PPMA Group News Summer 2015

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GroupNews www.ppma.co.uk Issue 26 Summer 2015

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Last few stands remaining for

headline sponsor

Prices held at 2014 levels

Preparations for the PPMA Show 2015 (29 Sept-1 Oct 2015, NEC, Birmingham) are well underway – and if last year’s success is anything to go by, it’s set to be an unmissable event! Headline sponsored by Lloyds Bank, the UK’s premier free-to-attend complete production line event is going from strength to strength since coming back under the sole ownership and management of the PPMA Group, with the 2014 show attracting over 320 exhibitors and thousands of visitors from various sectors. “Almost three times the expected level of exhibitors rebooked stand space for the 2015 edition immediately after last year’s show. Prices have been held at 2014 levels so you’ll need to be quick if you want to make the most of the opportunities on offer,” reports David Harrison, PPMA Group Exhibition Manager. “Stand sales have been well above levels expected; with five months still to go the Sales Team are already well ahead of last year’s figures. In fact, we’ve already exceeded the total stand space for 2014! It’s pleasing to see bookings from across the industry, with some very large stands such as SMC at over 200m2.”

Why exhibit? • Thousands of visitors • Prices held for 2015 • Machinery-only exhibition • 320+ exhibitors • Now in its 28th year • Stand space already exceeded 2014 levels • Packed seminar programme • Serious buyers from a range of sectors

To book your stand contact: E david.harrison@ppma.co.uk T +44 (0)20 8773 8111 www.ppmashow.co.uk For the full breakdown of what’s on offer at the PPMA Show 2015 go to p2.

Is your team the best of the best? Final call for award entries

Enter the prestigious PPMA Group Industry Awards 2015 and your team or project could be named the best of the best in British manufacturing. Judged by a panel of industry experts, the ceremony takes place on 29 September 2015, the first night of the PPMA Show, at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham, and will be attended by hundreds of the industry’s biggest names.

Don’t delay!

The deadline has been extended until 29 May 2015, giving you just a few weeks to submit your entry for one of the 13 diverse categories. To see your company take centre stage at this industry-leading event, submit your entry today to tom.fisher@ppma.co.uk – go to www.ppmashow.co.uk or see p4 for full details and the complete list of award categories.

Inside this issue >

Internal Circulation List

■ Sales

■ Shop floor

■ Marketing

PPMA Show 2015 preview.............................................. p2 PPMA Group Industry Awards 2015 preview................. p4 Book now for ProPak Asia and China............................. p5 Late payments still causing concern............................. p8 PPMA BEST.....................................................................p14

■ Management

■ HR / Accounts

■ Technical / Design

PPMA Show 2015 Preview

Get ready for Britain’s premier production line event!

headline sponsor

Just five months to go until

The UK’s premier free-to-attend complete production line event returns to the NEC, Birmingham from 29 September-1 October 2015. And following the resounding success of last year’s exhibition – back in-house for the first time in 12 years – expectations for the PPMA Show 2015 are high. “Featuring a wide range of innovation, new product launches, live machinery demonstrations and strong seminar content, with insights from industry leaders – including Coca-Cola Enterprises, M&S, Tesco and the Groceries Code Adjudicator, Christine Tacon – the 2014 event has set high expectations for the 2015 exhibition,” reveals Grant Collier, Head of Marketing and Publishing for the PPMA Group. “Last year’s show, sponsored by Lloyds Bank, attracted over 320 exhibitors and thousands of visitors. It wrapped up a record year for the PPMA Group, with membership soaring to 428 members – an increase of 81 new companies after the departure of PMMDA. Plans for this year’s event are already well underway, with added investment for features such as the PPMA

Book now for 2015 – at 2014 prices! With prices held at 2014 levels, stand space for the 2015 exhibition is selling fast – with five months still to go we’ve already exceeded the total stand space for 2014! Don’t miss out; contact us now to secure your place. Exhibitor rates (per m2, exc. VAT) • Full member £242 • Affiliate member £296 • Non-member £326 Stand price includes shell scheme, carpet, company name board and catalogue entry. David Harrison, Group Exhibition Manager E david.harrison@ppma.co.uk T +44 (0)20 8773 8111 Scott McKenna, Exhibition Sales Manager E scott.mckenna@ppma.co.uk T +44 (0)20 8773 5515 Lucy Lockyer, Exhibition Sales E lucy.lockyer@ppma.co.uk T +44 (0)20 8773 5514


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Show TV, which proved popular with exhibitors, visitors and speakers alike,” adds Grant. Now in its 28th year, the PPMA Show 2015 will once again bring together buyers and sellers in a forum in which to meet existing and new customers, liaise with the industry, develop relationships, discuss the latest pressing trends and carry out business. Our PPMA Show website (www.ppmashow.co.uk) enables visitors and exhibitors to explore new features and plan for a busier, more action-packed show than ever before. But with almost three times the expected level of exhibitors rebooking stand space for the 2015 edition immediately after last year’s show, and prices held at 2014 levels, you’ll need to be quick if you want to make the most of the opportunities on offer – hurry, we’ve already exceeded the total stand space for 2014! www.ppmashow.co.uk Join the conversation on Twitter @PPMAshow Join the PPMA Show LinkedIn group Like us on Facebook at PPMA Show page

“We were blown away by the interest in our products and came away with some great quality leads.” Barry Baldock, XACT Director, CT

“Being a small company, the PPMA Show gives us the chance to exhibit all our products to an audience that might not otherwise have seen them or heard about us.” Alvaro Churraca, Sales Manager, Venair

Want to feature in Machinery Update? Sent to 9,500+ individually named processing and packaging machinery buyers – and with an electronic circulation of over 75,000 – Machinery Update is the only journal dedicated to equipment machinery. For a chance to feature in the publication’s PPMA Show Preview, make sure to send your press releases and photos to publishing@ppma.co.uk by the deadline of 10 August 2015.


PPMA Show 2015 Preview

Lord Digby Jones set to open the show

Who visits?

The PPMA Show is attended by thousands of end-users and buyers from a wide range of sectors each year. Take a look at our typical visitor profile.

