Revenues in the food and beverage industry are growing, but profit margins are shrinking. Market forces, combined with the battle to meet ever-changing consumer demands without compromising quality and food safety, means that many manufacturers and retailers have pushed price margins to the limit. Here, Sean Robinson, service leader at industrial automation specialist Novotek UK & Ireland, explains how to modernise without the hassle.
At the start of 2018, the BBC reported that the UK's manufacturing output was at its highest rate for ten years. This increase can largely be attributed to the UK's recovery from the global economic crisis and its uptake of automation technology. However, while the food and beverage industry has been slower than other sectors to embrace automation technology, this doesn't have to be the case. Here, Stephen Hayes, managing director of industrial PC provider Beckhoff Automation UK, explains how automation tools like PC-based control systems will help food manufacturers keep up with their competition.
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With the rise of digitally-enabled advances such as Big Data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Industrial IoT (IIoT), the network solutions provider is on a mission to ensure that modern enterprises, including manufacturers, have the high-speed, high capacity networks they need to power production.
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Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with more than twenty machine models in various configurations and with complementary equipment from high-tech industries to demonstrate the vast range of capabilities provided by Hermle products.
AM/3D Printing is today making concerted strides as a manufacturing technology, but as it makes the transition to a factory floor technology, a focus on precision and verifiable repeatability is fundamental.
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The customer required precision rotary axis control in the lowest profile form factor for multiple sequential robot arm joints. Key additional requirements included minimal movement at start-up to report absolute position...
The FlexBEAM has a monoblock welded steel frame with high rigidity and a t-slot machine bed. It features 3 axis interpolation, scribing, automatic hydraulic workholding and automatic tool touch-off.
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binder USA, LP, has expanded the M12 product family with the addition of the M12 A-Coded Connector, which is now certified for both Ecolab and FDA Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 21 standards. The M12 A-Coded connectors are extraordinarily durable and IP69K-rated, ideal for harsh-duty and washdown applications in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries. Available in 3, 4, 5, 8, and 12 contacts, the high quality stainless steel locking rings (V4A) and gold contact plating can also withstand UV exposure and shock and vibration.