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Germany’s Lammers group buys UK motors firm, Exico

31 March, 2016

The German motors and drives group Clemens Lammers has acquired the Wellingborough-based motors specialist Exico Electric Motors for an undisclosed sum. Following the acquisition, the Exico name will continue to be used. No changes to personnel, customer or supplier relationships, or computer systems are planned.


German power transmission firm sets up shop in the UK

29 March, 2016

The German mechanical power transmission specialist Ringfeder has set up a UK operation, located in Warrington, including a warehouse for time-sensitive spare parts. Adrian Birkin has been appointed area manager for the UK – Ringfeder’s second-largest market in Europe. Birkin has more than 20 years of experience, most recently with the belts and hose manufacturer, Pix.


Free consultancy could lead to €150,000 for robots

17 March, 2016

The UK’s Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) is offering 16 British companies free consultancy in robot technologies, and a chance to win funding worth up to €150,000 for automation projects, under a new EU-funded project called Robott-Net (Robot Technology Transfer Network).


Storms prompt new dates for Southern Manufacturing show

14 March, 2016

Following storm-related disruption to the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show in two of the past three years, its organisers have announced that it will be held later in the year from 2017. The show is vulnerable to severe weather because it is held in temporary marquees at its site in Farnborough, Hampshire.


Drives & Controls Show is close to capacity

01 March, 2016

With just over a month to go to the Drives & Controls Show, there has been a flurry of late bookings from exhibitors, many of them from the mechanical power transmission sector.


Sony welcomes collaborative robot with open arms

01 March, 2016

Sony has placed the first UK order for ABB’s two-armed collaborative robot called YuMi. It will use the robot at its Sony UK Technology Centre (UKTEC) in South Wales to pick-and-place circuit board parts, mainly for research and development purposes. The technology will help Sony to improve its PCB assembly techniques ­and to explore the benefits of collaborative robotics in high-volume board production.


£0.5m grant will help to develop medical production system

29 February, 2016

The machine vision specialist, InterVision Global, has been awarded a £560,000 grant from the UK's innovation funding body, Innovate UK, to develop and manufacture a flexible automated system to produce components for orthopaedic medical devices.


EU regs have not produced surge in IE3 motor sales

08 February, 2016

Europe's electric motor efficiency regulations that came into force at the start of 2015 have not resulted in the expected boost to sales of high-efficiency IE3 motors. Under the Ecodesign regulations, common types of motor with ratings from 7.5–375kW placed on the market since 1 January 2015 must either meet the IE3 efficiency level, or meet the lower IE2 level and be fitted with a VSD (variable-speed drive).


First Motion Control Awards attract 200 bookings

02 February, 2016

ABB, Parker Hannifin and Gambica have become sponsors of the UK's new Motion Control Industry Awards, which will be presented for the first time at a dinner at the National Conference Centre on 12 April, 2016 – during the same week that the Drives & Controls Show is taking place at the nearby National Exhibition Centre.


UK engineering sector ‘generates more than 27% of GDP’

02 February, 2016

The engineering sector generates more than 27% of the UK’s GDP and is 68% more productive than the retail and wholesale sectors, according to a new report published by EngineeringUK – the non-profit organisation that promotes the role of engineers and engineering in the UK.


Yaskawa and Baxter join the line-up at the Drives Show

02 February, 2016

The Japanese drives and motors giant, Yaskawa, is one of the latest exhibitors to sign up to appear at the Drives & Controls Show at the UK's National Exhibition Centre in April. As well as sharing a large stand with its Vipa controls subsidiary, Yaskawa will also take part in the show’s robot demonstration zone.


£23m UK research consortium will examine IoT issues

13 January, 2016

An interdisciplinary research hub has been created in the UK to drive research into the Internet of Things (IoT). A consortium of nine UK universities will work together over the next three years to explore issues affecting the IoT in terms of privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security (Petras).


Siemens links geared motors and motion controls in the UK

07 January, 2016

Siemens is integrating its geared motors and motion control divisions more closely in the UK, and has promoted Julie Ferguson to be the new manager of its geared motors business with the aim of doubling the business within three years.


Bookings continue to roll in for Drives & Controls Show

22 December, 2015

Exhibitor bookings for the upcoming Drives & Controls Show are continuing to stream in. One of the latest to sign up is Schneider Electric which is returning with an even bigger stand than it had in 2014, as well as an application display at the front of the hall.


Taiwan’s Adlink buys UK IoT specialist, PrismTech

18 December, 2015

The Taiwanese automation supplier, Adlink Technology, is buying the British IoT (Internet of Things) specialist PrismTech for a reported $16.6m. PrismTech, established in 1992, has about 70 employees and a turnover of around $10m. It will operate as a “semi-autonomous” business within Adlink.


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