Friday, 18 April 2014



The next industrial revolution will be (self) organised

5 Feb 2014 | By Stephen Harris

Business leaders must work together if the UK is to follow Germany into a new era of smart factories

The robotic rotorcraft is equipped with multi-joint manipulator arms for carrying and positioning various parts of structures

Factory swarm

24 Sep 2013 | By Andrew Czyzewski

Could collaborative “swarms” of worker robots help put humans out of harm’s way?


X-ray technique may boost yield of gold mines

22 Aug 2013

Australian gold mines could recover more of the precious metal following the deployment of an x-ray technique that rapidly and accurately detects gold in ore samples.


Patterns in 3D-printed objects could replace bar codes

23 Jul 2013

Researchers in the US have developed a way of building physical identification tags into 3D-printed products as an alternative to visible bar codes.


Industry 4.0: the next industrial revolution

11 Jul 2013 | By Sam Shead

Intelligent factories that link up every part of the production chain with next generation wireless automation could mark a sea change in manufacturing

  • ABB robotic welding cell enables Shelbourne Reynolds to improve its production process

    Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:33 GMT

    An ABB robotic welding cell is enabling agricultural machinery manufacturer Shelbourne Reynolds to reduce production times for its range of articulated hedge-cutting tractor attachments. Handling the several hundred welds entailed in the production of the attachments, the cell has so far cut welding process times by 66 per cent compared with the company’s previous manufacturing process.

  • Protomold rapid injection moulding service aids home appliance development at Neff

    Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:20 GMT

    Home appliance manufacturer Neff has utilised the Protomold rapid injection moulding service from Proto Labs to assist in the development of the plastic guide rails of the fully retractable Hide oven door.

  • Technical article: infrared curing to maximise the benefits of powder coating

    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:14 GMT

    As Heraeus Noblelight explains, the last two decades have seen a rapid expansion of the application of powder coating throughout a range of industries. Indeed, in North America, powder coating is seen as the fastest growing of all finishing technologies and today represents more than 10 per cent of all industrial finishing applications. Much of this growth can be accounted for by the need to comply with increasingly stringent environmental legislation and to reduce emissions of environmentally .

  • Data sheet: KL 250-2 C (ceiling) linear unit from Kuka Robotics

    Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:06 GMT

    This data sheet provides information on the KL 250-2 C linear ceiling unit from Kuka Robotics. It includes diagrams and technical specifications.

  • Data sheet: NL-A closed-centre Kitagawa chucks from 1st Machine Tool Accessories

    Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:06 GMT

    This data sheet focuses on Kitagawa’s NL-A series of closed-centre power chucks from 1st Machine Tool Accessories. 

  • Engineering reference guide: section nine — laser interferometer implementation

    Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:03 GMT

    Aerotech’s engineering reference guide serves as a valuable resource for all Aerotech motion and positioning control components and systems. Section nine focuses on laser interferometer implementation. Laser interferometers represent the ultimate feedback device for high-precision motion control application. The combination of high resolution and outstanding accuracy has made it the ideal transducer for wafer steppers, flat panel inspection, and high-accuracy laser micromachining.

  • Hepcomotion linear drive systems help Robotronic develop feeding system

    Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:07 GMT

    Robotronic focuses on individual automation solutions. For the specialist’s self-developed robot cell MRT (modular robot technology), a feeding system for the pharmaceutical packaging industry, it chose Hepcomotion’s dynamic track systems (DTS2), which together with Robotronic’s modular design provided a solution that was ready for serial production. 

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