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Gebo Cermex and KUKA Sign Supply Agreement

    Gebo Cermex and KUKA Sign Supply Agreement

Gebo Cermex, part of the Sidel Group and world leader in packaging line engineering and material handling solutions, has recently signed a supply agreement with KUKA AG.
Like Gebo Cermex, KUKA is a pioneer in Industry 4.0. One of the world’s leading suppliers of robotics, plant manufacturing and system technologies, it produces a comprehensive range of highly […]

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Rocla’s Automation Solution Maximizes Storage Capacity and Saves Money

    Rocla’s Automation Solution Maximizes Storage Capacity and Saves Money

Operations at Valio’s new whey powder factory started gradually in Autumn 2014. The main goal was to build a fully automated warehouse. Valio also needed to maximize the storage capacity in this space, and to be able to adjust the temperature and air humidity. At the warehouse there are 3 Rocla’s automated guided vehicles (AGVs) […]

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B&R is Introducing a Hypervisor For Its Automation System

    B&R is Introducing a Hypervisor For Its Automation System

B&R is introducing a hypervisor for its automation system. This software allows Windows or Linux to run alongside B&R’s own real-time operating system. That enables you to combine the control and HMI applications on a single PC, for example, or have an industrial PC double as both a real-time controller and an edge controller that […]

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Intelligent Technology Provides Full Time, Real-Time Data Monitoring For Optimum Dryer Performance

    Intelligent Technology Provides Full Time, Real-Time Data Monitoring For Optimum Dryer Performance

Bühler Aeroglide, a global leader in thermal process engineering and technology for food, feed, and industrial materials, has introduced a complete moisture control system that helps customers maintain a dryer temperature profile and minimize over drying.
Controlled drying parameters ensure that a food or feed product is shelf-stable, removing the precise amount of moisture. However, one processing deviation can dramatically affect batch specifications, requiring an operator to over dry, just to compensate, […]

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Meteor – UK Premiere of Four-arm Delta Punnet Loading Line From Brillopak

    Meteor – UK Premiere of Four-arm Delta Punnet Loading Line From Brillopak

Brillopak (stand C24) has chosen PPMA 2017 as the setting for the UK premiere of its new fresh produce punnet loading line, Meteor. It is the first food packing end-of-line system in the UK to integrate Omron’s new four-arm Delta robot, Quattro – the fastest and most dexterous robot in the world.
OEM Brillopak, specialise in […]

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B&R Industrial PC Now Available With Intel XEON Processor

    B&R Industrial PC Now Available With Intel XEON Processor

B&R’s Automation PC 910 is now optionally available with an Intel Xeon processor. The new microarchitecture provides a 50% increase in performance compared to the previous high-performance Core i processors. This level of performance allows effective handling of all applications that require fast analysis of large amounts of data, such as machine vision, data preparation […]

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The Journey Towards Industry 4.0

    The Journey Towards Industry 4.0

Hartmut Pütz, President Factory Automation EMEA at Mitsubishi Electric Europe, talks about the digital transformation of industry. He focuses on the effects on manufacturing businesses, especially at a production level, and how customers will benefit from innovative Mitsubishi Electric solutions.
Manufacturing industry is currently undergoing a period of rapid change. In concrete terms this can be […]

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First Phase of Complex Logistics Centre Completed For Swiss Food Company

    First Phase of Complex Logistics Centre Completed For Swiss Food Company

Automated materials handling solutions specialist TGW Logistics has completed a major milestone in the development of a huge logistics centre being built for Swiss food company Coop on a 110,000 square kilometre site in Schafisheim – one of the largest construction sites in Switzerland.
Started in June 2013, the first stage of the development, the General […]

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Coca-Cola European Partners Announces Latest Investment in Automation

    Coca-Cola European Partners Announces Latest Investment in Automation

As part of a major investment in 2017, Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler, has announced a brand new £39 million Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) warehouse at its Sidcup factory, set to be fully operational in 2018.
Designed to hold and automatically move 25,000 pallets, the facility will triple the […]

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OAL to Build New APRIL Robotics Production Facility

