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OAL has won £900,000 of funding for its robotic ingredient handling project

Robotic ingredients handling project wins £900k funding

By Gwen Ridler

Robotics and automation provider OAL has won £900,000 of funding for its robotic ingredients handling project, in partnership with the University of Lincoln and condiments manufacturer English Provender Company (EPC).

Robot workshop helps users choose

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Robot workshop helps users choose

By Rick Pendrous

Small UK food and drink manufacturers can discover why investing in robots needn’t be difficult at a seminar and workshop being organised by ABB Robotics later this month.

Falling costs and ease of use should boost robots in UK food manufacture

Time is now ripe for robot investment

By Rick Pendrous

Food and drink manufacturers in the UK have been urged to invest in robots and automation in their operations as labour costs continue to rise, robots become easier to use and their cost falls.

Food industry automation could benefit from the new £2bn fund

£2bn fund raises industry’s automation hopes

By Paul Gander

With the government pledging an additional investment of £2bn a year by 2020 for UK research and development – including a special fund for priority technologies, such as robotics – the food and drink sector will need to ensure that industrial applications...

RARUK's new vision system

Robots that work with humans

By Rick Pendrous

Some of the latest developments in human-robot collaboration were displayed by RARUK Automation, a RA Rodriguez company, at the Processing & Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA) Total Show 2016 at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre in September.

Omron acquisition extends its robot offering

PPMA Total Show 2016 preview

Omron acquisition extends its robot offering

By Gwen Ridler

Omron will formally announce its acquisition of US robot supplier Adept Technologies at the show. This expands its portfolio of products with the addition of six-axis articulated robots.

Human friendly cage-free robots

PPMA Total Show 2016 preview

Human friendly cage-free robots

By Rick Pendrous

A collaborative robot, or ‘cobot’, designed for working safely with shopfloor staff, challenged to work alongside a caged cell containing a conventional robot, will be the centrepiece of Fanuc’s stand at the show.

Haacht Brewery in Belgium uses robots to fill and palletise kegs

Belgian brewer uses robots to palletise its kegs

By Rick Pendrous

The Haacht Brewery in Boortmeerbeek, said to be Belgium's third largest brewery, has revealed it has been using Fanuc industrial robots for around six years to process, fill and palletise the heavy beer kegs it handles, following a decision made...

Robots that don’t require guarding

PPMA show preview

Robots that don’t require guarding

An expanded range of processing and packaging automation equipment and ancillary products will be displayed R A Rodriguez. The equipment on show will include the full range of Universal Robots.

The UK is lagging behind on robotic uptake

Get to grips with robots

By Michelle Knott

Robotic systems don’t have to be as complex as many people believe. Michelle Knott reports

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.

Food firms are still resisting robots

Retailer pressures stifle uptake of automation

By Rick Pendrous

Sales of robots in the food and drink sector rose by 28% last year against a backdrop of strong uptake across the board in the UK, according to the British Automation and Robot Association (BARA).

Precise cake decoration now possible with robots

Contoured cakes get robotic sign off

Precise and consistent cake decoration using robots is now possible, thanks to a development by Quasar Automation and its technology partners Scorpion Vision and Mitsubishi Electric.

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.

Fourth UK distributor added to Danish automation firm's network

UK's new interest in automation

In response to the UK's increasing investment in automation, Danish automation company Universal Robots has added a fourth UK distributor to its network: Kent-based Geku Automation.

New technology to make damage to delicate products a thing of the past

Technology to slice the softest, stickiest product

Ultrasonic technology uses the high frequency oscillation of the Sonotrode (cutting blade) to pass through product quickly and cleanly. This process can portion soft, sticky and delicate products that are prone to damage by traditional cutting systems....

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.

Win robot palletising war

Win robot palletising war

Two new palletising robots, three palletising grippers and an easy-to-use programming software have been introduced by ABB Robotics to make palletising simpler, faster and more efficient.

Simpler systems could boost UK robotic sales

Simpler systems could boost UK robotic sales

By Ben Bouckley

Relatively simple and inexpensive robots could be the key for robot manufacturers looking to boost UK sales, according to a leading automation industry figure.

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CenFRA helps food manufacturers ‘virtually’ evaluate robots

By Elaine Watson

Food robotics and automation centre CenFRA (Centre for Robotics and Automation) has introduced new simulation techniques that can help food manufacturers ‘virtually’ evaluate the merits of automating aspects of their processes without disrupting production.

Food for thought in Chicago

Food for thought in Chicago

Europe's leading centre of excellence for providing automation and robotic knowledge to the food and beverage industry, CenFRA, took centre stage at the 4th annual Food Technology, Innovation & Safety Forum in Chicago in May.

I Robot ...

I Robot ...

By Elaine Watson

Northern Foods has pumped £7-8m into robotics and automation projects at its Fox's Biscuits factory in Batley and will invest more cash over the next year as part of a group-wide automation initiative.

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