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BARA presents its fourth quarterly newsletter, published 17th July 2008

Please follow this link to our website for Statistics for New Robots 2007.

Dr Richard Piggin, Conference Director and Chairman of BARAs Safety SIG (Special Interest Group), comments: ~ Safety conferences continue to be extremely popular ~ BARA will continue to educate the market and provide a forum for debate.~ For details on any of the upcoming Machine Safety Events ~ please look at the Events below.

The Annual General Meeting was held here on Wednesday 2nd July 2008 - The minutes will be on the website before the end of this month.

Mike Wilson, our President has provided the following downloads for your information:-

  1. Please click this link for the FINAL DRAFT UPDATE OF ORGALIME REACH GUIDE
  2. Orgalime Economic outlook 2007/2008 ~ European Engineering Industry continues to ride the wave. Employment up by 250,000. Click here for full report.
  3. Please click here for the tool to uncover the new Machine Directive
  4. For the EAMA practical guide book to help manufacturers make it in the UK, please use this link Download handbook (pdf)
  5. You can now download an electronic copy of the Statutory Instrument 2008/1597 'The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008' which come into force on 29 December 2009, from the OPSI website at If you would prefer a printed copy of the regulations please go to you will be able to purchase a copy of them.
  6. VDMA Robotics and Automation (formerly IFR) need articles for their next newsletter which are related to robotics. All articles need to be word files with separate pictures in JPEG or TIF format. Please send them direct to this e mail address before the end of July 08.


Hello again to all our members. I hope you are enjoying the Summer sunshine in between work. As a Summer special we have created a unique crossword to test your knowledge of robotic terminology! The first correctly completed crossword to be faxed to me will get a special mention in our next issue of Quatermation (Oct Issue).

I would appreciate any feedback from members regarding the design and content of Quartermation.

Liz Maxted-Bluck


CBM (Confederation of British Metalforming) ~ (24th Sept 2008)

CBM in association with a BARA will be holding an event at the NMC, West Bromwich to discuss the argument for and against investing in automation, aimed at the Sheet Metal Sector. To see more details and for booking form, please click here.

Machine safety conference ~ (30th Sept 2008)

BARA, the British Automation and Robot Association, has announced the next conference on machine safety will be taking place in the Midlands on 30th September 2008. The conference is run in association with Drives & Controls and sponsored by the IET, HSE, IMechE and

The conference is aimed at specifiers and designers of machinery and safety-related electrical control systems, as well as managers and engineers responsible for machinery safety. Speakers will include the HSE, Rockwell Automation, Pilz, Sick and system integrators.

PPMA Show-30th Sept - 2nd Oct 2008 at NEC, Birmingham

The PPMA Show covers the complete production line and attracts buyers from all industries including food, drink, pharmaceutical, household products, cosmetics & chemicals. New for this year will also be the FoodTec and EcoTec Zones as well as a free seminar programme addressing hot topics in the machinery sector including automation. The PPMA Show is co-located with Interplas ~ the UKs premier plastics & rubber exhibition.

A special rate is available to BARA members who wish to exhibit ~ please contact Graham Earl on tel. 020 8910 7890 or e-Mail for more information.

For more details on the event and to register to visit, please click here.

08 China Automotive Manufacturing Technology & Material Show-AMTS Click here for more information Shanghai New International Expo Centre 13th - 16th Aug, 2008
PLM Road Map 2008 Strategic conference focused on the critical trade-offs shaping product development. Attendees will have their current thinking on product development challenged in a series of highly charged presentations.
For more details click here.
Detroit, USA 23rd - 24th September, 2008
Automation 2008 4th International Exhibition & Conference
click here for more details
NSE, Mumbai, India 25th-28th September 2008
Strategic Manufacturing Awards Ceremony (as part of the European Manufactuing Summit) The Strategic Manufacturing Awards form part of EMS 2008, taking place from the 6th-9th October 2008 and is event that will answer the key questions affecting all manufacturing industries across the globe.
For more information and to book tickets please click here.
Dusseldorf, Germany 8th October 2008

Quarterly Quote
~It is not a question of either or robotics or humans - The strategy we try to employ is not an either or but the best of both~
Sean O'Keefe (Former Administrator of NASA)

Press Releases


Pilz (Another) life-saving organisation celebrates its 60th anniversary. View PDF
Barr & Paatz A Dozen Robot Do's And Don'ts - provides tips for avoiding specifying mistakes. View PDF
Scorpion Vision Learn about robot vision and find out about the most accessible 3D Vision technology available. View PDF
ABB Ferdar Automation Technology joins ABB to deliver improved automation. View PDF
Pilz An Introduction to press safety standards and related guidance. View PDF
Pilz Help is at hand with the Pilz safety design service. View PDF
ABB Astech Projects join ABB to deliver improved automation. View PDF
EAMA EAMA handbook is a practical guide book to help manufacturers make it in the UK. View PDF
Pilz Pilz unveils extensive range of new operator terminals. View PDF
ABB ABB demonstrates flexible robotic technology at MACH 2008. View PDF
ABB ABB provides Sysemt Integrators and Machine Builders a competitive edge with global partner programme in robotics. View PDF
KUKA KUKA robots to play role in next generation aircraft design. View PDF
Motoman Snake robot makes UK debut in machine tending role. View PDF
TM Robotics TM Robotics launches a new version of the smallest robot in the Toshiba Machine range which is set to find uses in manufacturing electronics and laboratory industries. View PDF
Fanuc Robot reduces skills issue at audience systems and drivs up component quality. View PDF
Fanuc New long-reach high-speed food robot offers five axes flexibility. View PDF
Fanuc Shimizu takes six axes route to total automation. View PDF
Fanuc Smurfit Kappa partnership creates increased opportunities for robotic corrugated packaging solutions. View PDF
Rockwell Rockwell Automation acquires Incuity Software, a supplier of Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) View PDF
AC & E Ltd First Dispensing Simulation Software for Desktop Robots View PDF

Best regards,
Liz Maxted-Bluck

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