|With less than six months
until the UK leaves the EU there are good grounds to be
concerned about what happens next. Brexit might prove
painful for many manufacturers but there are others -
including some machine builders - who see exciting
Already manufacturing businesses, particularly in the
food industry, are struggling to fill vacancies for
unskilled labour because Eastern Europeans are leaving
the UK. A number of these firms are now turning to
automation for operations such as packing.
Traditionally automation has been costly, and capital
budgets have not always been generous. However, machine
builders are starting to adopt servitisation - in other
words, offering machines-as-a-service or 'production
capability'. This could well be attractive to companies
that are desperate for automation but not in a position
to make an outright purchase.
Another result of the Brexit referendum is that the
pound has fallen in value against the Euro by around 20
per cent. UK-built machines have therefore become
cheaper for European customers, though components
sourced from the EU have become more expensive in the
I am not arguing in favour of Brexit, and there will be
other negative impacts not mentioned above, but machine
builders in the UK do have some reasons to be
igus Delta robot is set to be a 'game changer'
This Delta robot costs far less than alternatives, is
quick and easy to set up, and is maintenance-free
thanks to standard igus componentry. More?
publishes 'Time-sensitive Networking for Dummies'
Offered as a PDF or printed book, the new Belden
publication explains how TSN overcomes the limitations
of other real-time protocols. More?
vacuum former for cost-effective rapid production
RS Components is introducing an easy-to-use desktop
vacuum former that creates lightweight, thin-walled
components from low-cost templates. More?
Automation introduces new-generation Universal
Universal Robots e-Series cobots have a number of
small but significant improvements that enhance ease
of use and performance. More?
launches IP65 precision rotary indexer
New from Nexen, the IP65 Motor Ready Sealed precision
indexer benefits from zero backlash, high precision,
high torque and high acceleration. More?
EVENTS AND COURSES
management and maintenance of alarms and alarm
M.A.C. Solutions is running an alarm management
practitioner training course covering all phases of
the alarm management system lifecycle. More?
safety products and services at Robotics and
Pilz will be at Robotics and Automation, showcasing
products and services to aid compliance with safety
standards, including ISO/TS 15066 for cobots. More?
offer ultimate combination of durability and
Baumer's MAGRES absolute encoders cope with harsh
environments and industrial applications while
achieving an accuracy of up to +/-0.15deg. More?
online catalogue speeds bearing selection
Far more than a catalogue, this is an essential
engineering resource for designers, specifiers and
users of rolling bearings. More?
publishes advice on complying with UL regulations
Advice and support is available from Rittal for
engineers who are designing or specifying systems for
export to the USA or Canada. More?
USB 3.1 board-level cameras with liquid lens control
IDS Imaging Development Systems is now offering the
uEye LE USB 3.1 Gen 1 single board cameras with the
option to use and control liquid lenses. More?
macro for ultra-fast on-machine probing
Renishaw says the SupaScan QuickPoint macro makes
on-machine probing feasible even for machining
applications with very short cycle times. More?
Lee Spring catalogue includes 2000+ new items
Lee Spring's new enhanced catalogue contains over
25,000 standard parts, including 2000+ new metric,
stainless steel and High Pressure springs. More?
minimum requirements for fluid power training
BFPA has published new minimum requirements for
training to improve safety when installing and
maintaining hydraulic systems. More?
configuring a maxon ESCON speed controller
This article shows how straightforward it is to
configure maxon's ESCON four-quadrant PWM servo
controller for permanent-magnet motors. More?
|Designline IPCs prevent downtime in
food and beverage production
Switching to Phoenix Contact Designline IPCs is
saving Melitta around £3000 per quarter by
eliminating failures and downtime. More?
|Non-contact guard switches designed
and manufactured in the UK
Mechan's safety switches and monitoring systems
suit almost all non-contact magnetic, coded
magnetic and electronic guard switch
|New stainless steel magnetic safety
switches from Pilz
Pilz is launching stainless steel PSENmag
magnetic non-contact safety switches for use in
harsh operating environments. More?
|New fanless motion control system for
smart machine automation
IBASE's new motion control system features Intel
Core i7/i5/i3 processors and a four-axis motion
control PCIe card for servo/stepper motors. More?
This week the Pointy-Haired Boss requires the
engineers to use the company's own products – but the
idea meets with resistance. More?
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