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Backing British growth: UK food producers need to automate
Food and drink manufacturers are this week backing calls to boost UK food production following reports that the nation’s self sufficiency is on the slide and within a generation over half of the UK’s food will be imported. Dennis Allison, Managing Director of Pacepacker Services, comments.
Top 5 problems with HMIs (Human Machine Interfaces)
A study from 2007 showed that 75 per cent of office workers admit to resorting to physical violence against their computer; the other 25 per cent probably only employed mental abuse. Here, Jonathan Wilkins, marketing manager of European Automation, addresses this disturbing statistic while discussing the top five problems commonly faced when using HMIs (Human Machine Interfaces).
Food industry at robotics tipping point
In the last 12 months there has been a noticeable uptake in robotics in the food processing sector. Although way behind the rest of the EU and US markets in terms of sales, global food security, volatile commodity prices and the much reported grocery price wars are all driving manufacturers towards the same conclusion; efficiency is paramount and introducing robotics provides that all-important competitive edge.
Save time by eliminating manual scanning from your warehouse
Charlie Brackley of Harland Simon (Vero Solutions) describes how organisations can improve efficiency by eliminating the need for manual scanning of pallets and locations in warehouses.
PCB-based options are mighty minis for motor control
If you’re looking for high-performance control of DC brushed, brushless and stepper motors across multiple axes, the typical enclosed DIN-rail mounting box might be your first thought. But INMOCO’s Gerard Bush argues that in many general purpose automation applications, as well as in areas such as life sciences equipment, scientific automation and robotics, PCB motion cards, amplifiers and motion/amplifiers might well provide a better option.
Fitting a torque limiting – why bother?
Whether you are designing a new machine or you are responsible for the operation and maintenance of a plant or piece of equipment, keeping costs down is always at the forefront of your mind. To be competitive you must always try to save money, or perhaps more specifically you must aim to spend your money in the wisest way possible.
Offline coders for high-end dairy desserts
According to Mintel, the chilled desserts segment was the only part of the desserts category to grow in both value and volume terms over the 5-year period from 2008 to 2013, reflecting the continued migration towards chilled from ambient and frozen desserts. Within the chilled desserts segment, single-serve, premium offerings are leading the charge. Many of these high-end desserts come in sophisticated pack formats such as stemmed sundae pots and ramekins. Whilst these shapely new designs add shelf appeal, they can cause headaches for the sleeve coding operation.
Fast and secure implementation of Lockout/Tagout
Machine builders must provide maintenance instructions with their machines, which may include Logout/Tagout procedures. Lockout/Tagout can be a life-saver in maintenance operations, preventing many maintenance-related accidents, whether the MRO activities are outsourced or organised internally. While Lockout/Tagout is very successful, it does require intense preparation to implement. Based on worldwide experience, Brady can help implement best practice lockout/tagout programmes.