    OAL to Build New APRIL Robotics Production Facility

OAL are building a new state of the art facility to support their APRIL Robotics Systems in Peterborough, UK. The new facility supports a growing order book as food manufacturers seek to avoid rising costs in the UK and Europe through significant productivity improvements.
Currently, 529,800 people globally are associated with the common repetitive task of […]

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Meet Suppliers With the Power to Optimise Your Operations at the Robotics and Automation Exhibition 2017

    Meet Suppliers With the Power to Optimise Your Operations at the Robotics and Automation Exhibition 2017

The Robotics & Automation exhibition is taking place 11th & 12th October 2017 at Arena MK, Milton Keynes. This innovation-packed exhibition offers visitors the opportunity to meet and connect with robot manufacturers, system integrators and experts in automation & machine vision.  The show’s top name suppliers will be ready and waiting to help visitors improve […]

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A Robot With ‘Matchmaking’ Knife

    A Robot With ‘Matchmaking’ Knife

What chicken processor would not welcome an automatic in-line system allowing him to match hour after hour, consistently accurately and with minimum give-away customer orders for fixed weight breast fillet retail packs to fillet coming off his de-boning line.
By using Innova software to link its RoboBatcher and I-Cut technologies, Marel Poultry can offer just such […]

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Key Technology Helps Processors Improve Product Quality, Increase Yield and Reduce Costs

    Key Technology Helps Processors Improve Product Quality, Increase Yield and Reduce Costs

Key Technology has a long history as a trusted supplier and partner to food processors worldwide. With the single most complete source of high performance digital sorting, conveying and other automation systems, Key helps processors improve product quality, increase yield and reduce costs.
Key’s high-performance laser/camera sorting systems – VERYX®, Manta®, Optyx®, Python, Spyder, Taurys™ and […]

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New White Paper Reveals How Automation Can Prevent Product Recalls

    New White Paper Reveals How Automation Can Prevent Product Recalls

Product recalls can have a catastrophic impact on a food manufacturer’s brand and business but existing systems often rely on people that are prone to errors. A new white paper from OAL explains the top five errors and how food manufacturers can ‘Protect their brands from product recalls with automation’.
In 2015, 277 product recalls in […]

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Edrington Awards Key Contract to Elite Control Systems

    Edrington Awards Key Contract to Elite Control Systems

Elite Control Systems Ltd, a leading provider of systems integration and engineering support services, has been awarded a major contract by Scotland’s leading premium spirits company Edrington for its new distillery and visitor centre for The Macallan whisky, one of the world’s leading luxury Scotch malt whiskies.
 
Nestled in the parklands of The Macallan Estate in Speyside, the contemporary distillery promises […]

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Pacepacker Services Leads the Way With Automation Awareness Workshops

    Pacepacker Services Leads the Way With Automation Awareness Workshops

Pacepacker Services is teaming up with renowned equipment manufacturer and training provider Festo, to offer Automation Awareness Workshops for its customers, involving all those with a stake in the automation process in smoothing the journey, while maximising the benefits and, ultimately, ROI. The workshops will focus on how customers can integrate systems and extract full benefit […]

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Egemin to Build High-bay Warehouse For Belgium Snack Food Producer Poco Loco

    Egemin to Build High-bay Warehouse For Belgium Snack Food Producer Poco Loco

Egemin Automation will soon start with the construction of a new automated high-bay warehouse for Belgian snack food producer Poco Loco. The company has been experiencing steady growth and needs more capacity. To achieve this, the company recently bought seven hectares of industrial area across the street from the company’s existing production facility. The new […]

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Less Hard Work on the Sausage Packing Line

With an automated solution from Cabinplant, the future of sausage packing is flexible, gentle and precise. Tales of manufacturers that pay to transport workers to their factory are well known in the food industry. Faced with a shortage of labour and rising labour costs, opportunities for automated packaging are increasingly attractive to many.
“We know that the […]

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Au2mate Delivers the Fully Integrated Factory Automation System For the Arla Foods Ingredients Hydrolysates Factory

    Au2mate Delivers the Fully Integrated Factory Automation System For the Arla Foods Ingredients Hydrolysates Factory

