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Acquisition of Igranic Control Systems Limited & PSJ Fabrications Limited
Autotech is delighted to announce the acquisition of Igranic Control Systems Limited and PSJ Fabrications Limited. The group of companies will be known as Automated Technology Group Limited and more than 200 employees across the three companies will benefit from new career opportunities while the group will seek to encourage and develop the key skills at each company.
Automated Technology Group will be the largest automation controls company in the UK with a combined turnover of around £30m and will now be able to offer a wider range of services to our customers and help to ensure that we go from strength to strength to support our continued growth expectations.
Autotech CEO, Andy Robinson, is looking forward to the opportunities the acquisition presents: "This is a very exciting time for our company and has been made possible by the dedication of the management teams and staff at all three businesses. The acquisition marks the opening of a new era for us and for the wider marketplace within which we shall now be taking a much more influential leadership role."
Igranic Control Systems Limited
The Igranic name is synonymous with motor control centres and innovation in high-voltage products. Igranic have the in-house ability to design and supply industrial control packages - handling contracts from concept to completion with guaranteed on-time delivery. For more information, visit the Igranic website
PSJ Fabrications Limited
PSJ have established themselves as a leading specialist in the supply of high quality sheet metal fabrication work, producing specialised components and equipment to the highest possible standards. For more information, visit the PSJ website
New offices in Silsoe and Kings Norton
Both Autotech’s headquarters and customer support centre have moved to larger premises. The head office operation, formerly in Luton, is now located in premises six times larger at nearby Silsoe. The building is nestled within the beautiful surroundings of Wrest Park, a 90-acre historic estate featuring a French-style mansion. Autotech’s 35,000 sq ft premises have undergone an £850,000 refurbishment to provide state-of-the-art office space and an impressive 20,000 sq ft of modern manufacturing facilities that will house the company’s ever-increasing volumes of control panel production. Meanwhile, Autotech’s service operation has also moved from its premises in Kings Norton, south of Birmingham, to a building just a few yards away but four times as large. This 10,000 sq ft location will accommodate 45 staff, while the Silsoe head office will provide space for another 100, with approximately 50 personnel working at customers’ premises nationwide. Said Andy Robinson, Autotech’s Managing Director, “These office moves were necessitated by the compound growth that we’re continuing to enjoy. As a result of our expansion, we’re seeking both experienced engineers and keen apprentices to support our operations in Silsoe and Kings Norton.”
New role for Richard Foord
Richard Foord has been promoted to the role of Sales Engineer. Having started as an apprentice with Autotech in 2001, Richard became an engineer and has worked on a number of high-profile projects, including spending a year in Spain managing a new distribution centre for fashion giant, Bershka, and a two-year baggage-handling project at Heathrow Airport. Richard, 34, will bring invaluable hardware and software engineering expertise to the sales team, where his role will be to assist Nigel Brookes, Sales Director, in looking after the company’s existing clients across all industry sectors. “I’m looking forward to working in this new environment and, in particular, developing customer requirements into feasible engineering solutions,” said Richard.
Matt Challinor promoted
Autotech is pleased to announce the promotion of Matt Challinor to the post of Senior Projects Manager. Matt will work closely with Autotech’s Operations Director, Simon Litchfield, to support the company’s project managers, improve working processes and ensure that the projects team as a whole operates in a cohesive and effective way. Matt has worked for Autotech as a project manager since 2005 and has most recently been involved in the highly successful London Heathrow Post Terminal 5 Transfer Baggage System (PT5TBS).
Major sports car order from Jaguar Land Rover
Autotech is celebrating the winning of a multi-million pound order from Jaguar Land Rover for a continued programme of development for production of its sports car range over the next five years. Working in partnership with VDL Steelweld at JLR’s Castle Bromwich factory, Autotech will design and install the control systems for a new automated production line. This will be used first for Jaguar’s brand-new compact sports car, codenamed X152 and due to be launched in 2013, before being modified for other models. The simulations department will make significant use of Robcad Technomatix software for this project, in order to prove the robotic systems fully before delivery of equipment to site. Joining the Autotech team to head up this important project will be Keith Evans. Keith has considerable experience in the automotive sector – particularly in BIW – gained during senior positions at TKD and Lamb Technicon, amongst others.
