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 


             


   


                    


Indegy introduces CIRRUS, Cloud- delivered Industrial CyberSecurity as a Service (ICSaaS)





             


             


ABB COLUMN UK FALLING BEHIND IN GLOBAL AUTOMATION RACE


Information from the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), ahead of the official release of its World Robotics Report 2019, highlights that the UK has fallen further behind in its take-up of robotic automation, compared to other nations.


According to the information released ahead of the


IFR’s World Robots Report 2019, installations of industrial robots in the UK fell by three per cent to 2,306 units in 2018, compared to a 31 per cent increase in 2017, putting us at 22nd place in the IFR’s global league table. With this reluctance to adopt robot automation, UK businesses will find it increasingly difficult to match competitors that are investing in the latest production technologies to enhance their production capabilities. Although it can be difficult to know where to start, it needs to be emphasised that robots are not just for the automotive industry or larger businesses. SMEs must focus on learning how robots can help them to sharpen their competitiveness and understand that: • Reduced complexity means staff and operators can


quickly adapt to working with robots • Robots are available in a range of sizes suitable for


various shop floors and applications • Overheads and downtime can be minimised and the


cost and time of programming and installing robots reduced by using offline software such as ABB RobotStudio • The new generation of collaborative robots offers new opportunities for unlocking the potential of human workers As online shopping and quick delivery turnarounds continue to develop, customers are expecting delivery of a much greater choice of high-quality goods in much shorter timeframes. Managing demand requires production lines that can be tailored and that can support sudden spikes and / or variations in orders. Government studies show that many UK manufacturers are falling short, maintaining existing production lines and making do with outdated machinery and manual handing that increase the risk of situations such as unexpected downtime, staff absence or shortages and added costs. For manufacturers to remain competitive, there needs to be a wholesale change in attitudes to flexible automation systems including robotic technology in order to achieve the necessary adaptability. Register to attend our free ABB ‘Switch to Robots’ seminar and workshop here: http://bit.ly/S2R2019


Nigel Platt LBL Manager UK and Ireland – ABB Robotics


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