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Robots help remove the barriers to productivity

ZND UK, a fencing and barrier manufacturer, has within 10 years moved from a mostly manual manufacturing set up to having two automated production lines and a variety of robots. This has resulted in a five-fold increase in productivity.
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Automated quality inspection solution for fasteners

Universal Robots has helped Stanley Engineered Fastening to introduce robotic quality inspection using cobots in its Warrington facility in the UK.
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Robotics helps to upskill workers

Stuart Coulton explains how the adoption of robotics in the manufacturing sector can affect jobs – and how can it result in the creation of new and upskilled jobs.


  1. 09/11/2021 Cutting back on controllers

    Integrating a single, motion-centric coordinator to control a machine and robots can provide advantages in development time, cost and performance compared to separating PLC and robot control functions. Dave Greensmith explains. 

  2. 16/07/2021 Robots speed up chocolate packaging

    Automation of a packaging operation with robotics has increased productivity by 40% at BOLÇI.

  3. 27/06/2021 Enabling effective high-mix, low-volume production with cobots

    To allow products to be tailored more closely to customer demand requires a reduction in batch sizes which has led to the rise of 'high-mix, low-volume' (HMLV) production. Find out how cobots can be a key enabler for high-mix automation needs.

  4. 21/06/2021 Addressing the need for more flexible HMLV production lines

    Historically HMLV production lines have relied heavily on manual labour, with automation representing something of a programming challenge. However, Oliver Giertz believes that the latest developments in programming are set to change this.

  5. 07/06/2021 Robot programming: Keeping it simple!

    As companies look to diversify to help improve sustainability, Nigel Smith explains the importance of robot programming that is simple enough to be refigured to any kind of manufacturing environment.

  6. 16/03/2021 Robots help cut waste and speed throughput in food production

    Robots are becoming a more familiar sight in food manufacturing plants today, but mostly undertaking end-of-line or packaging functions. In this application, however, robots are being employed to accurately cut blocks of cheese.

  7. 09/03/2021 Is it time for a robot payroll?

    Mark Gray believes that, to shore up operations and boost productivity, manufacturers should be looking at robots.

  8. 11/01/2021 Boosting productivity: a three-pronged approach

    2021 could be a pivotal year for industry in the UK, and the extent to which manufacturers adopt automation may determine its long-term success, says Tom Bouchier.

  9. 26/10/2020 Benefits of an open source language for robots

    Neil Ballinger explores the open source Robot Operating System (ROS), which he believes will become a common language for industrial automation. 

  10. 20/10/2020 Automated sandwich stacking solution

    Find out how and why a sandwich producer has successfully integrated robots into its sandwich production line.

  11. 15/06/2020 AI and robotics: the challenges and the opportunities

    Artificial intelligence (AI) has been the subject of considerable hype for several years, but is industry now ready to move to the next stage and focus on how it can be sustainably implemented on the factory floor in robotics and industrial automation applications?

  12. 08/06/2020 Building resilience with robotics

    Will the Covid-19 pandemic accelerate the speed adoption of robotic and automation across the industrial sector? Suzanne Gill reports.

  13. 06/04/2020 Solving the UK’s productivity problems with robotics

    Mike Wilson argues that it is time for the UK manufacturing sector to look seriously at the adoption of automation, and robotics in particular, to help improve productivity figures.

  14. 16/03/2020 Ensuring safe mobile robot installations

    The robot manufacturer, integrator, and customer all have responsibilities when it comes to ensuring a safe automated mobile robot system workspace, says Ross Lacy.

  15. 02/03/2020 Robots as a future-proofing tool

    Today’s automated manufacturing systems need to be more agile and must incorporate greater levels of flexibility to allow manufacturers to bring new products to market more quickly. Tim Bednall explains the role that robots have to play in achieving these goals.

  16. 17/12/2019 Release your robots to increase productivity

    There are thousands of industrial robots used in manufacturing, processing and packaging applications that take-up a great deal of floor space, simply because of outdated safety provisions. Moving to proximity-based safety can release space and improve production efficiency by allowing more freedom of movement on the shop floor, says Oliver Giertz.

  17. 28/07/2019 Robotics helps improve on tradition

    The use of automated production cells by Wade Ceramics provides a good demonstration of how automation technology can be combined with traditional manufacturing processes to deliver increased output, improved quality and consistency.

  18. 25/06/2019 Cobots: Putting safety first

    Collaborative robots (cobots) are starting to be accepted within the manufacturing sector. However, safety is still a concern for many. Suzanne Gill finds out how this issue is being addressed.

  19. 08/06/2019 Are cobots inherently safe?

    Nigel Smith comments on some common misconceptions about collaborative robot safety.

  20. 09/04/2019 The role of robotics in flexible production

    Peter Lange believes that combining the power of mobile robots and cobots is key to making factories more flexible to cope with rapidly changing demands.