Another busy summer closure
Once again, Autotech engineers have been beavering away while the sun shines, as automotive manufacturers take advantage of the summer factory closure periods to install new systems or upgrade existing ones. This year, Autotech completed a number of successful projects for clients including Jaguar Land Rover, BMW and Bentley. Operations Director, Simon Litchfield, said, “These summer projects were even more time-critical than usual, with a massive amount of work required to be complete in a very short window, so we were delighted that our careful planning ensured that everything went smoothly at these sites.”
Fashion e-commerce system goes live
Autotech has just handed over the control solution for a conveyor system supplied to a leading fashion e-tailer. This is another successful UK project delivered in partnership with TGW, which supplied the automated handing systems at the site. The 1.4 km conveyor network connects the ASRS (automated storage and retrieval system) to a series of ergonomic goods-to-person workstations, as well as linking the order picking area to the packing and dispatch areas. In addition, a high-level conveyor bridge is used to connect two buildings at the facility. The control solution has been designed to work seamlessly with the client’s existing ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system.
Autotech invests in INVISION and WinMOD
Further to the investment of £375,000 earlier this year to expand Autotech’s Robcad simulation services and add Process Simulate capability, Autotech has now made further investment with the purchase of INVISION and WinMOD software.
INVISION enables the Autotech team to visualise a complete manufacturing or distribution facility. The WinMOD software is a tool that allows PLCs to be interfaced to any graphical model generated by INVISION. This will allow Autotech to prove its PLC software designs fully before commissioning at customer sites.
Said Mark Demers, Autotech’s Simulation Manager, “This investment takes our virtual manufacturing services to a new level and we are already using this leading-edge technology in the L405 (all-new Range Rover) and L494 (all-new Range Rover Sport) projects for Jaguar Land Rover .”
Bob Curson joins Autotech as non-executive director
Autotech is delighted to announce that Bob Curson has agreed to join the senior management board as a non-executive director.
Bob will add a wealth of expertise to the management team as he was formerly Chairman and CEO of Comau Estil, as well as a member of the Comau SpA board, between 2000 and 2006. He began his career, though, on the shop floor. After an engineering apprenticeship with SKF, Bob quickly climbed his way up the organisation, becoming Factory Manager in 1975. After senior management positions in three other engineering companies, he formed Estil, an automation tooling and systems manufacturing company, in 1986.
Following a series of acquisitions, Estil became the largest supplier of automation systems in the UK. The company’s customer base included the major motor brands Ford, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Lotus, Rolls-Royce, Land Rover, Volvo, Nissan and Honda. In 1996, Bob sold a 49% stake in Estil to Pico, the largest automation supplier to the car industry in the US. In 2000, when Pico/Estil was acquired by Comau – part of the Fiat organisation – Bob became Chairman and CEO of Comau Estil in the UK.
With this vast automotive industry know-how and acquisition expertise behind him, Bob is superbly qualified to advise Autotech’s board on high-level strategic planning issues.
In his spare time, Bob, 60, enjoys playing golf and watching football at all levels. He sits on the Supervisory Board of Luton Town Football Club and is involved in two charities that promote academic and sporting skills for young people.
Simulation services expanded
Autotech Controls Ltd is investing in new software and hardware valued at approximately £375,000 to expand its successful robotic simulation and virtual manufacturing services. With a total of seven Robcad seats and one Process Simulate, Autotech now has greater production simulation capacity than any other Siemens Solution Partner in the UK.
The software is being purchased from Majenta PLM Ltd, one of Europe's leading product development and manufacturing IT providers. With considerable expertise in virtual manufacturing projects and now dramatically increased simulation capacity, Autotech is the preferred supplier recommended by Majenta PLM.
