Robotics

Robots flexibility proves perfect for potato packing

Four robots used for packaging at Greenvale, one of the UK’s largest supplier of fresh potatoes, have proved to be highly flexible over their 10 years of ­operation. Undergoing three major system upgrades during this time, to meet customer packaging and volume demands, the four Fanuc…

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New robotic system gives salad grower a competitive edge

The centre of excellence for providing automation and robotic knowledge to the UK food and beverage manufacturing sector, CenFRA, has played an integral role in the recent expansion of an award-winning fresh gourmet salad grower. Living Salads was initially hesitant about committing to new…

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Miniature LVDTs ensure accuracy of robotic arms

The compact size and accurate output of Macro Sensors’ CD 375 Series of miniature LVDTs make the linear position sensors suitable for providing displacement feedback in different robotic applications. Robots and robotic arms rely on sensors to determine range of motion or force applied to an…

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Robots return to palletise at Panasonic

Panasonic is no newcomer to robots at its Cardiff microwave oven plant, but the recent trend, with the move to cell operation, was to concentrate on manual operations. An end-of-line palletising solution installed by Smurfit Kappa Machine Systems has changed this trend with investment in a new…

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Automations changing profile

Dave Bull, business development manager at Dematic, explains how the profile of automation is changing as solutions offer greater accessibility, flexibility and resilience as well as a faster return on investment … Say the word ‘automation’ and many in the logistics world will…

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SCARA has more power in same footprint

TM Robotics has introduced a new Toshiba Machine SCARA robot across Europe. Designated the TH650A, the new robot meets the increasing speed and productivity demands placed on SCARAs by all sectors of the manufacturing industry. A replacement for the old TH650 model, this SCARA has the same…

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Dedicated system offers quick returns

A shuttle-based storage and order picking system from Knapp is making light work of the handling of returns for the German fulfilment specialist, Hermes … Hermes Fulfilment GmbH is a member of the Otto Group, a business that made its name in mail order and for which retail, via the channels of…

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Motor driven nano positioning transforms laser micromachining

Laser technology solution specialist Altechna Co is basing its Alt-SCA femtosecond laser micromachining system around Aerotech’s ANT130 series linear motor driven nano positioning stages in a ­customised 3-axis XYZ configuration that includes a granite bridge support ­structure and a…

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Automated dual purpose picking and storage for retailer Republic

SSI Schaefer has designed, delivered and installed a new dual purpose picking and storage system for IDS Logistics in Sheffield on behalf of high street fashion retailer Republic … Having already established a solid working relationship with SSI Schaefer in the Far East, IDS (Integrated…

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Modular robotics kits can be assembled on site

An innovative solution from Parker Hannifin looks set to help struggling UK manufacturers cut the cost of production while at the same time improving both productivity and profitability. The company has launched an extensive range of modular automation and robotics kits, ranging from simple twin…

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