We are delighted to announce that Lord Digby Jones will officially open the PPMA Show 2015 at 10am on 29 September. Former Director General of the CBI and Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Lord Jones is a passionate advocate of British business. “Lord Jones has always been a stalwart supporter of British industry and with the continued upward trend in UK manufacturing, we thought it befitting for him to deliver the keynote address and visit stand holders across the 2015 exhibition,” says Grant Jaimeson, PPMA Chairman.

Make yours a ‘destination’ stand

What our visitors say “In a digital age some people would say that trade shows are less relevant but I like to talk to people and physically see machines in action, which is what the PPMA Show provides.”

Make sure that your stand is one that every visitor wants to see by raising awareness of your activities well in advance of the show. Press, end-users and buyers alike will be looking to maximise their time at the show by creating a ‘hit list’ of those stands that are already creating a buzz before the doors have even opened. To ensure that your company’s stand is at the top of our visitors’ wish list, send details of any planned product launches, innovations, company announcements, demonstrations and stand activities to: ppma@stormcom.co.uk

Chris Hutchison, Process Engineer, Holmesterne

“It’s important for Tesco to attend exhibitions such as the PPMA Show as we want to be able to access technologies that excite consumers. It also provides us with wider access to manufacturers and a route to contact with them.” Paul Earnshaw, Packaging Manager, Tesco plc

Nestlé, PepsiCo and Jaguar Land Rover confirmed for seminar programme

“Good for learning about new machinery and discovering new business opportunities – you don’t realise how advanced some of the systems are that are on offer.” Will Anderson, BST Detectable Products

Following the success of last year’s PPMA Show seminar programme, we are pleased to confirm that this year’s sessions will include presentations from Nestlé, PepsiCo, Jaguar Land Rover, Be4Ward, the Food and Drink Federation and the CE Marking Association. “Jaguar Land Rover’s speaker will demonstrate how industrial vision systems integrate to form the perfect partnership with robot applications in the assembly of quality vehicles,” outlines

Grant Collier, PPMA Group Head of Marketing and Publishing. “Also confirmed is Peter Evans, Compliance Engineer for the CE Marking Association, who will discuss the CE marking of machines and how manufacturers can manage the changes planned for 2016.” The seminar programme will also feature sessions on many of the key issues affecting the industry, such as the national skills shortage, late payments from large customers to suppliers, the latest on the changing relationships between multiple retailers and suppliers, and apprenticeships and the opportunities they create. “Food Processing magazine will chair a seminar on the success of apprentice engineers in food and drink processing,” adds Grant. “Featuring first-hand experiences from an apprentice at PepsiCo and a graduate engineer from Nestlé, this is one session not to be missed. Watch this space as more leading names are announced.”


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PPMA Group Industry Awards 2015 Preview

What has your business achieved in the last 12 months? Deadline now extended Enter now to see your team or project rewarded at the PPMA Group Industry Awards 2015

until 29 May 2015

Returning to the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham, on 29 September 2015 – the first night of the PPMA Show – the PPMA Group Industry Awards 2015 will celebrate the best that British manufacturing has to offer. Comprising a four-course gala dinner, the event will be hosted by comedian and entertainer Bobby Davro and is expected to attract over 400 industry leaders. Entry is FREE and submissions are invited from members and non-members alike. To see your company rewarded at the highlight of the industry calendar, download the entry form now from www.ppmashow.co.uk For more information contact E tom.fisher@ppma.co.uk T +44 (0)20 8773 5510

The categories

Why enter?

• Most Innovative Processing & Packaging Machine • Most Innovative Ancillary Equipment • Processing & Packaging Machinery Manufacturer of the Year • Most Innovative Machine Vision Project • Most Innovative Automation System • Exporter of the Year • Exceptional Sales or Company Growth • Partnership of the Year • Customer Service Award • Sustainability Award • PPMA BEST (Business, Education, Skills and Training) Award • Apprentice of the Year • Outstanding Achievement

✔ Showcase your achievements ✔ Stand out from your competitors ✔ Increase sales ✔ Gain valuable media exposure ✔ Reward your team ✔ Add award logo to your marketing materials

“Winning the 2014 award for Exceptional Company Growth means a lot. It is the realisation and accumulation of all the hard work the team have put in over the year and represents the growth we have made as a company.” Kevin Shackell, Head of UK Sales, Fortress Technology

“We were chuffed to bits to win the Sustainability Award at the PPMA Group Industry Awards 2014.”

“We had some fantastic leads [at the PPMA Show 2014] and the icing on the cake was winning the award for Processing & Packaging Machinery Manufacturer of the Year. We look forward to the PPMA Show 2015!” James Chrismas, Group Marketing Manager, Loma Systems

Superior networking opportunities Treat yourself, your team or your clients to an evening of excellent networking, great food and fabulous entertainment. This black-tie event includes a drinks reception, four-course meal, comedian, awards ceremony and after party. Prices for PPMA Group members are £90 (single), £875 (table of 10) and £995 (table of 12). E tom.fisher@ppma.co.uk T +44 (0)20 8773 5510

Paddy McCartney, National Sales Manager, Aetna Group

Sponsor an award and stand out from the crowd Join our sponsors

By Sutton Winson

Raise your company’s profile by taking advantage of one of our competitive PPMA Group Industry Awards sponsorship packages. Contact E tom.fisher@ppma.co.uk T +44 (0)20 8773 5510


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International Services

Gulfood Manufacturing – UK pavilion expected to sell out Introduced for the first time last year, Gulfood Manufacturing (9-11 November 2014) proved a resounding success, attracting 1,100 exhibitors and over 26,000 visitors from 156 different countries. Boasting 53,000m2 of floor space, the event hosted 26 official international pavilions. And at 920m2, the PPMA UK pavilion was particularly busy, holding a total of 38 companies. “The general feedback was superb, right from the opening; we saw a record number of leads and enquiries, machinery selling straight off the stands, and customers coming back to negotiate payment,” said David Harrison, PPMA Group Exhibition Manager. The new show for the ingredients, processing, packaging, equipment and logistics sectors, Gulfood Manufacturing 2015 takes place at the Dubai World Trade Centre on 27-29 October – the original Gulfood, which takes place each February, remains the show for retail, hospitality, trade and food service industries. Plans for the Gulfood Manufacturing 2015 UK pavilion are well underway and members are urged to return their booking form and deposit as soon as possible to be sure of a place, as space is expected to sell out. Contact janette.lane@ppma.co.uk www.gulfoodmanufacturing.com

