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In House Automation vs Outsourced Automation

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How do you weigh up between investing in, in-house automation expertise or paying for an outsourced machine builder? In this article, we discuss a number of considerations and the pros... Read more

Costs of Automating in the Food Industry

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As the fourth industrial revolution takes, a grip there has been a steady rise in manufacturing companies pushing to streamline themselves by introducing modern manufacturing techniques and practices into their... Read more

What is a Robot and how does it work?

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The dictionary definition of a robot is as follows: "A machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically, especially one programmable by a computer."   As you... Read more

What are the Risks of Bespoke Automation?

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The word automation has really only been used in the wider world since around 1947, when Ford started to establish its automation future and open an automation department. Before this,... Read more

What is the price of an automatic assembly machine?

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"What is the price of an automatic assembly machine?" This is the number one question we get asked by pretty much all of our existing and new customers.  This question... Read more

What does SP Technology do and how do we make it happen?

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What Does SP Technology Do And How Do They Make It Happen?   For over 35 years, SP Technology has been providing special purpose, bespoke automation solutions to a wide... Read more

Pro’s and cons of using a robot or an X-Y gantry for picking and placing

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Construction: X-Y gantries are constructed using two parallel linear actuators coupled together with a drive shaft.  One of the actuators will be driven by a stepper or servo motor and... Read more

What’s the difference between Automation and Robotics?

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SP Technology's core business and strapline is "automation and robotics". So why isn't it just one or the other? Is there a difference? Since 1947, the term automation has become... Read more

Should I use a robot or an X-Y gantry for picking and placing?

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Picking and placing methods is an important application to look at when designing automation where there are a number of different ways that you can move a single component from... Read more

Overcoming Automation Challenges

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OVERCOMING AUTOMATION CHALLENGES SP Technology will be presenting with Beckhoff at this year’s show. So here’s a little taster of what to expect from the practical breakout session. Collaborating to... Read more
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