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08 March 2019

This year will see ABB Robotics Business launching an expanded range of training courses for robot operators, programmers and maintenance staff covering its paint robots and new OmniCore controller. The courses will take place at ABB’s Training Centre in Milton Keynes.

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22 February 2019

ABB will be demonstrating how robots can help UK SME manufacturing companies become more productive and competitive at its forthcoming Switch to Robots seminar. Taking place at ABB’s Milton Keynes site on Tuesday 19th March 2019, the event will provide a simple step-by-step guide to introducing robot automation to the factory floor.


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12 February 2019

Recent developments are catapulting the industrial robot arm into a journey around the production environment, explains Chris Evans at Mitsubishi Electric.

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07 February 2019

The University of Chester’s Innovation to Commercialisation project (I2C) has installed a Kawasaki robot as part of its project to introduce Cheshire or Warrington based SMEs to the advantages offered by the latest advances in automation and manufacturing.

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21 December 2018

ABB has expanded its SCARA robot family with the launch of a compact invert-mounted model for small parts assembly applications.

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01 December 2018

Sick's simple to implement and regulatory-compliant safety protection system, Sick Safe Robotics Area Protection, enables unrestricted safe access to fenceless robots.

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11 December 2018

ABB is launching its ABB AbilityTM TXploreTM in the UK so that transformer operators can reduce risk as well as duration of outages on critical assets. Service features digital inspection by remotely operated robot and team of two technicians while transformer oil remains in place.

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13 November 2018

Omron has opened a new Robotic Innovation Lab at the company’s UK headquarters in Milton Keynes. The lab, which represents an investment of £600,000 with a creation of five new jobs, is set to demonstrate how robots can be a boon to the UK manufacturing industry, as well as providing customers with a realistic overview of how robots can enhance their own individual applications.

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30 October 2018

As part of a research project, scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, have developed a robot that can independently assemble the individual components of an IKEA chair without interruption in less than ten minutes. The robot consists of an Ensenso N35 3D camera from IDS and two robot arms equipped with grippers to pick up objects. 

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19 October 2018

The new online dresspack configurator from igus enables engineers to quickly find the right system based around the triflex R energy chain. Easy to install and fill, this multi-axis energy chain protects moving cables and hoses on robots and thus increases service life in operation.

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09 October 2018

SICK has launched its fully-programmable TrispectorP1000 3D vision camera to enable reliable, continuous in-line product detection to be easily customised for robotic belt picking applications for the packaging industry.

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21 September 2018

The Motoman GP Series of robots from Yaskawa has recently been extended to include options suitable for applications with heavier loads up to 600kg. Renowned for being one of the most compact and efficient range of robots for high-speed assembly, packaging and general handling applications, the Motoman GP600 is designed for heavier handling and general applications where payloads weigh up to 600kg.

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21 September 2018

The undulating fin movements of marine animals such as the cuttlefish have provided the inspiration for a new Bionic concept swimming robot from industrial automation specialists Festo.

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21 September 2018

High street shops meet high tech manufacturing as Smartech Selfridges customers enjoy a cup of coffee served by ABB’s collaborative robot, YuMi. 



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07 August 2018

At PPMA Show Acrovision will show how, more frequently, vision applications need item-handling to optimise the image acquisition process, and demonstrate the break-through in using collaborative robots (Cobots) with vision inspection systems.

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21 August 2018

Fanuc has unveiled a slimline range extension to its new generation of compact, general purpose robots, which is suited to smaller, narrow work spaces and top-mount applications.

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01 August 2018

Motion Control Products has introduced the Elfin series of collaborative robots to support the automation procedures associated with repetitive tasks.

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23 August 2018

The new single-arm YuMi is ABB’s most agile and compact collaborative robot yet and can easily integrate into existing production.

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16 July 2018

Sick has launched 2D and 3D vision-guided part localisation systems for easy and quick set-up of robot picking from a belt, or from a bin or stillage. Suitable for both cobots and conventional industrial robots, the SICK PLOC2D and PLB 520 have been developed specifically to facilitate affordable, or entry-level automation and for use in handling smaller parts and components.

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18 June 2018

To advise manufacturers on best practice methods for selecting components for robots, SMB Bearings has published a white paper on Bearings for Robotics. The white paper is available to download on the SMB Bearings website.

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FEATURES

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12 February 2019

Uncertainties surrounding Brexit have made many suppliers of fresh produce wary of investing until they know exactly what sort of deal will be struck between the UK and EU. However, David Jahn, believes that recent government announcements mean that now is the time to consider investment to mitigate the challenges created by Brexit.

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06 December 2018

Robot manufacturers can show how robots and machines can interact seamlessly to allow production runs to be easily and quickly altered to allow for fluctuating lot sizes, as well as alleviate the workers from repetitive tasks and heavy lifting. Here, Omron identifies five questions to to ask when selecting a mobile robot for your operation

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25 June 2018

At the MACH show, Andy Pye met with Universal Robots and some of their partner network. The products were interesting in themselves, but the real story broke a few weeks later – and took us by surprise too!