Interpack 2017 – register your interest Can your company afford to miss out on a prime location at interpack 2017 (4-10 May, Dusseldorf)? Don’t delay - contact janette.lane@ppma.co.uk today to register your interest in the UK pavilion. www.interpack.com

PPMA re-awarded UKTI Trade Challenge Partner status At the instruction of UKTI, the PPMA re-applied – along with all Accredited Trade Organisations (ATO) – to become an accredited ATO and to remain eligible for grant funding for UK exhibitors at overseas shows. We were successful and have been awarded UKTI Trade Challenge Partner status. UKTI offers support and advice on growing your business. Export services range from free online information and overseas event support to International Trade Advisers and bespoke exporting strategies. Find out more via the international section of our website (www.ppma.co.uk) or go to: www.gov.uk/basics-of-exporting www.ukti.gov.uk/webinars http://bit.ly/1IHS8uQ

ProPak Asia 2015 a sell-out – book now for 2016 Returning to Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC), ProPak Asia 2015 (17-20 June) is a one-stop shop for international processing and packaging. Now in its 23rd edition, the sector’s largest trade event in Asia continues to bring together major players from the food processing and packaging sectors, as well as incorporating six industry zones. Thailand is well placed to offer a gateway to both the ASEAN and Asia-Pacific markets, particularly India and China. The PPMA UK pavilion is now sold out – to book your place for next year contact janette.lane@ppma.co.uk www.propakasia.com

Book now for ProPak China 2015 Taking place at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre on 15-17 July 2015, ProPak China is the country’s premier exhibition for processing and packaging technologies. Last year’s event attracted more than 18,000 visitors and 670 exhibitors from across the globe. The PPMA pavilion is located in Hall North 5, with UKTI grants of up to £2,500 available for eligible exhibitors. Rates start from £360/m2 (space and UK pavilion package) plus PPMA management fee (£470 members/£570 non-members). The UK pavilion package includes pavilion design, shell scheme, carpet, basic furniture, socket and lighting. To book your place contact janette.lane@ppma.co.uk www.propakchina.com

PPMA China Office – Notice of Closure Following an extensive review, the PPMA Board has reached the decision that it is no longer economically viable to maintain the PPMA’s China Representative Office. The PPMA Group has therefore announced the closure of our China Office in Shanghai, effective from 30 April 2015. The China Office has successfully helped a significant number of UK member companies to get a foothold in Chinese markets, grow their businesses and set up their own independent offices in China. The PPMA Board would like to recognise the valuable contribution the team in our China Office has made over the last 16 years; this closure reflects a successful conclusion to those companies it has assisted. It also reflects the current absence of appetite from further members pursuing China and using our regional office. The closure will allow our resources to be redirected into new areas, most notably our PPMA Show and PPMA BEST. Craig Chen, our ex-General Manager in China, will continue to help UK companies interested in visiting or exploring the Chinese market as an independent consultant. He can be contacted via the PPMA.

Export survey results set to enhance member services Thank you to all who took part in our recent survey to find out more about our members’ export and overseas shows activities. We will use this information to develop future products and services to support our members further.


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International Services/Technical Seminars

Forthcoming Events

For a full list of international events go to www.ppma.co.uk/show/exhibitions.htm

Event / Location Date Overview 19-23 May 2015 Ipack-Ima 2015 Milan, Italy

Achema 2015


Global exhibition for the packaging, processing and materials handling industries, attracting almost 55,000 visitors to the last exhibition www.ipack-ima.com/eng/home

15-19 June 2015 Frankfurt, Germany

World forum for the chemical engineering and process industries www.achema.de

17-20 June 2015 Bangkok, Thailand

One-stop shop for international processing and packaging, the sector’s largest trade event in Asia www.propakasia.com

PPMA UK Pavilion/ UKTI funding available

ProPak China 2015

15-17 July 2015 Shanghai, China

China’s premier event for processing and packaging technologies, attracting more than 18,000 visitors www.propakchina.com

PPMA UK Pavilion/ UKTI funding available

ProPak Myanmar 24–26 Sept 2015 2015 Yangon, Myanmar

Launched in 2014 to showcase Myanmar’s potential for the processing and packaging industries, with particular reference to the food, beverage and pharmaceutical sectors www.propakmyanmar.com

PACK EXPO 28-30 Sept 2015 Las Vegas 2015

The world’s largest packaging and processing event in 2015, attracting over 30,000 attendees www.packexpolasvegas.com

ProPak Asia 2015

Las Vegas, USA

PPMA Show 2015

29 Sept-1 Oct 2015 NEC, Birmingham

The complete production line event, now in its 28th year and still focused on machinery www.ppmashow.co.uk

PPMA Group Industry 29 Sept 2015 Awards 2015 National Motorcycle

First night of the PPMA Show, celebrating excellence in British manufacturing www.ppmashow.co.uk

Museum, Birmingham

Gulfood 27-29 Oct 2015 Manufacturing 2015 Dubai, UAE

Introduced for the first time in 2014, with over PPMA UK Pavilion 26,000 visitors, the new show for the ingredients, processing, packaging, equipment and logistics sectors www.gulfoodmanufacturing.com

PPMA Technical Seminar Programme 2015 A programme of events for those who want to keep up to date with the latest Directive/regulation changes and sector specific developments. Project managers, machine designers, engineers and H&S professionals from machine suppliers and machine users should consider attending these events. Available to PPMA members at the discounted price of £195 +VAT per person. • Machinery Risk Assessment 2 June, Marriott Hotel, Bristol

PPMA Non-Technical Seminars

New to the PPMA Group and introduced as a direct result of the popularity of our technical seminars, we have extended our 2015 portfolio to include the following sessions, available to PPMA members at the discounted rate of £95 +VAT per person. • Dealing with Difficult People 13 May, Marriott Hotel, Northampton • Communication Skills 18 June, Marriott Hotel, Manchester To book or find out more on these events contact www.ppma.co.uk/educ/info.htm E christine.jordan@ppma.co.uk T +44 (0)20 8773 8111