Part of the Siemens PLM Software family, Robcad and Process Simulate are advanced software packages that enable the design, simulation, optimisation, analysis and off-line programming of multi-device robotic and automated production systems. Whether clients require brand-new manufacturing systems or mid-cycle changes to existing production lines, these software tools ensure a seamless link between CAD design and the production environment, allowing automation concepts to be proven fully before investment. The result is lower manufacturing costs, improved production quality, the eradication of costly design errors and accelerated time-to-market.
Clients already benefiting from Autotech’s simulation and virtual manufacturing services include ABB, FFT EDAG Produktionssysteme, Jaguar Land Rover, Vanderlande Industries and VDL Steelweld.
Major order for parcel centre won
Autotech is celebrating the receipt of a major order for a parcel sortation and distribution system in the West Midlands. Working for its partner company – the leading logistics systems supplier, Vanderlande UK – Autotech will install the control solution required for what will be a large and complex handling system. This project is just one in a series of successful collaborations between Autotech and Vanderlande, including a turnkey project for one of the country's major grocery chains and the baggage handling system for Heathrow's Terminal 5C.
Autotech celebrates significant order from Jaguar Land Rover
Autotech has been awarded a major contract for Jaguar Land Rover, supplying control systems to one of the car maker’s plants in the West Midlands.
Commenting on the project win, Andrew Robinson, Managing Director of Autotech, said, “We’re absolutely delighted. This is the largest single order we have ever received and it provides security for our existing workforce, as well as bringing new opportunities for employment to the local area. This order, along with major projects currently underway for a variety of other clients, means that we’re looking to recruit a number of skilled people including system designers, software engineers, project managers and site personnel.”
Tata Motors, the Indian group that owns Jaguar Land Rover, is reportedly committed to investing £5 billion in product development, creating thousands of new jobs. Bought by Tata for £1.5 billion in 2008, Jaguar Land Rover is responding to the growing demand for luxury brands as global economic confidence returns.
Autotech, which will be working with the UK subsidiary of the Dutch-owned production automation supplier, VDL Steelweld, is currently working on numerous other projects for Jaguar Land Rover, including computer simulation of robotic work cells, controls for overhead electric monorail conveyor systems, various floor conveyor systems, robotic glazing systems and vehicle painting facilities – as well as having recently delivered the complete body shop controls for the new and hugely successful Jaguar XJ at the Castle Bromwich plant in Birmingham.
Autotech joins BARA
Autotech has joined the British Automation Robotics Association (BARA). Headquartered in Wallington, Surrey, the association is the voice of the robotics and automation industries in their dealings with government, industry and financial and academic institutions.
BARA has been promoting the use and development of automation in UK industry since 1979 and has over 40 members. Says Nigel Brookes, Autotech’s Sales Director, “BARA is an influential organisation that we are delighted to be joining and we can see a number of benefits of membership for us and, ultimately, our clients.”
Autotech has considerable experience in robotic applications, particularly in the automotive industry. The company uses Siemens' advanced Tecnomatix Robcad software to simulate robotic work-cells, allowing manufacturing solutions to be proven fully before delivery to site. Robcad allows Autotech to generate fully optimised robot paths and PLC code, using off-line programming to cut costs, improve quality, eradicate design errors and accelerate time-to-market. A Siemens Solution Partner, Autotech is the only controls company in the UK able to provide this comprehensive simulation service.
On-line media giant orders conveyor system
A major home entertainment and electronics e-tailer has placed an order with Conveyor Networks Ltd for an automated conveyor system for its fulfilment facility in St Helier, Jersey. Conveyor Networks is a relatively new player in the UK materials handling market, although its team has considerable logistics experience, acquired over many years. Having recently completed a successful project together for Procter and Gamble, Conveyor Networks was pleased to award Autotech the contract for the control system for the new order. The conveyor system will integrate a manual packaging area for CDs, DVDs, video games and similar product lines. Autotech will design the control system, build the panels and motor boxes and carry out installation on site.
Turnkey controls order for major media distributor
Autotech is celebrating a major order win for a turnkey controls solution to be installed at the site of a leading media distributor in the Midlands. Working with main contractor Vanderlande, whose scope of supply will include the first UK installation of its latest zone picking technology, Autotech will begin work at the customer’s premises next month.
