Automating Manufacturing - Foreword

Andrew Smith

A thriving manufacturing sector is the essential heart of a balanced and vibrant UK economy. Driving productivity and innovation through the supply chain are critical cornerstones in realising our vision of world leadership. In corporates and SMEs alike appropriate automation can play an important role in developing the competitiveness of UK manufacturing companies.

Andrew Reynolds Smith
Divisional Chief Executive GKN
and Chairman of the CBI Manufacturing Council

Automation needn’t cost a fortune and doesn’t have to be complex…

Yet it can cut your manufacturing costs, be flexible to changes in product and demand, improve your quality and be environmentally friendly.

 

“By implementation of an automated weighing and cutting system Barbers has been able to reduce this giveaway from between 4% and 5% down to less than 1%… [a saving] worth up to £3,000 per day.”  
“We don’t look at the desire or otherwise to specifically develop automation. Where there is a place for automation, then we will go for it.”
Andrew Churchill, MD, J J Churchill
“We are now looking at further investment in robotic manufacture. We believe our vision of growing the company in a very competitive global market will be secured by continued investment in a state-of-theart manufacturing capability.”
Paul Bentley, MD, Youngman
“The robot cycle is reproduced exactly for each product ensuring a consistent finish and ensuring high quality. Health and safety has been improved by the reduction of the arduous manual polishing activity.”
Patrick Mason, Production Engineer, W & G Sissons


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