BARA Quaretrmation - The Voice of Automation
The Voice of Automation  ISSUE 11  |  Spring 2011  |
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Features in this issue
Automation Study BARA's Automating Manufacturing Campaign spurs on UK manufacturers!
Following the government's injection of £600,000 to help stimulate the UK's adoption of automation, BARA has recently completed a series of highly successful automation roadshows, the Automating Manufacturing Campaign.
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IFR Statistical Dept £4.8m government funding for Intelligent Automation Centre
A centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation is set to receive a huge government grant, plus an extra £3.34m of funding from industry partners including Rolls-Royce and Airbus.
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Automation Advisory Service Robotics industry makes a huge comeback!
According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), robot sales for 2011 are expected to increase by between 10% and 15%.
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Good to Know
Special Interest Groups (SIG) update
BARA's seven SIGs have experienced a productive last quarter, with the Advanced Robotics group participating in the Technology Strategy Board study into the UK Advanced Robotics and Autonomous Systems Communities.   •  more
EAMA Business update
The latest Mechanical Engineering Business Monitor has been released by the Engineering and Machinery Alliance, detailing the impact the Budget will have on mechanical engineering SMEs.  •  more
Robot sales data – Q1 2011
The robot sales statistics for the first quarter of 2011 are now in, showing the best quarterly results for over five years!  •  more
Robot facts
The BARA Robot Facts 2011 report is now available – there were 755 new robot installations during 2010, a leap from just over 400 in 2009.  •  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
BARA members nominated for FP awards
This year's Food Processing Awards categories include Robotics & Automation, Packaging Solutions and Company of the Year. To see who's been nominated go to
Youngman Group invests in ABB's automated technology
ABB is helping the Youngman Group achieve flexible production and improved productivity, thanks to a £2.5 million investment in state of the art automated technology. The investment, which includes two fully-automated welding cells complete with ABB's IRB 1600 robots, enables the company to compete rigorously against imports from lower cost economies, while aiding flexible production and reducing stockholding.   •  more
Tekpak "Packman®Vision" configured for high speed confectionery pick and place
Tekpak has elected to work with Elau/Schneider to integrate its P4 delta manipulator into its Packman Vision cells, making the high speed, delta robot cell uniquely suitable for operation in food environments.   •  more
Linkx arranges a gentler ride for chicken nuggets!
Following the success of its first Matrix collator/shrink wrapper from Linkx Systems, Birds Eye Ltd decided to install a second machine. However, with a little innovation and a small software modification, Linkx came up with a solution that involved no extra cost!   •  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 robotic fish and NASA's first robonaut!  •  more

Machinery Update

Take advantage of the editorial and advertising opportunities in the July/August issue of Machinery Update, which will focus on robotics, automation and vision systems.

MU March 2011 "Machinery Update is delivered to 9,000+ named individuals involved in making decisions about purchasing machinery, signing the cheques for such equipment or running the lines themselves," explains Editor Gail Hunt. "When these readers are working on new projects, you want to be on their contact lists – being in Machinery Update is a foolproof and free of charge way of doing so."

  1. 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
  2. September/October issue: Sustainability and the machinery sector plus PPMA Show preview.
    Copy Deadline 18 July (sustainability)
    and 1 August (PPMA Show)
  3. November/December issue: Pharmaceuticals, toiletries and cosmetics.
    Copy Deadline 23 September

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Diary Dates
Technical Seminar New Machinery Directive
28 June 2011, Marriot Manchester Airport Hotel
To book a place contact Christine Jordan at the PPMA
T +44 (0)20 8773 8111
Automation Technology
7-9 May 2011, Cairo International Conference Center, Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt

For more details on the 5th International Industrial Control and Automation Technology Exhibition and Conference
The PPMA Group President's Lunch: Money saving SAPs
16 June 2011, Manchester United Football Ground

Members are welcome to join our free networking luncheons, which on this occasion will focus on PPMA Group's Strategic Alliance Partners (SAPs) who have an agreement to provide the membership with business services (including insurance, employment law, energy consultancy, H&S and litigation services) at favourable rates.
For further details and to book a place contact
T +44 (0)20 8773 8111.
Appetite for Engineering 2011 & Food Processing Awards
23 June 2011, Hinckley Island Hotel, Leicestershire

Food Processing's conference on innovation, automation and skills, concluding with the Food Processing Awards 2011 evening event, which recognises companies for their exceptional work in areas such as robotics & automation, product and technology and will include a PPMA sponsored packaging solutions award.
For details and to book contact
TAROS 2011
31 August-1 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
TAROS Industrial Day
2 September 2011, Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam UniversityThe industrial day is adjacent to the TAROS 2011 Conference and will present and explore the diversity of current and possible robotics application. The programme is a balanced mixture of talks and open slots for exhibition visits and demonstrations of research work.
For details go to or
E T +44 (0)114 225 5087
The PPMA Group Association Golf Day
8 September 2011, DeVere Staverton Park

A great way to entertain clients: 27 holes of golf, four competitions and a three course meal with trophy presentations. To book: Golf Day 2011 Brochure
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 Members can de-risk the exhibition process by exhibiting as part of a PPMA Group pavilion. For a list of forthcoming international shows, many of which are supported with a UKTI exhibitor grant,
go to

Member Benefits
Following BARA's amalgamation with the PPMA Group of Associations, members have access to numerous business benefits including:-
  • Technical support/advice from PPMA Group's consultant Laidler Associates
  • Business support services
  • Money saving business services from PPMA Group SAPs
  • Technical seminars
  • Networking opportunities with PPMA Group Associations
  • Industry statistics
  • Publishing & mailing services
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BARA Quartermation is a quarterly newsletter for the robotics and automation industries, reporting on the membership, industry activity and raising awareness of the Association. Add Editor Kirsty Sharpe to your press list and send us your news and views on a regular basis.
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