Vanderlande picks Autotech for major grocery project
Leading logistics systems supplier Vanderlande UK has appointed Autotech to supply the control system for a large turnkey project for one of the country’s major grocery chains. This is the first collaboration following Vanderlande’s selection of Autotech as its exclusive controls partner for all logistics projects. The partnership follows on from successful collaboration between Autotech and Vanderlande’s baggage handling division on the project for Heathrow's Terminal 5C. Says Autotech’s Managing Director, Andy Robinson, “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract by Vanderlande and we hope very much that this will be the start of a long and mutually beneficial partnership.”
James Cook joins simulation team
We are pleased to welcome James Cook to the Autotech simulation team. James brings tremendous energy and expertise to the RobCad department. Adding yet another portfolio of skills to our busy simulation team, James’s appointment further strengthens our ability to provide customers with the very best simulation services.
Contract for Land Rover control solution won by Autotech
Autotech has won the contract to provide a turnkey control solution for the electric monorail system that will transport body sides for the new small Land Rover vehicle – based on the LRX concept car and codenamed L538 – at Jaguar Land Rover’s Halewood plant on Merseyside. The contract was awarded by one of the world’s leading automotive material handling system suppliers, AFT (Automatisierungs- und Fördertechnik GmbH & Co. KG).
Says Autotech’s Sales Director, Nigel Brookes, “Following on from previously successful projects undertaken together, we are delighted that the relationship between AFT and Autotech is continuing to grow.” Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed that the new vehicle will début next year under the Range Rover brand. Designed and engineered at Land Rover's Gaydon facility, the new vehicle will be the smallest, lightest and most efficient that the company has ever manufactured.
Autotech supplies controls for Bentley's overhead conveyor extension
Working in partnership with the Durr group, one of the world's leading suppliers of systems for automotive manufacturing, Autotech is supplying the control solution for the extension to an overhead conveyor system at Bentley's production plant in Crewe.
The overhead conveyor is the modular Twin Trolley System (TTS), which is manufactured by the Durr group company CPM in Turin, Italy. This is an advanced electric monorail solution that is designed to offer high-speed operation without slip or appreciable wear.
The existing overhead system, which is used for the assembly of the GT Continental sports car, was installed by Durr/CPM and Autotech back in 2001. Now the system is being extended so that Bentley can reprocess the line in order to allow the assembly of new models.
Working with Durr's Paint and Assembly Systems division at Warwick, Autotech will be undertaking preliminary work at CPM’s factory in Turin before the equipment is shipped to Crewe for installation and commissioning during Bentley's 2010 summer closure period.
Packaging lines installed for Cadbury's in Poland
Autotech has worked with stainless steel conveyor specialist, CKF Systems Ltd, to deliver a conveyor system for Cadbury's new factory in Skarbimierz, Poland. The system comprises packaging and delivery conveyors for the company's Curly Wurly product. Autotech delivered its control solution to an extremely tight, 10-day installation schedule, completing the project to the satisfaction of both CKF and Cadbury's.
The new, 21-hectare plant in the south west of Poland is the confectionery firm's second investment in Skarbimierz. The company opened a 120-million-Euro chewing gum factory in the town in February 2009. On becoming Cadbury’s new owner, the US giant Kraft Foods announced that it would continue with plans to close down Cadbury's factory in Keynsham, near Bristol, and move its operations to Poland, saying that the closure programme was too far advanced to be reversed.
Autotech signs up for IMHX
Autotech will exhibit for the first time at the International Materials Handling Exhibition (IMHX) from 16 to 19 November at the NEC, Birmingham. The firm has booked a stand within the Automated Material Handling Systems Association (AMHSA) pavilion in hall 19. Says Andrew Robinson, Managing Director, "Although we also work in other industry sectors, automated handling control is a key area for us. By participating in the AMHSA pavilion, we will not only be able to promote Autotech to the show’s visitors but also to network with automated system suppliers to build new relationships and foster existing partnerships."nbsp;
Autotech to supply robot simulation for new Land Rover at Halewood
Autotech has secured a major order from FFT EDAG Produktionssysteme GmbH & Co, the leading plant supplier to the car industry, headquartered in Fulda, Germany. The contract is for Autotech to provide the Robcad simulation, robot programming and PLC development for the complete body sides production lines for the eagerly awaited small Land Rover – based on the highly acclaimed LRX concept vehicle – which will be manufactured at the Halewood plant.
