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The Voice of Automation  ISSUE 9  |  Autumn 2010  |
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Features in this issue
Huge growth in UK robot sales is mirrored across the pond
A recent BARA report shows that in the first half of 2010 UK robot sales have grown by 55% on 2009 figures - and reports from the US are just as favourable. North American robotic manufacturers have seen new orders jump 16% and unit sales increase by 35%.
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Strong recovery for global robot sales
The results of the IFR World Robotics 2010 studies on industrial and service robots are in – and it's good news. After the sales slump of 2009, there has been a strong recovery in 2010, with further growth expected in 2011 and 2012.
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Robots take over Trafalgar Square!
The public were handed control of eight industrial KUKA robots last month as robots took over the capital's most famous square, creating a temporary production facility for writing large scale messages with light in 3D.
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BIS showcases UK manufacturing as recovery continues apace
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has unveiled an exhibition of cutting edge products at its London HQ, as Britain's manufacturers continue to report buoyant trading conditions, pointing to good prospects for growth in 2010.
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Virtual Prototyping – do you have the NVision?
A new facility at the University of Northampton offers virtual prototyping to automation companies keen to visually communicate their solutions to customers. NVision is ready to help businesses win contracts and deliver more profit.
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Good to know
BARA in the press
The recent BARA robot sales comparison report appeared in no less than four printed industry journals and 12 online publications! Proof, if it were needed, of BARA's huge influence within the industry. •  more
Special Interest (SI) Groups update
BARA are pleased with the progress made by the latest SI Group, the System Integrator Group, who recently held their second meeting. •  more
Machinery Update
MU July 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. January/February issue: Dairy feature and Pro2Pac preview
    Copy Deadline 3 December
  2. March/April issue: Fresh produce feature and Interpack preview
    Copy Deadline 4 February
  3. May/June issue: Convenience foods to include food on the go and ready meals.
    Copy Deadline 4 April

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Updates to controlled export list
BARA & UKIVA members should be aware that there is mention of lasers and robots in the latest UK Strategic Export Control List, as released in August by the Department for Business, Industry and Skills. With this in mind, members should familiarise themselves with the changes •  see the full report attached.
Engineering Magazine’s 2011 Automation & Robotics supplement
Published by Engineering magazine, the annual Automation & Robotics supplement supported by BARA, PPMA & UKIVA, will feature the latest technology and innovation together with case studies and application stories. •  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 inquiries for the second quarter of 2010. •  more
Robot Facts
Robot Facts 2010 provides details of robot installations in the UK for 2009, including breakdowns by application and sector. For further information please go to the BARA website
For vision news go to
For packaging and processing machinery news go to
Diary Dates
BARA 2010 Machine Safety Conference
BARA's 2010 Conference on machine safety will take place at Bletchley Park on 9th November. The Conference will focus on the practical implementation of functional safety, with an overview of standards and legislation, including the recent developments with the Machinery Directive.  For more information and to book contact Conference Director, Dr Richard Piggin
Technical Seminars 2010
    •   Machinery Risk Assessment Seminar,
         28 October Marriot Hotel, Northampton
    •   PUWER Seminar (Provision and Use of Work
         Equipment Regulations),
         18 November Marriot Hotel, Northampton
    •   BARA & UKIVA Seminar,
         7 December 2010
         Warwick University (TBC)
For details and to book go to
The PPMA President’s Lunch
Members are welcome to join our free networking luncheons. To book a place contact
    •   26 November 2010, House of Commons –
         International Focus: Accessing opportunities
         in China and other overseas markets
    •   17 February 2011, Midlands (TBC) –
         Focus: Automation and the implications and
         actions resulting from the Automation Study
         (funded by BIS and BARA members)
A Robot Revolution lecture will be held by the British Technion Society, 18 October 2010. For further information go to or
A seminar on Robotics in Surgery - State of the Art, will take place on 3 November 2010 at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.
To book go to
42nd International Symposium on Robotics (ISR) and Automate 2011 Conference
21-24 March 2011, Chicago (USA). The ISR will cover a wide range of topics related to industrial robotics, emerging/service robots, robotics research, machine vision and motion control technologies. The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) organising committee has published a preliminary agenda for the event which can be found at
For PPMA supported overseas shows go to
PPMA Activities
In February 2009 BARA amalgamated with the PPMA and the two organisations, along with the UKIVA (vision industry) and PMMDA (polymer industry) share a common CEO, Executive and administration resource. BARA members interested in the vision or polymer industries can join the associations at no further cost to their membership.
Contact for details.
PPMA Show 27 – 29 September 2011 – to book your stand at the Association’s annual industry show, contact
T +44 (0)20 8910 7890
PPMA Show 2011
BARA (British Automation and Robot Association) 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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