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BARA presents its second quarterly newsletter, published 20th February 2008

Ken Young (our Chairman) would like to welcome all new supplier members who have recently joined BARA. These include:-

AA Robotics
Air Liquide Welding Ltd
Bradman Lake Group UK
Robot System Products (UK) Ltd
Scorpion Vision Ltd
Select 4 Automation Ltd
Weber Automatic Assembly systems Ltd

EAMA Grass Roots Survey

Mike Wilson (our President) conveys his thanks to all of the 87 companies who took part in the EAMA survey as follows:-

CBM 12
MTA 25

To see the results of the Skills and Training Grass Roots Survey in detail, please click here.


After a few teething problems with the first issue of our newsletter, I hope that these have now been sorted out and that this will arrive to you in the way that it was intended - all the links working beautifully and no mistakes or typing errors! I would welcome any feed back regarding the newsletter as long as it is positive.

For those of you who view our website regularly you will know that I have recently added a Training page, a BARA Newsletters page and a Consultants page; these can all be found under the Information section. The training page informs readers of various courses available in the UK. The Newsletters page gives you a chance to read our Newsletters, in case you did not receive the one e mailed to you. The Consultants page will be a list of specialist consultants stating what their expertise is in. However this page is still under construction as there is still a lot of necessary research to be carried out. I hope that these extra pages are of interest and help to all those involved in the future of robots and automation.

Liz Maxted-Bluck

Commercial Mediation A ROAD OF DISCOVERY By John Clarke - Click here to read more.


ABBs roadshow - Robots on the road to win over UK Manufacturers 2007-12-10 - Engineers and manufacturers across the country recently got a crash course in the benefits of robotic technology during a nationwide tour by ABB's UK robotics division. Touring throughout October, ABB's exhibition trailer visited 10 locations around the UK to demonstrate how robots can help businesses achieve enhanced productivity, efficiency and competitiveness. To read more please Click here.

Recex and Prospects Events Forthcoming careers events - Click Here Various locations Oct 08 and March 09
Rockwell at Interpack Three Yearly Interpack Exhibition - Dusseldorf 24-30 April 2008
Skills West Midlands Careers event for young people. - Ricoh Arena, Coventry 5-6 March

Quarterly Quote
When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is. - Oscar Wilde

Press Releases

Major Enquiry into Engineering
The House of Commons new Innovation, Universities and Skills Committee has decided to hold a major inquiry into engineering. The terms of reference can be found below as can a link to the HoC site. As you can see the inquiry is pretty wide-ranging. The IUS Committee will also examine case studies in particular areas of interest. The first two studies will be announced at the same time as the main inquiry.

Thank you for your attention and time.

The following terms of reference have now been agreed for this inquiry:

Sector Skills Initiative

The Government is pushing hard on raising UK skills and competency levels. The strategy being used comes under the banner "Sector Skills Initiatives" with agencies set up to handle specific sectors. We come under the Semta agency (science, engineering and manufacturing). More information is available from the Semta website at

Fanuc ensure Perkins' machining kept in-house and back in the UK

Bringing efficient machining processes back in-house at diesel engine manufacturer Perkins has been helped by close partnerships with Fanuc Robotics and Heller Machine Tools. Support and collaboration from OEM suppliers is seen by Perkins as a fundamental to success.

Tony Green the Manufacturing Coach from Perkins Engines explains that "Skills and the right attitude are essential and I believe attitude is of paramount importance....Success relies on the team working together and sharing information and experiences with each other."

The key focus has been to release the full potential of the teams - giving them what they need and making sure they have the right tools. Partnering with FANUC and Heller has been a core element in achieving this.

To read more about Perkins' machining, please click here.

07/02/08 - ABB Robots give ~badge~ engineers lead over Far East and boosts performance by over 100% View PDF
05/02/08 - Comau Estil Competitive advantage lies in the continuous improvement of products, processes and services. Web Site
31/01/08 - TM Robotics TM Robotics and PCS Industries share a vision - to be shown at Easyfairs Packtech in March 2008. View PDF
22/01/08 - Rockwell Rockwell Automation to Feature Integrated Robotic Control at Interpack View PDF
15/01/08 - Pilz An introduction to the safeguarding of industrial robots View PDF
10/01/08 - Pilz New module enables safety controller to accept analogue inputs View PDF
10/01/08 - Machine Building Free guide to the new Machinery Directive View PDF
11/12/07 - Pilz Important changes to EN 1088 guard interlocking standard View PDF
27/11/07 - ABB UK Supplier enables Swedish meat producer to maximise production with the cutting edge of automation. View PDF

Best regards,
Liz Maxted-Bluck

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