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Robots showcase gives West Mids SMEs automation insight

Written by Katie Davis, posted in Client News on April 26, 2010

West Midlands small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) were given the opportunity to see how UK manufacturers are remaining competitive, by investing in robotic automation, during a recent visit to FANUC Robotics’ facility in Coventry.  Out of the 13 businesses represented, 11were stimulated to further investigate opportunities at their own sites.

The Technology Showcase visit was organised by IME (Inside Manufacturing Enterprise) for the Manufacturing Advisory Service West Midlands (MAS-WM) to familiarise attendees with robotic process solutions that could benefit their organisations. 

The focus of the visit was to illustrate how businesses of all types and size, not just large organisations mass producing product, are benefitting from robotic automation.  The diversity of applications discussed showed the attendees that robots have now become highly affordable and reliable workers that consistently produce high quality products competitively.

Examples illustrated businesses that are not able to find skilled workers such as welders or even reliable workers prepared to undertake often monotonous repetitive duties.  These ranged from machine loading through to packaging of food and palletising.