hard Brexit

Brillopak director David Jahn has highlighted the potential crisis farmers, produce and soft fruit packers and meat packhouses face with a hard Brexit and how automated case loading can help to counteract the loss of EU seasonal labour and curb rising costs. Between May to September each year, more than 28,000 EU workers come to […]

By October 20, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
UK manufacturing industry must wake up to automation

UK manufacturing industry must wake up to automation

Will Bourn of Gudel UK looks at the UK’s past record of investment in robotics and automation and the positive impact that future investment in automation and robotics can have on UK competitiveness. The UK is currently in the midst of some of the most significant political and economic changes seen in a generation. As […]

By October 19, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
The age of the PLC platform is now says Mitsubishi

The age of the PLC platform is now says Mitsubishi

Can an automation system be more than just the sum of its parts? Barry Weller of Mitsubishi Electric argues that it can and that the age of the PLC platform is now bringing a host of benefits that extend far beyond ease of programming and simplicity of integration. Replacements and upgrades aside, it is rare […]

By October 17, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Universal Robots advises on getting started with robots

Universal Robots advises on getting started with robots

If you’re thinking about automating and you’re not sure where to start, here is a quick guide for your first steps towards automating your manufacturing processes. Decide on the processes you’d like to automate Look at your manufacturing facilities and identify the different processes you would like to automate. Start with the simplest and most […]

By October 11, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Why do we blame robots when the line stops?

Why do we blame robots when the line stops?

Production and packing lines will stop working for any number of reasons, but the default assumption will often be that a robotic malfunction is to blame. Instead of scapegoating the technology, Paul Wilkinson, commercial and information systems manager at Pacepacker Services, offers some advice on getting to the root of the problem. Robots are too […]

By August 4, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
European Automation considers the evolution of AGVs

European Automation considers the evolution of AGVs

Konrad Lorenz won the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1973 for his experiments with animal behaviour. Lorenz discovered the principle of imprinting, where a bond is formed between a new born animal and a caregiver. This is the mechanism where an auditory or visual stimulus is used to induce the young to follow […]

By July 31, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
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