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Assembly challenges demand flexible capabilities

Assembly challenges demand flexible capabilities

Success in manufacturing is a moving target. Planners routinely face demands to reduce cycle time, increase capacity, introduce new products more quickly, and utilise available floorspace efficiently. The methods employed to move workpieces between the various production processes can significantly influence the extent to which these goals are achieved. 1. Scale production when factory floorspace […]

By May 17, 2021 Read More →
A vision of the future or reality today?

A vision of the future or reality today?

Ever since robots started to become a mainstream part of manufacturing, the concept of fully automated flexible production has been the ultimate objective for businesses across a wide range of sectors. Moving towards this goal has been an iterative process with ongoing developments in hardware, software and connectivity making it possible to continually enhance the […]

By April 8, 2021 Read More →
Packaging automation set to aid food manufacture growth

Packaging automation set to aid food manufacture growth

Andrew Yates, managing director of Endoline Automation, discusses the reasons why the UK lagged behind its global counterparts, how automated end-of-line packaging systems today meets manufacturer demands, and how machinery can be integrated into processing and packing lines quickly to ramp up output. Automation is set to play an increasingly larger role in safeguarding the […]

By March 30, 2021 Read More →
Manufacturing stifled by over-complex robotics

Manufacturing stifled by over-complex robotics

Manufacturers in Europe struggle with new automation and robotisation solutions as the technologies they deploy do not provide the desired return on investment and often end up standing idle. Torsten Christensen, partner and co-founder at ChangeForce, a Danish industrial consultancy firm, states that this could be changed by shifting focus towards standardised robots in-house employees […]

By March 15, 2021 Read More →
Robotics in 2021: collaboration and mobility

Robotics in 2021: collaboration and mobility

According to a 2020 survey by Mckinsey Global, COVID-19 has caused companies to accelerate the digitalisation of their internal operations by three to four years. The surge in digital uptake will propel the robotics industry forwards, shaping its contribution to businesses in 2021. Here, Stewart Goulding, managing director at precision drive system supplier EMS, explores […]

By February 1, 2021 Read More →
Advanced robotics for industrial manufacturing

Advanced robotics for industrial manufacturing

Customisation and flexibility are two of the hottest words in industrial manufacturing right now. Customers want something made just for them, whether it is a personalized aftershave with their name on the bottle, a vehicle with all the features they need and none they don’t, or a new phone with the latest radio antenna for […]

By January 21, 2021 Read More →
Three-pronged approach to boosting productivity

Three-pronged approach to boosting productivity

2021 could be a pivotal year for industry in the UK, and the extent to which manufacturers adopt automation may determine its long-term success. Tom Bouchier, managing director at Fanuc UK, outlines the three areas manufacturers must focus on to bounce back in 2021. At a time when the impact of Covid-19 has presented significant […]

By January 12, 2021 Read More →
Ensure your logistics operations are prepared for the future

Ensure your logistics operations are prepared for the future

The pandemic has drastically changed consumer behaviour and has sped up what was already an upward trajectory for the adoption of online purchasing and digitalisation. In order to thrive, businesses need to ensure continuity of supply, the ability to implement remote staffing and social distancing and an agile supply chain with the capacity to meet […]

By January 7, 2021 Read More →
Embracing automation and robots in industry

Embracing automation and robots in industry

The future lies in the innovation of industry; efficiency and automation are the key buzzwords of 2020 as Covid-19 pressure drives businesses to seek new and unique ways to achieve more with less, and counter those slimming margins. Within warehousing, logistics and picking and packing for e-commerce for example, there’s been a rapid uptake over […]

By December 18, 2020 Read More →
How the increasing uptake of automation will change workforces

How the increasing uptake of automation will change workforces

UK General Sir Nick Carter has suggested that a quarter of the British army could be robots by the 2030s. However, the armed forces isn’t the only industry that’s facing an increasing number of robot employees. Here Stewart Goulding, managing director of precision drive system supplier, Electro Mechanical Systems (EMS), explains how the rise of […]

By December 15, 2020 Read More →