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Technical Services

Wireless modules equal new compliance requirements By Neil Dyson, Business Line Manager for Machinery Safety at TÜV SÜD Product Service, a global product testing and certification organisation

For technical advice contact PPMA’s technical partner TÜV SÜD Product Service T +44 (0)8700 111375 www.tuv-sud.co.uk

In order to reduce both costs and time to market, many machinery manufacturers are relying on the use of wireless modules which already meet some or all of the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive 1999/5/EC (R&TTE) essential requirements*. However, once these modules are integrated into another product, this changes the regulatory requirements. Integrating a wireless module is not always as straightforward as it may seem. The most common method of demonstrating compliance with the R&TTE essential requirements is by using ‘Harmonised Standards’. As these constantly evolve, they effectively have an expiry date and become superseded by more up-to-date standards, which may well have different requirements. Manufacturers may therefore need to perform a gap analysis between the two sets of standards in order to bring their products up to speed with the latest requirements.

Global rules

For European compliance, ensure that the wireless module you are integrating is fully compliant with the latest Harmonised Standards and is integrated in accordance with the manufacturer’s supplied instructions. While the module manufacturer should be aware of the integration rules, as a minimum the final/host product manufacturer should check the module’s Declaration of Conformity

Once wireless modules are integrated into a new product, the regularity requirements change

to ensure that it lists Harmonised Standards that are in date. For the final product manufacturer, it is also important to have access to the module manufacturer’s technical file in case a country’s market surveillance authority asks for proof of compliance. The USA and Canada have formal approval processes in place, so the routes to compliance are reasonably clear compared to Europe. However, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules can be difficult to understand. When all FCC requirements are met and the device is certified, the FCC grant will state that the device has modular approval. The manufacturer should then display a label on the product which states that it contains an approved wireless module. The Industry Canada rules for modules are broadly similar to those of the FCC and are laid down in RSS-GEN Section 3. For USA and Canada, host product manufacturers should check the conditions of the module grant and ensure that the product is not breaking those conditions. Once again, follow the module manufacturer’s guidance on integration and do not assume that because the wireless module itself is compliant, no further action is required once it is integrated into another product. In any country, the market surveillance authorities can come down hard on manufacturers that supply non-compliant products to the market and ignorance of the rules is no excuse. *The R&TTE will be superseded by the Radio Equipment Directive (2014/53/EC) in June 2016.

Generic machinery standards

• EN ISO 14120 Safety of machinery – Guards – General requirements for the design and construction of fixed and movable guards. Under approval with CEN, due to be published imminently. • EN ISO 14122-1 Safety of machinery – Permanent means of access to machinery. • Part 1: Choice of fixed means of access between two levels. Under approval with CEN. • Part 2: Working platforms and walkways. Under approval with CEN. • Part 3: Stairs, stepladders and guard-rails. Under approval with CEN. • Part 4: Fixed ladders. Under approval with CEN. • EN ISO 19353 Safety of machinery – Fire prevention and protection. Under approval with CEN. • EN ISO 13849-1:2008/FprA1 Safety of machinery – Safety-related parts of control systems – Part 1: General principles for design. Under approval with CEN. • EN ISO 14123-2 Safety of machinery – Reduction of risks to health from hazardous substances emitted by machinery – Part 2: Methodology leading to verification procedures. Under approval with CEN.

Standards Update

Packaging Machines

• EN 415-1 Safety of packaging machines – Part 1: Terminology and classification of packaging machines and associated equipment. Published July 2014.


• EN 1417 Two roll mills. Published 31 January 2015. • EN 16474 Plastics and rubber machines – Tyre curing presses – Safety requirements. Still under approval with CEN. CEN is the European Committee for Standardisation and produces most of the European standards, with the exceptions of electrotechnology and telecommunication standards.


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Industry News

Beyond Contracting for Availability – case studies required

Late payments still cause for concern Late payment in the supply chain remains a serious issue, especially for small and medium businesses. Diageo is the latest big name to put pressure on its suppliers, increasing its payment terms for new contracts from 60 to 90 days. With the UK’s small businesses waiting for an average of £38,200 in overdue payments, the damaging knock-on effect hinders their ability to manage their finances and plan for growth, and pushes late payment down the supply chain, potentially affecting many more firms. To challenge this practice, the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill currently before Parliament is making changes to improve prompt payment reporting, and discussions are underway to strengthen the Prompt Payment Code. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has sought views on how these changes could be best implemented and how to, if at all, better define ‘grossly unfair’ in relation to late payments in UK law. Subject to the views expressed, the Government may subsequently decide to make consequential changes to the UK’s statutory framework. We will report on the Department’s findings as soon as they are made available. italics after final sentence, but before weblink: Lord Digby Jones will address the issue of late payments in his opening speech at the PPMA Show 2015. See p3 for more details. http://bit.ly/1MPId5W

The last decade saw a big shift in business focus of many Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) of high value products, from solely selling their assets to offering integrated assets and services. Also known as Product Service Systems (PSS), this business model actually dates back to the early days of leasing, in which customers pay for the rights to use someone else’s physical equipment. The fee may vary from a flat-rate fee to a more sophisticated fee structure based on the achievement of the outcomes that the equipment brings. A typical example of outcome-based contracting is Contracting for Availability (CfA). However, machines not only need to be available but also capable of performing jobs at the intended cycle time (or speed), with minimum scrap. This has led to a new type of contracting, called Contracting for OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness). A proposed research project by Dr Benny Tjahjono of the Supply Chain Research Centre, Cranfield University, aims to explore this new model further, with the ultimate goal of helping manufacturers remain competitive. Dr Tjahjono is therefore inviting machine manufacturers to participate in the research, by completing an interview and case study. In return, participants will have access to the report in the form of a white paper (with company names anonymous if required). Depending on the scale and the number of companies involved, participants may also be invited to attend a workshop at Cranfield to disseminate the results. To find out more or to get involved in the project, contact b.tjahjono@cranfield.ac.uk

