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APRIL 2016 CONTENTS


PANASONIC LASER MARKING ENSURES QUALITY & TRACEABILITY THROUGHOUT A COMPONENT’S LIFESPAN


20th 1996-2016


Anniversary Special Issue


COVER STORY CONTENTS


ROBOTICS


Food manufacturer Hero AG has installed robots fitted with customised grippers to handle the labour intensive task of palletising products


RENEWABLE ENERGY


10


BMW cuts its carbon footprint thanks to the increasing use of its self- generated power provided by a tailor-made solution


SENSORS 15


Ten top tips for getting measurements from a turning shaft using the correct torque sensors together with some engineering ingenuity


30


Panasonic Laser marking ensures quality & traceability throughout a component’s lifespan


Please turn to page 8 for more...


NEWS


4. Key public events announced for first ever UK Robotics Week


5. UK Vision Technology Forum success


Pneumatics & Hydraulics...


18. Electric systems pump up the volume while pneumatics remain steadfast


19. Introducing FasTest’s pioneering range


20. How hard can it be to choose a quick- release connector?


INDUSTRY FOCUS Food & Beverage...


10. Robots get Swiss condiment plant out of a safety jam


13. Dual sealing system meets demand for product integrity


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Renewable Energy...


15. Driving forward solar innovation with BMW


17. Improving the value of food waste


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ASSISTANT EDITOR Jack Cheeseman Tel: 01622 699125


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FEATURES Managing Obsolescence... 6. The great obsolescence debate


Event Preview... 7. Event to showcase industry excellence


9th February 2019 - The day when all serialisation


projects need to be implemented and fully validated


INDUSTRY 4.0


Much of what is paraded under the banner of Industry 4.0 today has been common practice at B&R’s own production facilities for a decade


MACHINE SAFETY S4


Manufacturing efficiency and productivity can go hand-in-hand with safety, says control and automation specialist Mitsubishi Electric


ROBOTICS S12


The past 25 years have seen massive leaps forward in robotic technology that have helped to transform the industrial landscape


S26


Communication & Networking... 22. Industrial network market trends 24. HMIs keep automation communicating


Sensors & Sensing Systems...


29. Displacement sensors solve powertrain measurement tasks where others fail


30. Ten top torque tips


Technology File... 33. LED strip lights for difficult environments


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Automation’s 20th Anniversary


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