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24 April 2018

Digitisation promises big things for the future of manufacturing. Yet there is a danger that many companies unsure of how to modernise their operations are going to be left behind. Mike Wilson, BDM for ABB Robotics UK and Ireland, explains how to identify which processes might be ripe for automation and why robots can offer the ideal starting point

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26 March 2018

The Amazon Picking Challenge, set by global online retailer Amazon, challenged roboticists to create a robot that can pick and stow twelve products from a shelf, into a bag. The Shadow Robot Company, designer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art anthropomorphic robot hands, addressed the challenge with the help of precision bearing specialist, SMB Bearings.

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30 August 2017

Making good with out of date equipment won’t bring about a more prosperous future for the UK’s machine shops. It’s time to consider smarter technologies. Paul Williams, Sales Manager, ABB’s UK Robotics business, explains how machine tending can involve robot technology

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21 February 2017

Using a Universal Robots cobot to automate a factory process is delivering significant improvements in efficiency for linear motion expert, HepcoMotion.

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12 December 2016

Collaborative robots have become a buzzword in industrial automation. But how do you technically define collaborative operation? Roberta Nelson Shea and Seungmin Baek from Universal Robots look at the four types of collaborative operation

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24 October 2016

Rising raw material costs, spiralling energy prices, scarce resources and an ever changing competitor landscape – just some of the factors that are making for tough times in manufacturing. Mike Wilson, general industry sales and marketing manager for ABB’s UK Robotics business, explains how robotic automation can help overcome these hurdles

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21 October 2016

Andrew Armstrong, Fanuc UK sales & marketing manager, explores how to keep robotics safe on the shop floor

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19 October 2016

Printing and assembling over three million components per year and changing between parts seamlessly on-demand, a robot cell using two Mitsubishi Electric MELFA RV Series robots features the latest robot control technology to ensure movements are perfectly synchronised

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13 October 2016

As consumer demands become more complex, the latest technology trends are being used to meet the challenges brought about by mass customisation and single batch sizes. In this example a cosmetics and therapeutic products manufacturer uses an industrial robot developed for laboratory environments to fulfil complex production requirements

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13 September 2016

A collaboration between motion control and robotics specialists Yaskawa and a leading intralogistics and packaging company has resulted in the development of an automatic robot-based palletising cell which takes robotics handling to new levels of sophistication.

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23 June 2016

Universal Robots+ encompasses Plug & Play application solutions aimed at offering a new level of simplicity for companies wanting to hit the ground running when installing their next UR robot application

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13 June 2016

As collaborative robots continue to gain popularity, CDA's consulting editor Andy Pye looks at the safety challenges which need to be addressed

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14 June 2016

The interaction between machines and robots is vital for efficient industrial manufacturing. MotoLogix from YASKAWA is a new generation control interface which enables direct integration while still providing all the benefits of a modern control system. 

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20 April 2016

A wide range of sectors can benefit from the resource and capability that robots can bring – and it won’t necessarily equate to a loss of jobs. In fact, it does quite the opposite, and can also enhance the career paths of human employees, says Earl Yardley, director at Industrial Vision Systems

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04 March 2016

ABB has launched YuMi, a collaborative dual-arm robot, to the UK market. Aimed initially at the 3C (Computer, Communication and Consumer electronics), toys and watch-making industries, YuMi has no barriers, cages or zone

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22 February 2016

The Filter Design Co (FDC) has boosted its volume filter manufacturing capabilities, applying its own automation expertise and sourcing robotic and linear motion technologies through R. A. Rodriguez

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22 October 2015

Robots have left their protective cage. They now work closely with the people. Regardless of whether mining or agriculture, construction, forestry or cargo handling, whether in soil or underwater, in the air or in space: service robots relieve people not only of dangerous work, but they also provide better quality of life. Next June AUTOMATICA will show how the automation industry is facing the challenge of this new technology

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SPONSORED CONTENT

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18 April 2017

Every part. When you need it. Where you need it. Outstanding quality and constant availability during the complete lifetime of your FANUC product make us a very reliable partner.

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15 February 2013

It doesn't get any easier than this: Define the number of axes for the Mother-board, click, and done.

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18 April 2017

Fast, accurate electrical discharge machining Where wire EDM is concerned, accuracy has traditionally come at the cost of speed.

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18 April 2017

Flexible CNC systems and solutions Boasting the widest range of CNC systems in the industry, FANUC provides everything you will ever need for your CNC.

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18 April 2017

The all-round CNC milling machine The new generation ROBODRILL vertical machining centre promises unrivalled quality and precision at great hourly rates.

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18 April 2017

Helping you meet your production needs Unlike conventional service and support offerings, FANUC works on the premise that because every customer’s needs are different

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18 April 2017

Short cycle times, consistent parts quality FANUC ROBOSHOT takes state-of-the-art CNC precision technology from turning and milling and applies it to electric injection moulding.

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15 February 2013

More than 50 brushless dc motors, gearheads and controllers from maxon motor are responsible for the humanoid's precision movements.

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18 April 2017

Boost productivity with your own personal maintenance strategy Regardless of what you manufacture, ensuring your machines exhibit maximum reliability is essential to your bottom line.

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18 April 2017

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18 April 2017

Upskill with FANUC and improve your productivity At the FANUC Academy we’re passionate about automation – and love nothing more than conveying that passion.

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18 April 2017

From the smallest to the strongest industrial robot in the world With more than 100 models, FANUC offers the widest range of industrial robots in the world.

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