By Klaus Dam, Managing Director of Au2mate A/S
This article gives an overview of the design and implementation process for the highly advanced factory automation system at the Arla Foods Ingredients Hydrolysates factory opened in June 2016.
The project has been implemented in close cooperation with AFI as the end user and Process Engineering as the main […]

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Hörmann UK – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

    Hörmann UK – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

In the market for construction components, more and more gates, doors, frames and operators carry the Hörmann name, making Hörmann Europe’s leading provider of such products. This leadership of the family company has been attained through decades of continuous growth as a result of innovation, ensured quality and proximity to the customer.
Today, the Hörmann Group […]

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Conveyor Systems Ltd – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

    Conveyor Systems Ltd – IMHX 2016 – Exhibitor Profile

Conveyor Systems Ltd offer an array of engineering expertise and a wealth of experience in materials handling solutions however complex, tailored to suit customer’s individual requirements in a wide range of industries.
At CSL we have a comprehensive range of conveyor equipment to provide complete automated turnkey materials handling systems, including design, installation and commissioning conveyors […]

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Road Map to the Smart Meat Factory

    Road Map to the Smart Meat Factory

The key steps meat companies need to take to achieve a smart factory in line with Industry 4.0 will be the major focus of a series of Meat Business Days being held by food IT software specialist CSB-System in Karlsruhe, Germany from 12th – 16th September.
As well a series of presentations from industry experts from […]

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PA Helps Arthur Mallon Foods Increase Production Speeds

    PA Helps Arthur Mallon Foods Increase Production Speeds

Arthur Mallon Foods is one of the leading Irish sausage producers, who have been creating award winning sausages since 1942 from County Monaghan.
The company needed to upgrade their top seal tray sealer and were looking for a machine that would offer an increase in output in line with their production target. Since the introduction of […]

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Video Interview with Phil Waters, Gebo Cermex, who talks about the benefits of “simultaneous engineering”

    Video Interview with Phil Waters, Gebo Cermex,  who talks about the benefits of “simultaneous engineering”

Gebo Cermex, part of the Sidel group, is a worldwide operation specialising in the manufacture of automated end of line machinery, packaging equipment and complete line engineering solutions. The company supplies packaging, shrink-wrapping, conveying, palletizing and robotic assembly equipment, as well as pasteurizing, crate and bottle washing systems for a range of market segments, including […]

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Bosch Launches New Robotic Packaging Portfolio

    Bosch Launches New Robotic Packaging Portfolio

Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of robotic technology for primary and secondary packaging solutions, has fully redesigned its Delta robotic packaging portfolio to give food producers more versatility and performance. Based on an open frame platform featuring the latest GD series Delta robot, the new portfolio offers modular and standardized robotic solutions with application-specific […]

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Load This in One Shot in 7 Minutes!

    Load This in One Shot in 7 Minutes!

Joloda International have recently installed a new fully automatic loading system for food giant PepsiCo to move 42 pallets of potato crisps, into a 25.25m road train in 1 load and also loads 26 pallets into a 13.6m vehicle. Where this loading process was completed by forklift truck, the automatic loading process now creates a […]

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Rocla’s Automation Solution For Valio

    Rocla’s Automation Solution For Valio

Valio, Finland’s biggest milk processor and the national market leader in dairy products, has chosen Rocla’s automated guided vehicles for its cheese factories in Finland. In these locations, more than 250 million litres of milk are processed annually. The AGVs handle the routine pallet transfers from production to preparation for shipping.
The Rocla AGVs feature Valio’s […]

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End-of-line Productivity With Some Extra Flavour

    End-of-line Productivity With Some Extra Flavour

Manna Foods is a producer of savoury sauces and employs 70 people. It is a family owned business, and although relatively small, they are extremely successful in what they do with a no-nonsense approach to business. Manna Foods choose carefully which products in the market most suit their production methods to ensure what they produce, […]

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Chocs Away at Barry Callebaut

