Issue No. 223
24th January 2024

Automation drives big jump in productivity

Data from the ONS highlights that UK manufacturers have seen big improvements in productivity over the last couple of years. After years of seeing very little in change in productivity, average productivity has been steadily rising, and in the 12 months from Q3 2022 to Q3 2023 grew by 8.2%. That surely demonstrates the value of automation, and hopefully manufacturers will now be hungry for more. 

With best regards

Mark Simms, Editor


Rockwell Automation opens registration for ROKLive EMEA 2024

Rockwell Automation has announced registration is now open for its flagship European event, ROKLive EMEA 2024, which will take place from 26-29 February 2024 in Madrid.

Smart connectivity for modular machines and systems

Connectors play an important role in the design of sustainable processes by offering flexibility, security and durability, delivering smart connectivity for machines, as the experts at HARTING explain.

Complex sandwich processing aided by ‘smart’ sensors

Smart 2D profile sensors from Baumer are playing a key role in an automated sandwich and filled rolls production line at Germany company Weber Maschinebau. Baumer’s OXM 2D sensor provides precise edge control and positioning data, and delivers the calculated coordinates correctly in the units required.

New safety locking devices from Pilz

Pilz is adding two new sensors to its portfolio of safety locking devices – PSENmlock mini for space-critical applications and PSENslock 2 with optimised hygienic design, as well as new versions with stainless steel components.

Moving away from big data toward smart data

It has been reported that around 90 per cent of data generated in a manufacturing plant typically doesn't get used to build insights that can really help the business. Here, Beth Ragdale, product manager at automation specialist Beckhoff UK, explains the value of consolidating production line data.

What’s new at Mechan Controls?

Through continuous innovation and research over the past 51 years, with over 100 years of experience within the machine guarding safety industry, Mechan Controls is now launching a number of new safety products, including new Grabwire safety switc

Energy measuring devices for the Internet of Things

The EMpro energy measuring device product family from Phoenix Contact is now paving the way for the Internet of Things. The energy data can be integrated into local networks with just a few simple commands from any browser through the integrated R

Accurate and reliable linear positioning

Abssac’s precision lead screws are essential components that convert rotational motion into linear displacement. These screws are available in various sizes to cater to a wide range of applications.


Showcasing design, production and process engineering in the food and drink sector

Taking place on 1 May 2024 at the National Motorcycle Museum, Food Manufacturing Live serves the design, production, process and maintenance engineering teams across the UK food and drink manufacturing sector.

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