Should robots pay taxes?

Robot tax? A tax on robotics is as absurd an idea as a tax on pencils. As Britain’s political parties discuss a potential tax on automation and robotics, Nigel Smith, managing director of Toshiba Machine partner, TM Robotics, explains why slowing down the machine economy would lead to a productivity disaster. The world’s first robot tax was introduced in South Korea last year. The tax was created amid fears that a rise in automation and robotics was threatening human [...]

Revolutionising the food and drink industry

How robotics and automation are paving the way for the future According to a 2017 market research report by Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies entitled Trends in Food Processing Operations, half of the companies surveyed will be increasing their level of automation over the next three to five years. Despite this, many manufacturers admit they don’t know where to start. Here, Nigel Smith, CEO of industrial robot specialist, TM Robotics, explores how automation can benefit your facility. Many industries [...]

Get your portrait painted by a robot at Automatica 2018

TM Robotics is launching Toshiba Machine’s latest industrial robots and machinery to the European market at Automatica 2018. Held from June 19 to 22, 2018, Automatica will welcome over 40,000 visitors to witness demonstrations of the newest innovations in smart automation and robotics. Toshiba Machine’s wares will be exhibited from the TM Robotics booth in Hall B5, stand 304. TM Robotics is welcoming visitors to visit its booth to have their portrait painted by the THL500 SCARA robot. Using [...]

Toshiba Machine begins Spanish collaboration

TM Robotics at BIEMH Machine Tools Toshiba Machine partner, TM Robotics, will kick start its collaboration with Fegemu Automatismos at BIEMH, the International Machine Tool Exhibition 2018. The exhibition will be held from 28 May until 1 June, at the Bilbao Exhibition Centre (BEC), Spain. TM Robotics and Fegemu will be demonstrating the latest Toshiba Machine robotics in Hall 3, stand number F-04. BIEMH 2018 marks the thirtieth year of the European trade fair, which welcomes exhibitors from the fields [...]

Automation experts collaborate at MACH

TM Robotics announces partnership with RARUK Automation Industrial robot specialist, TM Robotics is attending MACH 2018 supporting its new UK distributor, RARUK Automation on their stand: H19-238. The exhibition, taking place at the NEC Birmingham from April 9 to 13, 2018, is the UK’s premier event for engineering-based manufacturing. Organised by the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA), the biennial exhibition is an incredibly popular event for leaders in the UK’s manufacturing sector. The 2016 event was attended by 25,627 visitors over [...]

Toshiba Machine robots at WIN Eurasia

TM Robotics and Entek demonstrate automation range Toshiba Machine partner, TM Robotics, will be showcasing its range of industrial robots at WIN Eurasia 2018. The show takes place at the TUYAP Fair and Congress Center in Instanbul, Turkey from March 15 to 18, 2018. TM Robotics will be exhibiting alongside Turkish distributor, Entek Otomasyon, in Hall 3, booth B130 and A150. WIN Eurasia is among the leading trade fairs for the manufacturing industry in Turkey. In 2017, the show hosted [...]

High performance 3D simulation in robot software

TM Robotics announces new TSAssist software Industrial robot specialist, TM Robotics, is introducing the new TSAssist software; a powerful programming tool from Toshiba Machine. The software offers powerful assistance to all phases of automation, including planning, design and improvement. The next generation of robot software comes at a time where more businesses are turning to high performance 3D simulation for manufacturing.   This software package is a step up from the company's standard TSPC programming software, bringing more features and capabilities [...]

What is Made Smarter?

Making smarter investments in automation Highlighted in the Government’s Made Smarter Review, industrial digitalisation technologies (IDTs) are transforming the manufacturing industry — that’s artificial intelligence (AI), 3D printing, intelligent software, virtual reality and cutting-edge robotics. Here, Nigel Smith, managing director at TM Robotics, explains why manufacturers in Britain shouldn’t blindly invest in IDTs and instead, should use Made Smarter to make smarter automation investments. The Made Smarter review, previously known as the Industrial Digitalisation review, answers Government calls to boost [...]

Tips for choosing a 3D vision system

The future of vision systems in manufacturing With four times as many as colour receptors as humans, the Mantis shrimp has the most impressive eyes in nature.  Manufacturers have long relied on human vision for complex picking and assembly processes, but 3D vision systems are beginning to replicate the capability of human vision in robotics. Here, Nigel Smith, managing director of Toshiba Machine partner, TM Robotics, gives three rules to live by when choosing a 3D vision system for manufacturing. [...]

From feed to finish – TAD enters the UK market

Industrial system manufacturer and feeding systems specialist, TAD, is entering the UK manufacturing equipment market with its range of vibratory feeding bowls. The industrial feeders service a wide range of manufacturing sectors, including automotive, pharmaceutical, electronic, cosmetics and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG).  Bowl feeders — also referred to as circular vibratory or vibratory bowl feeders — are a traditional method of handling and sorting bulk products before manoeuvring them onto further processing machinery on manufacturing lines. TAD manufacturers an [...]