    Chocs Away at Barry Callebaut

Barry Callebaut, the world’s largest manufacturer of cocoa and chocolate products, recognised that a significant increase in operational efficiencies could be achieved through the installation of a robotic palletising system at its Banbury plant in England.
The company had recently initiated a major investment programme, in line with its ‘cost leadership’ strategy pillar, across all areas […]

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Fast Response from UK Company to Help Save Lives in Iraq

    Fast Response from UK Company to Help Save Lives in Iraq

2 days ago UK based engineering firm Olympus Automation (OAL) were approached by the president of Azersun, the leading food producer in Azerbaijan, for a rapid cooking system to feed refugees in Northern Iraq. The president was so appalled by the plight of the refugees stuck on mount Sinjar he has chosen to fund the […]

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FANUC to Showcases Widest Range of Food Handling Robots – PPMA Show, Hall 5, Stand C50

    FANUC to Showcases Widest Range of Food Handling Robots – PPMA Show, Hall 5, Stand C50

Showcasing five different food handling robots, FANUC will present their biggest selection ever at a PPMA show this year. IP67 and IP69K certified robots, will perform palletising and food packing assembly tasks. Delta and articulated arm robots will show high levels of dexterity when handling unpackaged and packaged foods at speeds of up to 180 […]

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Getting to Grips With Robot End-effectors – A Beginner’s Guide

    Getting to Grips With Robot End-effectors – A Beginner’s Guide

For perfectly understandable reasons, when it comes to pick and place installations for consumer goods, the robotic arm tends to attract the most attention. Although there is less of a focus on the end tooling at the tip of the arm, it is these end effectors that, when working in unison with a robotic arm, […]

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Olympus Automation’s Steam Infusion Awarded £30,000 by Shell Springboard

Olympus Automation has been awarded a £30,000 prize as part of the Springboard competition sponsored by industry giant Shell. The expert panel of judges recognised the potential for Steam Infusion to significantly reduce carbon emissions due to a more efficient industrial heating and mixing process.
 
The Shell Springboard programme is a nationwide search for the next […]

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Robot Uptake Increases by 60% in Food and Drink Sectors

    Robot Uptake Increases by 60% in Food and Drink Sectors

UK robot sales figures for 2013 from the British Automation and Robot Association (BARA) reveal a 60% increase in robot uptake within the food sector, compared to 2000 results.
With an install base of 2,685,000 products worldwide, FANUC Robotics’ Managing Director Chris Sumner comments: “Our hope is that robots will improve the competitive edge of firms […]

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Invensys Updates Advanced Process Control Software

    Invensys Updates Advanced Process Control Software

Invensys, a leading supplier of state-of-the-art industrial software, systems and control equipment to the world’s major industries, has unveiled a new version of its SimSci® advanced process control software. To be released this spring, SimSci APC 2014 will enable customers to shorten their plant testing and commissioning schedules, as well as improve plant operations and […]

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Mark Beaver Appointed MD of Olympus Automation

    Mark Beaver Appointed MD of Olympus Automation

Olympus Automation has appointed Mark Beaver as managing director taking over from owner Harry Norman who has become CEO. Mark joins from Baker Perkins where he had a very impressive track record as business director for the confectionery division. Mark’s international sales experience coupled with advanced company system knowledge will help Olympus Automation improve its […]

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MP 35 Mobile Robotic Palletiser – Compact, Versatile and Economical

    MP 35 Mobile Robotic Palletiser – Compact, Versatile and Economical

PHS and Costi have installed several unique MP35 robotic palletising systems in the UK within the food industry, to handle up to 8 production lines with 1 robot. The systems are very compact taking little floor space, fully automatic and simple to operate. The robot can also be used for distributing the empty pallets from […]

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PR318 Long standing relationship leads to more tray sealer orders for PA

Flavourfresh Solfresh group is one of the leading salads producers in theUKwhose business focuses entirely on the growing, packaging and distribution of tomatoes, strawberries and blueberries.
Packaging Automation has been a supplier to Flavourfresh for nearly a decade ever since the retailers started to demand that fresh produce which was previously presented in a flow wrapped […]

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Olympus Automation Targets £8 Billion Savings For UK Food Industry With PDX Innovation