February results show companies remain cautious According to the main measures in the Engineering and Machinery Alliance’s (EAMA) February Business Monitor, business improved markedly during the month, showing that the recovery is strengthening. Nonetheless, the overall performance is still well behind last year and companies’ outlook, while positive, remains cautious. Martin Walder, EAMA Chairman, comments: “Although mechanical engineering is doing well generally, roughly between a fifth and a


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quarter of firms are still reporting enquiries and orders down on last month, whereas we would expect to see such fallers making up less than a fifth on a sustained basis if the recovery were lifting all companies.” “These returns pre-date the March Budget,”adds Martin. “Our sense is that while the Budget will have helped – for example, with packages to encourage North Sea investment and exports to China – it is unlikely to have changed the current mood.” www.eama.info


Members’ News and Views Sesotec acquires Italian manufacturer of food sorting machines ASM Advanced Sorting Machines has been acquired by Sesotec, strengthening its competence in food industry product sorting. Responding to increasing interest in automatic product sorting, Sesotec has established a fourth business unit, Sorting Food, positioning it strategically for the future of food processing. www.sesotec.co.uk

L-R: Peter Mayer, Managing Director of Sesotec; Oliver Uhrmann, Business Unit Manager of Sorting Food; and Marco Mantovani, Managing Director of ASM

Astec Conveyors’ rapid delivery of parcel sortation system Astec Conveyors has successfully installed a conveyor system at a new North London international parcel depot, within a tight eight-week timeframe. Astec systems can handle parcels of various sizes with manual or automated sortation, the patented high speed, two-stage switch unit, offering throughput of up to 4,000 units per hour. www.astecconveyors.com

New freezer loading and unloading system for Quorn Foods Western Mechanical Handling UK is working on a new freezer loading and unloading system for Quorn Foods, Stokesley. The project to integrate a new JBT Foodtech Flofreeze in-line freezer and install new conveyoring from the existing production line will require an integrated product spreading and separation unit to be located at the freezer infeed, ensuring that both cubed and minced products will be evenly spread, and that any clumped products are separated prior to loading. www.wmh-uk-ltd.com www.jbtc-agv.com

New General Manager for TNA TNA has appointed a new General Manager for Latin America. With 12 years’ industry experience and in-depth knowledge of the Mexican market, Sonia Loeza is well placed to manage the Mexico City office, helping customers throughout Latin America find start-to-finish packaging and processing solutions. www.tnasolutions.com

Upgrades to Baker Perkins’ confectionery systems

Proseal’s seal of quality for S&A produce Proseal tray sealers are sealing a range of soft fruits at leading grower and packer, S&A Produce. As well as high throughput, the machines have helped to improve product quality and reduce the amount of packaging compared to the previous clip-on lids. www.prosealuk.com

Pacepacker’s new palletiser is a fitting solution Pacepacker Services has unveiled its latest palletising system, which delivers a 50% footprint reduction compared to comparable robotic arm solutions. Typically occupying just 4.3m2 of floor space, the Compact Cartesian Palletiser is placed at the end of an existing product conveyor and is ideal for handling retail and wholesale goods in clusters, such as blister packs of flour and trays of jam jars. www.pacepacker.com

Loma Systems launches SureTune metal detector Loma Systems has launched its IQ3+ SureTune metal detector. The high performance unit offers a series of new patented features, which have been developed to make it ideal for high speed food manufacturing lines and co-packers. These include: an Access Log to support CFR21.Part 11 user traceability; Enhanced Tracker to offset for product variations; AutoBalance to accommodate changing environmental conditions; and a Product Validation System to memorise defined test intervals by product, and the individual retailer’s code of practice. www.loma.com

Domino invests in new facilities in India

Baker Perkins has announced upgrades to three of its systems. The Autofeed ingredient weighing and mixing system, Microfilm cooker, and Colour and Flavour Addition system have been redesigned and engineered to meet exacting requirements for hygiene, ease of cleaning, maintenance and reliability. www.bakerperkins.com www.ppma.co.uk

Domino has opened a new factory in Manesar, India, replacing its two existing facilities. Focused on the manufacture of inks and printers for coding and marking, the new 4,050ft2 factory has been built to strict green building design specifications and will house an integrated warehouse and billing centre. www.domino-uk.com Group News Issue 26



2014 figures show mixed year for robot sales Figures for robot sales during 2014 show a mixed picture for the industry. While UK robot sales were down 22% compared with 2013, export sales were up by an impressive 40%. Robots sold for glueing and sealing applications were up by 13%, and those sold for assembly increased by an incredible 104% year on year. However, figures were down for all other applications. There was also considerable variation in the industry sectors buying robots in 2014. Sales to plastics companies increased by 75%, and electrical/electronic was up by 73%. The education / R&D sector also saw an uptake in the number of robots bought, with figures up by 37% compared to 2013. However, all other sectors saw a dip, most notably automotive and auto components, which were down 27% and 48% respectively. This was widely expected as 2012-13 saw unusually high levels of investment in automation by the automotive and auto components sectors. The Q1 2015 figures are due to be released imminently – for the latest stats go to www.bara.org.uk

Focus on automation at

Quirky robots wanted for PPMA Show robot feature area

The UK’s premier free-to-attend complete production line event returns to the NEC, Birmingham from 29 September-1 October 2015. Now in its 28th year, the PPMA Show 2015 will once again bring together buyers and sellers in a forum in which to meet existing and new customers, liaise with the industry, develop relationships, discuss the latest pressing trends and carry out business. As ever, robotics and automation will be integral to the show, with a number of BARA members already confirmed as exhibitors, including: ABB, Automated Technology Group, Axelent, Beckhoff Automation, Bradman Lake, Fanuc, Festo, Ilpra (UK), JBT Corporation, Kawasaki Robotics (UK), Kensal, Kuka Robotics UK, Leuze Electronic, Multivac UK, Omron Electronics UK, Pacepacker Services, Piab, R.A. Rodriguez, RM Group UK, SICK UK, SMC Pneumatics, TM Robotics, Troax UK, UPM Conveyors and Yaskawa UK.

