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What Determines the Cost of Custom-Built Automated Machinery in the Medical Industry?

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McKinsey and Company reported in 2017 that automated machinery is projected to impact 60% of all occupations soon. McKinsey’s research also informed them that automation would be performing one-third of operational... Read more

Bowl Feeder vs. a Vision-Guided Feed System

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Bowl Feeder vs. a Vision-Guided Feed System. Automation in manufacturing is a booming industry. With more and more businesses choosing to automate some or all of their manufacturing processes, the... Read more

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 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 do and how do we make it happen?

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What Does SP Do And How Do They Make It Happen?   For over 35 years, SP Automation & Robotics has been providing special purpose, bespoke automation solutions to a... 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
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