Article image

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.
Article image

Is it time for a robot payroll?

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

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.


  1. 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. 

  2. 20/10/2020 Automated sandwich stacking solution

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

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 08/06/2019 Are cobots inherently safe?

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

  12. 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.

  13. 25/03/2019 Addressing the people and productivity conundrum

    Laurence Wood discusses how the food industry’s reliance upon manual labour is likely to change in the near future requiring a greater uptake of robotics and automation to help the food industry increase productivity, quality and yield. 

  14. 10/12/2018 Are you ready to join the robotic revolution?

    The transition to Industry 4.0 promises to hypercharge manufacturing capabilities and it is essential that manufacturers respond to this transition and start investing in the change, says Scott Fawcett, divisional managing director at Essentra Components.

  15. 18/09/2018 Robotics: a cure for your production headaches?

    Mike Wilson looks at the most common headaches faced by food & beverage companies and explains how they can be solved by the latest robotic automation technology. 

  16. 27/08/2018 Who’s winning the robot race?

    Nigel Smith looks at who is leading the way in the race for automated production.

  17. 12/04/2018 Mobile robots: supporting lean objectives

    Control Engineering Europe finds out how a new breed of robots – autonomous mobile robots – are supporting lean approaches to production on today’s more dynamic plant floors.

  18. 29/09/2017 Cobots: addressing current issues

    Control Engineering Europe looks at some of the current issues related to the use of collaborative robots in the manufacturing environment.

  19. 18/09/2017 Mobile robots: a game changer for flexible manufacturing?

    Suzanne Gill finds out more about the potentially vital work that mobile robotics will play in the factory of the future.

  20. 10/09/2017 Robotics: Getting the best of both worlds

    Collaborative robots deliver on the promise of reduced investment costs, simple programming and inherent safety. The compromise, of course, is that they cannot offer the performance of traditional industrial robotics. But, suppose it was possible to have the best of both worlds? Oliver Giertz defines ‘cooperative robotics’.