Robotics and automation are at the heart of the PPMA Show 2015. So much so, that this year they will have their own dedicated robot feature area. If your company has designed an innovative, quirky robot that can do something out of the ordinary, then we want to hear from you! Applicants must be exhibiting at the PPMA Show and robots must have a small footprint (max 2m2) and be able to do something special – think dancing robots, robots playing snooker, or even a robot playing the trumpet! Robots selected for the feature area will incur no space or electricity charges. If your robot fits the bill, email grant.collier@ppma.co.uk today.

The show’s seminar programme will also highlight the latest innovations in robotics and automation, as Grant Collier, PPMA Group Head of Marketing, explains: “Jaguar Land Rover’s speaker will demonstrate how industrial vision systems integrate to form the perfect partnership with robot applications in the assembly of quality vehicles. This is a presentation not to be missed. Another highlight is the seminar featuring the Shadow Robot Company, who are known for their state of the art, anthropomorphic robot hands and related systems. Keep an eye on our website (www.ppmashow.co.uk) as more leading names are announced in the run-up to the show.” To join your fellow BARA member exhibitors, contact David Harrison, Group Exhibition Manager E david.harrison@ppma.co.uk T +44 (0)20 8773 8111 www.ppmashow.co.uk


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Members’ News and Views SICK brings plug-in safety light curtains to wide user base

The SICK deTec2 Core type 2 light curtain aims to enhance standards in efficiency, installation ease and reliability. Offering protection in increments between 300mm to 2100mm and variable resolution – 14mm and 30mm – it provides protection against operator intervention in line with EN ISO 13855 up to 10m, and meets performance level c, Type 2 and SIL 1 specifications. “As well as the new bracket system, and low operating temperatures (-30°C), the deTec2 Core has no blind zones, making set-up and commissioning quick and easy,” says Dr Martin Kidman, SICK (UK) Safety Specialist. www.sick.co.uk

Festo supports reduced energy consumption Festo’s MS6-E2M module (E2M) aims to help get compressed air firmly under control, by automatically monitoring and regulating the compressed air supply on new and old installations. Similar to start-stop systems in cars, the E2M shuts down the compressed air supply automatically, while automatic monitoring of flow and pressure ensures a reliable production process. “Saving energy is now easier than ever with a system that monitors, diagnoses and informs, based on actual requirements,” says Steve Sands, Product Manager. www.festo.com

R. A. Rodriguez invests in people Chartered accountant Luke Barnett has joined Letchworth-based R. A. Rodriguez as financial controller, having previously worked for the company’s auditors. The company also welcomes back Dave Young (pictured) as Sales Engineer for the North. Responsible for all product lines in his territory, supported by dedicated product managers for automation and gear products and the internal technical sales team, Dave also has special responsibility throughout the UK for turntable bearings. www.rarodriguez.co.uk

Robot palletisers from FANUC with bags of versatility Responding to increased customer demand, FANUC UK is working with automation specialists Festo and Pacepacker to develop systems which can handle bags, crates, trays and slip sheets by means of a single robot arm. “We’ve strengthened the business case for robot adoption by providing the necessary functionality that a food producer needs,” said John Rainer, Regional Sales Manager for FANUC UK. FANUC’s latest robots have been designed specifically to work in the harshest of environments, and in addition to being smaller, stronger and faster, they incorporate the latest vision technology to improve the robot’s ‘sight’. www.fanuc.eu

RNA in strategic agreement with Universal Robots RNA Automation has entered into a strategic agreement with Universal Robots (UR) to become an authorised UK distributor of UR’s collaborative robots. Universal Robots develop flexible, low-cost, collaborative robot arms that are easy to program, fast to set up, able to work alongside operators with no safety guarding, are lightweight, space-saving, and easy to re-deploy to multiple applications. In other news, Stephen Pollard, Project Manager, and Christian Marshall, Business Development Manager, have joined the RNA team. Christian will lead on identifying new customers for RNA’s expanding range of products, with special responsibility for the collaborative robot from the Universal Robot partnership. www.rnaautomation.com

ABB savings plan increases production and cuts energy bills ABB is launching an all-new Energy Efficiency and Productivity Improvement Plan, aimed at providing step-by-step support for enhancing the performance of motor-driven applications using variable-speed drives and high efficiency electric motors. The 10-stage plan covers the often-overlooked benefits of variable speed drives, and includes an Energy Productivity Appraisal. “When drives were introduced 40 years ago, the focus was on regulating motor speeds to improve output,” says Dave Hawley, General Manager – motors and generators business, ABB UK. “It is time to redress the balance and highlight the important features that variable-speed drives offer to productivity.” www.abb.co.uk


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Changes at the top By Ian Alderton, UKIVA Chairman and Sales Director of Alrad Imaging In the last issue, we urged the membership to become more involved in the activities of the Association and I am delighted to report that we have had a great response to this request. At a recent members’ meeting, we restructured the UKIVA committee, with Acrovision, Bytronic Automation, Clearview Imaging and Scandinavian Machine Vision joining current committee members Alrad Imaging, Framos, Multipix Imaging, Scorpion Vision and Stemmer Imaging. Significantly, we are already seeing a useful contribution from our vision systems integrators, which can only be a positive sign for further cross-fertilisation with the rest of the PPMA membership. Another change saw Mark Williamson stand down as UKIVA Chairman after 13 years in the role, a period which has included overseeing the integration of UKIVA as a special interest group of the PPMA. Mark will continue as a PPMA board member, which will again ensure the strong involvement of vision in the PPMA’s activities. I was delighted to be elected as UKIVA Chairman, with Paul Wilson from Scorpion Vision becoming UKIVA Vice Chairman. Alrad Imaging has been a member of UKIVA for some 20 years and it is the second time a member of the company has been appointed chairman, Geoff Smith holding the office from 1997–1999.