    Olympus Automation Targets £8 Billion Savings For UK Food Industry With PDX Innovation

Independent analysis shows that the potential exists for at least 10% savings in the £80 billion UK food and beverage industry. Olympus Automation has launched a range of PDXTM products that deliver exceptional efficiencies and unlock this opportunity.
PDXTM Reactor 
Dramatically reduce cooking/processing time whilst at the same time improving quality. The PDXTM reactor homogenises, mixes, heats […]

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Pacepacker’s Blu-Robot: An economical palletising solution for dairy manufacturers

    Pacepacker’s Blu-Robot: An economical palletising solution for dairy manufacturers

Robot systems integrator, Pacepacker, has introduced an economical robotic palletising system for dairy manufacturers which is half the cost of a new system – the Blu-Robot.
A pre-owned Blu-Robot palletiser is ideal for companies with low production rates, seasonal manufacturers who cannot justify the cost of a new system, or producers wanting to automate their manual […]

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Produce World Leads With New Machine Installation

    Produce World Leads With New Machine Installation

Produce World, one of the largest expert growers and suppliers of high quality fresh vegetables in Europe, continues to lead the industry with the installation a new carrot grading machine that will improve quality control. Working in conjunction with Newtec, the company which provided the grader, Produce World Yaxley will use the machine to replace […]

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IDHAMMAR SYSTEMS LAUNCH BLOG TO PROVIDE KEY UPDATES AND INSIGHTS INTO LEAN MANUFACTURING AND MAINTENANCE

Idhammar Systems, leading provider of lean manufacturing and maintenance software including CMMS and OEE systems announced the launch of their lean manufacturing and maintenance blog today [5h November 2012, UK] which aims to  provide relevant and engaging content that explores the benefits of adopting lean practices and software to uncover areas of waste and inefficiency. […]

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REVO TC single-loop thyristor temperature controller reduces wiring and cabinet size

    REVO TC single-loop thyristor temperature controller reduces wiring and cabinet size

The REVO TC combines a temperature controller, solid state relay (SSR) thyristor, quick blow fuse protection and current monitoring – all in a compact single-loop package.
 
CD Automation’s REVO TC thyristor power controller provides an integrated control zone and boasts a space reduction of 50%, labour reduction of two hours per control zone, single-loop integrity and […]

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Martyn Williams UK managing director for COPA-DATA

COPA-DATA has appointed Martyn Williams as UK managing director with immediate effect. A qualified electronic engineer, Williams has over 10 years’ experience in sales, marketing and business management in the automation industry. He joins from Zenith Technologies where he was business development manager. Prior to that, he was sales manager at COPA-DATA. Previous MD Duncan […]

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New safety device has vision to help protect

The latest addition to the Rockwell Automation safety opto-electronic product family, the SC300 Hand Detection safety sensor is a compact Type 3, SIL 2, IEC 62061, PLd EN ISO 13849-1 Vision-Based Protective Device (VBPD), which uses image-processing technology to detect the intrusion of objects through its detection window

The safety-sensing function is performed by a single […]

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Decentralised Periphery PDP20 meets PLe for series connected switches

Pilz Automation Technology has launched Decentralised Periphery PDP20 – meeting PLe for series connected switches

The new interface module PDP20 F 4 mag is ideal for series connection of safety switches, such as tongue interlocks or magnetic safety switches, up to PL e. As such, it provides a standard-compliant solution in accordance with EN ISO 13849-1. […]

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New compact pneumatic valve terminal from Festo

Festo has launched a new pneumatic valve terminal that delivers high performance in a compact and robust unit

The cost-effective VTUG multipin terminal is a simple-to-apply universal valve device that has many electrical connection options, giving machine builders and end users greater flexibility for ease of control and installation.
The VTUG gives excellent performance with a high […]

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Process sectors move to embedded-PLC terminals

Wellingborough, UK – Cost and factory space requirements, particularly in the food & beverage and packaging sectors, are being a significant rise in global demand for operator terminals with embedded PLCs, IMS Research has found.
Sales of operator terminals with embedded PLC hardware will rise from $99 million in 2011, to approximately $148million in 2016; a […]

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