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Ford Dagenham automates operations with seven Universal Robots

Ford Dagenham has invested in seven UR10 Universal Robots from RARUK Automation to automate the previously manual task of applying fasteners to engine blocks. The fasteners are now applied automatically to engines that arrive on the production line every 30 seconds, across a 24-hour, three-shift operation.

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Moving forward with AI in industrial manufacturing – What areas should you consider?

Everyday manufacturers are becoming increasingly dynamic with innovative enhancements that are providing a multitude of societal benefits. With the increase of automation solutions, more powerful hardware and software, and the power of innovation, this is leading machines to become increasingly more efficient which results in constant benefits throughout the value chain.

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The software dilemma in mechanical engineering

Digitalisation in the modern world is changing the machine-building industry. Both the complexity of machines and individuality are on the rise, and new services and business models are emerging. This means that the demands made on software are increasing exponentially. And we must find ways to make programming more effective.

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Building a culture that supports digital transformation

Digital transformation. First it was a buzzword then it was a trend, and now it’s a reality. Accountants are now facing the imperative need to move their operations onto digital systems, to reinvent the way they do things for the information age, to provide more streamlined, data-driven and personalised client services. And it’s not a one-time deal – technology moves at the speed of sound, so as soon as you’re up and running in your new environment, guess what? You’ve got to keep moving forward.

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    Putting an A in IoT(10/10/2019)

    The central nervous system is made up of the brain, the spinal cord and nerves. Your nerves respond to external stimuli and transmit signals back to the brain, which decides on the appropriate reaction. In manufacturing, the myriad of connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices act as the nerves, measuring parameters and collecting data, but what’s the brains behind the operation? Here Sophie Hand, UK Country Manager at EU Automation, explains how AI, might just be the brains we need.

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    The end of unplanned downtime for Food & Beverage companies(10/10/2019)

    With any unscheduled downtime being a cause of major headaches for food and drink manufacturers, John Rowley of Mitsubishi Electric highlights how predictive maintenance can provide the solution and how easy it is to implement.

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    Functional safety(10/10/2019)

    The regulations covering machine safety require the manufacturer of a machine to guarantee the safety of people, machines and the environment throughout the machine’s lifecycle (and in all modes of operation). This white paper gives an overview of the regulations and tips on how to implement them. It also explains the consequences of non-compliance. Interesting suggestions for further reading are included.

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    ABB's YuMi robot automates ATM testing for more reliable banking(10/10/2019)

    YuMi, ABB’s industrial robot that has the precision to handle the most complex tasks with pinpoint accuracy and the flexibility to work safely alongside humans in the factory of the future, is adding a new job title to its portfolio: ATM tester.

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    How smart are you, really?(01/10/2019)

    Whether it’s a factory filled with connected systems or a sensor-equipped coffee machine, ‘smart’ is undoubtedly one of the most widely used phrases of the digital age. The term has also become nearly synonymous with agility, efficiency and productivity. But are industrial business leaders and plant managers focusing on the right areas of the smart revolution? Stephen Hayes, Managing Director of Beckhoff UK, explains why you might be looking at smart manufacturing in the wrong way.

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