Focus on vision at The UK’s premier free-to-attend complete production line event returns to the NEC, Birmingham from 29 September-1 October 2015. Now in its 28th year, the PPMA Show 2015 will once again bring together buyers and sellers in a forum in which to meet existing and new customers, liaise with the industry, develop relationships, discuss the latest pressing trends and carry out business. As ever, vision will play an integral role at the show, with a number of UKIVA members already confirmed as exhibitors, including Acrovision, Alrad Imaging, Clearview Imaging, Cognex, Framos, Lambda Photometrics and Stemmer Imaging. The show’s seminar programme will also highlight the importance of vision systems, as Grant Collier, PPMA Group Head of Marketing, explains: “Jaguar Land Rover’s speaker will demonstrate how industrial vision systems integrate to form the perfect partnership with robot applications in the assembly of quality vehicles. This is a presentation not to be missed.” To join your fellow UKIVA member exhibitors, contact David Harrison, Group Exhibition Manager E david.harrison@ppma.co.uk T +44 (0)20 8773 8111 www.ppmashow.co.uk


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Countdown to Photonex/Vision UK

As the UK’s largest showcase event dedicated to photonics and light technologies, Photonex provides experts and professionals with the unique opportunity to meet with suppliers across the spectrum of photonics. This year’s event takes place on 14-15 October at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry and is expected to attract over 1,500 visitors and more than 100 exhibitors. Photonex also incorporates Vision UK 2015, the key event for vision and imaging technologies. Cutting edge advances in industrial vision and machine vision will be on display, with a number of companies showcasing their approach to IR imaging and 3D measurement, alongside process applications such as print and label verification and 100% visual inspection of production. Forming part of Vision UK is Vision in Action, a seminar programme sponsored by UKIVA. The theme is professional development, and the seminars are designed to keep existing and potential users of vision up to date with all the latest technology, reflecting the breadth of vision capabilities across many different disciplines and industries. To find out more go to www.photonex.org


Members’ News and Views Stemmer Imaging becomes MTC member Stemmer Imaging has become a member of the UK-government funded Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC). Currently the only member specialising in vision technology, Stemmer’s membership will include the supply of equipment and professional services for the MTC’s Vision Laboratory.

L-R: Mark Williamson of Stemmer Imaging and Clive Hickman, Chief Executive MTC

Now with more than 60 members, the MTC was established in 2010 to bridge the gap between academia and industry. It provides a unique environment to develop and demonstrate new technologies at scale, and allows its clients to develop processes in a neutral setting without the constraints of a commercial production environment. The Centre delivers solutions across UK manufacturing, with clients representing the aerospace, automotive, transport, healthcare, ICT, robotics, food production, defence and marine sectors. Mark Williamson, Director – Corporate Market Development, at Stemmer Imaging, says: “The MTC specialises in processes that are particularly valuable to the high-value manufacturing sector. Our membership means we are now in a position to supply even more vision-related hardware and software, and contribute our specialist vision expertise to any project that requires it.” www.stemmer-imaging.co.uk

Cognex revs up 2-D barcode reading Cognex has unveiled its PowerGrid™ technology, a texture-based location algorithm that takes an inside-out approach to reading 2-D matrix and Direct Part Mark (DPM) codes, looking for patterns of alternating light and dark modules within the code. Increasing read rates in 2-D barcode-reading applications where geometry, poor lighting, occlusion, or print-registration errors make capturing a complete image difficult, PowerGrid™ locates and reads codes even when they exhibit significant damage to, or complete elimination of, the finder pattern, clocking pattern, or quiet zone. Carl Gerst, Senior Vice President, ID Products, comments: “After analysing images of codes that we couldn’t read, we determined that a high percentage showed significant finder pattern, clocking pattern, or quiet zone damage. This is a completely new and innovative technique that can find and read these codes without relying on the finder pattern. The result is nothing short of incredible.” www.cognex.com

Olmec vision system reduces chance of product recall A leading manufacturer of OTC healthcare products has commissioned a five-camera inspection system on a cartoning machine with two separate leaflet feeders, to ensure that cartons not only contain a patient information leaflet but that it is the correct one. The vision system, designed and installed by Olmec UK, also provides the option to ensure that the correct bottle has been inserted into the carton. Linked into the existing reject mechanism, this substantially reduces the chances of costly product recalls due to packaging errors. The vision system was installed on a cartoning machine that cycles up to 70 times per minute and is used for two different product lines. Individual area scan cameras read the carton pharma code and check that the leaflet is in the carton, as well as reading the leaflet pharma codes on two separate leaflet feeders. www.olmec-uk.com

Half a million industrial cameras shipped by IDS Almost exactly ten years after releasing its first industrial camera, IDS Imaging Development Systems has shipped camera number 500,000. The camera, from the USB 3 uEye CP Rev. 2 series, includes a USB 3.0 interface and is designed for modern high performance sensor models. The anniversary model is equipped with the Sony IMX174 sensor, which reaches new standards in terms of light sensitivity, dynamic range and colour reproduction, as well as allowing long exposure (up to 30 seconds). “In the next months, IDS will expand its production capacities. Construction works to double our production area are ongoing. So we will see the millionth camera soon,” says Torsten Wiesinger, CEO of IDS. www.ids-imaging.com


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Inspiring the next generation of engineers By Andrew Stark, PPMA Group Chief Operating Officer The main aim of the PPMA is to improve our members’ bottom line. Most of our activities are geared towards doing this in the short and medium term – after all, our members want to feel the benefit of the cash they spend with us. A notable exception, however, is members’ support for the concept that some of the money raised by the PPMA should be used to help attract future generations into the industry. As many PPMA Group members will testify, it has become increasingly difficult to recruit skilled staff in recent years, particularly those with various technical and engineering backgrounds. With many of our members being owner-managed SMEs, there is a growing interest among PPMA members in succession planning and the need to attract new talent. The PPMA Board has therefore set up an educational charitable trust, PPMA BEST, with some initial funding from the PPMA Show, with the aim of encouraging young people to enter into and develop within the processing, packaging, automation and vision engineering industries, through education and training. The initial trustees of PPMA BEST are Ian Jardine (PPMA Company Secretary), Richard Little (PPMA Director) and John Chudley (Dean, Maritime and Technology


