Robotics

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...

Robotic pot swap loader for mixed food trays

Robotic pot swap loader for mixed food trays

By Rick Pendrous

The manual process of putting together mixed chilled product trays has now been automated by Fanuc in collaboration with Pacepacker Services, using a robotic pot swap tray loading system.

New lightweight robotic arm provides easy automation

Universal Robot makes light of automation

R A Rodriguez will be showing the Universal Robot, a lightweight robotic arm that provides easy automation, at The Total Processing and Packaging Exhibition. It will demonstrate how complementary technology can now add intelligence and even greater scope...

Gary Frank with two robot-ready muffins

Fabulous Bakin’ Boys gets boost from robotics

By Mike Stones

Cake, flapjack and muffin maker, the Fabulous Bakin’ Boys are reaping the benefits of a £3M investment in robotic technology, which is enabling the firm to grow new markets, cut costs and boost efficiency.

Two UR5 robots are in use at an Icelandic dairy

New easy-to-use Danish robot targets small food firms

By Rick Pendrous

A low-priced flexible robot, which is simple to programme and doesn't require specialist coding skills, is expected to receive a warm welcome by smaller food firms looking to make their first step into automation, according to the Danish company...

Up for grabs: robotic opportunities to lift work rates and hygiene standards

Install robots or die, food manufacturers told

By Mike Stones

Food and drink manufacturers should adopt robotic technology or risk losing out to foreign competition, warns Mike Wilson, director of the Automation Advisory Service.

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.

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.

Robot company on the march

Robot company on the march

Process automation and industrial robotics specialist Barr & Paatz has been appointed UK robot systems integrator by packaging automation...

Hands off for hygiene

Hands off for hygiene

Improved hygiene is becoming as important as labour cost savings when it comes to justifying the costs of line automation, as Sue Scott discovers

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