Following Autotech’s successful implementation of the complete body shop for the new Jaguar XJ, the Luton-based automation specialist has been selected to use its extensive expertise to provide a smooth transition from engineering design to full production facility delivery. â€¨ â€¨
A major investment programme has put Autotech in the unique position of being able to provide the total package of Robcad simulation, robot programming and PLC development. This project will ensure that all robot programmes are fully simulated and optimised prior to implementation at Halewood, providing a seamless link between CAD design and the production environment and thereby slashing development and implementation costs while also vastly improving quality.
Robcad simulation service launched
Autotech is investing in excess of £100,000 to launch a new robot simulation service for its clients. The company currently provides 'Automod' and 'Robot Studio' simulation for some of its customers, allowing PLC code to be tested prior to delivery to site, but the decision to invest in Tecnomatix Robcad software will allow Autotech to provide a comprehensive service that will prove robot solutions fully before delivery.
The Technomatix Robcad software is provided by Siemens and Autotech is already a Siemens Automation Solution Partner. Autotech will be the only controls company in the UK able to provide this simulation service and it will allow the company to guarantee the complete controls solution.
The scalable Robcad workcell simulation tool will allow Autotech to develop, simulate, optimise, validate and off-line programme multi-device robotic and automated manufacturing processes. These include spot welding, arc welding, laser and water-jet cutting, drilling, riveting and painting. As a result, production development time will be shortened, quality improved, manufacturing costs reduced and costly design errors eradicated.
Autotech wins paint shop project for Ford in Romania
Autotech's proven track record in controlling large installation projects overseas has been instrumental in winning a contract from Durr Limited, one of the world's leading suppliers of automotive production facilities.
Durr has selected Autotech to provide the electrical installation services for all the material handling equipment being installed in Ford Motor Company's new paint shop in Craiova, Romania. This project will entail using Autotech's substantial overseas installation crew and first-class project management team in order to bring the 3.5 kilometres of handling equipment on stream within a very challenging timeframe.
Bentley Motors' new logistics store goes live
In conjunction with TGW, Autotech recently delivered the new KLT small box store for Bentley Motors' Pyms Lane facility in Crewe. The warehouse has now successfully completed its acceptance trials and will soon be in full operation.
This store comprises 5 high-speed Mustang Cranes, featuring the very latest wireless controls to eliminate all moving electrical parts - no more drag chains and cables! The system also benefits from 'walk-about' HMIs so that maintenance personnel can monitor and activate the cranes' elements safely from any location.
Autotech to implement modifications for Corus steel plant
Corus Steel in Rotherham has contracted Autotech and Jervis Webb to integrate a new automatic hook detection system for its aluminium coil handling system. This project continues the ongoing works undertaken at the Rotheram plant by Autotech.
Romanian Coca-Cola DC now on stream
The new coca-cola distribution facility in Romania has gone live following a very rapid installation and commissioning period. Autotech has been working closely with main contractor FKI for the past 12 months to help provide the conveyor and crane control systems for the new distribution centre in Polski, Romania.
Comprising 12 cranes, shuttle cars, elevators and 2km of conveyors, this pallet handling system provides the existing production plant with a modern storage and delivery scheduling facility.
Autotech becomes a Siemens Solution Partner
Siemens, the world's largest industrial automation supplier, has welcomed Autotech into its Solution Partner Programme.
Siemens selected Autotech over other possible control suppliers due to its leading position within the UK logistics and automotive markets, in order to associate the group with a competent and established supplier. The Siemens Solution Partner status will enable Autotech and its customers to benefit from specific training and enhanced support, as well as significant cost savings.
