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Pacepacker forecasts the next packaging automation trends
In the last decade the packaging industry has profoundly altered. External market forces have projected robotics and automation into mainstream manufacturing, with labour efficiency and productivity, implicit in Pacepacker Services earlier work, continuing to be a key driver. The automation specialist’s Commercial & Information Systems Manager, Paul Wilkinson looks back on recent packaging developments and shares his predictions for the next decade.
How CAE tools boost machine builders' profitability
Manufacturing companies are increasingly turning to automation to help them retain their competitive edge, which means there is strong demand for machines of all types. But the machines are almost always needed quickly and often have to be designed specifically. How can machine builders respond while maintaining their profitability? Ken Christie, Director of EPLAN UK, has some suggestions.
EU Automation releases circular economy industry guide
EU Automation has published an industry guide for manufacturers interested in making their production method more sustainable by contributing to the circular economy. The guide can be downloaded, free of charge, from EU Automation’s website, under the Industry Guides section.
Persistent security – protect your business from cyber attacks
Tim Ricketts, Director of M.A.C. Solutions provides some useful hints and tips for businesses looking to improve the security of their Industrial Control Systems and better protect their business from cyber attacks.
Metal detectors: the natural choice for food-on-the-go SMEs
Britain’s appetite for food-on-the-go (FOTG) looks set to continue, with greater product innovations, clean and healthy eating, ethnic foods and artisan local produce driving consumers away from the daily sliced bread sandwich ritual. Fortress Technology’s European Sales Director Phil Brown explores the implications that this has on the 6100-plus micro, small and medium sized enterprises who are catering to our more adventurous pallets and explains why metal detectors are the most cost-effective and popular route to protect FOTG suppliers from the most likely contaminant risk – metal.
A closer look at Harmonic Drive’s WavePlus technology
Sometimes, you only need one small innovation to make something revolutionary. Sliced bread, for example, simply took a stroke of inspiration for Otto Rohwedder to combine automatic bread wrapping equipment with cutting functionality. Here, Graham Mackrell, managing director of precision gearing expert Harmonic Drive UK, explains WavePlus technology, an innovative development in strain wave gearing.
Interview: Jürgen von Hollen, President of Universal Robots
In October 2016, Jürgen von Hollen joined Universal Robots as new President. After almost 2 months full of work, time has come to draw an initial summary. We asked Jürgen to share some insights with us on his personal impressions, his vision and the Universal robots strategy.
Will collaborative consumption change manufacturing?
Everyone has at least one old piece of clothing that they can’t bear to throw away. Believe it or not, the situation is similar with spare industrial parts. Manufacturers often keep a huge amount of spares, despite rarely accessing these stocks. Here, Robert Holloway, head of order fulfilment at EU Automation explores the effects of collaborative consumption on the manufacturing industry.