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BARA Quaretrmation - The Voice of Automation
The Voice of Automation  ISSUE 10  |  Winter 2010/11  |
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Features in this issue
Automation Study BARA welcomes Government’s £600K commitment to stimulate automation
The Coalition Government’s injection of £600,000 to help stimulate the UK’s adoption of automation is the result of recommendations made in a recent industry study, Application of Automation in UK Manufacturing 27 Sept 2010, the results of which are now available.
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IFR Statistical Dept Global industrial robot sales double in just 12 months
In light of the continued economic instability, the results of the International Federation of Robotics Quarterly Statistics on Industrial Robots were surprising to say the least, with sales doubling in the third quarter of 2010 when compared to the same period in 2009.
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Automation Advisory Service Automation Advisory Service helps firms realise their robotics potential
A new impartial service has been launched to help companies considering automation turn their plans into reality. The Automation Advisory Service aims to encourage more companies to reach their full automation potential, ensuring they remain competitive and increase profitability.
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Pharmacy Robot Robotic pharmacy saves Scottish hospital £700,000
Bosses at the new £300m Forth Valley Royal hospital in Larbert, Scotland, say pharmacy robots have freed up staff time to care for patients, cut errors and reduced the hospital budget
by £700,000.
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Good to Know
Special Interest (SI) Groups update
Find out what BARA’s seven SIGs in the fields of Academia, Advanced Robotics, Aerospace, Industrial Robots, Security, Safety and System Integration have been working towards over the past quarter. •  more
EAMA Business Update
The latest Mechanical Engineering Business Monitor has been released by the Engineering and Machinery Alliance, detailing a welcome growth in UK sales and enquiries for the second quarter of 2010. •  more

Latest Member News
Calling all members! We want to hear from you – contact Features Editor Kate O’Reilly with all your press releases, news and updates: E
A busy time for Pacepacker Latest stories from bagging equipment and robot palletising manufacturer Pacepacker include the installation of an automated line at historic animal feedstuffs manufacturer I’Anson Bros Ltd, which has eliminated sack waste and increased output to 2 million sacks of animal feed per year; the appointment of Spiroflow Systems Inc as their sole agent in the US and Latin America; and, as a FANUC strategic partner, the launch of FANUC’s M-410iB/140H super fast yet compact robot. •  more
6 axis robot reduces machine cycle times by one third
AA Robotics has introduced the new fast VS Series 6 axis articulated robot range from DENSO, which can reduce robotic machine cycle times by up to one third. As well as the speed increase, the new range of robots have a small footprint and are ideal for restricted spaces. •  more
New KUKA robots are better, faster, stronger
QUANTEC is the name of a new range of robots from KUKA, which are lighter, faster and more energy efficient. The series covers an entire high payload range from 90-300kg with reaches from 2,500-3,100mm. •  more
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The Wacky World of Robotics


If you missed the crazier robotics stories to hit the national press recently, fear not. We bring you an automated pop star, robotic trousers on sale for $100,000 and a robot conducting a wedding! •  more

Machinery Update
MU November 2010 For over 20 years Machinery Update has been the UK’s only dedicated packaging and processing machinery publication for the end-user market. With a circulation of 9,000 end-users, take advantage of the following features and advertising opportunities in Machinery Update:
  1. March/April issue: Fresh produce feature and Interpack preview
    Copy Deadline 4 February
  2. May/June issue: Convenience foods to include food on the go and ready meals
    Copy Deadline 28 March
  3. July/August issue: Robotics, automation and vision systems feature, to include how vision systems capable of ‘seeing’ are impacting the machinery sector
    Copy Deadline 23 May

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Diary Dates
Technical Seminars 2011
    •   Machinery Directive
         20 January, Marriot Hotel, Northampton
    •   Automation & Vision Technology
         18 February, Houses of Parliament, London
    •   PUWER Seminar (Provision and Use of Work
         Equipment Regulations)

         3 March Marriot Hotel, Northampton
    •   Machinery Directive
         7 April, Marriot Hotel, Northampton
For details and to book go to
The PPMA President’s Lunch 1 March 2011, Midlands (TBC)
Members are welcome to join our free networking luncheons. The focus of March’s lunch, held in the Midlands, will be Automation and the implications and actions resulting from the Automation Study (funded by BIS and BARA members).
To book a place contact Christine Jordon at the PPMA
E T +44 (0)20 8773 8111.
MultiPix Technology Day: Machine Vision - Another Dimension
24 March 2011, Heritage Motor Museum

Exploring the very latest technologies including 3D software algorithms, intelligent laser profiling, inspecting with thermal imaging and rapid application development, the event promises to be an insightful day for OEMs, integrators and end users. To register go to
TAROS 2011 – 31 August - 2 September 2011,
Sheffield Hallam University

TAROS is the UK’s premiere annual conference for autonomous robotics. The meeting encompasses topics across the entire range of robotics research and is open to contributors and participants from the UK, Europe and worldwide.
For details and to book go to
PPMA Show 27 – 29 September 2011, NEC, Birmingham
To book your stand at the Association’s annual industry show, contact
T +44 (0)20 8910 7890
PPMA Show 2011
For PPMA supported overseas shows go to

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opportunity to wish readers
a prosperous New Year.