New Jaguar XJ launched
As Jaguar launches its superbly engineered new XJ model, Autotech is celebrating its role in the new XJ production line. Autotech has been responsible for all the control systems for Jaguar's new bodyshop at the company's Castle Bromwich plant. Working closely with four different mechanical suppliers, Autotech has successfully remodelled the entire bodyshop, which now features more than 200 robots and 100 PLC systems.
Autotech's highly skilled team has worked together with engineers from VDL Steelweld, Kuka, Lapple, Expert, V Installations and Excel Automation to ensure the most successful remodelling and facility integration programme for the plant.
Baggage system at Heathrow 5C is ready for take-off
Commissioning of the state-of-the-art baggage handling system at London Heathrow's Terminal 5C has begun. Designed by IBM and Vanderlande, the new system has 11 miles of baggage conveyors. With an emphasis on speed, as well as accuracy and security, the handling system also features intelligent baggage carts that run on miles of rails. Working in close collaboration with Vanderlande, Autotech has supplied the low-level controls solution for Satellite C, which increases capacity within the existing A & B facilities yet further.
Boots system upgrade
The shared-user facility at Fort Dunlop, near Birmingham, from which e-fulfilment specialist iForce dispatches Boots.com orders, is to be upgraded. Boots.com/iForce are again working with TGW and Autotech - the firms that installed the existing handling system in 2007 - to increase productivity at the distribution facility and to allow the handling of different sized products.
Autotech undertakes full robot modelling for Cadbury
Autotech's in-house engineers have been contracted to undertake a full robot simulation of the new de-palletising facility for Cadbury Bournville. As part of the new robot and conveyor delivery system currently being engineered, Autotech is also providing full functionality and time cycle simulation to ensure that the designs will meet the customer's requirements prior to manufacture.
Autotech welcomes Darren Ashford from Honda
Darren Ashford has joined Autotech from Honda to fulfil the role of Contracts Manager. Darren, who has extensive experience of delivering complex automation facilities in many different industries, will be helping to ensure that our customers' tight timescales are met. Darren's responsibilities will include all on-site activities within the UK and mainland Europe.
First Bentley cars roll out of new automated bodyshop
After many months of intensive planning, installation and commissioning, Bentley Motors' new bodyshop in Crewe has now started to produce its first vehicles. Autotech has been working with its partner Comau since 2007 to design and deliver the 'best bodyshop in the world' to complement the prestigious Bentley marque.
Autotech attends AMHSA symposium
After 14 successful years in business, Autotech attended its first public marketing event this month when the company participated in the annual symposium of the Automated Material Handling Systems Association (AMHSA). Entitled 'Driving Down Logistics Costs', the event was held at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire. The symposium attracted a large number of senior-level logistics delegates, who were able to network with all the key automated logistics suppliers. The latest technologies and techniques to facilitate a new logistics solution - from initial planning permissions through to installation, commissioning and support - were explained and debated in a series of presentations.
Chivas Brothers achieves record throughput
It's official - the Dumbarton facility of renowned distillers Chivas Brothers has never produced so much! Now that the new Excel and Autotech handling system - featuring conveyors, cranes, AGVs and palletisers - is fully operational, the high-speed logistics equipment has allowed the bottling lines to run faster than ever to produce the company's quality brands.
Further modifications at BMW Hams Hall engine plant
Continuing Autotech's presence at BMW Hams Hall, further modifications have been made to the existing pick-to-light systems to cope with the high demands required by BMW. The system, originally installed in 2000 by Autotech on behalf on Swisslog, has been kept up to date by continual modifications. These most recent changes allow the latest wireless technologies to be incorporated into the system.
First-class systems for Royal Mail in Swindon
Autotech has implemented eight successful systems or modifications for Royal Mail's sorting offices around the UK. The latest solution, in Swindon, has now gone live. The new conveyor systems use the latest techniques to optimise material flow and operator efficiency, in order to achieve significantly higher productivity.
Autotech flies high with Heathrow contract
Autotech has been chosen over strong competitors from eastern Europe to build the control panels for Heathrow Airport's new terminal, 5C. The new baggage handling solution for 5C, which is being designed by IBM and Vanderlande, is an extension to Terminal 5's 11-mile conveyor system.
