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Members Update September 2009

Quartermation News - September 2009

In this update...

IFR Robotics Newsletter

With the latest news from the most important robotics manufacturers and integrators, R&D institutes, as well as industrial associations, this newsletter keeps you informed about everything that's happening in the world of robotics.

Don't miss the opportunity to learn more about the products, technologies, applications and services in the field of robotics.


NEW IFR web site

Laidler Associates

FREE Machinery Safety Workshop!

How safe is your machinery?

This is one of the most important questions that can be asked by UK industry and by not knowing the answer, you could be breaking the law and putting your employees at risk.

Attending our FREE Interactive Safety Workshop is an excellent way of finding out about current and future legislation and guidelines as well as discovering the best safety solutions on the market.



BARA – NEW Sub Groups and Contact List.

1. System Integrators SIG:
We are looking for a person/company to lead the BARA Systems Integration sub group, For more information read the Aims and Objectives and contact Mike Wilson

2. Advanced Robotics SIG:
Advanced Robotics is a term that covers both Service Robots (that is those robots not used within manufacturing industry) together with some of the more technologically advanced robot applications within manufacturing industry. More information on Aims and Objectives and contact Geoff Pegman

Your BARA structure & Special Interest Groups (SIG)


Mike Wilson

Academic User Institute

Professor Ken Young

Industrial Robot Group

Nigel Platt (ABB Robotics Ltd)

Aerospace SIG

Dr. Phil Webb (Cranfield University)

Safety SIG

Dr Richard Piggin

Advanced Robotics SIG

Geoff Pegman

Control & System Security SIG

Dr Richard Piggin





Members are welcome to FREE use of the business facilities on the PPMA stand at the Show in September.

If you are exhibiting or visiting and need a meeting room or just a rest and refreshments then please come along to our stand in the middle of the hall - look for the ceiling banner pointing the way.

Facilities at your disposal include:

  • Three meeting rooms - For reservations and bookings contact Christine Jordan on 020 8773 5512
  • Laptops with Internet Access including Printing Facilities
  • Refreshments - Call onto the stand for a Tea, Coffee or even a small tipple!! There will be plenty of Cafe style chairs and tables for informal meetings and drinks.
  • Hosting - If you let us know we will welcome your guests prior to your meetings should you be delayed.
  • The latest information and publications
  • LAIDLER ASSOCIATES - New PPMA Technical Advice - consultants for on-stand advice.
  • "A Practical Guide to Machinery Safety" Collect your Free 54 page book

Untouched by Human Hand

The Impact of Automation and Robotics
in the Food Industry

15 October 2009 - University of Warwick, Coventry

Are you aware of the latest robotic technology that can help your business?

Can your business afford not to take advantage of the latest automation?

This one day seminar provides information on how robotics and automation technology is benefiting businesses in all areas of production:-

  • Robot technology in Bottling & Packaging
  • The role of technology in operational efficiency
  • De-risking the introduction of automation in packing and picking
  • Automation for the end of line
  • Automation journey over the past 5 years
  • The food factory of the future
  • Tour of Warwick's robotic facility

More details...


PPMA and UKIVA Join Forces!

On the 3rd August 2009, directors of the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA) and UK Industrial Vision Association (UKIVA) directors signed a Memorandum of Understanding about the amalgamation of UKIVA into the PPMA as a special sub-group.

This follows a similar amalgamation of the British Automation & Robot Association (BARA) earlier this year. PPMA CEO Chris Buxton said of the proposed amalgamation; " it was combining and consolidating the strengths of all three parties."

The decision to pursue this amalgamation was agreed unanimously by UKIVA members at their AGM in March, and it is anticipated that it will be ratified at an EGM on 15th September.



Inward Mission to the UK and PPMA Show

Arrange appointments.

The delegate companies are responsible for processing and packaging a wide variety of products and offer an excellent opportunity to develop new and lasting customer relationships.

Areas of production interest include:

  • Fish products for the UK market
  • Bakery
  • Confectionery
  • Snacks
  • Ready Meals
  • Soft Drinks
  • Dairy
  • Beers, Wine & Spirits
  • Household products
  • Logistics
  • Own brand retail products

More Information...

Are you making the most
from PR?

PR is a valuable marketing tool for your products and services providing a wide audience of potential customers.

The PPMA has produced a PR service for members who do not currently have access to this professional service.

To find out more about the reduced cost service PPMA can offer read on ...


PPMA Show Drinks Reception

You are invited to join our 300 industry professionals on the PPMA stand @ 5pm on Tuesday 29th for our show drinks reception


Star Pack Awards in conjunction with the PPMA

at the PPMA Show?

Starpack awards and PPMA have teamed up to offer an excellent evening dinner with entertainment on the middle day of the PPMA Show.

Why not bring your stand team and customers to the most prestigious and longest running Packaging Awards Dinner?

The dinner takes place in the concourse suite at the NEC and PPMA members are offered a discounted table rate of £795 for a table of ten.



0% business loans fight high energy bills and climate change

Energy-guzzling heating, air conditioning and plant equipment could be draining your business of vital profits. To help businesses upgrade to more efficient equipment and cut energy bills, the Carbon Trust is offering 0% loans of up to £400,000.

No security is required for the interest free business loans and the loans scheme is designed so that energy savings cover monthly repayments. What's more, the new equipment may also qualify for 100% first year tax relief.

More information on the Carbon Trust's 0% business loans is available at

The Government's Trade Credit Insurance Top-up Scheme has changed

Following feedback from business, from 20 August, there are three changes to the scheme's rules:

  • CHEAPER: The price of the top-up cover is reduced from 2% to 1%
  • NO MINIMUM: There is no minimum on the amount of top-up cover that you can buy
  • UPPER LIMIT INCREASED: Up to £2 million of top-up cover can now be bought



Technology Transfer Additional Resources

For many years the PPMA has utilised import and export data, and industrial opportunities available from the Enterprise Europe Partner Opportunity Alert scheme. These facilities have now been added to meet the interests of BARA members as well.


The UK Low Carbon Industrial Strategy

BIS, together with DECC, is today publishing the The UK Low Carbon Industrial Strategy. In parallel with this document, the Government is also publishing The UK Low Carbon Transition Plan, The UK Renewable Energy Strategy and The Carbon Reduction Strategy for Transport.

Together these set out the policies which will help drive the transition to decarbonising our economy, and reflect how departments across Government are working together to deliver the transition to a low carbon future.