Automation

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%.

Robots with the long arm of the law

Robots with the long arm of the law

Automation specialist Omron will be exhibiting integrated automation systems that provide the packaging industry with flexible, efficient and cost-effective ways of addressing the ever-increasing competitive and regulatory pressures it faces.

Cold logic,
warm profits

Cold logic,
warm profits

By Paul Gander

Automation can make a major contribution to the bottom line. But the logic behind where and how you automate processes is not as simple as might first appear...

Use of late customisation is rising

Use of late customisation is rising

By Rick Pendrous

The concept of late customisation looks to be expanding out of the confines of research departments and into mainstream manufacturing operations. It’s a way of cost-effectively making a variety of products that use a common ingredient by adding flavour...

Virus on the attack

Virus on the attack

Malware infecting food production lines? It’s not something to be taken lightly, says John Dunn

Short circuit to success

Short circuit to success

Vision systems, pick and place and palletising are proving popular options as robot capabilities widen and the market picks up, says Rod Addy

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