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22nd August 2017, Sydney. Doug Smith from RTA speaks at Future Unpacked: Industry Game Changers event

RTA founder, Doug Smith was a speaker on a panel at Future Unpacked: Industry Game Changers event, powered by PKN Packaging News and Food & Drink Business Magazine. The event, which attracted an audience of over 200 industry leaders, tackled subject matter about the tsunami of innovation and technology that’s heading our way, and how these powerful forces can be harnessed to propel the food and beverage industry into the future.

The panel session explored how a connected infrastructure of people, processes and technology can lift businesses to new levels, and the steps Aussie manufacturers large and small can take to bridge the gap between current infrastructure and the smart facility of the future.

Doug was the dedicated subject matter expert at the event on use of robotic automation, and the rise of robots and cobots, and their place in manufacturing plants both large and small.

Doug also addressed questions from the audience about the findings of the Packaging Technology Survey Report, which highlighted the trend towards increased automation.

 

July 2017. RTA Key Contributor to Packaging Technology Industry Report 

RTA Founder Doug Smith was a key contributor to the PKN and Food & Drink Business Packaging Technology Report 2017. The report was based on the findings of an in-depth industry survey of current Australian industry practices, drivers and future plans related to the purchase of packaging line equipment and robotics automation technology. The report also explored equipment procurement practices, pertaining to the selection, purchase and commissioning of packaging equipment.

Respondents to the in-depth survey and telephone interviews comprised professionals from senior management, operations management, engineering, sales and marketing and quality assurance functions from a broad spectrum of industries, with 50% of respondents from the food industry and a further 25% from the consumer packaged goods industry.

Key findings include:

  • Close to three quarters (72%) of survey respondents have recently installed or were intending to install new packaging, product inspection or robotics automation equipment in the next year.
  • Over half of respondents (52%) said they expect their capex to be more than the previous year
  • Over half of companies surveyed (53%) intend to implement robotics automation technology within the next two years.
  • Managing labour costs was ranked first in the top three challenges that Australian companies are encountering, and this is driving investment in automation.

Produced in collaboration with engineers and consultants from Robotic Technologies-Systems Australia, Accupak, Accuweigh and others, the survey and resulting report aims to provide readers with research insights and understandings that will help them make informed capital investment decisions.

Download your copy of report here.

December 2016 BOC Opens Applications Technology Centre that showcases RTA’s world leading robotics technology

A new-concept welding facility opened by BOC at its Rocklea site in Brisbane is set to be an exciting new hub for product applications and testing, research and development, and training. The facility will primarily be used to demonstrate the latest in welding, cutting and heating technology and a robotics automation system supplied by BOC’s automation partner Robot
Technologies-Systems Australia.

Officially opened during a three day onsite event in November, the Applications Technology Centre contains the latest generation digital welding equipment, GMAW and GTAW arc projectors, and a Kawasaki RA 10L robot equipped with a Servo Robot PowerCam laser vision camera and EWM alpha Q 352 welding package.

BOC Technical Manager Peter Kuebler explained the investment will benefit both customers and BOC’s technical specialists across the nation, with the hope that it will contribute to advancements in the metal fabrication industry. “Productivity is really important as cost pressures increase in our global economy. To assist with this, BOC and RTA have developed
world leading robotic applications in Australia and are now starting to see more businesses use automation as an essential vehicle to remain competitive. Smaller customers are
upgrading to digital welding machines capable of sophisticated arc characteristics and utilising innovative shielding gas mixtures.”