Automation

Wilkins: 'The cyber threat has been rising steadily in recent years'

Cyber threats need to become a board-level issue

By Rick Pendrous

In response to rising concerns about the risk of cyber attacks, industrial automation components supplier European Automation has published an industry report about the growing importance of information security.

Energy efficiency with Cat Pumps

Energy efficiency with Cat Pumps

An energy-saving high-pressure pump package for centralised hygiene and sanitation cleaning systems has been introduced by Cat Pumps.

Manual trucks can be converted for automatic warehouse operation

Warehouse automation in stages

By Rick Pendrous

The historic reluctance of third-party logistics providers (3PLs) to invest in warehouse automation is changing as technological advances enable a flexible, staged introduction which allows costs to be controlled, claimed the boss of one forklift truck...

Smooth operator: Robots offer the UK food industry clear benefits but update remains disappointingly low

Better hygiene compliance for food packing-line robots

By Paul Gander

Robotics suppliers have made a strong case for food industry acceptance with a new generation of hygiene and washdown-compliant pick-and-place systems, but the jury is still out as to whether this will translate into new sales.

Automated packaging response time now one microsecond

Fast reactions in primary packs

Response times in industrial automation applications on primary packaging equipment have been reduced to just one microsecond (1µs) with Bernecker + Rainer’s (B&R’s) Reaction technology.

Gambica offer energy reduction advice

Energy experts at Drives and Controls 2014

Gambica, the UK trade body for instrumentation, control, automation and laboratory technology, will host a pavilion at the Drives & Controls Exhibition, at the NEC in Birmingham, from April 8-10. Gambica’s deputy director Steve Brambley will give...

Nairn' sOatcakes robotic loading system

Robotic loader gets on the case

A new case erecting and robotic loading station at Nairn's Oatcakes in Scotland has automated a labour-intensive job, improved efficiency, and overcome limitations to meet retailer expectations on shelf-ready applications.

Sales of food and drink manufacturing robots slumped in the second quarter in contrast to general industry sales

Food and drink robot numbers slump

By Mike Stones

Sales of food and drink manufacturing robots slumped in the second quarter of this year – down 65% – compared with the previous quarter, in contrast to buoyant sales in general manufacturing.

Pack a punch

Pack a punch

The Total Processing & Packaging Exhibition, which incorporates packaging show Pakex, The Processing & Packaging Machinery Association show and Interphex, for the pharmaceuticals sector, takes place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham...

New system to boost productivity

Faster, more efficient changeovers

Improving the speed and efficiency of product changeovers on multi-product lines is what Sick UK's new RapCo system, launched at Total 2013, is all about. It is claimed to offer a reliable, automated solution to protect product quality while boosting...

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