search.noResults

search.searching

dataCollection.invalidEmail
note.createNoteMessage

search.noResults

search.searching

orderForm.title

orderForm.productCode
orderForm.description
orderForm.quantity
orderForm.itemPrice
orderForm.price
orderForm.totalPrice
orderForm.deliveryDetails.billingAddress
orderForm.deliveryDetails.deliveryAddress
orderForm.noItems
Follow Automation on Twitter @AutomationMagUK


INDUSTRY News


Digital natives have raised expectations in the manufacturing sector





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


                  


 


                      


Linx builds North American distribution for its range of coding and marking printers





          


   


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


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


     ABB COLUMN WHY IT’S TIME TO MAKE YOUR SWITCH TO ROBOTS


With modern consumers demanding wider choice and faster delivery, it is more important than ever to have a flexible production process that can respond to changes as quickly and


easily as possible. Considered a key element of flexible automation, robots improve flexibility and are one of the few technologies that can be introduced to handle a variety of tasks. With over two million robots delivering a range of


benefits in applications worldwide, how do you know if a robot is right for your business? The first step should always be to determine


whether robots are suitable for the application in question. To answer this, it’s useful to consider operations as they currently stand and the changes needed to achieve the desired outcome. Key factors to consider include: • What are you currently making? Is the product


likely to change in volume or design? What processes are involved? Could these processes be automated? • What areas in the current process could be


improved? Are there areas in your process that could be made more efficient, such as reducing excessive movements of parts within a process. • How will the investment be justified? The many


benefits that robot automation provides need to be quantified in financial terms to gain the support of the financial director. • Which operations would be easiest to automate


first? It is almost always better to go for the ‘low hanging fruit’ first, picking off the easiest opportunities to automate and reducing the learning curve. To make sure that all bases have been covered, it


is always advisable to ask for help when designing and implementing a robotic solution. As well as our own in-house specialists, we also have a network of system integrator partners that specialise in developing robotic solutions for specific industries and applications. Together we can provide across- the-board help, from specification, design and installation, through to helping you build a financial case. Our Switch to Robots seminars are a useful starting point for anyone who wants to learn more about how robots could improve their business. Visit http://bit.ly/S2Rinfo or call 01908 350300 ref. ‘Switch to Robots’.


Nigel Platt LBL Manager UK and Ireland – ABB Robotics


automationmagazine.co.uk


Automation | June 2019 7


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64