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Faculty, Southampton Solent University), and they have proposed a series of initiatives that would engage learners at all stages. The trustees acknowledge the benefits of working with established providers of science and engineering engagement programmes, including The Smallpeice Trust, Arkwright Scholarships Trust and Big Bang. It is initially proposed that there will be four key support programmes aimed at different age groups and different stages of education: •S TEM days for schools, following the Smallpeice/Big Bang programmes. Companies wishing to participate would apply to support a local school (NB only companies, not schools, can apply) and pay £500, match-funded by PPMA BEST. It is hoped that this would encourage companies to establish a longer-term relationship with a local school, who in turn would benefit from the first-hand experience of an owner or employee of a successful local engineering firm. •A rkwright Scholarships (6th Form A Level students), which identify, inspire and nurture future leaders in engineering and technical design. PPMA BEST would match-fund 50/50 with participating companies. www.ppma.co.uk

• Apprenticeship awards. These would comprise a grant to the company taking on the apprentice to help with set-up and advice, and a grant to the apprentice. Apprentices must be paid at least the UK minimum wage for those over 21 (currently £6.50 per hour) and would not be match-funded, as the employment of the apprentice would count as the company contribution. • Graduate support awards. To be claimed in equal parts over the term of the graduate course, paid 50/50 between PPMA BEST and the sponsoring company, who would offer the graduate employment for a number of weeks each summer. Students must be paid at least the UK minimum wage for those over 21. All participating companies must be active in the design, manufacture or supply of processing, packaging, automation or vision machinery, equipment or ancillary equipment. Awards will be advertised to PPMA members and non-members and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. I look forward to sharing more information on our plans for PPMA BEST as we roll out these programmes over the coming months, and to realising our shared aim of inspiring, attracting and helping to train the next generation of engineers.

Publishing/Diary Dates PPMA Chairman’s Lunch

Beryl Nassé

6 May 2015, Silverstone Circuit, Northants Join us for first-class networking and superb food at this exciting venue. FREE event, available to PPMA members only, including a tour of the race track. E christine.jordan@ppma.co.uk

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Beryl Nassé, who served as PA to the General Secretary, and Secretary to the President and Board of the PPMA, for over a decade. Beryl joined at a time when the Association was growing rapidly and also took on the role of HR Manager as staffing levels increased.

PPMA Golf Day

3 September 2015, Heythorpe Park, Enstone, Oxon Will you bag a hole-in-one? The perfect opportunity for PPMA members to network and entertain clients while enjoying 27 holes of golf, competitions and excellent food. E christine.jordan@ppma.co.uk

Beryl’s administrative powers were formidable. She liked nothing better than organising meetings and events, including the annual Show Dinner and Awards. One such project included members of staff performing a dance routine to ‘YMCA’, something which will live long in the memory of those who saw it!

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Beryl began a long and courageous fight against cancer in 2006, which caused her to retire from the PPMA. However, such was her energy that she began a whole new life, moving to Goa where she remained until shortly before her death. She built a new career and found many new friends there, and was held in esteem and great affection.

29 September-1 October 2015, NEC, Birmingham The complete production line event. See p2-3 for full details. www.ppmashow.co.uk

PPMA Group Industry Awards 2015

29 September 2015, National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham An evening of networking, great food and entertainment. www.ppmashow.co.uk

Photonex/Vision UK 2015

14-15 October 2015, Ricoh Arena, Coventry The UK’s largest event dedicated to photonics and light technologies. Incorporating Vision UK 2015, the key event for vision and imaging technologies. www.photonex.org

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The untimely death of her husband, Pete, was a great blow but her faith and two sons, Mark and Stuart, as well as her godchildren and grandchildren, were at the centre of her life. Many people’s abiding memory of Beryl will be her energy and enthusiasm. A party animal to the end, we’re sure that wherever she is, she is still dancing.

Forthcoming features July/Aug issue Automation, robotics and vision systems Copy deadline: 1 June 2015

Technical Advice – TÜV SÜD Product Service www.tuv-sud.co.uk

Sept/Oct issue Drinks Copy deadline: 27 July 2015 PPMA Show preview Copy deadline: 10 Aug 2015

International Services - E janette.lane@ppma.co.uk www.ppma.co.uk/Info/intsvcs-home.htm PPMA Jobs Board www.ppmaltd.co.uk/industry-jobs.html

Nov/Dec issue Pharmaceuticals/healthcare Copy deadline: 5 Oct 2015

Save £s with PPMA Strategic Alliance Partners (SAPs) on key business services www.ppma.co.uk/private/logon.asp Join today! – For a PPMA Group membership pack contact E david.harrison@ppma.co.uk www.ppma.co.uk/about/join.htm

Send your editorial contributions to publishing@ppma.co.uk For sales/advertising enquiries contact david.chadd@ppma.co.uk www.machineryupdate.co.uk

Are you the ultimate driver? Why not put yourself firmly in the driving seat with The PPMA’s ‘Driver of the Year’ event? It takes place on Thursday 28th May, Wednesday 1st & Wednesday 8th July 2015 at Heyford Park, Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, in partnership with Robb Gravett’s UCC Ultimate Car Control.

Contact christine.jordan@ppma.co.uk to book your place. Only one person per member company.


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Member Benefits

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PPMA Show • Preferential exhibitor space rates often saving more than the annual PPMA membership fee! • UK’s largest machinery exhibition • Exhibiting members receive opt-in visitor data • 8,000+ visitors

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Your link to all the right platforms T +44 (0)20 8773 8111 www.ppma.co.uk


Processing and Packaging Machinery Directory • Free company profile • Annual industry bible for suppliers and buyers • 1,200 index headings • Annual circulation 4,000+ end users

Vision in Action • Circulated with IMVE magazine, Automation magazine, postal mailings, distributed at exhibitions • Published twice a year • End-user publication for the machine vision sector

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www.ppma.co.uk www.bara.org.uk www.ukiva.org • Direct links to member sites • Association activity, breaking industry news, member PRs • Machinery and service finder • 42,000+ visitors a month • Agent and distributor finder • Secure members’ area • Technical documents and statistics • Highly search engine optimised • Google rankings well above UK average • Drives traffic to member sites • Fast email enquiry service • Free job vacancy section • International exhibition diary

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Processing and Packaging Equipment www.ppma.co.uk Robotics www.bara.org.uk Vision www.ukiva.org

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