Autotech achieves CHAS status
Autotech has achieved the status of CHAS registered contractor. CHAS - the Contractors' Health and Safety Assessment Scheme - is backed by the UK government and the accreditation proves that Autotech understands and successfully manages its health and safety obligations when working on large-scale production sites.
Cereal Partners Poland goes live
A brand-new facility featuring products from both FKI Logistex in the UK and USA, as well as control systems from Autotech, has now been installed and commissioned for Cereal Partners Poland. The company makes Nestle branded breakfast cereals, as well as many leading retailer brands.
Boots/iForce adopt 'SmartInterface' system
Leading e-fulfilment specialist iForce, which dispatches all orders for Boots.com from its Fort Dunlop distribution centre, has solved its difficulties interfacing high-level computer systems with PLC production systems by using Autotech's 'SmartInterface' software application. Designed to facilitate complex real-time communications between individual systems, SmartInferface allows buffering and manipulation of data prior to exchange. The application allows multiple devices - such as PLCs, barcode readers and tag readers - to interface to a single host system, whilst providing advanced monitoring and reporting.
Jaguar projects for Kuka and Lapple
Autotech has been appointed as supplier to both Kuka and Lapple for their new robotic aluminium riveting systems for Jaguar at Castle Bromwich. These facilities - which will make the doors, boot lids and bonnets - will be fully assembled and proven in Germany prior to installation in the UK in March 2009. All equipment will be designed and manufactured to the latest Jaguar Land Rover specifications, using ABB robots and Rockwell PLCs.
Meech to standardise with Autotech
Specialist electrostatic product manufacturer, Meech, has chosen Autotech to develop a new standard control system for all of its high-end air knife systems. The control systems will provide variable speed drives, graphical monitoring and diagnostics in multiple languages, as well as more interfacing possibilities. The first system, equipped with GSM modem support, will be shipped to the Czech Republic later this month.
New Boots/iForce conveyor system goes live
A new TGW conveyor system equipped with Autotech distributed motor controls is now helping fulfilment specialist iForce meet the demands of the Boots.com on-line shopping operation at its shared-user facility at Fort Dunlop, Birmingham. As well as the control systems for the conveyor lines between the packing area and the loading docks, Autotech's scope of supply included tracking and logging of all products shipped to the loading docks.
Cheese conveyor system for Dairy Crest
Specialist stainless steel conveyor supplier, CKF, and Dairy Crest have benefited from Autotech's conveyor control technology, with the implementation of three high-speed buffering systems to improve the productivity from the continuous cheese manufacturing process. The systems have been installed at the Nuneaton plant of Dairy Crest, where the company manufactures a range of cheese brands including Cathedral City, Davidstow and Wexford Cheddar.
Pedal power at DEFRA exhibition
Could you produce enough power to recharge a laptop, light a 60W bulb or maybe even power a television? Autotech's controls allowed DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) to demonstrate the 'power of the pedal' at a recent exhibition at London's Olympia.
The exhibit was a real hit with visitors, allowing them to pedal a power-generating bicycle whilst Autotech's controls monitored their performance and activated a graphical display.
Autotech delivers yet another project for P&G
Proctor & Gamble in Manchester has a number of control systems delivered by Autotech, working together with Swisslog Transnorm, so when the company decided to enhance their facilities further, it was no surprise that P&G turned to the same team.
The multinational manufacturer - whose product ranges include personal care, household cleaning and laundry detergent products, as well as prescription drugs and disposable nappies - has taken delivery of new crane and conveyor technology in its completed goods areas, in order to improve reliability and system performance.
BMW relies on Autotech to complete laser-cutting facility
Autotech has stepped up to the mark to ensure the success of the robotic laser-cutting facility at BMW's Oxford plant after main contractor Translift entered receivership in January this year. BMW is confident that Autotech is the right company to complete the mechanical systems, as well as controls facilities, to the group's exacting standards. The new laser technology, which has never been used by BMW before, will enable holes to be cut in painted vehicles without damage to the painted surface.