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There has been a lot in the automation press and online…Read More
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InvertersAC drives to update plastic extruders
Installing a Mitsubishi Electric automation upgrade has halved Denby Pottery’s clay manufacturing times and cut lost production.
The automation upgrda has empowered the…Read More
For manufacturers profits are under pressure from both ends of the supply chain. On one side, material, labour and…Read More
High quality sealing has become more challenging as the industry moves to sustainable packaging. It is due the move to thinner plastic…Read More
ABB AC drives update plastic extruders.
Most older plastic extrusion machines used DC drives, but few new ones do. What has driven this change are new generations of high performing AC motors and VSDs. Using…Read More
IIot plant modernisation
If you are in the fortunate position of developing a ‘green field’ manufacturing plant, digitisation is the obvious way forward. But for most companies, this is not the case. It is more…Read More
Electric cylinder actuators offer a high-speed, compact and price competitive alternative to pneumatic cylinders. Products from leading manufacturer SMAC also use moving coil technology to give the added advantage of a patented soft-land capability.
Commercial, political and environmental pressures are driving organisations to make more with less. This means they need to increase productivity with fewer resources, and using less energy. Thus, connectivity offered by the Internet of…Read More
BPX has acquired the business of Manchester-based JK-Electrical, a longstanding distributor of Telemecanique and Schneider Electric. The business will now trade as BPX Manchester and we welcome the JK Electrical staff to the BPX…Read More
New generations of collaborative robots (cobots) are changing the face of manufacturing in the UK. From a low starting point, in 2016 the UK increased robot installations for the first time in four years….Read More
To begin with, it is hardly surprising that engineers are confused about what IIoT means for the automation of their industry. A recent study by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers showed only 8% of…Read More
Whether Industry 4 represents automated heaven or an engineers’ hell rather depends on your viewpoint. From a management perspective, the challenge for manufacturers is knowing how best to improve productivity. This is important for…Read More
The new field to cloud capability offered by WAGO Cloud Data Control simply and easily connects the real and digital worlds. Recognised for its electrical interconnection products, WAGO has a core…Read More
The development of Human-Robotic cooperation (HRC) in manufacturing is at an early stage. Collaborative robot (cobot) design allows them to work alongside people in a production cell. It is no longer necessary to install…Read More