Automation

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...

Siemens Industry’s development of its Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) Portal engineering framework could boost the prospects for food and drink factory automation

New launch may boost food factory automation

By Rick Pendrous

The prospects for food and drink factory automation could be much brighter, following Siemens Industry's extension of its Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) Portal engineering framework. A number of new functions add power and efficiency to the...

A plug's game

A plug's game

By John Dunn

The two big challenges for food manufacturers today are flexibility and efficiency. One minute Tesco wants cartons of freshly squeezed orange juice. Two hours later Morrisons is ringing up for blackcurrant drink. How do you reprogram the production, filling...

Robots war on fish giveaway

Robots war on fish giveaway

An innovative robot handling system has been developed for fish and shellfish, which claims to reduce giveaway by 10-12%.

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