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BARA proudly presents its first quarterly newsletter, published 16th November 2007

For your information - please find attached our quarterly UK robot sales charts showing figures for quarter 3, 2007.

A word from our President;-

Dear Member,

Welcome to Quartermation, the Newsletter of BARA. We hope this quarterly summary of the latest news and events will help keep you abreast of the activities of BARA and also what is happening in our industry.

Please do not hesitate to send us any news you would like included in the next issue. We also welcome any comments or views on BARA or the automation industry as a whole.

Mike Wilson
President of BARA

Ken Young (our Chairman) would like to welcome Nigel Platt From ABB as our latest Council Member addition. We are entering interesting and challenging times in the future of robotics says Dr. Young who has worked and studied robots and automation for over 20 years.

BARA Events Confederation of British Metalforming (CBM) the BARA held a very successful event at the National Metalforming Centre, 47 Birmingham Road, West Bromwich, on November 13th of this week. The seminar was entitled Robots Forge Ahead presented with a view to bringing automation into the forging industry. An introduction from Steve Houseman (Directory General of CBM) was followed by presentations from Mike Wilson (our President), ABB, KUKA and Steve Rose from Cramlington Precision Forge Ltd. It was clear that Robot Suppliers, forgers/foundry workers and engineers need to work together to automate in order to increase safety within the forging industry. As well as making the working environment safer, productivity would also be increased and employees would be deployed to less hazardous positions. We hope that the cynicism that some forgers have shown with regard to automation can be alleviated. Safety and increased productivity could be achieved by the forge that uses robots in the future.

Liz Maxted-Bluck


The MacRobert Award, first presented in 1969, is the UK's premier prize for engineering innovation. It is open to any individual or organisation of any size in the public, private or charitable sectors. Applications are invited for engineering innovations in any area of engineering, including applied science, technology and medicine. The main criteria by which entries are judged are Innovation, Commercial Success and Benefit to the Community. The winning organisation is honoured with a gold medal; each of the individual team members receives a bronze medal. In addition, there is a cash prize of £50,000 to be shared between the team members. Even those organisations that do not win the gold medal have found that they receive considerable benefit from taking part. Submissions for the Award should be made electronically via The Royal Academy of Engineering website at before 31st January 2008.


1st Robotics & Automation Conference 2008 Début in the 9th Auto Expo 2008 Hall No. 8, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India 1000 hrs, 14th -15th January 2008
Eastpo 2008 Shanghai 10th International Machine Tool Fair Shanghai New International Expo Center(SNIEC) 9-12 July 2008
MACH 2008 For more details go to the following website - www.mach2008 Birmingham NEC 21-25 April 2008


The Engineering and Machinery Alliance (EAMA) consists of 9 associations including the PPMA, GTMA, MTA and BARA. Totally it represents over 1300 engineering companies. EAMA is also a member of Orgalime which represents the engineering companies of 24 countries at the European Commission. Orgalime is very active on regulations, including the Machinery Directive and trade issues.

EAMA has regular contact with BERR (formerly DTI) and the Treasury to promote the interests of the members. There are also meetings with the Conservative shadow ministers. A regular bulletin is collated by EAMA and sent to all the MPs to raise awareness of engineering in the UK. If you have a press release that could be of interest please send to BARA.

A new initiative on skills has recently commenced with a focus group meeting in Birmingham to gain an understanding of the main issues impacting our sector. EAMA is in discussion with BERR regarding opportunities to improve the investment by UK industry in automation. We are currently looking at how we might improve the work of the Manufacturing Advisory Service specifically for robotics and automation.

EAMA has recently undertaken a study on the implications, for SMEs, of the tax changes in the next budget using real data from member companies. These results have been presented to the Treasury.

If you have any views or suggestions for EAMA please forward them to us by e mail.

Quarterly Quote

'He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.' Francis Bacon

Press Releases

22/10/07 - Pilz Pilz Safety EYE declared 'Automation Product of the Year' View PDF
09/10/07 - Motoman Introducing, what are claimed to be, the World's fastest arc welding robots View PDF
02/10/07 - Procter Complete kit of machinery safety guides and utilities. View PDF
02/10/07 - Pilz Pilz introduces 24/7 telephone support. View PDF
25/09/07 - KUKA KUKA strengthens its UK team. View PDF
25/09/07 - CBM CBM Health, Safety & Environment Group Meeting - 3 October 2007 - National Metalforming Centre, West Bromwich.
21/09/07 - Procter New version of free guide to machinery guarding standards. View PDF
18/09/07 - Motoman New Managing Director at Motoman Robotics. View PDF
18/09/07 - Barr and Paatz Automated Assembly & Test Cell For Kautex Screenwash Containers View PDF
05/09/07 - Pilz Pilz expands global presence and expertise. View PDF
05/09/07 - ABB Success brings another Global Packaging Forum. View PDF

Best regards,
Liz Maxted-Bluck

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