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Speeding up delivery times

A Belgian pork producer has installed robots as part of a just-in-time order fulfilment system that delivers customised products to supermarkets more quickly by disconnecting production from delivery.
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Unleashing the magic of robotic automation

While the many benefits that robots can bring in manufacturing applications are widely understood, misconceptions around complexity have deterred many manufacturers from investing in robotic automation. Julian Ware looks at how developments in software are helping to address this issue – making robots as easy to use as possible.
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When it comes to automation no business is too small

Dr Paul Rivers explains how small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can level the playing field with their larger competitors by embracing automation with an approach that best suits their business needs. 


  1. 13/06/2022 SCARA offers flexible easy-to-use robot solution

    Ease of programming was a top request for the robot chosen for use as a part of an innovative new packaging cell.

  2. 19/05/2022 Robotic bottle unscrambler from POSIMAT provides a solution to constant format changes and complex designs

    POSIMAT, the Barcelona-based world leading producer of bottle handling systems, brings another innovation to the market with the POSIROBOT. This solution, developed with OMRON's Delta Quattro robots, provides a solution to constant format changes and the complex designs of some bottles. Its delicate handling means that this is a versatile, easy to use, highly flexible and super competitive solution.

  3. 14/03/2022 Mobile robots are making their move

    Jordi Artigas explains the mobile robot options on offer today and the benefits they are bringing in a growing range of applications.

  4. 08/03/2022 Trends for robotic solutions in the manufacturing sector

    Stuart Coulton offers his thoughts on robotic trends and the growing importance of robotics across the manufacturing sector.

  5. 25/02/2022 Robots look set to get more creative

    Nigel Smith highlights some of the main trends for robotics in 2022 and examines the latest developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and more.

  6. 30/11/2021 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.

  7. 29/11/2021 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.

  8. 22/11/2021 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.

  9. 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. 

  10. 16/07/2021 Robots speed up chocolate packaging

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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. 

  18. 20/10/2020 Automated sandwich stacking solution

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

  19. 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?

  20. 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.