B&R PRODUCT OF THE MONTH The future of mobile automation



he second UK Vision Technology Forum held by Stemmer Imaging at

The Silverstone Wing on the 3 March proved to be a huge success. With more than 300 registrants, a seminar programme of 50 presentations over five tracks and a mini exhibition featuring more

than 30 machine vision technology suppliers, the event was characterised by its vibrant atmosphere. Mark Williamson, director – corporate market development at Stemmer

The heart of the X90 system is a controller with a powerful ARM processor and 48 multi- function I/O channels. Basic features include interfaces for CAN, USB, Ethernet and the real- time POWERLINK bus system. The extremely robust cast aluminum housing provides space for up to four expansion cards. This makes it possible

Imaging, said: “We were delighted with every aspect of the event. Attendance levels were excellent and we were pleased to welcome many new faces since over 50 per cent of the visitors had not been to one of our events before. “The format provides plenty of flexibility for attendees to choose exactly which presentations they would like to attend yet leaves plenty of time to have a cup of coffee and visit the exhibition area,” he continued. “It was very rewarding to see many groups of visitors engaging in conversation throughout the day, taking advantage of the chance to network with each other and the vision specialists that were on hand. Many people commented on how useful these discussions were. We are also grateful to our suppliers for the support they provided for the Forum.”

to add additional I/O channels, interfaces and even a complete safety controller with safe I/O. Expansion cards for WLAN, Bluetooth and GPS interfaces are currently in the planning phase. All products in the X90 family are designed for use in harsh industrial environments. They can handle operating temperatures from -40 to 85°C as well as strong vibrations or shocks in addition to being resistant to salt, UV light and oil. The X90 system offers all of the advantages offered by B&R automation technology. This includes modular and hardware- independent software development using modular software blocks, which greatly reduce software development times and ensure software reusability. Safety technology and extensive troubleshooting options are also fully integrated in the B&R system and available to X90 users without limitations.

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outeco has announced that it has recently become a member of GAMBICA, the trade association for

instrumentation, control, automation and laboratory technology within the UK. With many of our manufacturing supply partners

already holding GAMBICA membership Routeco are now also able to offer an insight to the association from a technical distribution perspective within the Industrial Automation industry sector. This new partnership will enable Routeco to participate

in association groups where we can work alongside other established UK industrial automation companies to share technical knowledge, market intelligence and collaborate on strategic initiatives such as driving forward Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) adoption within the UK manufacturing industry. Steve Brambley, director of public affairs at GAMBICA

commented: “We are really pleased to welcome Routeco into membership of GAMBICA, increasing our representation and building our knowledgebase of the industry. With Routeco joining, it not only strengthens our pool of industry experts but brings a new perspective from their technical distribution experience.” Damian Spall, product marketing manager, Routeco,

said: “Through serving our large customer base of machine builders, manufacturers, system integrators and panel builders, who are all operating within a broad range of different industrial sectors, our knowledge, expertise and close relationships with our customers allow us to remain at the forefront of industrial automation, and our new membership with GAMBICA will further assist us in achieving our goal to become both our customers and suppliers ‘Partner of Choice’ for control and automation products.”


ince 2011, R. A. Rodriguez has been steadily adding automation products to its portfolio and what a success story it has been. Sales have increased year on year as UK manufacturers seek to enhance their global competitiveness through automation. Indeed, consistent growth has now prompted the Letchworth- based company to strategically separate this division of its company. As a result of this decision, all automation sales are now the responsibility of the newly formed RARUK Automation Limited, a company dedicated to developing a group of automation products with a unique edge. “The creation of a separate organisation allows us to

tool up for the growing demands of automation in the UK, whilst not losing sight of our traditional strengths as a supplier of the highest quality transmission components,” explained Peter Williamson, MD of both R. A. Rodriguez (UK) Limited and RARUK Automation Limited. “The move allows us to optimise the growth of both strands of our business.” At present, four product ranges dominate the RARUK

Automation catalogue. The first is Universal Robot, collaborative robots that effectively launched R. A.

Responding to demand by Mexican manufacturers for local CC-Link service, training and support, the CC- Link Partner Association (CLPA) announced today that it has opened a branch office in Mexico City. Industrial automation users of CC- Link technology in Mexico had previously traveled to the U.S. for training. This move strengthens CC- Link’s position as a leading global open automation network technology and expands the CLPA’s global reach. CLPA’s other offices are located in the US, China, Germany, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Turkey and Thailand.

Rodriguez into the field of stand-alone automation five years ago. Only recently, the company’s position as a leading supplier of these robots in the UK was cemented by its appointment as Universal Robot’s sole UK Preferred Supplier for 2016. These robots are now complemented by the availability of Robotiq grippers and force torque sensors that extend application scope. R. A. Rodriguez has been involved with linear motion

for more than 15 years through its representation of IEF Werner in the UK. The quality and reliability of this brand has made it the ideal basis for the design and supply of application-specific automation systems. This potential will be maximised within RARUK

Automation as will that of the IEF Werner component palletising systems. Also under the wing of the new company is the MAFU range of products that comprise machines and equipment for pre-disentangling and feeding bulk goods. Williamson concludeed: “With the new corporate structure, we can now better address the respective needs of our design and production engineering customers. It gives us the freedom to develop a framework that best supports both markets.”


The UK Industrial Vision Association (UKIVA) has recently welcomed three new members: Allied Vision, Laetus GmbH and Optel Vision.

Following a series of energy audits, Schaeffler UK’s automotive engine component plant in Llanelli, South Wales, has achieved ISO 50001 certification. The ISO 50001 Energy Management standard aims to help organisations continually reduce their energy use and therefore their energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

ERIKS is strengthening its UK business with the creation of seven ‘Regional Hubs’ that will support the local service centres. The new hub locations include Leeds, Aberdeen, Norwich, Birmingham, Swansea and Maidenhead. AUTOMATION | APRIL 2016 5

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